23 Jun [VIDEO] How Your Dreams Can Help You Understand Yourself
If you have every been intrigued about dream interpretation, watch this video where Rob and Debi explain the power dreams have to help you understand yourself and your life.
Dreams are a part of spiritual tradition and have been used for thousands of years to predict future events, understand deeper aspects of consciousness and travel through time.
For the every day person, you can use dreams to help you in life decisions, understand yourself and where you are stuck in getting what you want and even balance out emotionally.
You dream every night even if you don’t remember the dreams. Listen to tips on basic dream symbols, how to remember your dreams and how to use them to change your life.
Debbie: Hi, this is Debbie and Dr. Rob and we have a great topic for you today and it’s about dreams.
Dr. Rob: My favorite topic.
Debbie: And not the dreams, “The making your dreams come true.” but those things, we go sleep at night and we say, “Why was I on a spaceship, and why was my mother there, and why was she serving me breakfast and I was refusing, and it was a crazy dream.”
Dr. Rob: “Why did I show up at work in my shorts?”
Debbie: “In my underwear.” So yes, the dreams are really fascinating and [unintelligible 00:00:31] in psychology is a lot of dreams interpretation, just learning more about young in psychology really helped me understand because I’m a great dreamer, so very juicy.
Dr. Rob: Yes, a lot of people are. We all are great dreamers if you think about since we were kids, our dreams have given us these incredible experiences during the night but as we grew up well, a lot of us lose track and we just forget about them and they just recede into the background, but the research shows dreams are really important, and they do carry a message. I know this is controversial but Jungian psychology has always held that we can still use dreams to learn about our own mind, to help us in personal development, obviously, and not only that, it is a part of the Positive Psychology and part of the spiritual tradition of humanity.
If you look at the Bible, the [unintelligible 00:01:35], any of the ancient literature, that dreams were central to the work.
Debbie: Yes. You hear a lot of the mythology people or stories of the kings having their priest tell them, interpret their dreams for them or the priest has a dream and says, “You should go to battle or you should not.” I know that for a lot of people they think, “Oh, that was just a crazy dream.” or “I was worried about this and I had a dream about it so that’s why.” or they say, “I had a dream about my ex that he’s coming back. I think it’s going to happen.” I think it’s all precognitive but it’s giving them a sign of something that is about to happen.
Dr. Rob: Yes, it’s a huge topic. Let’s just talk about a few types of dreams so that we can start to get a handle on it. First of all, there’s the typical dream which is what people call their everyday dreams because in the dream their-
Debbie: [inaudible 00:02:34]
Dr. Rob: -yes, it’s about everyday life.
Debbie: Yes, like-
Dr. Rob: Their work.
Debbie: Their house.
Dr. Rob: And their own house or driving their own car.
Debbie: Even childhood memories a little bit, or would that be typical-
Dr. Rob: Yes, that’s typical but let’s say the typical dream is the one that people wake up and they say, “Oh, I know what that’s about because I was worried about work and I was dreaming about work.” that stuff. So that’s one kind of dream. We shouldn’t dismiss those, we’ll get back to that “Why we shouldn’t dismiss those.” The other kind of dream is what we call “The big dream.”
The big dream is when you wake up and you know that was an experience-
Debbie: You’re going to write this down?
Dr. Rob: Yes. That something was going on there. You were in another place experiencing something important. You’re not sure what but you know something happened in your dream.
Debbie: That sticks with you, you just think about it the whole day. It’s almost like you want to tell someone about it because it’s so fantastical, or so intense that you’re just like “Wow, that was really incredible.” Other times they wake you up at a bed too.
Dr. Rob: Yes. Just like big dreams, yes. They’ll wake you up and everybody has experience-
Debbie: So, we had typical dreams, we have big dreams.
Dr. Rob: Then I would say there are these pre-lucid dreams. Now, pre-lucid dreams are when you know you’re dreaming but you can’t quite wake up either in the dream or you can’t wake yourself up from the sleep dream. Everybody has experienced these two where you know the scene is too bizarre, too strange or too uncomfortable for you, and you’re trying to wake yourself up or that you know, “I must be dreaming because this is so weird.” but you can’t quite wake yourself up.
