Dreams, Aha!’s, and “I think I know what it means”

Do myths and dreams, those messages laden with story and symbol that come to us out of the corner of our eyes, do they provide us with ‘the obvious answer’? The one we already know?

Or do they offer the difficult answer? The one we either can’t see, or don’t want to see?

I’ve recently stepped up my work with dreams, mainly with the support of my friend and mentor Linda Neale, using the dream interview model as innovated through Gayle Delaney’s work.

Some major realizations have broken through of late. In my history in working with my own, and others’ dreams, I’ve seen a  pattern of  an “I already think I know what it means” mindset.

The ‘aha!’s seem to come when we shatter those first impressions.

I think this stems from our need to conserve energy. Living beings love to conserve energy, by taking the easy route, and repeating the habitual act. Looking around at all the life, I know this must work to some extent, as a way of moving through the world.

And then you have dreams, myth, and heroes’ journeys.

They seem almost to wholly purpose themselves to break us out of habit and the ‘easy’ route, when needful.

So when I have a dream, and ‘I think I know what it means’, I purposely set that aside. More often than not, I shatter that first impression to pieces, with an ‘Aha!’ moment. I see an unlooked for angle, experience an unexpected insight.

So, whenever you dream and already you ‘think you know what it means’, consider setting that aside. For, why bother to dream if no insight awaits? Why do we need intuition if it only will say the easy-to-see thing?

Perhaps dreams naturally balance our habitual natures, through their chaos and color. Like the Hanged Man in a Tarot Deck, they dangle us upside-down for a moment, and if we fully let go, we can see around a corner, into hidden places, that our habitual minds walk busily past.

Written by Willem