I will never forget it. I was standing on the edge of the cliff overlooking the ocean staring at the sunrise.
I was anxious, scared and alone. The view in front of me was spectacular but my feet were heavy and my body was trembling. My breathing was fast and shallow. I stood there thinking “What am I supposed to do?” I felt my dad wrap his arms around me and within seconds I was calm and safe. It didn’t last.
Suddenly, I felt him blow so hard in my ear that I shot up from my pillow wide awake. I looked around the room to see if anyone was there. My ear still felt as if someone blew in it. My husband was sound asleep. It was the ear that was against my pillow. I sat up in bed and started laughing. I excitedly thought, “Thanks Dad!” and raced to my computer and drafted an email. It was time to launch my first class.
I receive this kind of guidance regularly now. I had been thinking about my signature 101 class for months. “Would it work?” “Could I do it?” “Would anyone sign up?” My dad was telling me it was time. The night before I wrote in my journal, “Please give me guidance on what to do about the class.” I got the answer I needed. The feeling was so overwhelming that I just knew it was time. And it was. I sent an email to a handful of women that had reached out to me when I launched my website asking how they could work with me. I told them about my course and that it was starting in a couple weeks. The class was full within an hour.
I started dream journaling years ago and it has changed my life. So many dreams led me down the path I am on. Some dreams weren’t even mine. To date, I have documented seven people that had dreams with my dad in them and gave me a message. That’s another incredible story for another day! Anytime I was stuck or didn’t know what to do, I would ask for guidance and eventually wake up with the answer. Our minds have limitations. In daily life, we don’t always see the answer. We can be blocked by outside opinions, our own thoughts, or the noisy external world.
When we allow our minds to rest, our subconscious can take over and bring us the answers we need. Sometimes the answers come through symbols, messages, and weird storylines. They may not always make sense but if you actively participate in the dream process, you can receive a lot of guidance and comfort.
Here are some tips to get you started with dream journaling:
Clear the mind of clutter
Before going to bed, get out of your head what you don’t need. If you have racing thoughts and to-do’s running through your head, write them all out. Get them out and look at your list and say, “I can tend to this tomorrow”.
Set an intention to remember
This is very important. Tell yourself before you go to bed, “I will remember my dream in the morning”.
Designate a Dream Journal
This is very important. Every night before you go to bed, write down a question or a specific topic you want guidance on.
Wake up SLOWLY
This is crucial. You have already set the intention that you will remember so now you need to follow through my allowing the dream to come to you upon waking. So often we jump out of bed and our dreams are immediately lost. When you wake up, keep your eyes closed and your body still. Lay there and recall all that you can. Once you feel as though you have all you can remember, then get up and start writing.
Write it all down
Keep the journal by your bedside and quickly write everything you can recall. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand it. Don’t question anything, just write it down. You may just get random images or people. You may remember snippits or a vivid storyline. Get it all down on paper.
After you get it all down, you can reflect on what came to you. If you are processing the same question or topic over various nights, page back in your journal to see if you see a theme. Ask yourself questions like “What does this place or object represent?” “What does this person represent?” “Why would I dream about this person?” “What message does this dream have for me?”
Share your dreams
It is really cool to share your dreams with people. You may find that as you talk them out, you will get the meaning behind it. Others may provide interpretations you didn’t think of. You can also research dream interpretation as well.
It helps to set a have a nighttime routine in place. If you go to bed and wake at the same time every day it will help you remember better. Also, keep in mind that your self-care will play a role. If you are not taking care of yourself, dream guidance will be difficult. Alcohol and medications will have an effect on your sleep and how much you remember. Have patience. This can take time and practice but it can be incredibly life changing! My dreams have played a major role in the success of my business. I like to say that I run my business on a spiritual plan and it’s working for me! 🙂
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