If you’ve managed to create a ritual around your journey to sleep, it should be a habit now and the number of dreams you are able to remember increasing. It is time to explore the meaning of those dreams, the nature of your subconscious and the patterns therein.
The feeling you have when you wake up from a dream is key. It could change how the dream is interpreted. You could have an exciting dream about a ex-lover, but wake up with an uncomfortable feeling, or dream about a tsunami and be delighted on wakening. But we’re jumping ahead of ourselves.
My philosophy about dreams is that everything is you. Kinda like yoga philosophy, when you peel off all the layers you reveal the soul, an aspect of All That Is. So, every character in the dream, every room, car, tool, natural phenomenon is an aspect of your total mental and emotional totality. You know best what those symbols mean. For example, an elephant is going to mean something different to me than an elephant trainer living in India. It has been said, I think by Robert Moss, we should take our dreams literally and our daily lives figuratively. I also feel that dream dictionaries can be misleading, and only used as a last resort.
First step: Read through the dream you have written down a few times, and maybe you will remember more details (colours, happenings, characters, etc.). If you’re working with a partner, tell the dream to them three times. When you have remembered everything you could possibly remember, start working with the details, without trying to jump to what you think the dream might mean.
Second step: Write down all the nouns, activities and characters in a long list, then play a word association game with yourself or partner. While ignoring your dream story, write down the first three words that come to your mind for each dream symbol/activity.
Third step: Insert the associated words into the dream story in place of the dream objects, keeping in mind the feeling the dream evoked upon wakening. Read the dream through and be amazed at the meaning that becomes evident.
Here’s a brief example:
I’m driving in a car along a highway. I see some roadworks ahead and it looks confusing as I drive up a long hill. As I get over it I see a police car ahead as if it is opening/leading the way for me. I’m standing around with a group of people and notice this giant chameleon approaching us. It is almost the size of a rhino. There is no fear, just curiosity.
car – vehicle of consciousness, body, soul transport
driving – moving, navigating perception, travelling in time
highway – fast travel, common route, collective travel
roadworks – obstacles in life’s journey, improvements to road, inconvenience
long hill – steady climb, gradual upliftment, stamina needed
police car – protection, authority, peace
standing – firm footing, secure
group of people – collective consciousness, collective perception
chameleon – adaption to environment, disguise, blending, San sacred
I’m [moving, navigating perception, travelling in time] in a [vehicle of consciousness, body, soul transport] along a [fast travel, common route, collective travel]. I see some [obstacles in life's journey, improvements to road, inconvenience] ahead and it looks confusing as I [moving, navigating perception, travelling in time] up a [steady climb, gradual upliftment, stamina needed]. As I get over it I see a [protection, authority, peace] ahead as if it is opening/leading the way for me. I’m [firm footing, secure] around with a [collective consciousness, collective perception] and notice this giant [adaption to environment, disguise, blending, San sacred] approaching us. It is almost the size of a rhino. There is no fear, just curiosity.
Great collective change is coming along in life, but, at first, stamina will be needed to navigate the challenges to our journey in collective consciousness and hinderances to our way of thinking. Stick to the journey even if it is confusing, afterwards the journey will be lead peacefully towards the change that is needed or that will be happening anyway. No fear, although the change(s) will be fascinating.
Yoga is an all-encompassing strengthening format, involving postures, purifying techniques, mantra and breathing techniques for body, mind and spirit. The beauty about yoga is it includes as much of our being as possible in the present moment: awareness of breath, witnessing consciousness, mental concentration and physical alignment producing strength and flexibility. If you would like a gentle introduction into this versatile practice/lifestyle, come join us for the beginners course.
Venue: Hume Park, Humewood
- Monday’s: 17th, 24th, 3rd & 10th
- Thursday’s: 20th, 27th, 6th & 13th
Time: 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Value: R400 (bitcoins accepted – 1BDQnHTWQztLKah87fgAevTv81xRbkYAFL)
Come experience what science is verifying as a healing & strengthening practice!
If you’ve never experienced Kundalini Yoga, there is a wonderful opportunity to attend a little series with Mimmie, starting next Tuesday, 14th January 2014, at 7:15pm. On a practical/physical level Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga moving in tune with breath and mantra – think of cat-cow with your awareness on your breath, plus a short mantra, ‘sat-nam’.
Mimmie describes Kundalini Yoga as:
“… a thorough workout in the Indian yoga tradition combining breathing, stretching, dynamic movement, mantra & meditation. This yoga system is sparsely westernised and is sometimes controversial in its speed and effect on body and mind. It is designed to stimulate metabolism, detoxify and tone while working on your core and nerve strength leaving you radiant and blissfully relaxed. Kundalini yoga is a practice which I have incorporated in my own life for over 10 years and has helps me to weather many a storm. My passion has always been holistic medicine and more specifically the mind body link in which yoga plays a crucial role. I worked in various international yoga studios in the Netherlands since 2004 after completing my international yoga Instructor certificate with master yogi Bhajan in America. Kundalini yoga is a route to self awareness and I invite you to join me on the Journey.”
