Dream (noun) 1. A series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.
Doula (noun) 1. A woman employed to provide guidance and support to the mother of a newborn baby.
“The early Haudenosaunee believed that in dreams, we routinely travel beyond the body and the limits of time and space, can visit the future or the past, and may enter the realms of the departed and of spiritual teachers on higher levels.”
I’ve been writing down my dreams for over 30 years, and the wisdom inside those messages have been essential in guiding me, and inspiring me, and sometimes warning me. By writing down my dreams, I have found that they have provided me with guidance through transitions both great and small.
One could say that I’m a ‘dream doula’, where I guide you to determine what your dreams are saying to you. Dreams are symbol-specific to the dreamer; though some symbols are universal (a car is a means of transportation, but the type and color of car can have significant meaning to different people). The more details you can recall, the clearer the message your subconscious is trying to get through to you.
Quick tips on dream recall:
• keep paper and pen or a recording device near your bed.
• when you wake, within the first ten minutes write the dream
• start by writing the date
• then what’s happening in daytime life
• then three bullet points of the dream
• then as much as you can recall, including who was there, what you were doing, seeing, feeling-especially emotions
In future posts, I’ll write more about dream messages, how they come in a different “language” and how to determine what the messages might be.
To get started on recording your dreams, here are two journals that I’ve created, one lined, one unlined.