Monthly Archives: April 2011

Episode 105 The Dream Show: Toltec tapestries

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Janell transformed an angry fat lady into a melting green sludge. Hmm, well, you can do that in dreams! This particular green sludge moved along – in the way sludges do – to break open a chamber and reveal two Toltec tapestries and a pile of Janell’s old clothes.

How do you deal with anger in your life?

Listen in as Janell describes the rest of her colourful, magical dream, and as we relate it to her waking life and identify key issues and solutions to those issues.

Janell was excited to share news about her team’s dream social networking site, Dreamcatcher, at  www.dreamcatcher.net, so pop over there and explore!

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First though,  enjoy listening to my interpretation and Janell’s responses. Oh, and, by the way, you’ll love the contribution of the pink cat.

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It can’t be that hard

It was vintage, 1920’s I guess, a dome shape with scalloped edges and a fringe.

The alchemists of old spent years working out how to transform base metal into pure gold. I, of the modern dream alchemist variety, spent four weeks working out how to transform a ripped, mouldy lampshade into something beautiful enough to stand in the corner of my friend’s room and shine a golden light. Now, this may be something you know how to do, but all I had was a vision and the feeling, once I got the lampshade frame home, that I had taken on a task way beyond my capability.

It was a standard lamp, but not your average standard shape. It was vintage, 1920’s I guess, a dome shape with scalloped edges and a fringe.

“You choose the fabric and fringe,” I told my friend, “and I’ll recover it for you. It can’t be that hard!”

I should watch the words I speak. “It can’t be that hard,” instantly impresses the word ‘hard’. Either I knew it would be hard, or it became hard because I spoke the word.

And then there were those other words, “I’ll recover it for you!” Perhaps I should have watched those too, I thought, as the challenge lay in pieces before me, seemingly impossible. I could have said, “I’ll get it recovered for you.”

My vision was simple: the old fabric had been applied in two halves, so all I had to do was cut two halves, stretch them over the frame, join them up, and sew on a fringe. I soon discovered the fabric didn’t give that way, and the old fabric had been glued, not sewn. Glue, for a complete beginner in the lampshade covering arts, was not a good plan. I needed to be able to undo my mistakes.

I Googled how to cover a lampshade this shape: not a good idea.

I Googled how to cover a lampshade this shape: not a good idea.

I cut smaller templates that failed, I Googled how to cover a lampshade and learned that for this particular shape it was best to get a professional to do the job. I contemplated giving up, sending it to a professional or just buying a replacement, but a strange thing happened.

Each time I contemplated giving up (and there were many), a solution presented itself. Sometimes the solution was instantaneous, and what had just seemed impossible was suddenly fixed. Sometimes the solution appeared as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning, presented by a puzzle-solving dream.

The process seemed familiar, as I leap-frogged through the work, alternately making progress, meeting a seemingly impossible bit, contemplating giving up, receiving magical solution, carrying out the next step. It took me back to several times in my life when I felt overwhelmed by challenges far bigger than covering a lampshade, times when I felt like giving up, times when solutions suddenly appeared. I realised all those past challenges rewarded me with personal and spiritual insight. Looking back, I see they opened doors and led to places that would otherwise have remained closed to me.

The more I thought about this, the more I realised that in those past challenges and in the making of this lampshade, I didn’t actually give up. I let go. I released the old way (or vision) and opened to seeing a new way. I surrendered.

And when you surrender, miracles happen.

I contemplated giving up, but a strange thing happened.

I contemplated giving up, but a strange thing happened.

Even little miracles, like finally, over the Easter weekend, finishing the lampshade and delivering it to my friend.

As the alchemists of old knew, it’s not about whether base metal can be turned into gold (given the present state of technology, it can’t), it’s about what you learn about yourself – personally and spiritually – along the way. It’s the old, ‘the journey is more important than the destination’ thing. Life is such a journey.

My challenge had been infinitely smaller and entirely due to my complete novice status, but it presented me with a perfect reminder of the value of surrender and trust.

It may be my first and last lampshade recovering exercise, and I’m sure my big mouth will present me with further challenges from time to time. I hope, next time, that I say, “it’s easy” rather than “it can’t be that hard”, but if I forget to choose my words, I will remember to surrender to life’s alchemy to hold up a lamp to light my way.

What have life’s big and little challenges taught you?

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Episode 104 The Dream Show: Connections

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How much does worry weigh? What’s the connection between a worm and a nipple? Which is of greater value, a champagne or a pink diamond? And is there anyone out there who actually enjoys vacuuming?

In today’s show we ponder these and other key questions as we playfully pick our way through dreams and life cameos in search of deeply meaningful and spiritually insightful answers. Of course we find them, for all things are connected once you know how to look!

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A light hearted show this week including dream interpretation tips and plenty of food for thought for busy people, and, as always, embedded in the heart of lightness, wisdom shines.

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Mama Mia! Flying & falling dreams

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“Married at 22 to a jackass, I spent 10 years with a cheater, and 10 years dreaming that I was falling. I never hit the ground, and I knew I was dreaming, but there it was: falling. And, it was scary.

