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In the mean time I often dream I am dead, I feel my dead body, I even may be laying in the coffin. But then I feel something in my mouth. Earth, soil. And it gives birth to something and I somehow give birth to the new life. The most common - it's a butterfly from it's cocoon within that frutillity soil in my mouth. Rarely it is a flower. Last time I felt butterflies within all my dead body, in every cavity of my dead body. This feeling is both disgusting and thrilling. I wake up

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If this were my dream, I would ask myself "what profound and meaningful changes have I been going through in my life lately?" I would see the death-rebirth cycle as very positive and healthy for my development. I would see the disgusting part of the death cycle as important in relation to letting go of old ways or habits that are outdated and no longer serve me in my waking life. I would ask myself "what old habits or ways of being in the world am I letting go of, that I find disgusting?" I would see the butterflies and flowers as my own fertile creativity, resilience, and ability to transform negatives into positives in my life. I would think I am going through a lot of important changes because I am often experiencing these death-rebirth cycles of my life energy in dreams.I would ask myself "what is happening in my waking life that is thrilling?"

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STATISTICS
Strange was the most frequent word association last night.
Last week, most dreams were associated with the number 1.
2 has been the most frequent happiness rating.
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How Do Dreams Inspire Creativity? Freeing the Creative Genie in a Bottle

Posted by Travis on April 17, 2014

 

Dreams inspire creativity by being dreams.  By their very nature, the experiences we have when we’re dreaming show us unexpected, innovative ways of representing reality.

 

Simply reflecting on and paying attention to our dreams is a creatively inspiring act. Witnessing dream energies opens us to the imaginative domain of a consciousness that says, by example, that we can do things like fly and breathe underwater in the dreaming.

 

Because dreams appear to us the way they do, revealing previously not thought of or seemingly impossible scenarios and combinations, they provide a rich source for influencing our creative lives while we’re awake.

 

By apprenticing ourselves to the spirit of our dreams, we connect with perceptions and feelings that can easily spark off ideas for how to cast similarly surprising, vibrant situations, images, writings or forms of music in the waking world.

 

One way to invite the energy of the dreams to inform our creative endeavors is to look into the dreams to see if they are addressing our waking life creative projects and desires naturally. Sometimes the dreams will spontaneously offer up experiences that readily weave into the efforts we’re making while awake. That’s happened for me when I was recording my meditation and dream incubation album, “Yoro Yoro”. The night before going into the studio to record tracks for the album, I had a dream that allowed me to inhabit a spirit of the feeling that we wanted to express with the music. The more one is engaged in creativity in waking life, the more the dreams will stir in their own unexpected products, experiences and images related to that endeavor.

 

Perhaps you are looking to the dreams to motivate and unlock creative juices that aren’t currently running freely. In this case, it’s helpful to incubate dreams that can assist in the movement of creative energy within. To incubate a dream is simply to ask for a guiding and helpful experience in the dream state, before going to sleep at night that can help point out ways to liberate the creative energy flow. In this case, the dream might show an inner obstacle that is in the way of making forward progress.

 

For example, if I’m experiencing “writer’s block”, the dreams will  (at the very least) show my various inner attitudes or waking impediments to allowing my muse to come forward. Maybe the dream will show that I have an old judgment about the worthlessness of my abilities or the value of writing itself. The dreams may also reveal how I might not be fashioning the best environment for my writing in waking life. Is the space I’m writing in supportive for my process? Are there distractions that myself, or others are placing across the roadway of my development? These themes could apply to any creator finding him, or herself stuck on the path to expressivity.

On a related wavelength, the dreams tend to offer up direct and/or metaphorically clothed solutions, examples and ideas for ways to address a specific creative enterprise. Many artists and creators go to dreams, and look for appealing expressions within them, to draw out potential motivations and material for waking life creative outlets.

 

The more we give time and energy to our creative quests while awake, the more likely the dreams are to comment on them and to provide clear answers or solutions. This is especially true with the effort to incubate, hatch or grow dreams that speak to our waking life questions. It helps to form clear and direct, simple queries to present to our dreams. Just before going to sleep at night and as often as possible throughout the day, it also helps to establish these inquiries and to repeat them in one’s awareness.

 

Examples you might like to play with in this undertaking include the following (feel free to craft your own questions along these lines – the more you put the questions in your own words, the more likely the dreams will be to respond in clearly understandable forms. I recommend keeping them simple and short):

  • What’s blocking my ability to create?

  • How can I be more creative?

  • What’s the solution to my creative project?

  • What does the spirit of my own creativity look like?

  • How do my dreams inspire creativity?

The Benefits of a Good Dream Reflection

Posted by Bobbie Ann on April 14, 2014

 

In my previous blogs, I provided tips and techniques on Keeping a Dream Journal and Working with Dream Symbols, Characters, Settings, Actions and Day Residue that appear in your dreams and how to Create an Action Plan once you interpret a dream. 

 

Then I shared two of my own dreams and interpretations so you can see how to put it all together. Last week I showed you some of the risks and benefits of asking others to interpret your dream for you.

 

This week I’d like to show how you can benefit from a reflection from a professional dreamworker (such as DreamsCloud Reflectors).

 

Last week I mentioned that I had asked three friends about the dream below and shared what two of them had to say:

 

My cousin Carolyn is mixing a topping for fruitcake. She places the cake on a platter and slices half of it. She then pours the topping on both the uncut piece of cake and the slices. I tell her that's an interesting way to serve the cake, slicing half and leaving half uncut. She says, "That's because one is a fig cake."

