dreams for a new year
As 2013 comes to an end, another cycle of our lives has been completed. Whether we make New Year’s resolutions or not, most of us spend some time reflecting on what the last year has brought us and what we want to invite into our lives in the upcoming year. Unless we repeatedly re-energize ourselves and recommit to our aspirations, the established routine of our lives takes over, and before we know it, we are at the end of another year with the same dreams and longings waiting for us somewhere in the future.
One way we can regularly remind ourselves of not only what is important to us, but also discover what remains hidden in our unconscious, is through exploring our dreams. Similar to journaling, recording our dreams is a sacred conversation that we have with ourselves. We listen to and engage the parts of ourselves that we don’t give time to during the day, and sometimes not at all. In this private sanctuary, we find our inner allies and antagonists and find ways to work with both.
Personally, what I like best about dreamwork is that it strengthens my intuition. By learning the language of my dreaming mind, I am quicker at decoding my insights and emotions when I am awake. The separation between my mind, heart, body, and soul softens. Instead of walls, I have permeable boundaries that allow all the parts of me to communicate and express themselves more freely. The feelings that normally may have been too upsetting to acknowledge during the day, have been spoken in a previous night’s dream. The energy that would have gone into blocking those emotions is redirected and can be used to move through them, intiating new levels of awareness that allow me to act in ways that promote and further my aspirations.
If you have longings and ambitions that seem to live only in the future, consider making 2014 the year of working with your dreams, both your nighttime and daytime dreams. Bringing these two worlds together can deepen your self-awareness and help you take the next step on your path. Opening the door to your dream life often opens doors in your waking life.
Next month, I will begin writing about specific techniques that will facilitate you in decoding your dreams.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014!
Lisa Finander is a published author, developmental editor, and consultant/teacher specializing in mind, body, spirit subjects.
Throughout her college coursework, Lisa created Independent Studies combining subjects such as tarot and dreamwork with personal development, resulting in her completion of a B.A. in Psychology & Symbolism from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota.
She is the author of Disneystrology: What Your Birthday Character Says About You. For Disneystrology, Lisa incorporated the teachings of astrology, tarot, and numerology to create 366 unique birthday entries with a corresponding Disney character... read more about Lisa