Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Waking Dream About Flooding: Post #2



  photo courtesy of 911damagerepair.net

This week we’re examining a waking dream about water damage in some buildings. The buildings’ owner, who understands the concept of the waking dream, has a good grasp of this dream’s message. To him, it is all about how life—which he views as an elixir—flows into him more intensely than he can accommodate it. He didn’t ask for my help in order to understand his dream. Rather, he was interested in knowing what actions he should take in order to put himself back in balance. It is not surprising that the owner/dreamer chose to focus on this series of events; water had leaked into his buildings at various times on at least a dozen, separate occasions.

Important categories of waking dreams
In the past I have discussed what qualities make a dream important. There are three: 1) If a dream is shocking. 2) If a dream is bizarre. 3) If a dream is repetitive. In this case, the dreamer’s experience qualified under all three categories, so he felt it was especially important for him to study and understand the message he was being delivered. The fact that his experience was a waking dream—meaning that these were events that occurred not during sleep, but while he was going about the business of his normal day—makes no difference. He was involved in a series of events that were shocking, bizarre and repetitive.

When we analyzed his dream, isolating the symbols and discussing what metaphoric significance they might have in his life, the following is what the narrative of his dream evolved into.

The restated dream
For this dreamer, water symbolizes life—even an elixir, like spirit itself. This elixir is pouring into all of the areas where the dreamer “dwells” (his buildings). Sometimes the outlets for processing this elixir (plumbing) aren’t working well, especially the part of himself that deals with the excess and waste. This has now even affected a part of him that is beautiful, that communicates a sense of nature, has a nice appearance and feels warm (hardwood floor). But his feminine self (girlfriend) calls on the part of him that is in charge of restoration. Soon, with special equipment, the excess is removed, and a degree of normalcy is restored.

Initial thoughts
The above dream message can seem perplexing. How is it possible for life to flow into an individual more freely than he can accommodate it? What exactly does that mean? How can it come flooding into one’s consciousness so fast and so forcefully that it causes damage and “affects the part of him that is beautiful, that communicates a sense of nature, has a nice appearance and feels warm”?

That was the first topic he and I discussed. And it seemed that the key word for him was “outflow.” He was open to the elixir of life, and it was almost literally flooding him. But it seemed that he was blocked when it came to passing the flow forward.

More on Friday.

ANNOUNCEMENT
On March 11 & 12 I will be participating in the Body Mind Spirit Expo in the town of Hillsboro, just west of Portland, Oregon. I will be lecturing and helping with dream interpretations. Click on the Events page for details.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A Waking Dream About Flooding



photo courtesy of defence.pk

I received a phone call from a man, now retired, who owns properties. He knows about the waking dream and wanted to share a series of experiences, all of which involved damage being done to his buildings by flooding water. As we talked, it became clear that he not only understands the concept of the waking dream in general, but he also has a thorough grasp of the meaning of his own waking dream. Instead of wanting a better understand of what his dream was trying to tell him, his real question was what changes he needed to make within himself in order to put his own out-of-balance situation back into balance.

This enlightened approach to responding to a dream message is one we will focus on this week. We will try to answer the question: If you have a dream and you understand what it is telling you, then what do you do about it?

First the waking dream itself.

A waking dream about flooding
I own buildings and I manage them. Over the past couple of years I have had easily a dozen or more instances where water has gotten into the buildings in one way or another, and has caused flooding. Altogether, these various incidents have cost me in excess of $250,000. Sometimes, it has been a breakdown of plumbing. Once there was a huge rainstorm and the exterior drains were clogged and didn’t work. Other times the source has been a complete mystery. For example, once I found water all over a really beautiful hardwood floor, and there were no broken pipes. No one had left a faucet on, and nothing was wrong, except that the floor was in danger of being destroyed. In that instance, my girlfriend called a guy who specializes in catastrophic home cleanups. He was there in less than an hour with all his equipment. Very soon, he had the water removed and we put a dehumidifier in the room which continued to take the excess moisture out of the air and out of the flooring.

The interpretation
As I stated above, this week we are more interested in how one responds to a dream message than in the process of interpretation itself. So I will now offer the interpretation we arrived at without going through the various steps.

For this dreamer, water symbolizes life—even an elixir, like spirit itself. This elixir is pouring into all of the areas where the dreamer “dwells” (his buildings). Sometimes the outlets for processing this elixir (plumbing) aren’t working well, especially the part of himself that deals with the excess and waste. This has now even affected a part of him that is beautiful, that communicates a sense of nature, has a nice appearance and feels warm (hardwood floor). But his feminine self (girlfriend) calls on the part of him that is in charge of restoration. Soon, with special equipment, the excess is removed, and a degree of normalcy is restored.

More on this tomorrow.

ANNOUNCEMENT
On March 11 & 12 I will be participating in the Body Mind Spirit Expo in the town of Hillsboro, just west of Portland, Oregon. I will be lecturing and helping with dream interpretations. Click on the Events page for details.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A Car Stuck In A Parking Lot: Concluding Post



photo courtesy of whatsonbeibo.com

In a dream, a woman who attended a seminar couldn’t get her car out of the parking lot. It was parked in. She wondered if her dream was important.

She and I worked on the dream’s interpretation, and yesterday I posted the dream which had been restated in its metaphoric version. (Scroll down to yesterday’s post to read it.)

An examination of the dream makes it apparent that this dream has a coherent, logical storyline. There is a unifying theme, and despite the dreamer’s initial skepticism about the dream’s importance, it’s clear that it references something significant for her.

I was intrigued by several poignant sentences that were prominent in the reworked version:

* There is a part of me that is going to my own inner destination.
* It will be an in-depth learning experience.
* Somehow, it seems that the thing I am supposed to learn is less important than my just being there.
* I watch as this place inside of me is literally growing from the ground up. It is turning into a major campus for education.
* I ask for help from the parts of me in charge, but they won’t pay any attention to me.

The dreamer comments
I’m not sure I get everything this dream is supposedly telling me about. I guess, maybe, the reason I don’t identify with it more is because whatever it is hasn’t really happened yet. That’s the sense I get. It’s almost like it’s telling me to get ready for something that is going to take place down the road. The dream almost says that directly—the part about “being there is more important than knowing what the meeting is about.” And that I can relate to. I do have a vague feeling of restlessness in my life. Things that I used to do as a matter of course and which felt good and “right” to be doing are a little bit less satisfying to me these days. I’m thinking of little things that happen—mostly at work. Little annoyances that I used to just let sail over my head. Now, I find myself getting annoyed. I feel a vague urge for change.

Maybe that’s what the dream means when it says I’m heading “for my own inner destination.” That’s interesting to me. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I have to say that I get a minor rush even when I think about it. Maybe there is something waiting for me that is meaningful. That would be great if it were true. At this point, I don’t know what it would be, though.

I asked her about the “parts of me in charge…won’t pay attention to me.”

Yeah. That was the part of the dream where I wanted to leave the seminar. I felt as if I needed a break. But this seems to be telling me that I don’t have a choice, that I have to stay: My car is parked in. Funny! And a little bit scary, too!

ANNOUNCEMENT
On March 11 & 12 I will be participating in the Body Mind Spirit Expo in the town of Hillsboro, just west of Portland, Oregon. I will be lecturing and helping with dream interpretations. Click on the Events page for details.

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