What Does Your Dream Mean
During our so called “conscious” waking life we are in fact completely unconscious of most of what we are doing. We think and are completely unconscious of our choice of thought. We drive somewhere and are completely unconscious of the journey. We walk to the shop and are completely unconscious of all that goes into taking a single step. We breathe oblivious to all that goes with breathing and that our failure to take the next breath within the next couple of minutes would result in death.
Most of what we do is under our “subconscious” control while we spend our time in the capsule of our mind. There are not many occasions during the day when we have to leave the comfort of our mind capsules and concentrate on something that requires our conscious awareness so we spend most of our lives on auto-pilot.
The only times we leave the mind capsule during our waking day is when we do not have a program stored in the subconscious to deal with something that arises. We then set about dealing with the issue and in doing so the subconscious takes note of how we dealt with it. The subconscious stores the way we dealt with the situation and saves it as a program that it can activate spontaneously without having to bother us should this issue ever arise again in the future.
In all of this I keep referring to the mind capsule. This is like being an astronaut in a space capsule. The computer takes care of everything unless something goes wrong and that is when we have to take manual control of the craft.
Inside the capsule we are in constant communication with the people on the ground and this is like the constant chatter we hear during the day as we go about our business. The communication we are having is with the different aspects of ourselves and each demanding attention and expression.
You could be in a shop having a conversation with yourself about whether or not to buy something. One frivolous aspect of yourself may be telling you to throw caution to the wind as you only live once and another more serious aspect could be telling you to wait until you have the money as going into debt at this time would not be prudent. This is all happening in the capsule and nobody else can hear except you.
Then there are time when we must make decisions. We make most decisions based on how we made similar decisions in the past because there will be a program that decides for us because the decision worked in the past. We make decisions based on what we believe to be true and our truth is based on our past experiences. This automatic type of life explains why it is so difficult for us to make any changes in our lives.
When we sleep however things are very different. Everything goes quiet in the capsule. It is not that the chatter stops but the pilot cannot hear it any more. The same tug of war is going on between what we want and don't want except now we can't consciously hear it. That doesn't mean we are not aware of it. The dream we remember in the morning is like a photograph of the conversation going on in the background. Like a child over hearing her parents talking in the bedroom while she snoozes, some of what her parents say will sit comfortably with her reality and will not disturb her but if they were to talk about sending her away or talk about some defect they believe she has or if they were to have sex while she was in the room then she would feel disturbed. This secret chatter is not meant for the child's ears so when she wakes up and questions them the parents tell her not to be so silly and she accepts that because she wants to accept that nothing has changed and she is safe.
During our waking day our conscious mind is protected from thoughts that do not fit our belief system and while we sleep our conscious mind is still afforded the same protection. The dream protects us from the desires we believe to be unacceptable and not in keeping with our belief system by camouflaging them. Dreams are like censored scenes from a movie. The parts we are not allowed to watch are substituted by more acceptable scenes with images we are familiar with.
Sometimes the camouflage is not good enough and when the conscious mind realises this we wake up abruptly. This is what we call a nightmare.
The Royal Road to the Unconscious
Freud called dreams "The Royal Road to the Unconscious" and that is exactly what they are. Dream work is a major part of the work I do in my private practice as a Hypno-Psychotherapist.
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