Have you ever awakened from a dream that left you feeling stunned—a dream so vivid or impactful—so unexpected—that it changes your life from that point forward? This happened to me in 1998, when I was struggling with the decision on whether I should return to Germany and my career in cardiology as I had originally planned, or stay at the University of Washington in Seattle and continue to focus on my research. I knew, that if I would stay at UW, I would essentially give up on being a clinician, which from a rational point of view – and in the eyes of my friends and family – didn’t make any sense. Yet, on the other hand, I was excited about my research and thoroughly enjoyed the lab I worked in. Essentially, I was facing the old “should I follow my head or my heart” dilemma. One night, during this time of searching for the right answer, I had one of those vivid dreams packed with metaphors and symbolism. When I woke up, I had the clarity I had been looking for, which was that I needed to listen to my heart: change my career and stay in the US – one of the best decisions I have ever made. I will share more about this dream, and how I interpreted it in the upcoming episode of Empowerment Radio.
Do you remember your dreams? And if so, do you take them seriously, do you dismiss them as random firings of your brain, or are you scared of them? What are dreams anyhow? Where do they come from and what do they try to tell us? This week’s special guest on Empowerment Radio is Kelly Lydick, dream-coach and co-author of the fascinating book, Dreams That Change Our Lives. Her book is a collection of big dreams, stories of life changing guidance, insight and healing; some even reach beyond the senses and even beyond death. Twenty-two internationally acclaimed experts, psychologists, researchers, and best-selling authors share how dreams had influenced their lives at pivotal times.
Here is the dream that changed Kelly’s life:
I have always been an active dreamer. Few things are as rich as the imagination and its infinite palette of symbols, but I’ve always known that dreams were more than just pictures formed by the mind. I believe what Carl Jung said, ‘The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul…’ In 2008, I began experiencing imbalances in my physical health — imbalances that affected my metabolic system and affected my sleeping and dreaming patterns. I experienced extreme fatigue and many days did not have the energy to perform regular daily functions. I began searching for ways in which I could reconnect to the deepest parts of my inner world and re-calibrate my physical health through mind-body-spirit alignment. Finally, in 2009, I stumbled upon the Gateway DreamingTM Program. Over a six-month duration, I explored the depths of dreams, their origins, and possible meanings. I learned about the power and magnitude of the moon’s cycles. My health started to improve as I re-balanced through the dreamwork I was doing. At the culmination of the program, Denise Linn, who was leading the program from her ranch in California, had arranged a special dreaming event in which participants were asked to work together in a group dreaming experience. Denise had arranged some objects at the center of her hillside labyrinth, and each dreamer was asked to use the dreamtime to meet the group, journey to the labyrinth, and report back on the objects that were placed there.
Using an incubation technique taught in the course, I went to sleep with the intention of meeting other course members and discovering the objects
in the labyrinth. I had the following dream: I am flying high above the Earth among the clouds and stars. It is night, but the moonlight glows and shines down upon the land, reflecting what my soul already knows. As I approach the location of the labyrinth, I descend nearer the hill, hovering over the labyrinth, weightless and content. I can see that an object was placed at the center of the circle, but I can’t make out what it was. I move closer. There are others around me, whom I see and feel in shapes, rippling through the night like angels cloaked in human flesh. They move rapidly and playfully, and never stop to set foot on the ground. I move closer and closer to the hill until I see it: a small, blue-colored glass bowl. It is filled with water that shines in the moonlight, appearing as a mirror reflecting one world to the next. A variety of gemstones is nestled around the bowl: rose quartz, amethyst, and kyanite. The other dreamers are there, and they are floating and flying above the labyrinth, just like me, playful and happy, curious and light.
The next morning, Denise told the group that she had placed a blue bowl of water at the labyrinth. Others shared their experiences of the group dream, and all the stories were nearly the same. We had dreamed the same dream! And had seen the physical world from the dream state! It was astonishing. It was then that I realized the true power and magnitude of the dreams, and that we are all connected. And it was then that my understanding of the reality in which we live is not limited merely by the first five senses that decode the information in our physical world, but rather that we are all part of something much larger and much more meaningful — the waking, dreaming journey of the soul.
Imagine you could ask a question of a dream character, or the dream itself, and watch as a profoundly surprising response appears. Suppose you could take action in your dream to eliminate a recurring nightmare, heal a relationship, or even a physical ailment. Join Kelly Lydick and I this Wednesday, October 17th at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET, and learn about lucid dreaming, dreams of past lives and how your dreams can become your guides and mentors. I look forward to sharing Kelly’s wisdom, and my own dream, with you.