Several nights ago I had a dream that a rat was sitting next to me. I wasn’t afraid of it but I also knew not to touch it. The next night, the rat appeared again and this time it was a little more threatening, but the same feeling was there not to touch it. When I have serial dreams, I know that my inner being is trying to show me something, so I asked (myself) for clarity. The word “shrewd” kept coming up and as I felt my way through this, the answer became clear: “Don’t be shrewd. Don’t try to figure out anyone else’s motivation for doing anything.”
I can always tell when the correct interpretation of a dream presents itself by the “ah ha” feeling that washes over me. I also know that if I need more information, or if the interpretation isn’t correct, the dream will show up again.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve paid attention to my dreams. I never say that dreams are bad, weird, strange, awful, confusing, or stupid. I never say that I can’t understand them or wish they would stop….even though I’ve felt all of these things. If I’m doing something in my waking hours that isn’t helpful (or is harmful) to myself or others, I will hear about it in my dreams. The more off-base I am in my actions or thoughts, the more intense and shocking my dreams will become. That’s why I do my best to honor dreams even when their highly symbolic, sometimes frightening, images can make me want to recoil or run away from them.
Dreams can be fierce teachers, but they are here to help by saying to us,”Look at this now before it gets bigger.”
“Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.” C.G. Jung