I just came across a really interesting exercise to get a better understanding of your dreams. First you put in a request to the Dreamaker before you go to sleep, ask for a dream you will remember.
I tried it last night and I got a net full of extra ordinary rich and varied dreams and rich symbols. They came in several chapters varied from the sacred to the sexual (very rude!) I’ll just share one of the ‘chapters’ of my dream here and give you a taste of how the exercise works.
‘I was walking on a well populated walking track with my husband it was a beautiful open space, big and expansive, possibly heading for the sea. We stopped by a monument, which I was suprised to see was dedicated to Leonard Cohen. My husband was stopping random walkers and pointing the monument out to them, I was quite shy and pleased at how interested and respectful the strangers were.’
Now,what you do is write down the nouns in the dream, the objects, the people, and then you free associate any images, feelings and associations you connect to that noun, don’t judge, just connect, no matter if it sounds a little bonkers. Like this…
Husband: companion, support, familiar
Walking track: unknown territory,freedom,journey
Leonard Cohen: soulful, poet, connection
Monument: Recognition, respect, concrete manifestation
Random walkers: strangers, people to be shy of, journeyers
Then you re-tell your dream story, but this time inserting the associative words you came up with. In this example it feels to me that LC represents the poetic part of myself that I am frightened to make manifest (the monument). With the support of the support I realise that unknown travelers on the journey may well be interested, some times they just need their attention directed by a supportive companion when I’m too shy to connect.
This gave me a big AHA! I hope it may help you to get closer to the gorgeously rich language and wisdom of dream land.