Dreams and the Spiritual Life
“You can say that I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.” John Lennon
Dreams. What do you think of when you hear the word? For me, it evokes hope, possibility, far away places, a future not yet seen, and our connection to the invisible. And then, another connotation, our dreams at night, fleeting, mysterious, often speaking in symbols, usually forgotten by morning.
What is this mysterious world of dreams? Jung explored it, the Bible documents the prophetic nature of dreams, Martin Luther King, through the beautiful imagery of ‘Dream,’ captured the heart of a country and changed the course of American history. What are your dreams? How can the power of these symbolic images guide you toward richer, more meaningful experiences in waking life?
When are where do you dream? I’ve learned to monitor the optimal times of my dreaming, both wakeful imaginings and the more mysterious kind that seem to come at night. Because dreams are fleeting, it is useful to capture their essence in some way so that they can become more real. I keep a couple of journals, a red leather book for new visions, ideas, and life possibilities, and a blue, soft-bound cover to capture pieces and symbols in dreams that come in the night. It’s important to capture dreams ASAP or the mysteries that they bring, the new worlds they speak of, can disappear in a poof.
Sitting with dreams can be invaluable. Actions can come later. How do these symbols in your dreams speak? What do they mean to you? What are your associations with the images, places, and people? Carl Jung believed that we are each person in our dreams. What are these aspects in you?
Make use of your dreams. They come from the future and they just might lead you to yours with a greater sense of clarity and possibility.