After that divorce, I found a gem of a husband who looks after me and treasures our love. Guess what? Now, the dreams are of flying. I am flying, and I’m good at it, and I know it’s a dream and I don’t care because it’s fun.”

Laurie posted this on mamamia.com last week when I was guest blogger talking about recurring dreams. There were over 100 posts as Mia’s readers shared their dreams, and I spent some time replying, interpreting, giving tips. (Read them here.)

There were over 100 posts as Mia's readers shared their dreams.

There were over 100 posts as Mia’s readers shared their dreams.

I replied to Laurie:

“Isn’t it enlightening when you spot the metaphor in the dream? Often we can only do this in retrospect, as we are so often blind – in denial – to our situation at the time.

Dreams reflect the unconscious, and it seems you had an unconscious belief in falling (in not flying), low self esteem perhaps (and falling ever lower), until something happened to reverse that thinking, and you transformed that negative unconscious belief. You saw the possibility of flying, of having higher self esteem, of reaching a higher potential.

You wouldn’t have stayed in that 10 year marriage unless it matched your unconscious feelings of falling.

Good work, and congratulations!

Here’s something interesting: If I had heard about your falling dream way back then, as well as exploring your dream to understand it, I would have given you a visualisation. I would have asked you to visualise yourself back in your dream, only this time to fly out of the fall, to grow wings and fly up and up and out of the dream, and to summon up a wonderful feeling of high self esteem and limitless possibilities as you did this. It’s what I call a Dream Alchemy practice. It’s a way of working with your dream symbols (e.g. falling) to change them; a way of reprogramming your unconscious beliefs from negative to positive by speaking the language of your unconscious (which we know, from your dream).

What would have happened if you’d done this? You’d have automatically seen the light and broken free earlier. But hey, here you are today, and life is wonderful. Enjoy your wings.”

Read my guest blog and replies to mamamia’s dreamers.

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Episode 103 The Dream Show: A steep climb

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Peter dreamed of running up a path that became so steep that he had to crawl on all fours and squeeze through narrow confines. Have you ever had that kind of dream?

It’s a common theme for many, but Peter’s dream progressed until he reached the pinnacle and saw … ah, I’m not going to spoil this! What did he see, and what happened next to make this such a memorable dream?

The interpretation and our discussion as Peter and I relate the dream to his waking life take us along several absorbing paths as we discuss the nature of personal and spiritual development, the role of Pink Floyd’s music and lyrics, and the options open to us as we approach older age.

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Along the way, Peter mentioned his business, and after we finished recording I asked him if he’d like to share his contact details for those of you curious to discover more. His business is Quick Property Solutions and you can contact Peter directly on his Australian cellphone at 0427224948. But first, enjoy the podcast!

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Nipple worms & radio experts

Headlice and worms: nice subject over breakfast.

“I dreamed that a two inch worm wriggled out of my nipple,” said Kerry, who called Brig and Lehmo’s breakfast show on Radio Mix101.1FM a couple of weeks ago to ask me about her dream.

Parasites seemed to be the order of the day, as I had just helped Brig understand her dream of picking lice from a sports star’s hair. Lice and worms, nice subject over breakfast.

Dream interpretation on breakfast radio has to be quick, punchy, entertaining and light hearted, while also delivering something insightful and meaningful about each dream and imparting – between the lines – a dream interpretation tip or two to the listeners. Callers don’t have the luxury of describing a whole dream, so it’s often down to the basics, like Kerry’s worm wriggling out from her nipple. Oh, but we did have a little more information: the worm was two inches long.

Breakfast radio's often straight down to the basics, like Kerry’s worm wriggling out from her nipple.

Breakfast radio’s often straight down to the basics, like Kerry’s worm wriggling out from her nipple.

Every part of a dream is meaningful, and it is deeply rewarding to explore and interpret every detail, but for the time poor – and for radio – there’s a lot of magic to be gained by reducing a dream down to one or two basic sentences that give the gist and highlight the weirdest symbols.

Yes, I will share my insight on Kerry’s dream! There are no ad breaks or tunes to squeeze into this blog post, so I’m spinning my tale.

If you’re very busy, if the pace of your life is more breakfast show, more grazing bytes than navel gazing, jot down your dreams using the same words that you’d use if you were phoning a radio station and the producer told you to describe your dream in no more than a couple of sentences. At least you’ll have something written in your dream journal, some record of dreams that would otherwise disappear into the rush time ether. And you can get some good insights working with these basic bottom lines.

Interpreting dreams is not dream dictionary work. There’s no universal meaning for worm or nipple. It’s more meaningful to look at how the symbols in a dream interact than to look at them in isolation. Whenever someone describes a dream, I empty my mind and just listen. As the dreamer paints the picture of the dream, I keep an open mind, observing how the elements interact, how the drama unfolds, how the dreamer expresses the dream.

What do you see when you put nipple and worm in the same sentence? What does the interaction of these two symbols conjure up for you?

