EXERCISE 1: Remember Your Dreams!
Don't be fooled. The simple (but not always easy) act of remembering your dreams is a powerful psychic exercise. So much of the intuition is the ability to quietly shift your awareness beyond the limits of "normal" awareness. The thought process of daily awareness is, of course, important to function in the routine situations of life. But when we can no longer perceive reality in any other way, it's as if we've walked a path over and over for so many years that we've created a trench we can't easily climb out of.
Dreams are a different level of awareness, more fluid, multi-layered, filled with meaning. They are an alternate form of perception -- that's why they are often so difficult to remember. And that's also why working with them helps us out of our "perceptual trenches." In order to remember a dream you have to create a bridge between your daily awareness and the mind state of your dream world. Remembering dreams clearly requires a certain limberness of perception.
Simply remembering your dreams, even if doing so is a struggle, builds strength and flexibility of perception.
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EXERCISE 2: Create a Dream Symbol Dictionary
As you remember your dreams more, make special note of the symbols that appear in your dreams: people, animals, objects, places. Write down the symbols that seem to you to be the most powerful, those that evoke the strongest feelings, those that keep reappearing in your dreams. Explore their deeper meanings.
A simple technique is to create a dictionary:
On an index card or on the page of a journal, write down the name of the symbol and a brief description of it. On the opposite page, or on the back of the card, write down what it means to you.
You can also look through some of the dream symbol books available. They can sometimes bring clarity and a broader understanding of common symbols. But always trust your own insights and feelings first!
Why create a symbol dictionary? Because you are learning a new language. The intuitive mind speaks to us in a highly symbolic language. The first encounters with psychic "flashes" often seem like you've been dreaming while awake; you suddenly realize you've been watching a stream of images pass before your eyes. The world of dreams is the classroom in which we learn to read those images. Dreams are your own private language lab.
EXERCISE 3: Watch Your Dream Numbers
Pay special attention to numbers and dates that appear in your dreams.
If you get a date in your dream, mark your calendar and see what happens that day. Does your dream add extra insight into the events of the day? Sometimes your dreams can be precognitive, describing an important event on a date, yet too often we don't recognize when this happens. Even if we remember the dream, we may not make the connection in our minds because we haven't yet learned to understand the symbolic language of our intuition.
With numbers, notice numeric patterns occurring in your daily life, even in seemingly random details, and see what correspondences to your dream arise. Does any event or experience associated with the number somehow parallel your dream?
Recognizing numeric correlations with dreams can be difficult at first because we haven't been trained to see numeric patterns. In our experience, numbers that arise in dreams can be many things, but when you make the right correlation you often find yourself thinking "Aha!" because all of the pieces of the dream suddenly snap into place. Numbers can be:
Numbers found in dreams can, of course, be many other things as well. The more you work with dream numbers, the more you'll learn to anticipate their meaning rather than make the connection after the fact.
Dreams are a deep well of hidden awareness. These three
exercise are meant to be an introduction only. You can go much deeper in
working with your dreams, both to understand yourself as well as tap into
your psychic potential. Draw the waters from your dream life regularly if
you want to develop your psychic abilities.
For some excellent books on dreamwork and using your dreams to tap into your intuition, visit the New Vision Bookshelf's Dream Booklist
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