Flying Through the Night with Messages from your Dreams!
By Dr. Michael Smith
If you're interested in learning more about yourself and how your Spiritual and energetic antenna operates, focusing on your dreams is an excellent place to start. The messages contained in the Dreamworld will help you decode and demystify the language of Spirit and help you make sense of the often curious energy you experience in waking life.
The language of Spirit speaks in energy and feelings, not words. It speaks to us in wispy images, vague impressions, and little snippets of feelings and sensory perceptions.
Do you want to heighten your dream awareness? The answer that I hear consistently from my "Inner Power" Coaching clients is a strong yes!
If that is the case for you, then it may be helpful to realize that Dream Wisdom is something that comes directly proportional to a) the strength of your intention and b) the strength of your actions.
If you already are able to remember your dreams, give yourself a pat on the back! Only about 5 percent of individuals regularly remember their dreams. For the rest of us, it's a skill that takes perserverance and hard work. Your dream "muscle" will get stronger with intention and especially with action.
Every night we have an opportunity to connect with our Highest Selves, our Guides, & our Guardians. In order to connect with those sources of information, we need to make an effort and show Spirit that we mean business!
Over the last 15 years of dream study, I've discovered some effective and simple techniques for helping to cultivate Dream Wisdom. You may want to try some or all of these suggestions. With that in mind, here are some concrete action steps and behaviors that will help you on your quest.
- Just before sleep, voice your intention to remember dreams. It is helpful to repeat the mantra out loud with your voice. Using the voice helps to energetically program your cells to carry out your wishes. This is one of the most effective ways to "program" your mind to remember dreams.
- Create a dream altar on a table near your bed. On the dream altar, place a dedicated dream notebook, several pens, and have a flashlight or convenient lighting source. I have found that placing a quartz crystal on the altar will help raise the vibration and help you tune in to the Dream frequency.
- Date your dream journal entry before you fall asleep each night, as this will help produce an expectation to remember.
- If you do not mind the intrusion into sleep, you may want to set your alarm clock to wake you at a specified point during the night. If you are worried about waking a partner, drinking several large glasses of water prior to bed may be another way to assure you will awake (and help you to remember).
- Establish regular sleep routines. This means starting your night of sleep in the same position every night, as well as going to bed and waking at the same time. Do not eat heavy meals before bed as this will interfere with your sleep cycle.
- Upon waking, gently probe your mind and pay attention to bodily sensations. If you don't immediately remember, stay with a feeling, and follow it deeper by asking the feeling to be amplified. Specific recollections will often be triggered by focusing on vague feelings and sensations. If you're in a different physical position that you were while dreaming, try shifting your body back into that position. This will often be enough to trigger recall. If you cannot remember an image or event, stay with even the smallest feeling, try to make it larger, and it often will trigger a memory.
- When you write down your dreams, include as much of the sensory impressions that come to mind - colors, images, sounds, tastes, people's expressions, settings, feelings, and emotions.
- If you do remember a dream, especially if it's in detail, make sure to write as much as you can. If you're sleepy or feeling lazy while awakening (common), then just use your willpower to bust through that. Even though you are groggy and tired when waking, it's worth it to write as much as you can before you forget. Here's some text, verbatim, from one of my more amazing, and yet frustrating, dream journal entries. It sounded like I had a near death experience. At the top of my journal, I had written the words "I actually died."
"I drifted away. Things were then neutral and then sped up very fast into a vortex of life recall. Every memory of my life happened very fast. I was in awe."
My current reaction to reading this past entry is "that's it?" WHY DIDN'T I WRITE MORE? Probably one of the most amazing dreamstate experiences I have had, and I DIDN'T WRITE MORE? This vague entry highlights the importance of taking those few extra seconds while still sleepy to be as specific and detailed as possible when writing our dream visions!
- Some persons have reported that certain dietary supplements (e.g., lecithin, melatonin) may promote memory and dream recall. Please consult with your health care provider before starting any supplement or diet program.
- Check out the International Association for the Study of Dreams. It is the best source on the web for the promotion of a social/societal focus on dreaming. I joined ASD in 1996 and have attended past conferences, which are exceptionally fun and stimulating!
Dr. Michael R. Smith, NCC has been an empathic healing practitioner and counselor for 15 years. He is a former professor of counseling who focuses on alternatives to traditional therapy. An author, speaker, and leader in the field of spiritual counseling, Michael has interests and experience in shamanism, mind-body energy medicine, and uses methods of indigenous healing in his phone coaching practice: "Inner Power" Coaching for Empaths