Lightbulb Moment: Using Dreams to Access Intuition

September 27th, 2013 by Laura Longley


Lightbulb  Moment

The Laura Longley Show

September 17, 2013




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From the show transcript:

Another thing I wanted to share with you is I’ve always been someone who dreams a lot and gets a lot of guidance from dreams. It’s been on my mind recently because I had a dream Sunday morning that led me to decide to move from being a vegetarian, which I’ve been for about 2 years to vegan, which kind of has been hanging out there for me for a while like maybe I should do this. This dream I had really made me decide that’s what I needed to do. I wanted to share that with you in our Light Bulb Moment around why our dreams matter and how to use your dreams for your growth. I’ll be talking about that during the Light Bulb Moment towards the end of the show. Be sure and stay tuned for that.

So, earlier in the show I was talking a little bit about dreams and how I had a dream Sunday morning that led me to finally decide it was time to shift from being a vegetarian to being a vegan. It was such a powerful moment for me when I really started looking at that dream and what it meant and why it led me there, I wanted to share with you how you can use dreams as well in your life.

My dream life has always been pretty active. At different times I don’t always really remember so much. When I’m really going through a growth spurt, it seems like they just are crazy in terms of how many dreams I’m having and the intensity of them. One of them that I had a year and a half ago, this is a little bit about-it’s not really pre-cognition, but it’s about how we can get information in dreams that we don’t have in other ways. I had a dream about a year and a half ago about my dad who has passed away 19 years ago. I had this dream that I interpreted as that my dad had been married before my mother and that there was a child. It was a Saturday morning. I woke up and I went to the internet and very quickly I found on that my dad was on somebody else’s family tree as having been married to one of their family members. That was never talked about in our family. In fact, my mother did not know. That took me down a path that there was a lot of growth stuff in it for me-which is not what I’m going to talk about right now. I just wanted to share that as saying dreams can give us information that we don’t consciously know and maybe we didn’t have a way of really consciously knowing either.

As I said, I’ve always dreamed a lot but I don’t always remember. When I’m in the mode of wanting to remember I will write it down when I wake up in the middle of the night or I will use a voice recorder on my phone to record it.

I guess it was this year maybe about 9 months ago I did several sessions with someone who does dream interpretation. Actually, she was a guest on the show in January or February, Mimi Pettibone is her name. She’s in Seattle. She does work by phone so anybody can use her. She calls herself the Dream Detective. That was really helpful for me because it led me to understand how she works with a dream. She would ask questions about certain things. That led me to when I’m interpreting my own dreams, I can remember thinking about those kinds of questions. One of the things she did, I don’t do this very often, if there was a certain item in the dream that seemed to be significant, she might ask me to become that item, like an inanimate object and say, “How do you feel? What are you thinking? This stuff is going on around you, how is it affecting you?” It was really amazing how that could really bring other information as well.

The thing that I’ve come to learn the most is even when I’m working with someone who does dream interpretation, it’s really up to me to know if it resonates for me. They might offer me an interpretation that I go, “No. That doesn’t really resonate for me.”

If you want to start using your dreams to help you with your own personal growth, whether you remember dreams now or not, you can do it. First of all, you have to make a special effort to remember. That means when you’re getting ready to go to bed at night you set an intention. I even talk out loud. To me it’s more powerful to say it out loud. I will ask for dreams, whether it might be related to a specific situation, or I might ask to have dreams about something that will help me move forward in my life. I ask to remember the dreams too. Keep a pad and pen by your bed or a voice recorder. When we wake up in the middle of the night and it’s fresh in our mind, we can jot down a few items. That will help us recall it when we wake up in the morning. If you don’t do it, you’re not going to remember, at least I don’t. When you get up in the morning, make it a practice to sit down right away and write down the detail of what happens right away, before it all fades away. It does fade away pretty quickly.

When you’re looking at the dream, here are some things to pay attention to. #1 for me is how did I feel. What were my emotions like? That helps to lead me to how is this going to help me in my life? Am I feeling sad? Angry? Am I feeling anxious? Am I feeling excited? Looking at those feelings. Remember, don’t take it literally. Just because you have a dream that somebody died, it doesn’t mean that that person or anybody else is going to die. Death might really be just about a loss of some sort or letting go of something.

The best way to know if an interpretation is correct is whether or not it resonates with you. Pay attention to what your first thoughts are about you and what really resonates for you about any interpretation. It can be helpful to invest in a few sessions with a professional. Like I said, I really learned so much working with Mimi, not just on the dreams that she worked with me on, but in how she worked with me and the dreams. It can be really helpful in that way if you’re doing a lot of dreaming or if you feel like you want to increase your dreaming that you’re having.


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