So you wake up from a night of sleep with wild fantastic images in your head. Foreign landscapes, red skies, twin moons shining on the horizon.
It was a vivid dream, one you experienced with all of your senses, and it left an impression on you that stayed all day. Perhaps you pondered the relevance of your dream with all your mind’s fury. “I must know the truth about my dream!” Here starts your search for an explanation.
Where was that place?
- Was it an imaginary Wonderland invented by a bored human exasperated by a cubicle job?
- Was it a distant region of Earth with vastly different terrain?
- Or was it a completely different planet in a remote galaxy?
The human in us wants one answer. A clean interpretation. An explanation fully researched, evaluated, and then filed away as “solved.” Humans are taught very early on to categorize things as “real,” and “not real.”
But know this:
While you are living an Earthly incarnation, you start out playing by Earth guidelines. You will inherently accept the root assumptions of the game board: linear time, physical distance, duality, and separation.
You are told that these root assumptions are “real.” Have you ever questioned this?
Also know this: All root assumptions that we were told were “real,” are actually “not real.”
All of them are merely ideas—adopted en masse—to establish some basic rules for the game. And since it seems like everyone else is doing it, it must be right….well then those ideas are eventually accepted as fact.
In fact, they are not fact. They are merely one option, among many, that you could choose to believe. Yes! I’m saying that linear time does not exist; nor does physical distance, nor duality, nor separation.
It’s a bold statement, and very easy to dismiss as fantasy, when there are people out there telling you what is “real” and what is “not real.”
Yet chances are that when you dream, you experience aberrations of these structures all the time. You fly. You fall off of cliffs and get up. Your teeth drop out all over the floor, but when you look in the mirror they are still there. You experience examples of these aberrations every day, but you dismiss them as “not real” because you’ve been told that the dream state is one of fantasy.
Your dreams of foreign landscapes are as much a fantasy as is your weekly trip to Trader Joe’s.
Every occurrence, whether asleep or awake, is an idea your Larger Self is having. And from its perspective, one state is not more “real” than any other.
Let’s apply this to your dream and the burning question you may have had all day:
“Where was that place?”
Now Creator (you!), here is your opportunity to use your inherent power of creation. Rather than searching external sources for evidence of the place you visited, look inside.
You, as a divine portion of Source, have the ability to think any idea. What does this mean for your life?
You can assign any meaning you choose to your dream.
….inevitably, when I say this to people in person, they squirm.
“But there is an answer! Either I’ve got an overactive imagination, or I’m traveling to other planets while I sleep, or I’m supposed to visit Iceland…there’s an answer!”
And I’m here to tell you that you are correct. There is an answer. But that answer can be anything you want it to be. Because not only did the dream originate from You for the purpose of expansion, you are also the person interpreting it. And no matter which interpretation you give your dream, your focus on it will initiate growth and expansion in you.
The squirming occurs because we have been programmed to doubt our own power.
To imagine that we can CHOOSE the meaning of something and make it “real”? How preposterous!
Yet you are the one creating your reality. You do have that much power. You created the dream, and you can give it any relevance you like; from adventurous, to healing, to ominous.
Once you go inside for the answer, your internal compass will lead you to an explanation that feels right for you. It will feel exciting, expansive, maybe even juicy. When you learn to trust yourself, the lines between your dream state and your waking state will blur. It won’t matter what others think is “real” and “not real,” because you realize that you are setting those standards for yourself.
So where did you go, and what did that dream mean?
That’s entirely up to you.
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