I often speak about how there is little difference between our sleeping dream and this waking dream that is our daily life.
In both the sleeping dream and the waking dream, we visualize, imagine, create and live out certain “realities.”
In both the sleeping dream and the waking dream, we are provided symbols—events, people, things—to guide us and provide answers.
As an example of this close relationship between our sleeping dream and our waking dream, for periods of time I would document my nightly dreams. When I did this, not only did I see themes emerging, but I was often receiving symbols and messages that helped guide what was currently happening in my life.
If I was feeling particularly “alone” in my endeavors in life, I would have dreams where dramas would play out and the overarching message of the “drama” would be that the main character was not alone—there was support always.
If I wondered if I was on the right path in my life and in what I was doing, the stories and symbols in my sleeping dreams would reinforce that I was, in fact, going in the right direction and was always guided in some form or another.
There was one particular night that before going to bed, I asked God a question pertaining to the direction that I was taking with my work. That night, I dreamt that I was on a high-speed train. I was sitting just behind the driver in a center seat so that I could also see where we were going. There was another person who was sitting next to the driver, and I was sitting just to the back of them, in between. I was in the cab area of the train, not in the area where passengers ride. I felt calm although the train was moving at a rapid speed. It was a smooth ride.
From a spiritual perspective, this train was a vehicle of traveling forward—a quick and smooth ride, the driver was the divine guiding presence that lives within us all and I was along for the ride in companionship with these two others.
(I've often spoken about how we have the free will to choose any path in life to follow, yet when we choose the path that is in alignment with God, or what you may refer to as the Universe, Creator of All, et al.), the journey is a smooth one—a divinely guided one.)
Also, on this particular night, I dreamed of a hummingbird. I actually did not recall this part of my dream until I woke up in the morning and opened the blinds to the windows at the front of my house. Just as I did, a hummingbird came flying in front of the window, as close as it could get, and just hovered there making eye-contact with me…just simply staring at me. It stayed there for quite some time. This was incredibly unusual. I had no feeder around, nor plants to attract the bird, and I rarely see hummingbirds.
(Definition) “Hummingbirds have a long history of folklore and symbolism in native cultures; in native American culture, hummingbirds are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy. In central America, they are a sign of love and will bring love to the person who spots them.”
It was not simply the symbolism of the hummingbird that became so meaningful to me, but the fact that just upon waking, I was, by awesome coincidence, confronted by a hummingbird, which sparked my recall of the dream. What makes this so timely and incredible is that I had not been recalling my dreams for quite some time and so that night before going to sleep, I requested through prayer that I, somehow, be allowed to recall my dreams.
This is just one way that our sleeping dream and waking dream connects to provide reassurance, guidance, answers, et al.
SUGGESTED PRACTICE: Document your dreams regularly and write a short list, or summary of symbols within the dreams. Soon you will discover themes and also answers to what you may be contemplating about in your “waking” dream.
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