Finding Your True Self

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Hollywood has produced several films about people going on a quest to find themselves. ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is just one example. What most of these films have in common is the idea that you have to go to a country half way around the world for you to do it!

Travel is a great way to reconnect with your true self because it allows you to relax and become immersed in a new culture. The idea is that, because you are away from your usual surroundings and daily routines, you are more likely to find the real you that is separate from your daily life. Sometimes your true self will change when you travel. They say that travel broadens the mind and meeting people from other cultures can sometimes lead to changes in beliefs or behaviour. You may become more altruistic if you visit areas of extreme poverty, for example.

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Incubating Dreams

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We all have the ability to dream imaginatively and vividly, and there are many ways in which we can encourage our dream lives to blossom.  We can experience many different types of dreams, which can provide us with great insight and guidance in respect of our daily lives.  Many individuals experience lucid dream states; which means that when they are dreaming, they are consciously aware that they are dreaming; and can potentially influence and guide the direction of their dreams. This can be very helpful, particularly in situations where someone is having an anxiety dream; Because it gives the dreamer the opportunity to face and work through their fears. But, by far the most powerful of dream techniques, is the one in which we are able to ‘incubate’ a dream.

 

What is incubating a dream:

Dream incubation is a practiced technique of learning to “plant a seed” in the mind, in order for a specific dream topic to occur. By far the most common reason for doing this is problem solving. For example: a person might go to bed repeating to themselves that they will dream about a presentation they have coming up, and want to feel more confident about it.

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Dreams & Health

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The body as a whole is an excellent source of dream imagery. Particularly given the number of body related metaphors in daily use. In general the head and its features are related to spiritual or intellectual matters; whereas dreams of the torso and limbs are to do with physical concerns or instincts. The heart, is the traditional centre of our emotional lives and actual source of our life force. Phrases such as ‘broken-hearted’ or ‘the heart of the matter’ may feature in dreams, but it often represents love. Either yours or  the love for someone else or the love that surrounds you.

Blood is a very powerful dream symbol. It represents the life force within everyone, literally the life blood of the human race. To dream about blood is connected to our physical and mental strength or general health. If you dream you are bleeding, you may be concerned about a loss of morale, will power and physical strength. The dream is probably only telling you what you already are aware of; But,  it is strange how we often ignore the detrimental affects that our lifestyles and relationships have upon us in waking time. But when we dream about it in such a literal way, seeing ourselves being drained of our life force, our life blood,  it can often be the wake up call we need to do something about it!

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Flying Dreams

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Flying dreams are extremely common. Whether you are flying in a flying machine, such as a passenger airplane, or flying under your own steam, like a bird in the sky. A flight in a plane enables the dreamer to gain an overview of the landscape (your life) ahead of them, and to prepare for obstacles or problems in the future.

Piloting a plane in your dream represents a need to fly high above our peers, or perhaps to excel and chase our aspirations. Flying in a passenger aircraft probably indicates a desire to travel, to leave behind the familiar and seek out exotic new places.  It may also be a symptomatic of a need to leave behind the mundane ties of the earth, to sample the freedom of the skies; this is especially likely if you find yourself flying with friends. Solo flight is more likely to be a sign of ambition.

An important part of flying dreams, can also be the kind of landscape the dreamer flies over.  Your reaction to the landscape, the feelings it evokes within you. Imaginative people may conjure up more scenic and fantastic landscapes then the more practical people. Cities symbolise the community, and the dreamers relationship with it.  Misty indistinct buildings may indicate the dreamers lack of understanding of others; or express their lack of understanding or unease in personal relationships. A futuristic city is generally a sign of optimism and happiness: The dreamer looks towards a bright future with great hope and expectations. Visiting a strange city, may indicate that circumstances may force a house move.

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