Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dream Warning?

Good Morning Cynthia,
   I had a dream last night that was very unusual for me and I was wondering if you could give me some insight about it?

  Here it goes: my mother and I were very close. She passed in 2011. I've had some instances (and one very powerful dream) in which I know she is with me in a very loving way. My half sister (we had the same mom) quit talking to me right after my mom passed. Last night I dreamed that both of them had their backs to me.

They both appeared separately in my dream. My sister was very vivid. Her hair was pretty, and she had on a pretty light blue dress with big white flowers in the pattern. My mom was further away; I couldn't tell what she had on, but, again, she had her back to me. I had a dream a few years ago about my sister where she was at a long table with other relatives that had passed including my mom. Everyone was talking and having a good time but my sister never spoke. No one looked at me in that dream except my sister. Later, I found out that she had cancer. I just had to ask you about this.
Thank you in advance.

Hi B.T.,
  Given your previous experience with a dream and then a cancer diagnosis for your sister, I understand the urgency of your feelings. Some dreamers do have repeated symbols that always mean the same thing. One dreamer, for example, told me that she dreams about earthworms the night before an earthquake.

  It's human nature to wonder if your dream means that your sister is going to transition soon. The answer to that question cannot be gleaned from this dream. However, it has been my experience that, at times, we are given a warning dream to somehow lessen the blow when something devastating happens. If you've wanted to reach out to your sister and try to mend the communication, it would seem that now would be a good time. I hasten to add that many dreamers have shared dreams in which they see departed loved ones (sometimes communicating with them, sometimes not) and nothing catastrophic happens. Your subconscious mind may just be prompting you to take action.

Until next time, I wish you Sweet Dreams!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recurring Dreams

Have you ever had the same or a very similar dream more than once? Turns out most of us have. Recurring dreams have two purposes;
  1. Either your subconscious mind or “dream muse” is delivering a message that you have (up till now) not interpreted or understood, so it keeps sending this message because it is important,
  2. Or you are back in a situation that you've been in before and your subconscious mind is wanting to remind you, so you don't repeat a mistake or challenge that you've already checked off your list of life assignments!
Another version of the recurring dream is when we repeatedly dream about the same theme or symbol. Many years ago I went through a period of several months when I had recurring bathroom dreams. I devoted a chapter in my book, Dream Power: How to Use Your Night Dreams to Change Your Life, to bathroom dreams.

Bathrooms are where we purge ourselves of what is no longer needed. We have digested the nutrients and need to release the waste. Or cleanse ourselves. These dreams can show up in so many forms. For example, you are trying to locate a bathroom in a shopping mall and think you have finally found one, only to realize that the room you found is just a dressing room with no toilet. Or the toilet has no walls and no privacy, or it is filthy, or it is a floor-sink, third-world type, primitive toilet and you have to get naked to use it. In my case, I understood that I needed to let go of a relationship that was no longer bringing out the best in either of us.

Another time in my life I had a series of hat dreams. I knew I was carrying a heavy load of responsibility at the time, lots of jobs and additional, important duties. I was playing many roles or wearing many hats.

If you are experiencing a recurring dream and do not understand the meaning, ask yourself: 
  1. What is it that I do not want to acknowledge? Or...
  2. What pattern is showing up again in my life? Or...
  3. Simply interpret the dream according to your association with each symbol and then tincture out the possible meanings until there is a feeling of recognition?
Bottom line, recurring dreams are important. They are a gentle nudge to pay attention and learn so you can save yourself from undergoing unnecessary stress and trouble.

Until next time,

All my best wishes for your Sweet Dreams,