You’re trying to run maybe, and you can’t move your body that much, or those kinds of situations. Those are pre-lucid dreams. Now, they’re pre-lucid because they’re leading us to the next level which is a lucid dream.
Debbie: And lucid is where you’re really awake in the dream, and you’re feeling that “Okay, I am dreaming and I know I’m dreaming.” and you had these weird experiences, it almost feels like an out of body experience I must say, you can move things around. You can make conscious choices and it’s really profound, and every time I wake up from a lucid dream, it’s like you have the greatest high afterwards, there’s something barely, I don’t know what happens to your brain but you wake up and you’re just like, “Wow, I feel so at peace. I feel this glow.” It’s really amazing. Some people like to just do it for that feeling.
Dr. Rob: Yes, it’s certainly a revelation for most of us that, “I didn’t know my mind had this capacity to do this thing.” but the research shows, most people have experienced the lucid dream at some point in their lives, either when they were children, teenagers or recently. It is a shame that if you go on the internet, a lot of people talk about lucid dreams but they’re playing around with it, they don’t know what to do with them, it’s like they’re just playing around like a video game kind of thing.
Debbie: Virtual reality.
Dr. Rob: Yes because it is like a virtual reality apparatus that gives you these experiences, but lucid dreams have a spiritual significance and they relate back to what’s called, “Dream yoga.” Now, dream yoga, they were actually incorporated in the discipline of yoga to where these dreams would help you in your personal development, your spiritual development and that’s really what they’re meant for.
Now, beyond that, then you get into those out of body experiences and those kinds of-
Dr. Rob: Yes. They’re kind of related like you said to lucid dreams because, let’s say in a typical lucid dream, you’re inside a dreamscape and so you’re moving in a dreamscape in an imaginary dreamscape and out of body experiences, you’re moving around in this waking world but your body is in bed asleep, but your consciousness is moved outside of it.
Debbie: I remember I had one where I woke up and I was walking around my apartment at the time and I was holding pretty my hand on the railing to go down the stairs and my hand was going through the railing and I was like, “Oh, I’m dreaming.” and it was just this floaty weird feeling and then I was up back and woke up but it was just kind of, “Wow, that’s cool.” But I think like you said, a lot of people use it like a playground, like, “Oh, that’s cool.”
So, here’s the question for you Dr. Rob, because people have those experiences, does that mean they’re more spiritual, does that mean, “If I get enlightened, I’ll be able to have those experiences more?” How do we move through those different levels of dreams and what does that mean about our spiritual life?
Dr. Rob: Yes, I would say that it’s a natural capacity that we all have. How you use it just depends on how you consciously approach your mind, so obviously, you can use your intelligence to rob a bank or to help establish a new religion or something here. It depends on what you’re doing with your mind. It’s the same thing with the dream world, it depends on how you see your purpose in life and the use of your intelligence.
Debbie: Because you could be unenlightened to have a lucid dream and just go to these lucid dream workshops and just float around and just do nothing with it out of ego, or you can actually use it for higher spiritual work. Then, even the typical dreams, for me, I found that out of all the work I’ve ever done in my life, the visualizations, working with emotions, the dreams actually gave me a direct experience of my divine self.
It gave me a direct experience of understanding like the shadow work with Jungian and shadow work, understanding what’s going on personally in my life and my psyche and then also it gives me information that I couldn’t get consciously, and then, I feel like the dream state, it’s like this is a part of me, greater part of me that’s speaking to me that’s giving me insight and direction all the time.
We could think of it as a fiction novel that we’re reading or we can think of it as real wisdom that we’re getting every night. If you don’t use it, the message is wasted, there’s a higher part of our mind that’s trying to get to us all the time, but if we don’t pay attention to the message, it just goes away. Those people who have recurring dreams, what would you say about that?
