World of Dreaming
Your bedroom is the temple where one of the most interesting and magical processes of the human condition takes place: sleep. Our modern day bedrooms are multipurpose and not just for sleeping and incubating dreams. At night it is the room where we sleep, watch t.v., read, make love, study, and various other activities. Our bedrooms welcome us to get cozy and comfortable at the end of long day. It calls to us to come, relax, unwind and wraps us in a blanket of a security as we say goodnight and drift off to sleep. In the morning, our bedrooms look different as the sunlight brightens the rooms and it seems to say to us “Good Morning this is a new day full of promise and hope.”
Sleep and dreams are two areas where science has yet to fully understand or explain their mysteries. For centuries sleep and dreams have held their place in folklore, magick and wives tales, old fears and beliefs that continue today. For example: don’t sleep in strange places, don’t sleep with your head pointing south, don’t eat spicey foods before sleep…etc. As for dreams and the mystery they hold much is revealed to a wise interpreter. Today, many still use techniques derived from ancient religions and or magic to encourage restful sleep and to reveal messages from dreams.
The best bedroom is a room that is spacious enough to move about freely, a great bed, soft lighting and decorated with colors that promote peace, rest and tranquility. Great bedroom colors are soft or pastel blues, greys, greens, creams, earth tones and white. Furniture that is comfortable. Of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is the one place that when you walk into it all you can say is “ahhhh!” I’m home, I’m safe, I’m relaxed and at peace. As my grandmother always says when she goes to bed, it’s time to shut the world out.
There are so many wonderful beds to choose today. This is not about telling you what mattress to buy although I recommend you try several and be sure to get the best one for you and your body to ensure restful and blissful sleep. A few fun bed/mattress facts for you are: In the past, 100 plus years ago mattresses were made of feathers and were thought to be effective protection against lightning strikes, so people would lay on their beds during thunderstorms. Also, different types of feathers were used; partridge feathers were thought to prevent disease, pigeon feathers caused sleepless nights and dove feathers were considered unlucky. Prior to feathers, grass and plants were used in bedding. I am so grateful to be born in modern times!
There are traditional sleeping positions that many cultures and spiritual practices believe are better than others for the energy of your life. Sleeping with your head pointing:
North: Promotes stability, calmness, prosperity and healing. The North is considered the source of magical power.
South: Not good! Promotes insomnia, illness, weariness.
East: Promotes intelligence, sharp mental powers, freedom of the mind. The East is associated also with religion and spirituality. Because the sun and moon rise in the east and set in the west it is considered the most natural way to sleep as well – head in the east feet toward the west.
West: Promotes love, psychic abilities, spirituality and is the ideal position for those practicing dream magic.
If moving your bed is not practical then using a mirror facing the opposite direction to counter the negative energy. For example, a small mirror hung on the headboard of a bed facing South.
As a young Christian, I often thought it was weird to call the day that Jesus was crucified good. Then I learned the reason it is called Good Friday even though there seemed to be nothing good about the darkest day, is because it is darkest before the dawn of many who awakened to a new life. Jesus arose from his grave as he said he would. He lives and His teachings live because of what transpired over Easter weekend.
I think many of us have experienced dark days where we thought that it was the end. And many of us are experiencing some dark days now. Some of us have lost jobs, been downsized from our companies and we feel downsized in our souls. Some of us are going through divorce or the loss of loved one. Others may have debt piled so overwhelming high that it seems hopeless. Or maybe you have been betrayed by a friend or trusted confident and now the one you thought you could trust has just thrown it away? I certainly have experienced many dark days. And there were many, many times that I have been so down and felt so alone that I couldn’t see a possibility that things would ever be better. How many have you been there? And what brought you out of your darkest day? For me it was my faith in God.
My faith and trust in God and focusing on God’s goodness and love keeps me and has kept me going during times I felt that I am being crucified. When I turn my focus to God and shut out all the noise and seemingly endless negativity from the world by going into silence and prayer God is there, always God is there. In this time of silence, I surrender all my problems and hurts to God praying for His guidance and I am calmed. It is then that I hear and feel God telling me the way to keep going, how to reinvent myself, how to meet obligations and to be happy and successful in my life again.
In dreams, God can talk to us easily because our subconscious is open and receptive to receiving information our conscious mind would otherwise question or dismiss. In our dreams we reach the theta state of consciousness. Theta is the state where God and the realm of creation is and we can get there as well in prayer.
On this Good Friday, if you are experiencing a sort of personal crucifiction remind yourself that it is always darkest before the dawn. Go into silence and surrender to God with faith and trust that with God you will arise above it all to be new again. There is life after seeming death.
“Is it not known to all people that the dream is the most usual way that God reveals himself to man?” —- Tertullian
Many Blessings and Sweet Dreams.
For the past 20 plus years that I have been interpreting my dreams and dreams for others I have met some people who have no interest or desire to understand the value in interpreting their dreams. In all my studying and gathering of information from many great scholars and dream analysts such as Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Robert Moss etc. there are many things about dreams that are still unanswered such as: Where do our dreams come from?, Why do we dream?, Why don’t we dream in our verbal language? I do not want to go into debate and discussion about those things which I still have not found valid answers to for my own belief. I want to stay on the subject of why I believe dreams need to be interpreted.
There has yet to be scientific discovery in regards to meaning and feeling that proves or disproves theories on whether or not a dream has a message or that its intention is to have meaning to the dreamer. We don’t know how images are made in our dreams or the stories the images tell us. Where are they from? Do they come from God, the soul, the mind, unconscious or a bunch of neurological firings?
What I do know and what I believe is that a dream once it has been “figured” out by the dreamer can enhance the dreamer’s knowledge of themselves or solve a problem, change a habit, and inspire.
Here are a few comments I have received on dreams and dream interpretation:
“I don’t dream or I don’t dream much”
There are some people who do not dream according to a few scientists and doctors. These people seem to skip through the REM or rapid eye movement stage which is the dreaming stage of the sleep cycle. Other doctors and scientists say they really can’t prove if everyone dreams or not. So, when someone responds with I don’t dream I am usually intrigued and also a bit sad for them because I think our ability to dream is really a wonderful thing.
“Dreams don’t have any meaning to them”
Actually, they do. There is a plethora of research that shows how our dreams reflect our waking concerns, problems and help us cope with stress, solve problems and even inspire ideas in us. I usually recommend that if they would just try a few weeks of interpreting and understanding their dreams they will see the meaningfulness of at least one dream.
“How do I figure out what it means when there are no words? Why can’t dreams just be like a letter instead of a bunch of pictures?
It would be nice if when we go to sleep a letter would appear saying Dear SuzyQ, Hi here is a message for you…..But that is not how it works. Dreams speak to us in our first language and that is one of images, symbols and things we see not necessarily a bunch of letters that arrange a word meaning to the image. There are basic meanings to common symbols but then there are other things that have different meanings to us by what they symbolize and our experience, culture, age, with said symbol or thing. Also, it has been said that dreams are more direct when we are in a state of emotional openness or dire situation.
I say the reason’s to interpret your dreams are: to know your self better, solve problems, stop bad habits, help you cope with stress, and be inspired to write the next best seller, new invention, cure a disease, make more money and be happier. And lastly, because dreams are an amazing gift to us wherever or whomever they come from.
Sweet Dreams, Big Dreams.