self portrait challenge ~ environment
self portrait in my home, canon digital rebel xti
For the last few weeks I have begun dream journaling. My morning ritual is to pour myself a mug of hot green tea, sit on my couch and listen to the morning birds as I write down my dreams from the previous night.
I've never done this before. I've wanted to but never put aside the time. I have a dear friend who does this almost every day. She has learned to interpret her dreams and others and uses it in her counseling practice. My sister got into this for awhile and I remember calling her when I would remember an odd dream and she would get out her large juicy dream book and walk me through all the symbolism.
The author in the current book I am reading suggested to buy a gorgeous journal and before you drift off into dream land, say to yourself..."I remember my dreams and I write them down when I wake."
She believes that we can gain much insight into ourselves through our dreams. That revelations will gradually unfold and that when we are caught up in a conflict or difficulty, every dream comes to offer additional clues.
I've done this for a few weeks now and I must say she has something here. I've had a lot of reoccurring concepts in each dream. It could be a completely different environment or with totally different people but many of my feelings and ideas are similar.
Some are beautiful...and some, not so much. To me it has been very self healing. Another form of listening to my heart and what it needs or is longing to move through.
With each dream, I am encouraged to ask the following questions to help me find clues. If you'd like to try this along with me, I am curious of your thoughts and feelings within your own discoveries:
What is the strongest feeling I have after waking up?
How is this dream or any part of it similar to my waking reality?
Is the dream validating or rejecting a choice I've made in my waking life?
What direction is the dream moving in? Who am I at the beginning and who am I at the end?
If someone I know appears, why is he/she showing up right now?