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Navigating changing times

If the GFC has impacted on your life, what kind of dreams might you be having, and how can understanding these be helpful to you?

If the GFC has impacted on your life, what kind of dreams might you be having, and how can understanding these be helpful to you?

“Global tidal wave of 70,000 job cuts,” announced the online news. “The tsunami of layoffs started in Europe …”

Instantly I got the picture. It’s a metaphor that works. It describes a giant ripple effect of job loss caused by a seismic tremor in the global economy.

It also describes the emotional impact felt or feared by many. Whether you’ve lost your job, know someone who has, fear losing yours, or fear the consequences of widespread job loss and economic challenge, the word tsunami pretty much sums up the feeling of being emotionally overwhelmed, knocked off your feet and potentially dead to the world.

If you’ve ever had a tsunami dream you’ll know the emotional impact these walls of water can produce. After all, in a dream, you think the tsunami is real, don’t you?

Dreams, like some journalists, frequently express themselves in metaphors.

Dreams, like some journalists, frequently express themselves in metaphors.

Dreams, like some journalists, frequently express themselves in metaphors. They may be clichéd, they may lose subtlety, they may be oversimplified, but they can help you to get a quick picture of a complex situation. That picture may be accurate or way off the mark, but it’s a picture, a starting point, one of perhaps many possible perspectives on a situation.

If the global economic situation has impacted on your life – in hard financial terms or worries about the future – what kind of dreams might you be having, and how can understanding these be helpful to you? I’ll outline these. But what if you’re having sleepless nights and lost dream recall? How can you too gain personal insight to help you navigate the tidal waves of changing times?

The classic tsunami dream, common to many dreamers worldwide, paints a picture of the dreamer’s feelings of being overwhelmed, emotionally and, sometimes, on other levels too. The overwhelm is often still unconscious at the time of the dream, as the dreamer still struggles, in waking life, to hold emotions at bay and stay in control. Of course, there are many variations of this dream theme, and the interpretation depends on the dream details, but ‘overwhelm’ is the key emotion the dreamer is processing.

How can we shift perspective and see something positively empowering in a tsunami of global job loss?

How can we shift perspective and see something positively empowering in a tsunami of global job loss?

The question to ask – when interpreting a tsunami dream or a tsunami of global job loss – is how to lessen its impact by processing the overwhelm in a different way, or, better still, how to shift perspective and transform the sense of overwhelm or helplessness into something positively empowering.

Not convinced? If a waterfall can be harnessed to produce electricity, a tsunami can be harnessed to, what? Not a lot, at short notice, practically speaking, but metaphorically speaking a tsunami can move mountains. And, in today’s world, many mountains (huge obstacles) could do with shifting!

People say metaphors can be misleading, and, of course, they can. But even when they’re misleading, practically speaking, they can help us to break through conditioned ways of looking at the world. How can we shift perspective and see something positively empowering in a tsunami of global job loss? It’s a challenge, at personal and global levels. Which obstacles to positive global change need shifting or transforming? Which obstacles to personal change need shifting or transforming?

The Compass helps you to see your life, issues and situations from different perspectives, and enables you to see your way forward to your best future.

The Compass helps you to see your life, issues and situations from different perspectives, and enables you to see your way forward to your best future.

If your anxiety is preventing you from being sufficiently relaxed to recall your dreams, you can work with the kinds of metaphors that dreams – and journalists – use, to help shift your perspective, gain insight and see your way forward. (My book, The Compass, has been created for exactly this purpose. It helps you to see your life, issues and situations from different perspectives, and enables you to see your way forward to your best future.)

Whether or not you recall your dreams, you are dreaming! Around five dreams every night. So what kind of dreams might you be experiencing if your life has been touched by the global economic tsunami of job loss or fear?

Your dreams will probably include one or more of the following:

Dreams of water, such as overwhelming tsunamis, drowning, being sucked under water or mud, inundated or washed away – water tends to represent your emotions, so these dreams reflect your deep and often unconscious emotional responses to your situation or fear.

Dreams of death and birth, but most probably focussed, at first, on death – death tends to represent what is ending (dying off) in your life. Losing a job might be pictured, in a dream metaphor, as a death. All changes, actual or feared, might be seen as deaths in your dreams. Some of those deaths might be unnecessary, as some things might be able to be salvaged with the help of dream interpretation as this reveals how your unconscious beliefs are affecting your responses to your situation or fear. Other dream deaths might be necessary – how else can we move on to new perspectives (and new jobs or new ways of earning money) if we don’t first let go of the old? Dreams of birth are metaphors for how you are progressing with new approaches in your life.