Venue: Hume Park
Dates: 14th, 21st, 28th January & 4th February 2014
Time: 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Two additions to the normal timetable:
- Kundalini Yoga series, presented by Mimmie. These classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, once a week for four weeks, 7:15pm to 8:15pm, starting 14th January 2014. Cost: R350. Venue: Hume Park. All yogi’s and yogini’s should experience a Kundalini Yoga class at least a few times in a lifetime! It is essential to attend the first class.
- Febuary 2014 Beginners Yoga Course! A wonderful gentle introduction to Yoga. Details to follow.
Annamaya Kosha, sanskrit, is literally the ‘food-illusion body/covering’. It is the outermost manifestation of prakriti (matter, physical universe), and it is made up of all the food you ingest through your mouth, the oil/ointments you rub on your skin and the environment of pollution, radiation, bacteria and viruses you absorb through your nose, skin and mouth.
Annamaya Kosha is subject to birth, growth, maturation, decay and death. People who live at a superficial level identify themselves as this body of muscles, skin, lips, cheeks, fat, face, bones, etc., yet those who have searched a little deeper realize this is a superficial layer nourished by food and polluted with chemicals, and their true reality lies beyond this mass of cells. An attitude of gratitude is appropriate for this layer as you use it to interact with the world and with fellow souls. It is the car in your dreams that moves your perception (ultimately soul) around.
Be mindful of what is ingested to fuel your cells, keep your body satvic (pure) to minimise distractions when you practise your inner yoga. The true yogi is diligent in caring for this layer as it is the beginning of the journey through the other koshas to the Soul.
Guidelines for Anantam Yoga classes:
- Please leave your shoes at the door. The world outside that receives the pounding from your shoes is different from the world inside the yoga room.
- Please switch your cellphone off or on silent (without vibrate).
- Please leave your bag, if your cellphone is on silent, in the front of the class. Here’s why!
- Please wear comfortable clothing. If your clothing needs constant adjusting it is going to be distracting you (possibly others) from your practice.
- Keep your awareness on your own mat. Your progression happens with intimate awareness of what is happening in your own body. We share in Silence, communicate in smiles.
- Please don’t wear strong perfume or deodrant.
- If the sun is too harsh for your practice, please tell the instructor so curtains can be closed.
- Please listen to your body! If you need to come out of a posture before the rest of the class, please do. If your body requires a different posture/variation, go ahead. If unsure, ask your instructor for advice. Be kind to your body, practice ahimsa.
- Please respect & be curteous to your fellow yogi’s & yogini’s.
- If you arrive late, please don’t enter the class while everyone is relaxing. Please don’t leave at the end of the class while everyone is relaxing.
- Anantam Yoga classes are open to anyone of any religion, sexual orientation, race & species.
Every night you journey through mystical lands abundant in adventure, strangeness, seeming impossibility and empowerment. Your subconscious talks to you through your dreaming, advising you on issues you need to resolve, your health, even rehearsing for the future. Sometimes it’s just a rehashing of the late movie you watched. Occasionally, you have a prophetic dream.
Many people complain that they don’t remember their dreams at all. Most only remember a fraction of a dream, like holding onto a postcard as the only thing left from an adventurous holiday. But everyone dreams, whether one remembers them or not. Remembering dreams begins with intention and a little ritual when going to sleep.
First of all, sorry to say, if you get trashed or even slightly tipsy, stoned or high on stationery, it is very unlikely you’ll remember anything, hopefully, the fun from the evening before. If you go to bed completely exhausted, there is also little chance you’ll be aware of any dreaming.
Here is a little ritual that has worked for many:
- Have a light supper, a meal that won’t burden your digestive system.
- Aim to go to bed at a reasonable hour, when you are slightly tired but not completely exhausted.
- You might want to do a couple of restorative, gentle postures like paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), balasana (child’s pose), sarvangasana (shoulderstand), and, of course, savasana.
- If you are open to doing a little bit of pranayama, do a very gentle practice to calm your mind from any agitation. You certainly don’t want to do kapalabhati or bhastrika (these are too stimulating to the nervous system); rhythmic breath should be done without the puraka kumbhaka (holding the in-breath). Anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breath) would be the best (but, again, without the puraka kumbhaka).
- Read some inspirational material in bed, a book about dreaming, or simply, literature aiming to expand your awareness of self.
- Set your intention to remember your dreams by saying to yourself “I’m going to remember my dreams tomorrow morning when I wake up.” Place a notebook and pencil next to your bed. If there is a particular issue your are dealing with in your daily life, an issue that is overwhelming the rest of your life; formulate a question to your higher self/subconscious, write it on a piece of paper and place it under your pillow. You’ll be amazed how your dreaming will hint at solutions to your problem, but be prepared that it won’t necessarily be what you want.
- Whenever you wake up, even if is is in the middle of the night, before you get out of bed, write down whatever you can remember. It might only be a fragment, a face, one scene; whatever vague imagery that might be lurking in your consciousness.
Continue with this little ritual, adapt it and make it personal, and soon you will be writing novella every morning. If you’re a writer you will collect volumes of material for your next bestseller.