Did you know that an average person dreams for about three hours each night? Sleep itself has five stages. Although we are still learning why we dream, we do know that our dreams occur most commonly in the fifth stage, known as the rapid eye movement (REM) stage.
During REM the muscles of your body enter a state of deep relaxation while your brain becomes hyperactive, leading to dreams. Most dreamers forget 90% of their dreams when they wake up. Verbally voicing your intention to remember your dream before you go to sleep can help you retain more of your dreams, including the important parts that may contain healing information from our innate Inner-guidance, our Physician-within connected to our Higher Power.
Are you aware that you have an Inner-Freud, a personal therapist, who knows your every concern, fear, and secret and has the perfect solution for you? You have a direct line to profound FREE therapy that can circumvent years of traditional expensive psychotherapy or be used in concert with traditional therapy.
Your dreams are important because they may hold the answers to your worst nightmares. Here are some facts to back-up that statement.
By age 60, you will have slept an average of 175,200 hours, dreamed roughly 87,000 hours, and experienced about 197,100 dreams? If dreams are so unimportant, why do we spend so much precious time doing nothing? If dreams have no merit in our waking life, why have they been an area of study for centuries by some of the most brilliant minds in medicine?
Dreams offer such powerful coding and decoding of the unconscious and subconscious that their messages can literally change your life for the better, forever. They can resolve nagging issues, mend broken relationships, and can be an important part of your healing journey.
Your dreams can be a profound pathway to recovery.
Dream Work Therapy can be healing medicine for the body and soul that can:
1. connect you to the love of your life
2. break the chains of negative habits and relationships that bind you
3. guide you into peace of mind
4. introduce you to your innate Inner Guidance
5. resolve residual life-issues that have remained a problem
Dream Work Therapy uses the universal principles of dreaming and applies them to the action of Dream Work; working with your dreams.
The universal principles of learning about dreams hold that every dream is about the dreamer and since human beings are multifaceted beings of both body and spirit, you can expand your awareness of different aspects of yourself by studying your dream figures and the messages they bring to you. You are in charge of your emotional and physical healing and your dreams are a door through which you can meet your Inner-therapist and Physician-within.
Here is are two tips to help you get started.
1.) The first step in beginning this therapy is dream-journaling. Keep a pencil and paper beside your bed. This intention to journal is the start of your dream journal journey.
2.) Write down your dreams as soon as you awaken in the morning. This is the start of a dream journal. If you cannot remember the whole dream, write down the snip-its you do remember, including colors, numbers and the mood you were in when you awoke. Were you, sad, crying, angry, happy or laughing?
Your emotional state upon awakening may be a direct reflection of your dream state and that can be very therapeutic. This can be your first step in therapy. Embrace the information, no matter how painful or confusing.
Dreams use Universal Symbolism for a language. This is the same symbolic language Dr. Freud used with his patients in psychotherapy. By writing down your dreams, you are learning to speak to yourself using your innate personal dream language that also uses Universal Symbolism.
What does a specific symbol in your dream mean to you? What emotion does it evoke?
The subjects, figures, animals, people and unusual beings in dreams are there to help you and teach you about aspects of yourself that have been ignored, unrealized or forgotten.
That is the basis for Dream Work Therapy. It is easy. It is private and it’s all about you.
Bio: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, Intuitive Life Coach, survived three breast cancers, wrote SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing (Cypress House, Jan 2014) websites: Surviving Cancerland & AccessYourInnerGuide, Hosts Living Well Talk Radio, Om Times Magazine contributor, BreatCancerYoga contributor, Cancer Q&A columnist CapeWomenOnlineMagazine, Dream Queen columnist- Wellness Woman 40 & Beyond, Your Dream Intrepretation http://www.yourdreaminterpretation.com/about-us/ , BreastCancerYoga http://breastcanceryogablog.com/kathleen-okeefe-kanavos/ WakeUpWomen; R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor. Represented by Steve Allen Media