Do you have a vivid memory from a dream? Are you curious to explore and learn more about your dreams? Studies have shown that most adults dream every night. Yet, most people do not remember their dreams upon awakening.
In modern culture, it is rare for people to ask each other about their dreams in the morning. However, dreaming cultures consider sleeping dreams as important – if not more important – than our waking dreams and life.
Dream Travel – Why Dream?
Dreams are one tool for accessing our intuition and instincts. This knowing, that comes from within, informs our destiny. We may visit a future self and meet our future life partner. In dreams, it is possible to receive answers to our questions, guidance and healing. We choose to give our attention to our dreams, explore the energy of them and take action on our dreams in our life.
From a shamanic perspective, humans have the potential to rest the physical body and allow the energy body to travel while sleeping. This energy body is not limited by time and space like our physical body. Our dreams are often the images and ideas that come from these travels. Therefore, it is possible to “time travel” and glean important details from our dreams that assist us in following a more graceful path in life.
Types of Dreams
Lucid dreaming is when the physical body is still sleeping and the mind shifts from a low brain wave pattern normal in sleep (1-3 Hz/sec) to a more conscious state (13-19 Hz/sec). The dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming while still in the dream. In this state it is possible to participate, intentionally investigate and even shift the motion of the dream.
Nightmares are often an unfinished dream where we experience fear (and other shadow emotions) inside of and upon awakening. These unfinished dreams often hold positive potentials. By playing with the energy and sometimes re-entering a nightmare we may be able to shift the energy from fear to courage, invite new power into our lives and take action to live our life in a fuller way – more in line with our destiny.