"Too many of us have lost touch with our dreams. It's no exaggeration to state that our society is suffering a severe and protracted DREAM DROUGHT. From the viewpoint of many spiritual traditions, this is a very serious problem." (from Active Dreaming by Robert Moss.)
I have found this to be so true. Our Western culture has lost touch with the value and importance of dreams. It is quite sad. I believe our way of life has greatly affected our ability to remember our dreams, thus influencing our de-valuation of them. Perhaps if we could REMEMBER our dreams, we would be more inclined to place value on them once again.
Robert Moss, author of Active Dreaming and world-renowned dream teacher, states several reasons for our "dream drought". Not getting the proper sleep, being medicated, and not taking time to work with our dreams can all play a role in not remembering them. Some of you may think that you don't dream, but everyone dreams. If you believe yourself not to dream, it is just that you are not remembering your dreams.
Moss states another reason for our dream droughts: "Fear and regret". I believe this is a BIG problem for many people when it comes to remembering their dreams. Fear of having to face something in your dreams that you do not want to face. Fear that we will see some illness or tragedy that lays in wait for us. Fear that we will have to face up to things that we regret having done or said. Fear of not being in control in our dreams. I know people who are afraid to dream (and sleep) because of the recurring dreams and nightmares that they experience.
To all of you who fear your dreams, let me tell you this: By facing your fears, you lessen their power over you. Allow yourself to dream. Though your dreams may be scary, as you allow yourself to dream and work with your dreams, they will become less scary. If your dreams are scary, it is only because they are trying to get your attention. They have a message for you. Your dreaming mind has much to share with you and it is ALWAYS for your benefit. ALWAYS. And it will never share anything that you are not ready to face.
So let's work together to break your "dream drought". Give yourself time each morning to lay in bed just a few more minutes, quietly pondering over the night and ANYTHING that you remember. ANYTHING. Write it down.This lets your subconscious mind know that you ARE interested in what it has to share. And go to bed each night with the intention of remembering your dreams, ready to face and overcome your fears.
If you continue to have trouble remembering your dreams, or if you would like help interpreting your dreams (or just have questions about dreams and dream work) contact me. I am here to help! And in the meantime, as you are waiting for your dreams to return, consider a Spiritual Guidance Session in which we can interpret your waking life experiences! See my website for more information.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Happy dreaming!