Many decades ago, when I lived in Glasgow, I enjoyed skipping the occasional lecture to relax and potter around my kitchen while listening to Radio BBC Scotland. I liked the afternoon play readings and the segments where they had experts in the studio answering callers’ questions. The experts always came in panels of three, and they would decide amongst themselves who would answer each caller’s question. “Over to you, Jack,” one expert would say, after giving a brief opinion of his own.

The experts always came in panels of three, and they would decide amongst themselves who would answer each caller’s question.

The experts always came in panels of three, and they would decide amongst themselves who would answer each caller’s question.

I imagined the panel of experts sitting there in the studio, reference books on the table in front of them, two rapidly thumbing pages checking facts and searching for answers while the third held fort with a wordy introduction. (Yes, these were pre-internet days.)

Did my imagining manifest my many years of being an ‘expert’ on radio? Probably! I was first interviewed on radio 34 years ago, and it’s been in my life, on and off, ever since. But there’s no sitting in the studio with a reference book, or even with a laptop. Mostly there’s no sitting in the studio. I’m usually at home, on the phone and I ask not to be told anything about the dreams before we go live to air. It keeps everything in the moment and allows me to just sit, with a totally clear mind, and listen as the caller (or the presenter) describes their dream. If I don’t analyse – if I simply sit and watch how symbols interact, how the dream drama develops, how the caller tells the dream, I have enough clues to respond.

Being a radio ‘expert’ has taught me the clarity of being in the moment.

Being a radio ‘expert’ has taught me the clarity of being in the moment.

Being a radio ‘expert’ has taught me the clarity of being in the moment. I use the same approach for working with long, detailed dreams, for clients where we spend an hour on one dream, and for The Dream Show where I chat luxuriously with guests about a single dream.

So what does Kerry’s dream about a worm wriggling out from her nipple mean?

So what does Kerry’s dream about a worm wriggling out from her nipple mean?

So here we are at the bottom line of today’s blog. What does Kerry’s dream about a worm wriggling out from her nipple mean?

There’s a tension at work here: a nipple is designed to deliver milk, to nourish and nurture. A worm that has been living inside the body is probably a parasite, feeding on the person’s energy, ultimately depriving the person of energy and nourishment. Kerry’s dream shows a tension around nurturing. Something’s been draining her of her energy. Something that should be nourishing and nurturing for Kerry has, in fact, been potentially draining her reserves.

The good news is that Kerry’s dream captures the moment where the worm leaves her body. Every dream reflects the 24-48 hours prior, so Kerry most probably ‘got something off her chest’ about what’s been draining her instead of nourishing and fulfilling her. And since that worm was two inches long, this draining has most likely been going on for two years.

Of course, we’d need to really look into the details of Kerry’s dream to be precise and gain deeper insight, but as a starting point for Kerry and the radio listeners, and as a starting point for busy people – like you perhaps – byte sized dream interpretation is good breakfast food for thought.

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Episode 102 The Dream Show: Robbed!

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Andrea dreamed of robbers stealing three big bags of gold coins, making a getaway in her car, a chick car.

Meanwhile, a guy at work was presented with a birthday gift, the testosterone petrolhead version of Andrea’s chick car, but not a real one, a child’s toy worth $19.

You’ll be amazed at how much we discover when we explore the meaning of that 19!

Join Andrea and I as we delve into this and other scenes in her dream and make the connections with her waking life. We find plenty of insight to light Andrea’s way forward and shift some big stuff along the way.

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Future blessings

To move ahead, see beyond your current limitation.

What would you like to change about your life? What seems to be stopping you from achieving this?

I’ve just opened my book, The Compass, at random, to find a reading for today’s blog. It opened at 130: See Beyond. Here it is:

SEE BEYOND

WHY?

The future blesses you with hindsight.

CLARITY

What is upsetting or distressing you?

What is the obstacle you see in front of you?

Can you see a way through, or around, this obstacle? Not yet? Then the obstacle will continue to block your path until you do, locking you into your blocked situation. To move ahead, see beyond your current limitation. When you look back from the future, today will look different. Hindsight delivers a clear solution. Where do you want to be? Imagine looking back from there. What do you see?

ALCHEMY PRACTICE

Imagine yourself in the future, beyond the current obstacle, living the life you have been wishing for. Add another ten years, or more if you prefer. How will life be for you then? Write a letter from your happy, fulfilled self in the future, to you at your current age. Describe your life, and express the wisdom and insight you have received during the intervening years. Don’t involve your brain much in this practice: let your gut instinct write this letter.

You’ll be surprised what you learn in foresight-hindsight!

[Extract from The Compass]

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Episode 101 The Dream Show: Murder

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Viv, my guest today, dreamed of murdering her husband. She wanted a canteen of cutlery, and the only way to get it was to deliver a quick blow to the back of his head while he slept.

It was a harrowing dream, the kind that many people keep to themselves, frightened to share for fear of what it reveals.

And what does Viv’s dream reveal? It’s an entirely positive and uplifting dream once the scary symbols are confronted, a dream that marks a turning point for Viv.

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Listen in to absorb the process of dream interpretation, to pick up interpretation tips, and to be inspired by Viv’s new vision.

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