Creative Writing 101: Hubpages Topics and Insights from Dreams
Be still and know that I am God.
- “Be still and know that I am God” was the anchor verse taught to us in an Episcopalian contemplation group I attended. It is to be used as an aid, to still noisy thoughts while sitting in silent contemplation.
The reason I cite contemplation is that for me it has been a source of insights or intuitive guidance, including dreams. I’m not sure though whether the meaningfulness of my dreams increased from the practice of contemplation (or meditation), or whether I simply got better at remembering my dreams.
Another idea from out of the blue that came to mind is that somehow, in our sleep state, the Holy Spirit is able to communicate with us better because our conscious, noisy thoughts are still.
Some Quirinus Hubs Inspired by Dreams
The list seems to be growing, but here are a few:
Dream Symbols and Meaning from Hyperdictionary.com
Below is a list of the dream symbols I recall dreaming about and their corresponding links to the website containing the symbolism:
· Dining Table
A Chinese friend told me that ancient Chinese tradition held the elephant as a symbol for royalty.
I wonder if this may be one of my favorite symbols.
· Light bulb
· Dolphin. "Seeing a dolphin in your dream, symbolizes spiritual guidance, your intellect, mental attributes and emotional trust. Utilize your mind to its capacity and you will move upward in life. Alternatively, it suggests that a line of communication has been established between the conscious and unconscious aspects of yourself. Dolphins represent your willingness and ability to explore and navigate through your emotions. "
Notice that most dream symbolisms include positive and negative aspects possibly pertaining to the dreamer’s current concern. I tend to ignore the negative aspect thinking this may sway me towards pessimism. But Thomas Moore has expounded on the value of accepting our shadow selves in order to embrace our whole selves, towards complete self-knowledge and acceptance.
The shadow self is the other side of the coin, that when accepted, reveals the philosopher’s stone or the proverbial weakest link.
How to Remember Dreams
But just how exactly do we remember our dreams so that we can use them to obtain insights for hubs and daily living in general?
"Be still and know that I am God."
For some reason, meditation seems to be an effective tool in establishing a link between our conscious and unconscious (which Jung alternately calls our soul).
I’ve had times when I thought I’ve entirely forgotten the story in a dream only to recall it while meditating during my commute to work. I’ve also had times when I’ve forgotten dreaming at all and the dream visits as a recall while I do my silent sitting.
In addition, the silence one provides the soul in meditation seems to be the empty cup one offers the universe, for it to pour or fill in our unconscious with eternal truths. These truths surface in our conscious awareness as insights during our waking hours.
A cup that is full is not capable of receiving any further.
· Resolve before falling asleep. This is the suggestion I have heard from other quarters, in a similar manner that we resolve to wake ourselves up, before going to bed, when we have no alarm clocks.
· Record, for example using your cell phone, immediately upon rising
· Random Insights. Through the mysterious ways of the Spirit: “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (Christ Jesus - John 3:8)
Two Friends’ Dreams
· Friend No. 1 dreams after the death of the boyfriend that the coffin, accompanied by a crowd and a band playing similar to when there’s a town fiesta, was brought to her house for interment.
A lady surnamed Solis led the crowd going to her house.
We pondered on the possible insight the dream was trying to provide to her. It was understood that the dream was sent by the departed beloved to console ( “to offer solace”, represented by the lady's name “Solis” in the dream) the grieving girlfriend, who had terminated the relationship three years earlier, the boyfriend being a married man. To her it was as if, the boyfriend wanted to communicate that after death the previous earthly marriage bond of “till death do us part” had been broken and he was now free to be married to her and be with her everywhere she went. The white, rhinestone-studded coffin in space-age design coming, for interment at her house, signified the beginning of a spiritual marriage.
· Friend No. 2 dreams she gave birth to Orion. Initially she thought it was a star but later found out that it was actually a constellation! When she explored the insight behind the dream she knew, it was something more profound than anything she had ever experienced here on earth. It was a mystery that can only be revealed through the ages. She could only relive the vision daily.
“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
The Reciprocity Effect
A last note before the end of this Course 101.
You may notice that the dream and the waking states are reciprocal:
Our thoughts and actions during our waking state inspire our dreams; our insights from our dreams inspire our daily endeavors.
To a certain extent, during our waking hours we can determine the quality of our experience, including writing, by what we feed our mind:
Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, feed your mind with noble thoughts.
Visualize your highest reality.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."