There is a lot of speculation about what goes on in the dream state, and there are many theories about the significance and interpretation of dreams. As you read this material about dreams, you may find that some of it seems familiar to you or that you already know a lot of it–up to a point. From that point on, however, you may find that there are some things here that are new to you.
As various ideas about dreams and dreaming are presented in this book, you may start experiencing or recognizing these processes. If this information works for you, you are free to use it. If it doesn’t work for you, you are free to disregard it and go on to something that does work for you. Consider the probability that what you read here about dreams is possible. Leave yourself open enough to accept the information in this book. Then, after you have checked to see if this information works for you, you can decide whether or not you believe it.
If you want to receive full benefit from your dream experiences, it is important that you keep track of your dreams. Write them down. Keep a notebook and a pencil or pen by your bed. When you wake up, record your dreams or your impressions of what has happened during the night travel. At first, you may remember only fragments; if you continue to record your dreams–even fragments–you may begin to remember more and more. As you record them, bringing them into conscious awareness, the symbolism of your dreams will become clearer to you, and you will become more skilled at interpreting your dreams.
If you do not remember your dreams at first, just write in your journal or notebook each morning, recording any impressions or fragments that come to you. If necessary, make up something. At first, it may be nothing more than “I woke up feeling sort of uneasy and didn’t particularly want to face the day.” Or it might be something like “I think I remember seeing a house.” That’s okay. You just start this process wherever you are, and keep going. If you go for a while without remembering your dreams, don’t get discouraged. Just keeping a daily journal will allow you to tune in to new insights about yourself and the process that is your night travel experience. Memory of significant dreams can come in time.
If you are one of those who remember their dreams vividly and in great detail, you may want to be selective about what you write, and choose to record only those dreams that seem significant for some reason. For example, if you work as a secretary and have a lot of dreams about typing and filing, these may be nothing more than the subconscious mind attempting to resolve pressures from work. You may choose not to record that type of dream at all, or you may choose to make only a brief notation: “More typing and filing.” As you work with this book and your dream journal, you’ll discover how you can use them for your highest advancement. The key is to use them.
Psychologists and psychiatrists have been watching the process of sleeping and dreaming for many, many years, trying to find out what goes on in the dream state. They have come a long way in their research and have a lot of information about, and awareness of the dream process. There are, however, some areas of Spirit that are an integral part of dreaming that scientists have not yet become aware of.
Freud popularized dream interpretation and brought forward much in the way of dream symbology. He reserved it as the domain of psychiatric and psychological experts and placed it all within rather narrow limitations. Edgar Cayce really opened up the investigation of dreams and put dream interpretation back into the hands of the dreamer. But both men, although they made tremendously significant contributions to the understanding of dreaming, only went so far. I’ll go briefly into what they have discovered and then take you on to what happens in some of the deeper stages of sleep.