How dreams can help you achieve your goals
Whether or not you set resolutions at the start of the new year, for most of us this is a time of year for reflection and possibly the decision to grow, change or set goals for the future.
Dreams can be an invaluable help in self work, but particularly where reflection and addressing deeply held beliefs is concerned. To help kick off a fresh start and strengthen your resolve for personal growth in 2015, I will be dedicating January’s posts to how dreams can help you achieve your goals.
So, first things first:
Sleep – and don’t feel guilty!: Without sleep, you can neither dream nor have the energy to achieve your goals. You are all hopefully aware of how important enough sleep is, but I just want to reiterate it here. We need sleep to be healthy, happy and wise. So getting enough sleep, and not feeling guilty about it, should be your first resolution!
Write your dreams down: this is one of the key ways to start noticing what is going on in your subconscious. You don’t have to write every single detail of every single dream, but starting to pay attention to dreams and recording the outstanding symbols or themes can prove helpful when you need to understand what in your subconscious mind is helping or hindering your progress.
Getting enough sleep, and not feeling guilty about it, should be your first resolution!
Look for signs of new beginnings: When you are feeling down or worry achieving your goals is too hard, dreams can help encourage you and let you know when you are on the right path. You may feel you want to give up in waking life, but dreams can give you symbols of hope, that if recognised, you can use for motivation to keep going. Good symbols of new beginnings in dreams include planting seeds, picking flowers or harvesting; walking through a door, passage way or path; finding a new room in a house or clearing in a forest; or finding a magical or powerful object in the dream. All these things can be significant signs that the change you are struggling with while awake is taking a deep-rooted effect in your subconscious, and if you persist, may be the lasting change you seek.
Next week: Conflict and Resolution in Dreams
For more information on dream meanings, and how dreams can make your life more meaningful, please visit The Dream Well
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