 

Everyone "eats it up" quickly.

 

This week we will look at the response from Friend #3, a DreamsCloud Reflector, but first a little explanation about the reflection process.

 

DreamsCloud Reflectors begin all reflections the same way, “If this were my dream …” This is because everyone (including me and you) projects their own beliefs, experiences and fears all the time, including when they are interpreting your dream. Any respectable dreamworker knows and understands this. It’s important that you, as the dreamer, understand this as well.

 

Many of the professional Dream Reflectors at DreamsCloud also have years of experience in the field of dream study, are respected authors on the topic of dreams and hold post-grauate degrees. (See Reflectors’ Code of Ethics)

 

Note that by starting the reflection with “If this were my dream” the Reflector is, in effect, saying, “I can't say difinitively what your dream means to you, but if I had this dream this is what I think it would mean to me.”

 

Now, since I understand that she is projecting, I can read what she says and I take or leave anything or everything she says. I do, in fact, agree with parts of it and I disagree with other parts.

 

There are also some aspects that make me reconsider or question myself – it inspires self-reflection, which is always a good thing. This was her reflection with my comments are [bolded in brackets]:

 

 

“If this were my dream, my cousin tells me I may be dealing with aspects of myself that I am somewhat familiar with but not wholly (as oftentimes characters in our dreams represent parts of ourselves we need to acknowledge and recognize). [Agreed] The fact that I know she is making what appears to me as just a fruitcake in the beginning of the dream, but at the end it's revealed to be not only a fruitcake, but one is a 'fig cake' (from the same cake) might tell me things may be revealed as time goes on, from the whole of myself, even more so than I thought to begin with. [An interesting idea]

 

“A cake to me would also denote the need for some kind of nourishment, [But cake may not be healthy] specifically some sort of sweetness to come into my life [Possibly]; I may be the one preparing this for others as well as for myself or anticipating things coming my way in the near future. I would also consider the phrase 'topping on the cake', and that the ‘fruits of my labor’ will be well received and taken in - 'they'll eat it right up'.  I would also consider the phrases a 'slice of life' or 'that takes the cake'. [Love the metaphors – all ‘food for thought’]

 

“To go a little deeper I'd focus in on the fact that one was a 'fig' cake. The fig is a particularly interesting type of fruit in that it denotes fertility [Thankfully, this no longer applies] and is oftentimes associated with the tree of knowledge [One of my associations].  I may be tapping into my own intuitive nature, spirituality, and things within the subconscious that are being revealed- things that hold more potential than first thought. [OK]

 

“Questions I would ask myself: What part of me is the cake maker?    What am I cooking up that in the end might even be a delicious surprise to me (and those around me) in the end?  What parts of my life do I slice up and serve to others and what parts do I keep whole within myself?” [All interesting questions to consider]

 

As you can see, I agreed with quite a bit of what she said and I discounted some of it too, while her questions gave me some additional things to think about. 

 

This is my interpretation, which includes a few more associations and metaphors than she covered:

 

I see my cousin, Carolyn, in my dreams as a teacher, so there is something I need to learn from the dream.

 

‘Mixing’ suggests combining things together – or I may be mixing something up or I am confused about something in waking life.

 

‘Topping’ brings to mind several idioms – on top of the world, to top things off, off the top of my head, over the top, take it from the top, on top of that, stay on top of, a cherry on top.

 

‘Fruitcake’ brings to mind someone I think is a little fruity or nutty and reminds me of Christmas and family traditions.

 

Placing the cake on a ‘platter’ makes me think of being served something on a silver platter or getting something without having to work for it.

 

‘Slicing’ suggests cutting something into smaller pieces to make it easier to digest or understand.

 

‘Half’ suggests something that is incomplete or not whole.

 

‘Pouring over’ makes me think of examining something closely.

 

‘Fig’ brings to mind the fig leaf - the coverup used by Adam and Eve to hide their genitals.

 

The topping is ‘sweetening’ this coverup - making it more palatable so that everyone ‘eats it up’ or believes it to be true.

 

If I put all this together, I can only conclude that I am mixing something up in my head and to top it off I may be a little nutty or crazy in thinking that something I want should just be given to me without earning it. I may need to examine something closer or I may only have half the information I need. I may be covering up something – or someone else may be covering up something to make me believe it’s true.

 

Is it me that is cooking up something or making something up (the cake maker), perhaps a lie which needs to be covered up? Am I the cook or is someone serving me this lie?

 

There is no doubt that I am guilty of keeping some thoughts private (keeping them whole within me) which some people in my life would prefer I “serve up” or share with them.

 

Overall, her reflection was very helpful. Some of her associations were similar to my own and some weren’t, which is OK because I can discount anything that doesn’t feel right to me. 

 

Her questions offered me the opportunity for self-reflection.  I find the metaphors to be especially helpful, which are often difficult to see, even for experienced dreamworkers.  You might consider reading my blog, Dreams as Visual Metaphors.

 

Next week I will offer tips on how YOU can reflect on others' dreams so that both you and the dreamer can benefit. You can also find more tips and techniques for working with your dreams in my book, Notes from a Dreamer … on Dreaming: A Personal Journey in Dream Interpretation.

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