By Victoria Pendragon
Ra Uru Hu, conduit for the masterful system, Human Design (also sometimes referred to as Gene Keys because of its association with our DNA), once said that dreams belong to everyone, that they are not meant for the dreamer,asthe dreamer, but are meant to be shared with your tribe, whatever that might mean to you possibly only your significant other, friends or family but it could be your community, online or geographic. Dreams, he pointed out, happen in a state when our consciousness is wide open and not in any way restricted by the limitations of our bodies, minds or imaginations. Your dreams, he said, are not yours; they belong to everybody.
Now I know this flies in the face of many different takes on the interpretation of dreams over the centuriesbut it also echoes a number of references to dream sharing among indigenous peoples, notable among them, the aborigines of Australia whose dreamtime paintings are a perpetual wonder and whose ability to be both in the moment and truly grounded on the earth is legendary. I resonate with Ras view on dreams because it supports my own cautionary advice to would-be seekers: unless a dream smacks you in the face with a dramatic and immediate reaction or a sudden awakening into a knowledge that you didnt have before, then the only thing you need to notice about a dream is, How did it make me feel? Because from the moment you move through the hypnopompic trance state and into full waking consciousness, you are no longer where you were when you were dreaming and your mind has taken over the wheel and what you feel becomes a far more accurate record of what your body may be attempting to point out you via the dream because feelings are the language of the body.
The mind is a fabulous calculator, retainer of facts and a wonderful organizer and scheduler and it has no part in the trans-personal event that is the dream state. Allowing the mind to interpret a dream after the fact is akin to allowing you or me to interpret something transmitted by a being from another planet where they speak through their skin in drops of unidentifiable liquid.
As human beings, we are designed to identify things; we do that with our minds and we cannot turn the process off, its a survival mechanism. Who hasnt, while driving or walking, glimpsed a momentary flash of something and identified it. Who cares, really? Its usually just the jetsam of the road. But we cant help ourselves because thousands upon thousands of years ago identifying things in our environment was critical to staying alive. On a battlefield or in a strife ridden neighborhood, that still matters but for most of us, it doesnt. Yet hardwiring is hardwiring, its simply a part of who we are at a biological level.
We know what we know, but we dont know what we dont know. Pinning a dream down to what it means puts limits on an awesome process that we dont even begin to understand. Dream interpretation has gone on for centuries and I dont see where its made a huge impact on the enlightenment of our species. On the other hand, those unexpected and inexplicable flashes of insight that simplyhappenas a result of dreams have changed the sum total of our knowledge of the world and of ourselves. Think Crick and Watson and DNA.
Our brains are not the only repository of information in our bodies. Far from it. Every cell in your body carries information. Your body remembers everything it has ever seen heard, touched, smelled or felt and it does not forget. Ever. Your dreams are born from this colossal intelligence. We dont have a chance at grasping the information that our bodies are capable of processing. Those inexplicable flashes of insight that happen sometimes, thats the body at workor the Spirit singing through, but its never the mind per se; the mind is no more than an interpreter of those happy events. Our bodies have more information in their cellular intelligence than you could fit in a 120 petabite drive. Our Spirits have access to far more. Analyzing a flash of insight destroys its integrity; analyzing a dream does much the same. Treasure your dreams. Write them down, if you must. I prefer to treat them more like a really awesome one-night stand, I write down the date (because the seasonal cycles of the earthareimportant to the body) and just say that I had an amazing dream.
updated by @nocturnes-angel: 03/28/17 12:06:11AM