Dr. Rob: Yes, recurring dreams is definitely you’re unconscious mind is trying to get your attention.
Dr. Rob: And for some reason, you haven’t absorbed the message yet.
Debbie: It’s like it keeps hitting that wall.
Dr. Rob: It’s not getting through to you and, therefore, it just keeps repeating that. One other category of dreams that a lot of people ask about is precognitive dreams. Precognitive dreams simply means that you’re getting a glimpse into something that hasn’t happened yet like a prophetic dream. These are well-documented also. It’s a well-documented phenomenon. A lot of people have them and it just shows that in the dream mindset, in that state of mind of dreams, REM, the laws of physics do not apply the same way that they apply in the waking world. You’re able to see into the future a little bit.
Debbie: A lot of people say, “How do I know it’s precognitive?” Versus, “It’s just an ordinary dream about my life.”
Dr. Rob: Only through practice.
Debbie: I also say that, “Well, if it comes true–” A lot of times you don’t realize it’s a precognitive dream until it actually shows up and then you’ll get like you said, experience. You’ll get a sense of, “This has a different feeling to it.” Sometimes it’like a warning or something like that. Like I said, a lot of people think, “I jumped at my ex-boyfriend and we’re coming back together. That means I should go back with him.” It’s not that. It’s a symbolic a message that the dream is trying to tell you. Most dreams are.
Dr. Rob: This is why most people aren’t able to take advantage of the dreams because the unconscious is speaking a completely different language than the one we use. It’s speaking in a very ancient language. Some people think it’s probably the original language that humans used. It’s a symbolic language. If you look at your dreams right, they’re very visual. Sometimes it uses puns and metaphor to put the message together. It will use a lot of different bits of memory, emotions, sensations to put the message together. For most people, it’s very confusing. They think, “That’s just a crazy dream. It’s must have been indigestion or something.”
Debbie: “That Mexican food I had last night.”
Dr. Rob: Actually, once you learn to decipher the symbolic language, it starts to make sense. The primary objective of the dream world is to balance out your conscious mind, meaning whatever you’re working on consciously. Here is where it comes in your spiritual development, is that whatever questions you have, philosophical, moral, work, relationship questions you have in your conscious mind, the unconscious will try to answer them for you so that you can have some clarity around those issues. If you don’t understand it’s messages, you’re missing half of the psychic message for you.
Debbie: It’s really interesting. When we do courses, a lot of people will come to us because they like the visualizations. We do dream courses and they’re not as popular. It’s like finding my love and money courses. It’s so funny that every course we end up doing becomes a dreams course because people start getting a taste of, “That’s what this dream is telling me.” It’s like they found treasure in their mind that they’ve been missing out on. It’s like these secret messages that you’ve been ignoring your whole life are right in front of you every night to use and people just get addicted to it.
They just love it and they learn so much about themselves. One of the other things that we do is we teach our coaches how to do dream interpretation. If you’re interested in this kind of work, we have a certification program where we teach Jungian psychology and we really do a lot of work with dream interpretations. If you’re interested in finding out more, let us know because this is a fascinating topic.
Dr. Rob: Absolutely. We’ll have to do some more videos on dreams.
Debbie: Well, I hope you enjoyed it. I guess to leave before we lead off, just give them some practical activity is start writing down your dreams, and even if you don’t know what they mean, just know that they’re symbolic and read them. Read what you write down every day and what will happen is that the unconscious mind will start giving you those symbols and giving you more direction.
Then this intuitive part of you is going to start to see a pattern and you’re going to start to almost– If you’re sitting around that person that doesn’t speak your language, after a while, you start learning what they’re trying to tell you and then you just find a way to by being absorbed with it. Absorb yourself with that language and then see what the dreams may tell you.
Dr. Rob: Certainly, the key is to improve your dream recall and that’s the best way to do it. Is to start writing down your dreams.
Debbie: Great. Well, enjoy. I hope you have sweet dreams and we’ll see you n the next video.
Dr. Rob: See you next time.
Debbie: Take care.