"Every night, the subconscious offers the conscious mind an in-depth and comprehensive look at the workings of the deepest part of the human psyche. While you conscious mind sleeps, you are given a private showing of several elaborate and clever movies— each one is written, directed, produced by and starring you." Susan Reintjes
Hello everyone! Bridget here again, and for part two of the Third Eye series, I will be delving into the world of dreams in order to bring the unconscious to the conscious. Dreaming is one of the most influential tools of self-knowledge and comes free of charge every single night. As humans, we are equipped with two distinct selfs, the spiritual self, and the ego self. Our spiritual self has a deeper focus on maintaining a connection to the Universe, while our ego self focuses on remaining independent and individually human. Dreams offer an even playing field and a middle ground for both selfs to come together in order to relay a message to our whole self. Our ego self can be very quick to judge esoteric ideas and concepts that our spiritual self relishes. Who hasn’t had the dream where we are onstage in our UNDERWEAR in front of every person we know and love, not knowing any of the lines, and then suddenly you are free-falling from an unforeseen vantage point with no ground in sight. No?! Anyway, dreams are the perfect arena to allow our ego self to experience our spiritual self, and ultimately allow us continue unmasking our self-awareness.
Recalling our dreams is the first factor in using them to unlock our inner messages. This can be done simply by placing awareness on our desire to do so, right before we hit the pillow. Close your eyes, and tell your inner selfs that you are ready and able to receive their messages. The first time I did this, I had a dream THAT night where I was back at a neighbors and close family friend’s house playing in their yard, just as I did as young girl. The next day, I woke up to a text from my Mom telling me that the neighbor’s Dad was in town and wanted to stop by and say hello. We have ALL had these inexplicable and serendipitous occurrences, and tapping into the power behind them is another powerful tool for your toolbox! Not every dream is precognitive, but all the dreams that speak to our inner self have meaning, and a little digging can bring that to the surface.
I am a firm believer that every person has their own unique approach to finding inspiration. For Bryce, any body of water does the trick, for my siblings, music has always been their life source. For myself, the uncharted territory of that unidentified place between dreams and reality has been my go to. Here are just a few examples of famous ideas that came from dreams:
Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (you know.. E= MC²)!!!
The Beatles’ “Yesterday”
Insulin to treat Diabetes
Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetry
The Periodic Table
Carl Jung’s “The Red Book”
Richard Linklater’s “Waking Life”
The Sewing Machine
Stephen King’s “Dreamcatcher”
The Structure Theory of Molecules
"I was living in a little flat at the top of a house and I had a piano by my bed. I woke up one morning with a tune in my head and I thought, ‘Hey, I don’t know this tune — or do I?’ It was like a jazz melody…. I went to the piano and found the chords to it, made sure I remembered it and then hawked it round to all my friends, asking what it was: ‘Do you know this? It’s a good little tune, but I couldn’t have written it because I dreamt it.’ —Paul McCartney on ‘Yesterday’
THE QUICK AND DIRTY TASK: Harnessing the intuitive power of our dreams
The What: Your dream characters are key in understanding the significance or meaning behind your dreams. Your subconscious selects these characters carefully, but sometimes it is hard to decipher why.
The How: When a dream character speaks to you, no matter how insignificant it may seem, write down a few adjectives that describe the character as soon as you wake up. This is KEY, as we all know how easy it is to forget a dream. The easiest way to do this is to keep a journal by your bed. Then ask yourself, “How am I like this person? What part of me does he/she represent?” In examining these characters, we can make links to who these people represent in our lives, and what message they are hand-delivering to us.
The Why: Taking time to comprehend your cast of characters in your dream-life enriches your self-knowledge. Dreams bring hidden knowledge into the knowing, and allowing yourself to be open to this type of clairvoyance can truly empower your life.
In terms of nightmares, we must actively welcome them into our SAFE dream arena. As uncomfortable or disturbing as some of these nightmares may be… our subconscious can expose inner fears, and provide helpful counsel to our human psyche.
"The human psyche houses the most divine imaginings along with the most shadowy forms of fear. Our dreams provide an arena to acknowledge and experience the complete range of human emotions." -Susan Reintjes
Third Eye Open by Susan Reintjes