Dreams are a hot topic in the days of sheltering in place and “quarantining”. I’ve spoken with friends and colleagues that are noticing changes in sleep patterns and dreams. Whether it’s bouts of insomnia, back-to-back dreams, or feeling like they want to sleep longer, there’s an increase of awareness happening in this space. In a recent article I found, a Portland-based psychologist said it best: “…[I think] that people are actually having time to remember their dreams…it’s not that some people are necessarily dreaming more, it’s just that we’re remembering them more.” I couldn’t agree more — not just because of time, but how much more space we have to remember.
The truth is that dreams are always happening. Just because you don’t remember them, doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. Yet the big question I want to address here is what if you can change them?
Over many centuries of recorded history, dreams are understood as an informative and essential part of the human experience. Dreams are an inner consciousness; a construct; a complex display of the imagination when we go to sleep or leave our body. To a psychic, we look at dreams as energy. All dreams are sparked in the energy first — ebbing, flowing, and gestating ready to “come true” or continue on as a possibility.
Many of the dreams we have are in the context of what we desire or hope to pursue: the car, the job, the house, the love affair, a way of being, or the change you want to see in the world. For example, John Lennon had a dream that all people live life in peace or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that his four little children would one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin. These infamous dreams all started in the imagination — in the energy of things. As we all know, these dreams are ever-changing plus they take time and space to make real.
So what’s the point in paying attention to your dreams? Don’t you have more influence over your life if you’re physically awake doing something about it?
In my own observation, it’s about seeing both the dream and waking life as a complete human experience. Giving yourself enough space to process, daydream, sleep and let go of the physical is the companion to having tangible, real life experiences. Both are indispensable. On some level, we are always striving to understand more about who we are and how we can evolve into someone we imagine to be. It doesn’t mean that your personal relationship to all of this is wrong or inadequate. It’s more about acknowledging that there is more happening than what we are paying attention to.
So who’s to say you have to dream the same dream, or choose the same things over and over again in your waking experiences?
What if just for tonight, you choose to dream a new dream?
So what are you dreaming about these days? Are you remembering them more often? I’d love to hear all about it. #quarantinedreams
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Ryan Fukuda is the Director of the Astral Program and teaches in the Meditation and Clairvoyant Programs at Portland Psychic School. He maintains a private reading, healing and channeling practice.