Y’all this is the final post in 33 Ways to work with your Dreams.
I want to just say thank you so very much for all of the feedback and all of the shares. This has been fun for me and I hope enlightening for you. Some of you are where I was on my journey into dream work a few years ago and this list is what I could’ve used back then.
Today we’ll cover all 3 final ways to work with your dreams. But know that this is not a conclusive list, it is just a start. As you work with your dreams more and more, you’ll discover your own methods and those of others in the field of dream work. And I hope, Sweet reader, that you’ll consider reaching out to me and sharing what you uncover.
#31- Work with a dream professional
Someone who specializes in the field of dream work is going to be well-versed in many of the ways I’ve listed in this blog series and in many more I have not listed. Any dream professional will be able to listen to your dream and to help you unpack the layers it contains. One word of caution though, if you come across a dream worker who tells you what your dream means outright, go find another dream professional. Y’all, no one can tell you what your dream means for you. None of us do that. What we do is go along with you on the journey as you unpack a dream for yourself and delight in the discovery alongside you. If you have any questions about how to find a dream professional, please reach out to me, tell me a little bit about where you are and what you’re looking for in a dream coach (or therapist, psychologist, spiritual director, life coach, whatever) and I’ll be very happy to help you find someone.
And, of course, please click the link if you’re interested in setting up a dream coaching session with me (Your investment is $30). There is no package deal, you just make an appointment as needed. Click here to learn more about my dream coaching service.
#32- Perform a ritual to integrate the dream
When you finally uncover the core of a dream’s message for you. Consider making some gesture in your waking life to acknowledge the wisdom that has been sent to you from your dreaming life. Performing a ritual does not have to be elaborate, and it does not have to be public. It can be a private, brief ceremony that is totally made up. The reason this is one of my suggested ways to work with your dream is that it will help you integrate the dream imagery into waking life and so it can help you digest or internalize the inner work you have done on your psyche. Dream work is inner work because it helps move us towards wholeness when we consciously understand what a dream is showing us.
For example, I might dream of being lost in a house and chased by a stranger and then in the dream a mouse runs out and trips the stranger so that I manage to get away. And then in doing the dream work (using any combination of the 33 suggested ways in this blog series), I might realize that the stranger represents the stress of my job chasing me all during the day and the mouse represents my child who interrupts my day long enough to help me release the stress from work when I come home.
To implement method #32, I might decide to make a gesture of gratitude to my child when I come home from work and see him approach. Maybe I say, “How’s my favorite mouse?” or maybe I say as I leave work I say to myself, “I’d better scurry home the mouse is waiting” or maybe I prepare a snack of cheese for myself so that during work, when I take a break I am reminded of the dream’s message for me.
By bringing some aspect of the dream into a ritual in my waking life, I am accepting and integrating the lesson I received from it. The ritual can be anything that suits you and your dream. It just ought to be something that occurs outside of your mind (in waking life). This method, by the way, was derived from Robert A. Johnson’s book, Inner Work.
#33- Let it go and just wait for the next one; messages repeat themselves in different dreams anyway!
Ah, what a relief to know that you don’t HAVE to catch a dream when it happens and you don’t have to spend hours applying 33 ways to work a single dream! Sweet reader, you don’t actually have to work your dreams at all. Ever! And while I do, of course, advocate strongly for doing dream work in your life; I also recognize that we are showered with dreams for our entire lifetime and that if you let a dream (or several) slip your mind, it’s no big deal. Dreams carry messages we need to hear and they will repeat those messages in different dreams time and again until we have worked through that thing that has been needing our attention. They won’t stop just because you’re not paying attention. So, the final suggestion I have for you if you can’t seem to make heads or tails of a particular dream’s messages is to just Let It Go, Sweet reader, let it go. It will be just fine.
Ok, Lovelies, that’s it. Those are my suggested 33 ways to work with your dreams. Let’s keep the conversation going, though. I’m here and I am interested in what’s on your mind. What else should we discuss? What else to you want to know about? What else have you always wondered? What dreamy questions do you have? Let’s go get a refill of coffee or tea or a little snack plate and keep chatting, ok?
I’ll write again soon!