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In today’s post from 33 Ways to work with your Dreams we’ll discuss two strategies for the characters (people) in your dreams.
Even though lots of people have questions for me about the animals that show up in dreams, research shows us that the majority of characters the appear in dreams are people. So I’ll share with you two strategies I have learned to understand the meaning behind the appearance of people in dreams.
First up is #8 on our list.
#8 Identify the traits of the characters.
People dream of their friends, family members and enemies very frequently. The question I pose to a dreamer when she shares about a known character (someone from her waking life) is “What qualities does that person represent in your life?” And then, explore whether or not that quality is being newly introduced in waking life, or maybe is missing in life right now, or maybe if that combination of qualities is useful to resolve a current conflict.
The character in your dream, when it is someone you know, sometimes acts as a stand in for those qualities you associate with him or her. Identifying the traits you associate with each character can give you new insights into ways you might channel that person’s personality or qualities for your benefit.
One of the most common dream questions is
“Why did I dream about my Ex?” The dreamer shows up on my doorstep with a wide range of questions-Where did that come from?, what could it mean about my current relationship? Do I really still long for that person? Will he/she come back?, Does this mean I am not happy in my current relationship, even though I think I am in waking life?, etc…
Using strategy #8 is a wonderful, non-judgemental approach to these types of dreams that allows the dreamer to see the dream from a different angle.
Today’s second method for understanding characters in your dream(s) takes a little bit of imagination.
#9 Dialogue with each character
Dialoguing with characters that show up in your dreams is one approach to get more information out of them. It takes some practice, but if you are persistent in this approach and willing to try a few different ways to get the character talking to you, it can pay off with powerful insights.
This strategy takes the theory that all characters in your dream are aspects of yourself. They are different expressions of your own psyche. If that is assumed, then having a conversation with a part of yourself may reveal some perspective or information that isn’t yet conscious to you.
There are a few ways to try and get a dialogue going with your dream characters. And, honestly, this way of interacting with your interior mind could be an entire blog series to itself. So, in the interest of keeping things quick and easy for us all, I’m going to list a few ways to approach this Way to work with your dreams and leave it up to you to learn a little bit more about them if you like. Or, you can contact me and we’ll explore them more deeply.
Here are ways to try and get into a conversation with your dream character-
~ Journal with 2 hands- dominant hand (right for me) writes questions, then the non-dominant hand (left for me) writes the response
~ Active Imagination session (with someone who can help if you get ‘stuck’)
~ Ask for another dream with that character, get clear on what it is you want to know before going to sleep and then write down your next dream
~ Meditation, Contemplation, or Prayer with a focus on that character
Do you have other ideas about how to engage a dreaming character? I would love to hear your thoughts on today’s strategies! Who do you dream about the most?
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!