Dreams are about truth. "The truth is inconvenient, and when it comes, one must adjust everything to fit the truth, and not vice versa." - Words that came in a dream, the night after I personally held back the truth from a trusted person.
Dreams changed my life in a profound way. And they continue to. I'm watching them change the lives of people around me. I practice as a medical doctor, and I have seen some things that change peoples’ lives quickly: surgery, insulin, adrenalin for example. These have rapid external effect. I have also found, that with a motivated person, a dream can also have a remarkably rapid effect on an internal level for that person. Just by holding the mirror for that person and asking simple dream questions. Dreams can give new perspectives and open up new possibilities, insights and truths for the dreamer. I feel compelled to talk about this both as individual and as a practicing medical doctor who desires to have the best outcomes possible for people on both external and internal levels
What brought me here and why?
It is my experience that living with hope, self worth, and inner peace, is a more fulfilling way to live personally, and in community. I have seen no modality as effective in achieving these goals, as I have with working with ones dreams. These are just a few of the benefits that I have both seen and felt. I'm certain there are many ways of achieving such goals. And that's great. I have personally tried many other ways and paths. But they didn't work for me. As a medical doctor, I have tried many treatment modalities with people. This is the one I have found most effective for many illnesses. If not as the primary treatment, then often as the strongest adjunct to the care plan. Dreams will open up the truth for an individual. Sometimes by showing them what's not true. Or what's no longer true. Or the misperceptions they may have. Dreams open up feelings. They help open up what's dark, and what's light. And if a person is willing, the light they will find will change their being. Their outlook. Their life. And that's powerful. That's why I love working with dreams.
I will mention personal anecdotes and dreams on this website to illustrate what I am attempting to communicate. The purpose is not to tell my life story, but the examples I give I hope will give context and be helpful. I personally found “dreamwork” (defined below) in 2012 while looking for something that would make my life more fulfilling and help my marriage. I worked with my own dreams with a facilitator personally for 6 months and felt so much possibility for change open up for me that decided I needed to learn how to do this for others. So I did. I have been doing dreamwork as a facilitator since early 2013. I love seeing the effects this exploration has on others and hearing their stories of how their outer lives change as a result of following the lessons they learn from their dreams. I personally find the Buddhist tradition has the most accessible language for what often happens to people: they often find bits of inner peace and joy scattered throughout the wars that are often going on within them. Even amongst sorrow and grief, and that gives them hope. They often seek more insights from dreams, and then they find more. Their lives become more rich. That's my story too. For those that don’t feel at war, (many feel like they are at an “inner war” in a way that's beyond words) dreams often open up new possibilities in their lives in ways they hadn't considered. It's rewarding for the dreamer. It’s rewarding as a practitioner since it fills my cup, it makes me feel alive, it has made me a better person. It has shown me that even though things can be dark, there's still light. Now I can relate to what many spiritual traditions say about this. I have always known I wanted more out of life somehow and after multiple different church visits, it didn't change for me personally. I still visit outer places of worship because I'm curious what "fills other people's cup". But so far my dreams have given me more "fulfillment" and adventure at the same time than any external church has. Dreams are intensely personal. But I believe community connection is invaluable. I have prior been judgemental about what other people are up to and why. My dreams showed me my own judging nature. It's not for me to know what's right for another person. I have found each individuals' dreams guide them in a way that's highly specific for them.
I have no agenda to fix anybody. I actually used to regularly think I was "fixing" people. Even worse, I thought I was "saving" people. Then my own dreams showed me how aggressive and irritating this can be. (Click here for dream). The world is filled with people thinking they know what's best for another person. And they actually might. But on some level the person has to figure it out themselves. They have to do the seeking and finding themselves. This has been a real edge for me as I currently have a day job as a medical doctor. And in this job I do try to fix things.
I have found that even if I do nothing other than be a supportive ear, the courage the person has to come to me and "release" the dream to me may be enough to change the way they feel. Maybe even change the way they relate to the world. Sometimes I will point out that there was an option or hope in the dream that they hadn't seen before. But just the very act of sharing can be rewarding.
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