Dreams of loss and not being able to find your way are metaphors for what you feel or fear you are losing (job, security, status) and feelings or fears about your direction.

Look into your dreams for metaphors that seem to match your current situation, then question those metaphors until your current perspective shifts and you begin to see a new way forward.

Look into your dreams for metaphors that seem to match your current situation, then question those metaphors until your current perspective shifts and you begin to see a new way forward.

Dreams of animals may occur during these times, since animals provide apt metaphors for your survival instincts in times of change. Remember that some instincts, established in childhood, may not be appropriate for handling your adult world. These dreams reflect your survival instincts by comparing them to the instincts of various animals.

Finally, look out for dreams that reference your childhood – perhaps the house you lived in as a child, your school, your parents – or that reference past jobs and relationships. These may be referring to your unconscious beliefs about security or finances, triggered by your current situations. Interpreting these provides invaluable insight into how your unconscious beliefs are affecting your responses to your current situation, and provides you with the opportunity to change these.

In each case, look into your dreams for metaphors that seem, to you, to match your current situation, then question those metaphors until your current perspective shifts and you begin to see a new way forward.

[Copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, February 2009. First published as a Dream Sight article.]

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Episode 100 The Dream Show: Balloons & rainbows

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Rose is my guest, wondering why her sister, in India, sometimes accurately dreams details of Rose’s dreams or Rose’s waking life in the US.

What is happening here, and are these dreams – Rose’s and her sister’s – meaningful when interpreted? We explore and interpret two shared dreams and one of Rose’s sister’s dreams that tuned into an event Rose attended. What do we discover?

One thing I can guarantee: today’s podcast will have you singing a well-known song that will lift your heart and have you smiling all day. Why? To celebrate our 100th episode, we invited our listeners to send in messages and audio, and we’ve shared these with you at the start of today’s show. Abigail sang the song, and I’ve been singing it ever since.

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Thanks to all our listeners in over 30 countries, and to all our podcast guests, past and future, as we celebrate our 100th show.

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Ep 74 update, Abigail: An unbelievable miracle

"We are close, helping each other with our children, meeting regularly to do sewing and crafts together, and have discussions on all kinds of topics." Abigail

“I did feel a major depression lift … I feel good connections, I feel accepted.  It’s an unbelievable miracle!”

- Abigail, on the outcome of having her dream interpreted in episode 74.

Having a dream interpreted and taking action by doing the prescribed dream alchemy practice creates life changing results. First up are immediate results – Abigail had felt a major depression lift shortly after appearing on The Dream Show to have her dream interpreted and experience the alchemy – then, some months later, deeper changes occur.

Here’s how Abigail expressed it in an email she sent me this week and asked me to share with you:

“It just hit me today how your dream interpretation and my work on the alchemy has actually changed my life.  I’m the one with the long dream about cheating on my husband with Tim, and not being able to go through with it because of Tim’s wife, the judgemental religious woman.

 

 

"A few days before the dream I was deeply wishing and praying for a better support system after the birth of the second baby." Abigail

A few days before the dream I was deeply wishing and praying for a better support system after the birth of the second baby.

 

 

When the first baby was born, I sank into a terrible depression, and one main reason was due to not having a good community around to help with the overwhelming change.

In thinking about the arrival of the second, I realized I needed closer friends.  But I have always been lonely, the odd child who found it hard to make good connections.  Being more sociable is something I’ve worked on for a very long time, but haven’t ever been able to shake that feeling of not being accepted by the people around me.  I determined to change that, as we were moving to a new town.

 

 

"In the alchemy, I needed to change this woman into someone more accepting, flowing ..." Abigail

In the dream, the guy I was trying to get together with was someone I described as charismatic, and the main reason I couldn’t connect with that inner charisma was due to an uptight, judgemental, and religious woman.

 

 

In the alchemy, I needed to change this woman into someone more accepting, flowing, and so on.  I didn’t fully understand what I was doing, but I did go through with the alchemy.

I did feel a major depression lift, as I’ve written you about before.  But in addition to less depression, there are practical out-workings of this inner change.  I have to share this with you.

Jane Teresa, we moved to a new town shortly before the birth of the second baby.  I fell into a group of friends very quickly!  And we are close, helping each other with our children, meeting regularly to do sewing and crafts together, and have discussions on all kinds of topics.  I feel good connections, I feel accepted.  It’s an unbelievable miracle!  :)”
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Episode 99 The Dream Show: Graduation cap

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Suzy dreamed of graduating in a turquoise gown, meeting up with her old High School friends, and wondering whether her graduation cap was on straight. Surely a couple of bobby pins will help keep her hair in place?

