Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why shouldhenceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?
Carl Jung, psychologist
The title of my new memoir is Painting Life, because those words encompass my life philosophy. I believe that living life is an art-form; that we have the power to create our own life. This ability begins by learning how to be our own creative visionary. By using our imagination, and intuition, we can create a vision of what we would like our future day, week, year, and life to look like. Then, even if an event throws us off our path, we will have the skill to re-create our vision within the new context.
Our inner creative visionary can be accessed in the number of ways, i.e. meditation, yoga, journaling, etc. Dream interpretation is another incredibly rich source of personal inspiration and information. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung helped us understand the importance of our dreams. Some cultures, included including Native Americans valued dreams, or visions, and used dreams as a resource to get information from the past, present and future.
It is not true that we come on this earth to live. We come only to sleep, only to dream. Aztec Sentiment
For our purposes, we can think of our dreams as a powerful source of information and ideas.
People from many professions have used dreams for creative inspiration.
v Paul McCartney composed the lyrics for the song “Yesterday” for the Beatles.
v Jack Kerouac composed a book entirely of his dreams.
v Salvador Dali created many of his paintings from images in his dreams.
v One of Stephen King's books came from an inspirational dream.
v Beethoven supposedly composed sonatas in his dreams.
Inspiration for many of my “photo-paintings” and photography, are based on dreams. (Note picture above, which is a combination of photography and painting.)
Art is life’s dream interpretation. Otto Rank, psychologist
There are two types of dreams; one seems totally realistic based on something that happened in our day. The other type is symbolic. Sometimes these symbolic dreams seem so bizarre, that we might discount it, thinking it looks more like a Salvador Dali painting – filled with seemingly unrelated scenes and objects. Yet, these are valuable dreams, because the objects and people, and the path we take in the dream, hold clues to what is in our subconscious.
There are very common themes in dreams, like not being immobilized, flying, and showing up unprepared for an exam. There are also symbols, such as the snake, water, baby, mother and spirit form, that embody universal meaning. However, we can best access our unconscious and creative ideas by understanding dream symbols based on our own experiences and beliefs. Sometimes, if we either ignore a dream or don’t understand it, it will come knocking on the door of our consciousness, until we pay attention – hence repetitive dreams.
Keys to remembering your dreams:
- Before going to bed, put paper and pen beside your bed.
- Before going to sleep, tell yourself you want to remember a dream.
- When you awaken, don’t move your body – stay in that drowsy state, for a couple of minutes. Your dream will float back up into your awareness.
- Then write down all of the important parts of your dream, as well as the primary action. Don’t wait, because dreams disappear quickly.
In my next newsletter, I am going to demonstrate the steps for interpreting dreams, and I would love to use one of your dreams to do so.
I will interpret your dream.
My invitation to you – send me a dream in the next week, and I will pick one as my illustration in my next post. I will only use your first name. Send your dream via my “contact page” on my website. www.ckwalsh.com/contact. If I pick your dream, I will interpret it as though it were my dream. If you also give me your phone number, I will call you and help you interpret it as it applies to you.