To a large degree dreams suspend the filters set up by the left brain (logical, intellectual side) and allows the right (creative, abstract) to take over with an almost no-holds-barred attitude. The border guard relaxes, dozes off, loses interest.

    This is why in your dreams you can step off a cliff, fly, change scenes faster than you can think them, morph one thing into another. The dreaming you has the freedom and opportunity to be more of what you really are and play with that, try things on for size, go exploring - with no physical consequences.

    All of which you probably know. But did you know your subconscious also throws in some great free applications to learn with?

LUCID DREAM APP: Trying Things On For Size

One of the best dream tools out there is lucid dreaming. Most of us have experienced spontaneous lucid dreams, dreams where we knew we were dreaming or dreams where we decided to wake up, often from a nightmare.

Why learn to get good at it? In lucid dreams you can walk yourself through something before you actually do it; play with choices in handling things till you're either comfortable doing it or have worked out a solution; get insight into the best way to approach a goal; get serious about connecting more directly with higher energies - and pretty much anything else you can think up. (See Session 100 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING AWAKE WHILE YOU'RE ASLEEP for more info.)

THE ANNIVERSARY APP: Your Subconscious Always Remembers

Emotional anniversaries seem to be stored and calendared by the subconscious and pop up fairly regularly, right on time. Yet another good reason for a dream journal - now you can backtrack and see this as it happened. Quite amazing, really. So if you find yourself dreaming about an emotional situation from your past, check to see if it's anywhere near the date of the original event.

THE LINK APP: Maintaining Your Connection to Spirit

Your dreams can be a rich source of spiritual guidance and information, no question about it. They are for the most part spontaneous and uncensored, unlike meditations which are planned and often directed.

After writing down your dreams, try to interpret them in terms of a teaching from You to you. What might the dream mean at a higher level? Is there a difference in interpretation when you ask from a spiritual viewpoint? What do you deep down know it really means? What part of you might be shielding other parts from seeing this? And what other links would you like to explore?


    So if you haven't already, please do yourself a huge favor and start a record of what you dream, when you dreamed it, and any possible interpretations that pop into your mind at the time. Then re-read the dream three months or more up the road and see what things look like from there. Did anything change the way you feel about the dream? Did the dream help show you what was going on in your life at the time?

    It's best to write out the entire dream before you attempt to get into your usual routine. Dreams don't always use the same neural pathways used to store other memories, and dreams can dissolve in a poof once your conscious mind gets moving to other things. You'll probably find that weekends, holidays, vacations, even being ill are your easiest times to remember dreams since you're less likely to let work-related and everyday-life-related thoughts knock dreams out of the starting lineup. (See Session 72 YOUR DREAM JOURNAL REVISITED and 98 DREAM JOURNAL CHECKLIST: Getting It In Writing for more info.)

    As for the profit part of journaling, more than one bestselling author, scientist, engineer, inventor, etc. has dreamed a plot, solution, product before physically working it out. Tracking your dreams can give you a rich source of material and support - not to mention great ideas and insight.

    See you next week. And don't even think about giving up on your dreams....

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