“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why…I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Robert Kennedy
Have many of your dreams come true? Is there a connection between the dreams you dream at night and the desires you have when you wake? How can you use those dreams to become more conscious?
Dreams Help Us Envision New Possibilities
Wouldn’t it be great if life progressed in a straight line so that we could always see where we’re going? Then we’d know ahead what dreams would come true and which wouldn’t, and we wouldn’t waste our time struggling to make things happen that never happen. But then of course, we wouldn’t experience the joy of rich surprises and miracles that open possibilities we never envisioned.
One day after a job interview, I stood beside the fireplace in a restaurant, watching the snow fall lightly outside. I turned and he was there, stepping forward to offer me a seat. The dream had suddenly changed shape, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and a mischievous smile, and we both knew life would never be the same. Although the relationship was not the dream that lasted for a lifetime, it was one that taught me I could be respected for my intelligence and could share a deeply spiritual relationship.
Manifesting A Dream May Be A Mysterious Path
Life is a spiral dance, weaving steps we know and steps we don’t know—a journey that takes us through shadows and sunlight. There are the dreams we dream and the dreams we don’t dream—the ones we bury along the way because our parents tell us they can’t come true. Then one day, we are standing on a stage as the lights come up and our hands begin to strum a guitar or the words of Shakespeare pour from our lips, and we cannot even remember where this moment began. But somewhere, sometime, it was a dream, an image in our souls that was caught on the wind and carried forward through time, materializing despite all obstacles.
As a child, I wanted to be a doctor and help Albert Schweitzer heal the lepers in Africa, but after struggling with high school chemistry, I gave up the dream of being a doctor and going to Africa. Forty years later, in the early morning of a July day, I stepped off an airplane onto African soil. In that moment, my life changed. I became a citizen of the world. I could never have dreamed of the path that led me there.
Each Dream, Even The Dark One, Is A Gift From Spirit
Each dream is a gift from Spirit, whether it is a conscious dream or an unconscious one. It leads us to places we never dreamed of going or never thought we could reach. Other dreams may serve a different purpose and may create the illusions where we hide from what we cannot bear to see. Other times dreams are demonic and rip the illusions away, spiraling us into the darkness of our own depth to find the real answers.
For years, I read New Mexico Magazine, feeling drawn by some powerful force to go there. When I was almost healed from chronic fatigue, it became clear that I needed to live in a dry environment in order to complete the healing. A friend invited me to house sit with her that summer in Albuquerque. Once I was there, I could not leave. The Native-American culture and art fed my soul. Then, I found the perfect teaching job right away although it was almost time for school to start. It all seemed like a dream come true.
But this was the land of enchantment, and what appeared to be magical, within five years, fell apart. I lost my job, my friends, my spiritual community, my security and all my illusions. Stripped to the core by following a dream based on illusion, who I really was continued to emerge. I began to write and discovered a strength and spiritual balance I had never known.
Dreams May Be Profound Spiritual Guides
Those dreams that come in the night, wrapped round with symbols and mystery, may very well hold the answers to the problems in our lives and lead us to the light. Carl Jung, the famous psychoanalyst, said in his book Man and His Symbols, “The general function of dreams is to restore our psychological balance by producing dream material that re-established, in a subtle way, the total psychic equilibrium.”
After my divorce in 1976, I felt unhinged without a job or money. The grief and anger I felt overwhelmed me. Then one night, I dreamed I was standing in a plaza with a pool in the center. A green ladder rose upward and across the pool and into the upper floor of a several story building on the far side. At the base of the ladder I stood with a young man and a blond-haired woman in a red dress, a version of me that had appeared in other dreams. We performed a ritual, breaking the bread the woman had baked. Then the man left, and the woman began to climb the ladder, beckoning to me. Despite my fear, I followed her.
When I awoke, I realized the dream was telling me exactly what I needed to do. My choice to climb the green ladder was a sacred act. I needed to follow a spiritual path that would lead me to a higher consciousness. Because the arch led over water, which symbolized emotion, it was also telling me to move beyond just reacting emotionally. The dream told me how to heal.
There are the dreams we choose to dream and the ones that come to us unexpectedly. Weaving through our lives with joy and mystery, they are one of Spirit’s greatest transformative gifts. May you dream well tonight.
What dreams have provided you with important insights? Please comment.
For a more in depth understanding of the value of understanding dreams and how they provide guidance in your life, read my book Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness.
©2013 Georganne Spruce ZQT4PQ5ZN7F5