This blog is a guest blog for I wrote for Patti Allen. You can find her website by clicking here. Patti is a dreamer, and a tarot-ist with her own deck of cards: The Abeton Key, named after the sleep chamber in the ancient healing temple of Asclepius.
Dreams at the crossroads of life. I had never imagined getting this old so I am celebrating. Listening to my dreams gives me the symbolism I need to face the challenge of this new phase of life… I will share a bit of my blog here and invite you to read the rest of it at Patti Allen her blog: pattiallen.com
When Patti asked me to write a blog post to contribute to her Heart-Centered Dreamwork I was thrilled. Patti and I share the same dream of creating a platform to share knowledge about dreams, spirituality, and mythology.
Looking back at my life, I see three crossroads I have passed through. I matured from childhood into womanhood, I choose my partner for life and entered a life stage of companionship and motherhood. And now at this point in my life I say farewell to my fertility and welcome the Crone stage. (In the ancient societies there where three stages of womanhood: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, all manifestations of the triple Goddess.)
Crossroads From Childhood Into Womanhood
My earliest memory of a dream is a nightmarish dream I had about an airplane being stuck in my closet. I was scared about the noise it made and how trapped it must feel in that little closet of mine. We used to live near a military airway. I later on deciphered it to be about the way I had to tune down my energy in the big family I grew up in. I am the youngest one in a family of 7 siblings. We had nine people living in our house. So it was always fun, always busy and there always was the need to tune in or tune down. I think my dream supported my longing to fly out, to spread my wings. I left home relatively early at age 17, doing just that. You can see that a dream that is concerned with showing you new roads on which to travel, often uses symbols of travel. In this dream it is an airplane. The air and the wind flow and chill, but it also supports transportation into new endeavors.
Ralph Metzner talks on Mindfunda’s Youtube channel https://youtu.be/-fJcYnuB8R8 about the battle between the Aesir sky gods and the Vanir earth gods as the battle between old and new technology. To resolve this battle Odin showed both tribes how to conduct rituals based on mutual respect. The earth tribe in my childhood home was my father. Being the principle of the local high school he was all about rules. Teaching the rules, playing by the rules; do your homework. He liked things that where tangible. I was more “airy”: I saw ghosts, spirits, I could talks to them for hours. I was a dreamy girl. It took me several decades to engage in a ritual based on mutual respect to build a bridge towards my father’s knowledge. A dream paved the way for that. In this dream of mine I foresaw his death. After having this dream I asked him if he wanted to do anything before he was gone; anything he had not gotten around to in his life? He talked with me that night about his life, about how wonderful it had been and about how much he loved my mother. He had enjoyed the company of his children and told me how I always amazed him with my analytic skills and my guts to ask questions other people only thought, but never said out loud.
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Today Mindfunda's guest is blogger Patti Allen. In this blog she shares with Mindfunda she talks about how people in dreams reflect aspects of your own personality. I know Patti Allen as a gifted dreamer, a good writer who combines inner wisdom with straightforward actions. That always gives her that touch of extra magic when it comes to dreams and spirituality.
Have you ever had a dream about a famous person and wondered what this could mean for you? Is the dream a precognition for a future event or is there another way to work with these dreams? Patti Allen had a series of dreams about his holiness the Dalai Lama and discovered 4 ways of tuning in to your inner dream investigator. The Dalai Lama goes Casablanca style: here is looking at you kid…
“In 2002 through to the present, I started dreaming about the Dalai Lama. It wasn’t a stellar number of dreams—only five—and none of them were precognitive nor giving me information about my relationship with His Holiness or anyone like him, yet they piqued my curiosity and inspired me to dig deeper into the role of people in our dreams. I’ve discovered that I have an inner Dream Investigator who loves to solve mysteries and these characters are most often showing me parts of my Self that it’s time to get to know, own and integrate into my conscious awareness.
We are often surrounded In dreams, as in waking life, by the people we know but also by strangers. Family, friends and co-workers, as well as generic “somebodies”, movie stars and other famous characters we don’t know. Over time, our dreams may seem like we are dealing with a cast of thousands in a Cecil B. DeMille extravaganza! But the fact is, we are the producer, director, writer and actor in our dreams. If you are a dreamer who is consciously evolving and using dreams as a tool towards this end, then you may have wondered, “Who are these people and what are they doing in my dream?”
This is not a simple question. It helps to determine if the dream and the characters are giving you information about a relationship or situation in waking life or if the dream is largely symbolic and the people in your dream are showing you aspects of your Self. Often it is both/and, not either/or, as every dream can have multiple layers of meaning for the dreamer. In some cases, the dream can be precognitive. You may find yourself in waking life face to face with the people in your dream in the same way the dream actually unfolded!
