Every day I get lots of e-mails asking questions on Dreaming, the Medicine Wheel, and Shamanism. Clover's question made it to "my blog today."
Clover's Question and Dream:
Okay I’ve been dreaming a lot this past week or so and my hubby had a
cool dream last night that sparked some questions for both of us. I
love hearing about dreams and want to know more about their
Chris said he was playing bingo with his mom and he said he had an
overbite that he could feel through his upper lip he then felt them
cracking and he flicked one tooth and it fell right out then all his
teeth on top fell out except for one on the front.....one Dream what
does teeth mean falling out?
Clover I don’t believe in symbolic dreaming and thus, for several reasons.
- For starters, it doesn’t work. It’s just not possible for teeth, for example to mean the exact same thing for everyone on the planet. Culture, religion and upbringing (our own personal story) are important influences on perspective. We’re bound to understand things differently all across the globe.
- Second, symbolism implies rigidity; a strong mental body; and linear thinking. From experience everything about dreaming is in movement. It implies a cooperation from all 5 bodies (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic). It’s also about circular thinking.
- Finally, our dreams are strongly connected to our physical body. Until we can learn to explore this experience and understand it from a physiological perspective, any mental explanation is in my opinion detrimental.
What I can say is in the last week I’ve compiled more than 30 dreams (from different individuals) that included some kind of physical decomposition. For some people they were loosing arms, fingers, toes and with your husband’s dream – Teeth. It looks like there’s something collective occurring that is bringing up the theme of death and decomposition. I’ve come up with a few theories guided by synchronicities. I think that this human scare in relationship to the pandemic flu may be sending us these dreams.
Every dream space has its own archives of "metaphores." We all act and react differently when faced with challenges. We also learn and heal different lessons and issues triggered by different events or situations. As well, we all make different choices in life when exposed to certain dilemmas. Our dreams are meant to express our perspectives especially if we haven't done any kind of conscious work towards these life incidents in quite some time. More often than not, our dreams have the purpose of keeping us aware of what is important for our survival.
For the individual who works from 9 to 5 and comes home to an evening filled with household responsibilities there may not be that much time to reflect on perspectives related to issues we may not have even noticed. Yet, our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies archive these stories for a more appropriate time when we'll be able to give them some focus. Often for the average Westerner that time never comes unless the Universe triggers it. Our dreams more often than not "sound the last alarm" just before the Cosmos shouts at us "to stop and listen." Our dreams share with us those archived perspectives.
Learning to decipher messages behind impressions is an important skill to develop if we want to understand our dreams better. For example, have you ever come across an odor that brought you back to childhood; or faced someone's expression only to be haunted with a past memory; etc... We are surrounded by details that are meant to help us uncover ourselves and the relationships with have with others and the environment. Learn to pick up on the hints around you just by connecting to impressions. It's a silent language that reveals so much more than we could ever imagine.
P.S. If you dream of a red phone booth -- what do you think it may mean to you? To get the answer just allow yourself to stand in a booth and pay attention to what your impressions are. Come back with some feedback I'd love to continue the exercise with you.