Analyzing Dreams - a beginners guideWritten by Kevin Sheldrake
There are many theories as to what 'dreams' are. Doorways to subconscious, glimpses into spirit realm, or visions of future - at one point or another we all probably subscribe to one or more of these theories. Personally, I believe that dreams are ways in which our subconscious minds attempt to show conscious that cold hard view of world we see while awake is not only dimension of existence. The most marvellous kind of dreams are 'lucid' dreams. These occur when you realize you are dreaming, but stay in dream. At that point you can usually start to control dream. This has led some researchers to think that dreams are simply random 'processes' in mighty supercomputer that is human brain, firing off as system slips into 'power saver' mode!
Whatever your beliefs, you will no doubt at some time or other wonder what one of your dreams 'means'. The first thing to remember is that subconscious mind deals in images, not words. So try to focus on imagery of dream, not language. Nevertheless, you need to record your dreams on paper or dictaphone so you can study them later. The main problem here is that when you wake up it may take you several minutes to remember that you should be writing down your dreams, by which time, of course, they will have evaporated into thin air, so keep your pen and paper near bed. You may wake up in middle of night, and if you don't immediately write down dream, it will most likely vanish forever. This is what poeple who say 'I don't dream' really mean - they simply can't remember their dreams!
Once you have some raw material to work with, how do you interpret it? Interpretations of dreams are highly personal, although there are a few culture-specific symbols we all seem to share (such as 'snake' meaning sex, for example). Other symbolism may be obscure to your, but you need to remember that your subconscious is trying to show you something, and even if it is couched as a riddle, it makes sense on some level.
Say Thank you to the Cow for the Steak on your PlateWritten by Robina Hearle
Have you ever said thank-you to cow that provided you with steak for your dinner! I expect you think idea preposterous. If you were to say thank-you: to cow for its meat, milk, butter and cheese, to vegetables for their sacrifice of life so that you can live, to air, water and fire and earth for their contributions to your life – then you may have to start thinking a bit harder about yourself and your connection to earth. Saying ‘Thank-you’. We are all taught this as children, why? Just think how it feels when someone does say ‘thank-you’ for something you have done. It makes you feel good and then you are open to doing something else for that person. That person, by saying ‘thank-you’, is honouring you and what you have done, thus paving way for more abundance. Once you actually live attitude of gratitude, it’s amazing what comes your way. So what have you done by saying ‘thank-you’? You have raised vibrational frequency of deed you did; steak and vegetables or fruit you have eaten or glass of water you drank, to a spiritual one. You are working on a higher level of connection to all that is. Further, by saying ‘thank-you to cow for steak’ we can connect with its energy—that’s a scary thought - who wants to connect with a cow? Well, my friends, it is a fact that we are connected to everything. We are not separate from other consciousnesses on planet or from consciousness of planet herself. We in West, technological, greedy, corrupt, consumed with self, have lost our way. The Aborigines and Native American Indians (before white man destroyed their cultures) as well as other indigenous tribes, all have this close connection to earth. They have not raped and pillaged earth; they have nurtured and cared for it as much as they can. They say thank-you to animal they have killed, thereby honouring it, also they do not take more than they need. They know that, in their gratitude they create further abundance.