Some parts originally posted on May 22nd 2012
Halloween is around the corner. Scary ghoolies and ghosts will be popping around everywhere. However, did you know how Halloween originated?
Samhain (like Beltane) was seen as a time when the ‘door’ to the Otherworld opened enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings such as fairies, to come into our world. The souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes on Samhain. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. Lewis Spence described it as a “feast of the dead” and “festival of the fairies”. However, harmful spirits and fairies were also thought to be active at Samhain. People took steps to allay or ward-off these harmful spirits/fairies, which is thought to have influenced today’s Halloween customs. Before the 20th century, wearing costumes at Samhain was done in parts of Ireland, Mann, the Scottish Highlands and islands, and Wales. (source Wikipedia)
What if OUR scary dreams are just that: a door opening to the “otherworld” and our soul’s purpose? What if?
“In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness.” ~Ann Faraday
Sometimes, those spirits come to us in our dreams in the form of Nightmares, and sometimes nightmares are a way of finding what is really deep down in our gut. The next few dreams I speak of are not of the ghostly kind, however, if you wish to share some of your most horrid dreams, I would be willing to post them next week on my blog. The theme of nightmares fits well during this season of the dead and departed. The awakening of souls could also be a metaphor of the awakening of YOUR soul. This, my friend is what nightamares are really about.
In his book, Dreaming the Soul Back Home, Robert Moss states: “In my personal lexicon, a nightmare is not only a “bad” or scary dream; it is an interrupted or aborted dream. We are so frightened we run away. We wake ourselves up and try to slam the door on the dream experience, hoping that it is “only” a dream and can’t get out and come after us. This is a very foolish strategy. The challenges we face in dreams are challenges that are being presented by life itself. If we learn to confront the underlying issues inside the dream space, we may be able to prevent those issues from blowing up in our regular lives. This may require us to take action in waking life, based on what we have learned in our dreams; but we will lack the essential data required for appropriate action if we have left the dream broken and abandoned, behind that door we are trying to keep shut.” see full article posted on my blog here
Has this ever happened to you?
You wake up in the middle of the night all emotional and cannot seem to get “that darn dream” out of your head? Well let me tell you, I remember one day calling my brother a million times after I saw him go to his car, put in the key the door and blow up! Yep, all that in my dream. When I finally got ahold of him, I felt a sense of relief knowing he was safe. I admit, that particular dream shook me to the core, I thought for a brief second it really happened, thank God it didn’t. The meaning was something totally unrelated to my brother (in a sense).
With nightmares, don’t panic, but please write them down!
When you have a nightmare, it is important not to panic. I realised, later on, that the dream about my brother had nothing to do with my brother dying in a mafia coup. In this dream, my brother represented the successful, yang male in me, who was, at that time in my life, completely self-sabotaging. I was poor, in an abusive relationship, and I had to GET OUT!!
Dreams are not there to give you insomnia, there is a cure!
Dreams are really a mirror of what is really going on in your subconscious. They are as real as the emotions which are deeply trying to harbor in a cave in your soul. Dreams are the whispers of your true self desperately trying to get the attention you they deserve. Because, in truth, the more you look into your dreams, the easier it is to be mindful and make the necessary changes in your life!
Have you noticed the more you ignore a nightmare, it becomes recurring?
This is often the case. The more you ignore a certain situation in your life, the more violent and disturbing your dreams may become. They are “urging” you to pay attention! Again, when a recurring dream comes to you. Look at the symbol and then relate it to what is going on in your life.
I kept on dreaming of planes crashing and me trying to avoid them by hiding in a corner of a barn somewhere. These dreams happened again and again, UNTIL I spoke to my psychologist, who in fact studied Jung dream therapy, and we found that these planes represented my anxiety due to my parent’s divorce when I was 12. These dreams do go deeper, however, I will not go into detail. However, as soon as I figured out what the “falling planes” dreams were all about, they stopped! Thus, I was able to dig into that pain and heal it afterall.
The next time you have a dream which “boggles” your mind, or scares the crap out of you, look into the symbolism and patterns. What comes up most often, and write what those archetypes mean to you.
You may find some peace and quiet the next time you go to sleep.
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