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INTERPRETING Dreams in Multiple Dimensions

Keeping a dream diary is an essential tool on the healing journey, as it is the most economical method of psychotherapy available. Sometimes there are also valuable clues to physical healing, as described in the May 2013 Let Magic Happen Newsletter, Cancer Dream Diagnosis. There are many dictionaries of dream symbols, but it helps to take a multidimensional approach to interpretation. The most useful model I’ve found is described in Healing Dreams by Marc Ian Barasch. In the 7 minute video below I offer two of my dreams as examples.

The interpretation steps are as follows:
1) Set your intention to remember your dreams by placing a dream diary, a pen, and a flashlight right next to your bed and within easy reach.
2) Ask a question you would like to have answered in your dreams. Add the intention that it be easy to understand and interpret.
3) Let go of expectations and surrender your left-brain concerns of the day as you float into the right-brain world of dreams.
4) If a dream awakens you in the middle of the night, it is likely bringing you an important message. Write it down immediately.
5) First thing in the morning, even before you get out of bed, write down all the dreams you remember. Don’t do anything else until you have done this.
6) Circle any words that seem to be unusual or out of place and look them up in a dictionary to check for word play or unexpected puns related to your question.
7) Consider the dream from the personal, shadow, warning, sexual, social, archetypal, synchronistic, and precognitive perspectives.
8) Check for any recurrent theme from past dreams and pay attention to any animals that visited you in the dream world.
9) Finally ask yourself, What does the dream want? Seriously consider the possibility that the spirit world may have a question it wants you to answer in return.
10) Sharing the dream with someone who can provide candid feedback may provide a fresh perspective and additional insight.

(6) Comments

Posted by Judith Gadd
May 19  at  05:10 PM

Thanks for this post.  I found it to be very interesting.

Posted by Larry Burk
May 19  at  11:28 PM

Judith, Glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes I’ll go for weeks with nothing but dream gibberish, then wham a big one will pop in just when I need it.
Let magic happen,

Posted by Helene
May 20  at  08:31 AM


Thank you for this useful blog post grin

Posted by Larry Burk
May 21  at  07:59 PM

Helene, Hope you find some guidance through your dreams to fulfill your big visions.
Let magic happen,

Posted by Eve Lausier
May 30  at  11:41 AM

Larry, this is fascinating.  All my life I have had intuitive messages that I have learned not to ignore.  Especially after my breast cancer diagnosis 18 months ago, I have had much more vivid and easily-remembered dreams with understandable images even for someone who doesn’t know the dictionary…one example being the feeling that I REALLY didn’t want to go out and celebrate that last round of chemo, having foreknowlege that I was about to get very sick, and that chilling feeling that hubris (“I’m over the worst of it now…”) would bring on even worse outcomes for me. 

Now I feel these messages from somewhere are more prescious to me and often unfortunately forgotten and discounted by my left brain rationalism.  No more!  Get out the flashlight and notebook!

Posted by Larry Burk
Jun 13  at  10:12 PM

Glad you are paying attention to your intuitive guidance. You will love Wanda Burch’s She Who Dreams, http://www.wandaburch.com.
Let magic happen,

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