How does Suzy’s dream relate to her waking life, and what light can it shed in helping her to move forward with her plans?

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Suzy recently launched a social networking site for dreamers at www.LastNiteIDreamt.com and when she contacted me to ask me to pass on the news about this resource for dreamers I invited her to come onto the show to share one of her own dreams and to introduce her site to you.

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How much does worry weigh?

How much does worry weigh?

“Never worry worry, til worry worries you,” my granny used to say. There’s a grain of truth in there, and an even better tongue twister, but the day I really got the measure of worry started as a simple coffee morning with two friends twenty four years ago.

The three of us met once a week so our young children could play together while we caught up over a coffee.

That morning I had opened my cheque book to pay an electricity bill and realized that I was about $100 short in our bill paying account. I had miscalculated when setting our household budget, and I was disappointed in myself.

My worry over that bill weighed heavily.

My worry over that bill weighed heavily.

We had money in other accounts, but I would have to go to the bank (those pre-internet banking days!), organize transfers, and, by the time I made my payment, it would be overdue. (I laugh as I type, because I have since handled much bigger budgets and much greater shortfalls, and I’m still here to tell the tale.)

My worry over that bill weighed heavily on me as I walked into my friend’s kitchen for our morning coffee. I was last to arrive.

She was worried. Which diamond should she buy?

She was worried. Which diamond should she buy?

“I’ve got to make a decision this afternoon,” one friend was saying to the other, “what do you think, the champagne or the pink?” She was talking about a new ring, not to wear – though she would – but as an investment. Champagne diamond, or pink diamond, which should it be?

She was worried. She wanted to make the best choice. We were her friends. We talked it through.

“We may have to sell our house,” began the other friend, once we’d covered every facet of the diamond question, “and rent a home instead. Our business is moving into more debt than we can handle.”

She was worried. Was there an alternative she was overlooking? We were her friends. We talked it through.

What I noticed that morning from the emotional energy we each carried, was that our worries weighed the same, even though a bystander would notice that each worry was based on money. A shortfall of about $100 weighed the same as a shortfall of about a quarter of a million dollars which weighed the same as an abundance of disposable income.

A shortfall of about $100 weighed the same as a shortfall of about a quarter of a million dollars which weighed the same as an abundance of disposable income.

A shortfall of about $100 weighed the same as a shortfall of about a quarter of a million dollars which weighed the same as an abundance of disposable income.

Worry, I noticed, expands to fill the available space, so the trick is not to allow it any. Or, as I often express it these days whenever it is appropriate, “There are two ways to do this. One is to worry, the other is to not worry.”

Not worrying does not mean not caring, of course. It means not wasting energy worrying when you could be putting that energy to constructive use.

That coffee morning, I gained a new perspective on worry that worked for me, but what about those times when, as my granny’s saying put it, “worry worries you”? What about those times when something is niggling and worrying you and making you anxious and you can’t escape it? That’s where dream work comes in. Your dreams – particularly your recurring, unresolved dreams – can help you to understand unconscious beliefs that throw dark clouds where there should be light, that distract you with worry rather than inspire you towards great outcomes.

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Episode 98 The Dream Show: Science & dream interpretation

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In my early days as a dream expert on ABC radio, I received a letter from a woman who said, “I heard a dream interpreter was coming on, and decided to switch to another station as soon as I finished ironing a shirt, but half an hour and several shirts later, I was still listening. You made so much sense.”

‘You make sense’ is one of recurring comments I’ve heard over the almost 20 years that I’ve been interpreting dreams in the media (where I have only a few minutes per dream, if even that, to make sense), and in private consultation (where, thankfully, we have more time to go deeper and find even more sense).

Does being a scientist by training help or hinder when it comes to dream interpretation? I have used my scientific training to take science as far into the world of dream interpretation as I can, and then travelled deeper still. Why stop exploring this field just because a certain set of tools – the tools of science – only take you so far? Do I even see myself as a scientist these days? What other tools or approaches do I use?

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Those who have not personally experienced my methods are often curious. As Ian Kath, who recently interviewed me for his podcast series, Your Story, said, “You’re an interesting contradiction, a scientist who interprets dreams. I’d love to interview you and throw you some curly questions.”

He did, and we bring you that interview, ‘Jane Teresa. Science and Dream Interpretation’, in today’s show, with Ian’s kind permission. Enjoy.

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Good sleep food & home-made muesli

Jane Teresa's home-made muesli

Do you have a late night snack before going to sleep? Is it affecting your sleep and dreams?