In the first dream about the Dalai Lama is entitled “The Dalai Lama Visits”:
“The Dalai Lama is coming over. He arrives with his entourage and chooses to hold court in my office. I am pleased and busy attending to the entourage’s needs. I was fussing with the blinds so the glare from the sun wouldn’t be too bright and His Holiness won’t be uncomfortable. His people think it is too dark; they want it lighter. He sits on the couch and at one point calls me over. I think he is calling someone else standing behind me. (I was nervous, reacting with a “Who? Me?” type of response.) His people offer me ghee that was intricately shaped into the shapes of animals. I say it looks different here (in our country). Some biker gang- type neighbours are making a lot of noise and I go next door to yell at them. “Don’t you know we’ve got a holy man here?”
In this dream, I found myself grappling with the layers of symbolism with the character of the Dalai Lama. What is the holy man or the leader in me? How much “light” or enlightenment is just right? Do I adjust the blinds or would I rather stay in the dark? Who are the “biker or gang-types” in me? What is my need to keep them quiet telling me? What is the offering in my life or what am I being offered? In an intuitive or precognitive possibility, at the time of the dream I had no idea that there really is a butter and flour offering in the Tibetan tradition called “Torma”, which are “figures or shapes, some conical, made mostly of flour and butter used in tantric rituals or as offerings in Tibetan Buddhism.” -Wikipedia] And finally, and importantly, why am I always serving or attending to the needs of others?
In other Dalai Lama dreams, H.H. is wearing jeans and smoking after blessing my home, being asked questions about when he goes to the bathroom and when he prays, what souvenir should I buy or whether I can serve pork to his wife!
So with these mysterious characters in our dreams, what is the best way to approach them? Wearing my best “Dream Investigator” Fedora, I first look for clues in this way (with apologies to Casablanca fans!). The Dalai Lama goes Casablanca style. Four questions to sharpen your inner detective tools.
Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #1
Round Up The Usual Suspects (associations): Look at the characters in your dream by thinking of 3-5 adjectives to describe them. Don’t try to clean up your descriptions to be politically correct. I call your associations “the usual suspects” because it is your typical thoughts, associations and assumptions, whether true or correct, that we want to know. What first comes to mind when you think or describe that person? I learned a lot over the years and I love Gayle Delaney’s “Tell it to an alien” technique as a simple, powerful and direct way to come up with these descriptions. (Note: there are other similar techniques that are drawn from various types of psychotherapy schools, but framing it in this way Delaney cuts to the chase!)
Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #2
Play it, Sam: When you can’t quite get a handle on any associations in a way that resonates for you, imagine you are the person in question in your dream, and speak from their perspective. Tell us about yourself. “I am…” Playing the part of the characters in your dream will draw out your own associations. Soon you’ll be humming As Time Goes By.
Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #3
Here’s Looking at You Kid: Is the character telling you about a relationship or situation in your life or is the dream about a part of you? Take all the time you need to explore the usual suspects and situations in your life, and let your emotions guide the way. Sometimes, we too quickly rush to make associations and if nothing or no one in our life is a perfect match, we swiftly discard the connections. But taking the time to look with our emotions will often have us taking a second look. As you explore your associations, watch for yours body sensation as clues. You may have a physical or energetic reaction to the character and your associations that will tell you when you find your dream treasure, that juicy “aha” moment. You may know “in your gut” what the people in your dream represent.
Dalai Lama goes Casablanca #4
Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship: Once the connection is made between your life and your dream people, befriending them is a great way to begin to integrate their messages. Treat them as honoured visitors and dialogue with them. Invite their energy or point of view into your life. Begin to own their place and value in your conscious awareness. In Casablanca, Rick and Louise start out as enemies…or at best “frenemies” and by the end of the movie, they were going off together to fight in the Resistance. When it comes to dream messages, resistance will often be met with more dreams, both recurring dreams and nightmares, until we pay attention. These dreams and the characters in them can become beautiful friends, when we take the time to get to know these diverse aspects of Self”.
Dalai Lama: here is looking at you kid!
Patti Allen has a rich background in the healing arts, education, and public speaking on the topic of dreams and has been facilitating dream groups for 18 years. As a Dream Teacher, Blogger at www.pattiallen.com, Mentor and Coach, Patti helps people use their dreams to access their inner wisdom, creativity and problem-solving abilities. You can contact her by writing to: email@example.com.
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