29 Sep 2011
- Written by Lucy Shaw
This may sound like a silly question, but I will ask it anyway. I keep having this nightmare where I am in school and can never get to graduation on time. This is crazy because I am not in school and I did make it to my graduation. What do you think about dreams? Also, I want to get some sleep!
For years, I had a recurring dream that eventually turned up the volume and became a full-blown nightmare. Curious soul that I am, I took a course in dreams. Most people wouldn’t go that far, but then, I just like getting alternate points of view. And, I’m glad you asked this question because you are probably not the only one out there with this question. Here is what I learned about dreams.
During the day, we are so busy thinking and chattering in our brains that we don’t take time to hear or listen to our inner self thinking. (People who meditate rarely have this problem). The inner self has been thought of as the sub-conscious mind, the soul, our bigger, better self. This is that part of us that is free to communicate and try to help out when we are asleep and not preoccupied with survival.
Dreams are talked about throughout the Bible and other holy writings. Recently, there were two popular movies based on dreaming, “Avatar” and “Inception.” Others include the “Matrix” and “Vanilla Sky.” So, dreaming is pretty powerful stuff.
From the folk who study dreams, the 411 is that your dreams are always about you and they are always informative about your needs for mental, emotional and spiritual growth. So about your dream…
First of all, nightmares are simply your subconscious mind “screaming” at you to get your attention. You haven’t been listening to the milder instruction in your dreams so the subconscious has to scream and frighten you to get you to pay attention. We are here to grow, to progress, to add something to life, to be useful. The only way to do that is by learning and moving forward.
We master something that is necessary for our success and happiness and then we move on to the next grade or we graduate, so to speak. There is something in your life that you need to learn once and for all, graduate from it and get on to the next great learning in your life. You probably know what it is and have been resisting it for a long time. Your bigger, better self is sick of it and wants to move on! Face up to it and get on with it.