How do you learn to interpret your dreams when you can’t remember them? Or if you feel horrible in the morning and suspect your dreams are horrible, too? No News is Good News…except when it comes to dream interpretation!
Someone at my recent dream interpretation workshop told me they couldn’t remember any specifics about their dreams. In fact, this person wakes up every day with the same negative emotion, but no recollection of what happened. This person wanted to know more, wanted to know what they had dreamed so they could find a solution to get past this recurring, negative feeling. Can you imagine facing each new day when the first thing you feel every morning is fear? Or, discouragement? Or rejection? Or insecurity? Or abandonment?
Most of us have those feelings occasionally, and some of us may have them frequently….but to have the same one every morning? How awful! If this is what you’ve been facing, my heart goes out to you.
It doesn’t seem fair, does it? That we make it through those really tough times, but then also have to endure the wake of emotions we don’t want to deal with. Repressed emotions we don’t want to experience can show up as lousy dreams, and can keep us stuck in a lousy cycle of lousy mornings. No one wants that!
I want you to know there is hope. If you want personal help, I’m available! You can tell me your dream HERE. Together we can face those hidden things and you can receive healing.
You can also start on your own. Begin tonight! Adopt these two important new habits designed to solve the mysteries of your nights and tame your mornings.
In The Evening:
When you lie down in bed make a conscious choice to trust God with your night. It may help to write down or say out loud something like: “God, I put myself in your care. While I sleep, I ask you to heal my wounds. I open my spirit only to your Holy Spirit. I trust You to do what is good. I’m willing to go wherever you take me, and to remember whatever is helpful.”
In The Morning:
At your first waking, lie still and notice. Keep your eyes closed and notice your physical and emotional feelings. If you have any images in your mind, dwell on them and see if they get a bit clearer. Ask God to cause you to remember anything that is helpful. If you notice the same recurring, negative emotion – let’s say, feeling lost, for example – ask God to show you what it feels like to be the opposite – like how good it feels to be found or rescued by Him. Spend a couple of minutes focused on this good, replacement feeling.
In Your Journal:
Note the good, replacement feeling God puts in your mind after you awaken, and any images that pop into your mind. Spend time dwelling on them, turning them over & over. Ask God to show you scriptures that confirm His specific good will toward you. If you need help with that, search by topic using a web Bible.
If you will commit to practicing these new morning and evening habits, the cycle will change. Time will unfold the mystery of your nights. You will leave the rut of lousy mornings!
Be patient. Sweet dreams will come!
Have you tried this? Have you had dreams you can’t remember? Leave a comment!
The end of our galley kitchen had been re-purposed for a small elderly woman. Everything was made shorter for her use, and although she didn’t really do anything, she was always busy bustling around. The rest of the kitchen that we used every day was bumped out into the main room a bit more, and it looked very odd. We’d had to relocate the sink, so this wasn’t a minor inconvenience. I wondered when things would return to normal because the oddness of it bothered me.
I worked as an aide to a incredibly smart, powerful man I greatly admired, someone I would like to be closer to. I worked shirtless, which continually bothered me, always, always bothers me. But in context it was somehow a sign of practicality.
My friend was smitten with my boss’ smaller brother, who was Michael Landon. He was actually much smaller. Even though he was an adult, standing next to my boss he was child-sized. We were all working together and needed to locate some supplies in a freezer room, and my friend was mortified & heartbroken when she fell on Michael Landon and crushed him because she was trying to follow so closely and get his attention.
While we were getting food to use from the big room full of freezers, I broke the bad news to my boss about his brother being crushed, but had a lot of trouble remembering Michael Landon’s name. I was burdened for some other reason I don’t know, some duress of the job I had endured for a long time, and he put his arm around my shoulders to comfort me. I pressed my head against his chest and nestled there. It was very comforting, and I wanted it to be like this always; to feel comforted and not exposed.
Part of the time, I was outside and it was like a resort. There was a beach, and natural beauty to explore. But it was a little scary. I was wary of dangers.
I had also gone to a restaurant, where I was surprised to find one of my friends leading a book club. A well known book franchise published a new version about marriage. But his book club was studying the Spanish version so intently, with such animated discussion, I could see that it was a much more significant book than I’d thought. It was as if the title had been “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, in Marriage”. You’d assume you knew what the book was about, but I realized it had to be much more than I’d assumed.
Disrupted kitchen – accommodation for a lack of purpose, or distractedness
Michael Landon – an angel, a heavenly figure, a famous person
Boss – much bigger than Michael Landon; The Lord
Outside – freedom, outer life with risks to be taken
The book club – people to connect with from other perspectives who may describe things in a different language
Exploring the beach – experiences in my outer life
Crushing Michael Landon – a “crush” compared to “true love”? Small idols collapse under our worship.
Being held- taking comfort in The One Who Holds Me
Observing the book club- learning from an unexpected source
Key Feelings: bothered, purposeful, insecure, comforted, openness
Message to the Dreamer:
Little One, you are bothered by the disorderliness of distraction in daily work, the mundane things, but in the venue where you are exploring, you feel insecure. Such is life!
That may never change because it is such a normal part of this life. But as you continue to move in new directions you will notice being bothered by it less. Keep exploring!
Turn to The One Who Holds You often. God is always there, ready to give comfort and strength. Readily confess everything to him, because this removes any distance between you. Your Comforter is not a demigod who can be crushed. He is worthy, and he is able.
Even while you feel insecure and bothered by distractions, when you keep following him, he leads you into your room full of provision, as often as you need it. He is happy to take you there. And he is happy to show you wisdom and revelation in unexpected places. When you follow him you will find things in common with others when you thought there was nothing in common. Call no one unclean, because you can’t judge a book by its cover.