Tuesday, September 6th, 2011...9:37 pm
September bids us to focus on the nature of our dreams. For some of us, dream study is a way of opening ourselves to our unconscious…to explore meaningful messages and to receive content that can awaken us to new insight.
Curiously, I happen to be concurrently be doing coursework on the subject of dreams. It is both fascinating and revealing as the process of interpreting and exploring dream content can provide much direction and inspiration for our conscious lives.
Pay closer attention to the dreams you remember. Consider making notes on the content of your dreams upon first waking…while the material is rich and accessible in your conscious mind. Writing whatever you recall immediately will help the rest of your dream unravel in your memory. For those of you who are fortunate enough to dream frequently and remember vividly your dream material, you may consider keeping an actual dream journal – and noting the life events that you are experiencing, decisions you are contemplating, and challenges you face at the same time you note a particular dream.
You receive important messages during your dreams. Even if you can’t remember, the messages and experiences of your dreams are never truly lost or forgotten. They are, instead, incorporated into your unconscious, contributing to your higher self’s wisdom.
Review your dream journal (or dream ‘notes’) often and look for patterns and themes. The recurrent dream issues signify messages that your higher self is trying to tell you.
In addition to our unconscious mind providing us with ‘dream’ images during sleep…our waking mind allows us to dream using active imagination. One of the ultimate experiernces of this occurs when we quiet the mind through meditation and allow our third eye or mind’s eye (imagine it positioned in the center of your forehead, above and between your eyebrows) to open.
Opening our third eye – our AJNA CHAKRA can be done by focusing on it’s position with your eyes closed.
See if you can ‘open’ it by seeing ‘light’ with your eyes closed. (The light may be a particular color or simply feel bright – or you may focus on the color of deep royal blue (which is a main color associated with this chakra). The idea is to formulate a sense of stillness here…like a calm lake that is still.
With some dedication to practice, you will begin to see images spontaneously come to you. Sometimes I get glimpses of possible future moments of my present life. Sometimes what I see is likely glimpses of a past life.
The ajna chakra presides over your mind and your sense of self.
Six spiritual ‘powers’ are associated with this chakra: unobstructed meditation, perfect concentration, the ability to direct your undivided attention, thought-control, samadhi or the super-conscious state, and the attainment of enlightenment.
When your ajna chakra is open and balanced, you witness the world without judgment and you perceive everything that is within the scope of the senses, as well as all that is beyond them (this chakra center is the source of intuition and psychic perception).
When you begin to integrate the meanings and messages of your dreams into your present day awareness, you begin to reveal your unconscious as it speaks to you. Whether from a dream state or from a visual imagine through your active yet focused mind…there is much to learn from and explore from the imagery of our higher consciousness.
Chakra Meditation, by Swami Saradananda, 2008.
Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self, by Judith Anodea, 2004.