How Deep Do Dreams Go?

Here is a talk I gave on March 15, 2014 to the All Reality group in Santa Monica.
I speak about the split between ego and soul, how this shows up in dreams, and then move into the inner world by talking about lucid dreaming and astral projection.

The Healing Elixir of the Imaginal Realm

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Dreams give us the puzzle pieces of our lives. It is our job to figure out how to put them together to make meaning in our lives.

Well that is how I ended up on the couch in the home of a very gifted Quantum Healing Hypnotherapist (QHHT) trained by Dolores Cannon named Tina Saelee. This 3-hour experience was like dreaming on steroids. However, no drugs were involved. This experience was life altering for me. It brought the imaginal realm (see post about accessing the imaginal realm), that I had only read about in Jung’s work, particularly his Red Book, to life for me.

It was a dream about a two critical figures manifesting in our collective psyche that lead me back to Dolores Cannon’s work. In the Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy session with Tina I met these two characters — the Trickster and the Star Woman — again. (I will write more about these characters in another blog post.)

I wrote about about the Tower and the Star cards in the Thoth Tarot deck when I knew deep in my bones that this message must get out. I also knew that more people must experience for themselves the healing elixir of the imaginal realm.

The Age of Aquarius which is represented by the Star card in the Tarot deck is here, now. The Tower structures of society are failing and we have a choice, will we choose to stay tuned into the dying tower world, or will we choose to tune into the Aquarian world? It is a choice, you must make now! And this choice requires attunement to the imaginal realm.

Jungian analysis and Jungian life coaching (which is what I do) relies heavily on the imaginal realm, also know as the dream world, to heal the ego of its neurotic defenses and to connect one to their soul. The world around us is bereft of intimate and soulful connections, especially to our higher self.

Jung said the face you turn to the unconscious (imaginal realm) is the face it turns to you. In other words, when you experience how really real it is then it becomes your best friend and guide. Now more than ever, to get through the chaos of the world around us, we must turn inward to our spiritual guides.

Every client and friend who has experienced the Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy this month has been blown away by the imaginal realm. Tina Saelee is offering a discounted rate to all my clients.

At the end of June I am offering a workshop (donations only) to help everyone process their Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy session. I will help people understand the archetypes activated in their psyches, understand their karmic blocks, and demonstrate how to keep the channel open to their higher self.

Turn off the TV, tune out the news, and tune into your higher self. This adventure is way better than anything Hollywood or mass media will feed you.

Dreams direct us towards wholeness

Dreams are like the white blood cells of our immune system they protect us from foreign bodies and carry the healing potions for health and well-being. Every single night we dream. Whether we recall and interpret these dreams or not they work on improving our psychological adaptive system just as the white blood cells work on improving our biological adaptive system. So, what is the advantage of dream recall and interpretation?

CONSCIOUSNESS!

To recall and interpret dreams we work to make that which is unconscious conscious. In so doing we begin to rise above our fellow primates separating ourselves by our magnificent human capacity for consciousness. Left alone our biological and psychological immune systems focus on survival. By bringing our dreams to consciousness we can work towards self actualization, the pinnacle of our unique purpose and fulfillment.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

5 KEYS TO DREAM RECALL[1]

  1. Keep your dream journal by your bed.
  2. Write down three or four lines regarding your day’s events, thoughts, feelings, conflicts etc. before going to sleep.
  3. Begin to think backwards as soon as you wake up. What was just going through your mind?
  4. Write down everything you can recall even if it does not make sense.
  5. Try not to allow your ego to edit the dream recall. It is best to let the dream flow through you as you write it down.

THE FOUR STEPS TO INTERPRETING YOUR DREAMS[2]

1. Making associations.

Go back through the dream identifying each image, symbol and/or dynamic and its associations in your life. For instance, let’s say you dreamed about playing tennis with your father in Florida. Associate your thoughts and feelings about playing tennis (dynamic), your father (image) and Florida (image). If by chance you played with a particular tennis racket in the dream this may be the critical symbol in your dream. Pay particular attention to the symbols for they hold the transformational power.

2. Connecting dream images to inner dynamics.

Inner dynamics are the internal processes that go on in your head and body. It is your energy system, your attitude, your emotions, your moods, your pattern of thinking and relating to others. Go back through your work in the first step and identify the connections between your associations and your inner processes. For instance, let’s say the action in the dream has your father lobbing a high ball to you and you swing and completely miss it. Where in your life are you looking up to hit? And have you already swung and missed or are you about to? What does the HEAD FLEXPOINT RADICAL RACQUET symbolize?

3. Interpreting.

By this point you may already have an idea of what this dream means. At In this step you should tie together all the work in step one and two, looking for a central theme. Dreams always reveal something you do not know. Now let’s say with the above dream your dear friend (reminds you of your father) gave you a lead for a job interview in Florida that you think is way above your head. You fear you will swing and miss thereby disappointing your friend. Now the particular tennis racquet the transformational symbol in the dream makes great sense. It suggests you should use your head, be flexible and dare to be radical on this job interview.

4. Walking around with your dream.

To really know if this interpretation makes sense you must live with it. Hold it in the back of your mind as you go through the day to see what occurs during the day to support or add to your interpretation.

Now if this dream went unanalyzed it is very possible you would swing and miss falling into your childhood pattern of missing lobs from your father. However, by bringing the dream to light you can consciously interrupt this pattern by using your head, being flexible, staying focused on the ball and strategically planning your radical shot leading to game, set, match.


[1] Adapted from Gayle Delaney’s Living Your Dreams: The Classic Bestseller on Becoming Your Own Dream Expert

[2] Adapted from Robert Johnson’s Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth