Working with our dreams can provide some of the most dazzling insights into our lives. Presenting colorful and dramatic metaphors, power-packed with emotion, dreams are a key to personal growth. With this in mind, let’s look at a couple of the most common types of dreams: Recurring dreams and series of dreams.
Though sometimes the most confounding and frustrating, recurring dreams can be some of the easiest to tie directly to our waking lives. It’s a pretty sure bet that if you’re having a recurring dream, that dream presents itself at the same time certain circumstances repeat in your “real” life.
So, for example, if every six months you dream that you’re shackled to your desk and wearing washed out, faded clothes at work, it’s worth looking at your work calendar. Do performance reviews come around every six months? Are you frustrated and wondering why you keep getting passed over for promotion? In dream language you might label that situation and its accompanying frustration being shackled to your desk! Your washed out clothes could represent your faded status in the work place.
Noted dream researcher Jeremy Taylor says our dreams don’t tell us what we already know. I agree, and I would add that in certain circumstances, our dreams may be calling to our attention something that we know, but don’t want to know. We may know our work standards have been waning, but we make excuses. We blame our boss, our competitors, the economy, or anything but ourselves for the shackles that hold us at the same old desk.
Our dreams won’t make excuses for us. Instead, they will more often point out with graphic certainty what we haven’t faced in our waking lives.
Whenever a recurring dream plays in your nighttime cinema, make a note of it. Since you know this dream so well, you don’t have to write an essay about it; just jot down the date and something like, “Shackled to the desk again. Faded clothes. So frustrating!” Be sure to include the emotions!
Now make some notes about your waking life. This is key. What’s going on at work? What’s happening at home, with a project, with family or friends? Any of these might be important because next time the dream recurs, you’re almost sure to see that one of these circumstances is recurring as well! That’s what your dream’s talking about.
Most dreamers can make these connections after only two or three recurrences and their accompanying notes. Be sure, this dream will keep coming until you make changes!
Many of us produce series of dreams, just like a series of TV shows. Over time, episodes play out around a similar theme. If you have a series of dreams in which you’re in the role of teacher, for example, this is parallel to a situation you’ve settled into or are exploring, for the better or worse. Such dreams can point out milestones, obstacles, progress or stagnation.
In every case, your dreams arrive bearing gifts of self-knowledge.
Sweet Dreams to You, Dear Dreamers!
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