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INSIGHT

Dream life

D I D YO U K N OW ? One of the most common dreams people have is that of being chased. It’s possible that because of the anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid, it makes it easier to remember. Often, the significance of this dream is not about being chased but rather what we’re running from. This type of dream can help us understand that we may need to address something in our lives that we’re not looking at.

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achiel Klerk, analytical psychologist and dream analyst gives immense weight to the role that dreaming can have on our lives. I sat with him in an interview and couldn’t help being mesmerized by his stories about dreaming. Dreams are the habitat of the inner genius and if we learn how to connect with them they’ll direct us towards leading a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Machiel has immersed himself in the world of dreams and has studied the significance and use of dreams in a wide variety of cultures. He’s taken the most valuable learnings and insights from ancient civilizations like the Greeks, African tribes, Tibetan monks, as well as more contemporary thought leaders in the field, distilled those learnings and developed his own style of working with dreams called Dream Dialogue. In dream dialogue we engage with dream beings, we learn how to interpret the symbols that dreams offer us and we experience a melting with the world of dream. This is a rich source of information about our lives and allows a creative flow of life to stream through us and generate a sense of flourishing and fulfillment. REMEMBERING YOUR DREAMS One of the beginning points is to be cognizant of becoming more aware of your dreams. Machiel suggests that before you drop off to sleep, have a chat with your dream realm. Ask your dream to hover around so you can remember it. Have a firm intention of remembering whatever you dream that night. Dreams are often fleeting and it helps to have a notepad handy – sometimes if you write down one word or image in the dream as soon as you wake up, you will remember the whole dream. It’s almost like a catching the tail of the dream and pulling it down before it disappears. The more you focus on your dreams the more you will start to remember them. DECODING SYMBOLISM Understanding the language of symbolism is another important part of interpreting the message or guidance. If you dream about a boat, it doesn’t necessary mean you are going on a boat trip. It’s very personal and will relate to what you associate boats with – perhaps it’s about keeping afloat in an aspect of your business or it’s about crossing the stormy waters of a relationship. You may dream about an old acquaintance. This might mean you are about to bump into them but is more likely to represent something that the acquaintance represented to you – perhaps warmth and friendliness or maybe mistrust or some part of their character that had an impression on you. The world of symbolism is intriguing and sometimes direct but often is full of mystery. With practice it becomes easier to read. As Machiel says, “A symbol is a partially known and partially unknown aspect of our psyche.” Once you get more familiar with the way dreams speak to you, you will start understanding how to take the messages from the dreams. Dreaming about eating will symbolically be about taking something in, whether an idea or a project or a belief. Dreams can become your inner counselor and a rich source of information about your life.

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