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Welcome back, Sweet Reader! Today we will cover #3 on my list of 33 Ways to work with your Dreams.
This one may seem like more of an overall goal than a way to work with your dream; but you can actually apply it as a strategy too. Let me explain…
#3 Make waking life connections
In all of the creative approaches you take to exploring a dream’s meaning, you will come across many “Aha!” moments and make connections between the dream symbols and your waking life. These insights, when taken altogether, help you understand what your dream is trying to tell you.
Ok, but in addition to the waking life connections that arise as a result of the other approaches you take to dream work, I’ve also found that just looking at a dream and asking the simple question, “What does this remind me of in my waking life?” can be a way to get direct answers.
Here is how to make waking life connections as a strategy,
- Consider one of your dreams,
– tell or write it down so you have the full dream in your mind,
– list on a piece of paper as many waking life connections as you can,
– see what you discover.
“Yes, but what is a waking life connection,” you ask?
By connection I mean that the dream (or dream symbol or character) reminds you of something you recently encountered in life. Here are a couple of examples.
- a dream about a chasing a crab across the beach might be connected to watching my son chase after a chipmunk in the front yard a few days earlier.
- something about the way the unknown stranger in my dream from last night made me feel might remind me of the fear I felt when I was riding in the elevator last week and suddenly felt someone’s eyes on me.
- and so on…
Connections are sometimes very clear and pop up instantly in your mind and other connections may take some time to arise. By listing them on a piece of paper, you’re letting go of judgement and opening to the brainstorming mindset that brings about some of the most powerful “Aha!” moments in dream work.
Give it a try and let me know what you discover!
Sweet Readers, I hope you’re enjoying this post series. I look forward to hearing from you in the comments, or on social media. I welcome your questions and if you want me to work with your dream, I offer email dream interpretations and private one-to-one dream coaching sessions!