I have a couple of spoons of muesli – yes, I know it’s a breakfast food – in a glass of milk mixed with natural yoghurt every night before bed. If I’m really hungry, it’s three spoons. And I’ve just discovered that it’s the best food for great sleep and dream recall. Here’s why:

My breakfasty nightcap is pumped high in tryptophan, an amino acid the body converts into serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is a mood enhancer (ah, sweet dreams), and melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate your sleep.

Dairy foods are top of the list for being high in tryptophan, and oats are also noted as a high source. Milk: tick. Yoghurt: tick. Oats: tick. Also prominent in the list are sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, which are an abundant feature of my homemade muesli mix: tick.

Guess what I have for breakfast? The same, only much more. I have about ten spoons of my muesli and add half a banana. But I don’t fall asleep after breakfast because I’m well-slept and, um, well, there’s my caffeine-rich coffee to follow.

Some research suggests that tryptophan may assist dream recall since people with tryptophan deficiency often have poor memory of their dreams.

What else is good for a late night snack?

What else is good for a late night snack? And what’s not so good?

Poultry is high in tryptophan, but protein takes a lot of digesting, enough to disturb your sleep. Big meals before sleep are not a good idea.

Bananas are high in tryptophan, and also rich in the B vitamins known to make dreams more vivid. Bananas are also complex carbohydrates, and complex carbs are in the tick box for a good night’s sleep because they stimulate the release of insulin which makes it easier for the tryptophan in your dairy snack to get to work. (Note, that’s complex carbs, not sugary junk carbs!)

What not to eat before bed

What not to eat? This slideshow lists foods with high fat content, caffeine (chocolate and many common medications are high in caffeine), alcohol, spicy foods, and protein.

For most of my life I’ve had a glass of hot milk before bed, and it’s only been in recent years that I’ve added the muesli because my blood sugar levels started dropping too low in the middle of the night. No wonder I’ve always enjoyed good sleep and abundant dream recall.

73,000 spoonfuls of muesli

Here’s my homemade muesli recipe, developed and refined over the last 20 years. Yes, I must have eaten around 7,300 bowls of this stuff, or 73,000 spoonfuls! I like to think it’s contributed many wonderful healthy benefits, including great sleep and abundant dream recall, ripe pickings for daily insight.

Jane Teresa’s Muesli

No cooking required. Just mix the ingredients thoroughly!

Makes about 7kg (lasts our family about three weeks)

Organic ingredients are best:

Jane Teresa's home-made muesli

About 6 kg Oats
500g LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond, ratio 3:2:1, all finely ground)
50g Hazelnuts – grind
100g Walnuts – grind
110g Mixed nuts (Brazil etc) – grind
125g Shredded coconut
100g Sunflower seeds
250g Pepitas (pumpkin) seeds
100g Sesame seeds
250g Dried apricots – chop
About 10 Figs – chop
400g Sultanas

Enjoy!

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Episode 97 The Dream Show: French porcelain

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Apryl is my guest today with a dream about walking carefully on the broken pieces of a 19th century porcelain toilet. What does it mean?

She’s accompanied by a smiling cockatiel sporting a red feather mohawk, sitting on her shoulder as she journeys through the French countryside.

As we explore the meaning of her dream, Apryl shares details of her work as an artist. After we recorded Apryl’s dream interpretation, I asked her if she’d like to share her work with you via her website.  Enjoy!

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The science of dream interpretation

Your Story - Episode 59, Jane Teresa. Science and Dream Interpretation“You’re an interesting contradiction, a scientist who interprets dreams,” said Ian Kath, host of the podcast chat show Your Story – How others play the game of life. “I’d love to interview you and throw you some curly questions.”

Of course I agreed, and Ian released our interview this week as episode 59, Jane Teresa. Science and Dream Interpretation.

Ian, who also operates Create Your Life Story, a web resource designed to help people interested in producing their own audio oral history, set the scene:

“She comes to dream interpretation, not from the esoteric fields of connecting with your hidden spirit guide, while dancing amongst the flowers, where everything is touchy-feely but from the world of hard core science.

Trained in the UK with a Honours Degree in Zoology, specialising in developmental biology with some neurophysiological research, Jane Teresa had taken her analytical scientific approach into the world of understanding dreams, their meanings and how they influence our lives.”

Along the way, I interpret the dream Ian had that morning.

Along the way, I interpret the dream Ian had that morning.

Along the way, Ian tells me about a very short dream he had during the early hours of the morning before our interview, which I interpret for him. Naturally this leads to quite a discussion! (Yes, it hits home.)

On his blog, Ian concludes:

“Dream interpretation is a real diagnostic tool to better live our lives and help us understand how we are evolving in our personal life towards achieving what we want for ourselves.”  Listen to the podcast.

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