Words can be very telling, especially the words we use to describe our dreams. They often come direct from our unconscious mind – perfect keys to interpretation. So next time someone is telling you about a dream, listen for those tell-tale words.
Alison called Radio 5AA last week when I was interpreting dreams on Amanda Blair’s show.
Alison asked about a recurring dream in which she inherits a big, run down mansion that would need lots of money to return it to its “former glory”.
It was the “former glory” bit that stood out to me. What insight do you get from those particular words?
There was a bit more to the dream. There’s always a snake in the house, but with each successive dream Alison has felt more comfortable with it being there.
The dream started 3 years ago. Since dreams always reflect the last 24-48 hours, recurring dreams reflect recurring issues in our lives. Every time the issue comes up, so does the dream. In Alison’s case, we know this issue first came up 3 years ago, when the recurring theme began.
According to her dream, three years ago Alison realised that she had an opportunity to “return to former glory” an aspect of her life that had become run down, probably due to neglect. My feeling is that this is to do with her career or study. During the past three years she has been gathering the courage, step by step, to face her fear and do this. In Alison’s dream, the snake represents the fear she is becoming increasingly comfortable with.
I didn’t get much further than this on air, as Alison leapt in to affirm that she could relate to the interpretation. I suggested a dream alchemy practice: visualise the house swiftly returning to its “former glory” at the wave of a magic wand and see herself moving into it and feeling good about this. The point of dream alchemy is to communicate with the unconscious mind using its own language (the same language it used in the dream) to create change – in this case, a fear-free return to “former glory”, a former, much cherished way of being.