Dreams can be a powerful way in which our guides, our own intuition, and the spirit world communicate with us. I haven’t written much about them so far, simply because the topic is so vast, and there are many other experts who talk a lot about them on a much deeper level.
But as it turns out, I do have my own contribution to offer. Dreams have played a crucial part in my own personal story and my journey as an intuitive, and some of what I’ve learned, I feel, can also apply to others. Recently I’ve had several dream experiences that have reminded me of the importance of trusting truth when we recognise it.
In order to work with our dreams for guidance, knowledge and healing, we must first understand that there are many types of dreams. We need to be able to identify which type we’re dealing with, and what function it fulfils.
Three dream types that I frequently experience are as follows:
These are dreams that are simply processing our experiences in the past day or days. These dreams usually feature recognizable motifs or details that we have experienced in life; e.g. if we went to bed after watching a film, and those particular characters or situations feature in our dreams, it might be a processing dream. These dreams are often fuzzy to recall, and for me at least, they don’t feel like my own inner world — it is a continuation of the external day’s events.
This type may differ for different people. These are types of dreams which tell a story; the action takes place firmly in my inner world or worlds; characters from my own life may or may not feature, but the whole feeling of it is just that: like watching or taking part in a story. I often succeed in becoming lucid during these dreams, able to change the shape of the story — either by making choices just for the dream character that is me, or for other characters or aspects of the scene. These dreams often take place in a concrete different world (and I love these dreams, for very often they provide inspiration for fiction writing or world-building), with specific rules and logic. In these dreams I often find guidance from my allies, or practice doing things (e.g. playing an instrument, learning a new skill) that are somehow useful in everyday life. Story-dreams are usually like labyrinths leading me to a new perspective via an exciting journey or adventure. They don’t always have to be positive — but I usually know it’s a dream, and so the pressure is sometimes lessened.
Two dream types that I won’t talk much about here, but that can impact us profoundly:
Dreams in which we (with the help of our spirit guides, emissaries and other light-beings who come to us with the purpose of helping us) actually undergo a healing process, often symbolised in the dream world by specific and even potentially violent experiences. Usually we wake from these dreams knowing something has changed within us.
Past life dreams
These can be whole dreams or just motifs or details in other dreams, often recurrent. In these dreams we are actually remembering and experiencing again parts of past lives. Often these are unresolved or still-traumatic past lives, and so feature violent or terrifying aspects that shake us far more than we expect.
Finally, there are:
Truth-telling / farseeing / precognitive dreams
Then there are dreams that ring the “truth chord”, as Christina Pratt terms it, in relation to real-life situations or events to come. For me, these are usually are centered on real-life situations that I’m facing or investing a lot of mental space in, and give an incredibly accurate view of the reality of the experience. This can include future realities.
Future realities? as in, predictions? If we have free will, how can these even exist?
Pause and rewind; in order to share my take on these, I’d like to give some background.
When I was 15, I started paying a lot of attention to my dreams, writing them down, analysing them, pondering them, investing time and energy to untangling what they could mean. High school was, as for most people, challenging to say the least on many levels, and my way of dealing with it was throwing up energetic walls and retreating into my inner world. And so, after a while I noticed that certain dreams exactly mirrored events or situations that I later found myself in. This was more than déjà vu (a powerful indicator in itself, not to be underestimated); my dreams often got eerily accurate and captured not only the exact location, people involved, time of day, and general energy of the situation that unfolded, but specifics of who else was present, details in the environment and things I and the other people would say.
(writing this, it’s incredibly difficult not to use writing terms – scene, dialogue, setting, etc).
Telling myself I had “prophetic dreams”, I was excited about this apparent new skill for a while. Here was something to prove I was special and mysterious, in possession of unusual powers and destined for a grand future of —well, more specialness. (did I mention I was 15 at the time? :) ) But unfortunately, as I soon found out, it wasn’t so much fun to have precognitive dreams: my dreams told me the truth of my relationships with friends, future plans (university admissions, home life) and most especially, with regard to my crushes. And so, the elaborate the daydreams and fantasies I’d constructed, to which I so desperately wanted to cling, were blasted aside in favour of cold hard truth.
Impatient and fixated on things happening my way, I delved deeper into dream symbolism to try to refute the realities I’d been shown that, deep inside, I knew to be true. Whenever I had a foretelling-dream that seemed negative (i.e. not what I wanted to occur, not the reality I wanted), I ignored the truth chord resounding within me and instead tried to find some other meaning for the dream. I went through dream dictionaries to find alternative analyses that, I’ll admit, didn’t exactly resonate with me, but that could shed a more positive light on the situation at hand.
Yep, I was in attachment. Greatly.
The thing about dream analysis and dream dictionaries is:
We each have our own symbolic frames of reference. And however expert another person or resource is in interpreting dreams, only we can tell if the meaning strikes that truth chord for us, if it resonates. Other people can often reveal meanings we hadn’t considered – but ultimately, we are the experts on our inner world and our communications with spirit.
At that time, I didn’t know how to distinguish between the different types of dreams (and probably didn’t want to), and so I also dove into my other types of dreams — processing dreams, story-dreams, past-life-recurrent dreams, looking for exact correllations between the dreaming work and waking world.
And all the time I was trying desperately to bend the truth to what I thought I wanted, despite knowing deep down what the dreams really meant.
Eventually the whole practice backfired – I was taking all my dreams far too literally – and I got spooked both by the accuracy of the truth-dreams and the potentiality of the other dreams. I decided that I wasn’t having precognitive dreams, couldn’t have them, and told myself that they only revealed the reality of the present situation/energy. I stopped recording my dreams, stopped my obssesive analysis, turned my focus to other things. I continued to have some – eerily accurate—truth-dreams, but I chalked them up to my subconscious fears, or my own biased views.
This is how we deny spirit from showing us truth: we let the ego take charge, we hold tight-fisted to the vision of reality or the future that we think we want (which might not actually be what we desire at all, deep down); we overcomplicate and over-mystify, we doubt that if the answer is simple it can be accurate.
By contrast, when we relinquish control, really tap into the truth of what our hearts, souls and bodies desire and need, and set an intention to receive insight — so much is possible.
When we have the truth, via analysis or that implacable feeling (i.e. clairsentience), it is up to us to use it. And when we do not fear it, but allow it to open doors for us, new choices and clarity become available that we couldn’t even previously imagine.
(Part 1 of 2 on dreams and precognition — check back soon for the second part!)