Anyone who has awoken during the night and remembered a significant dream event or experience will be only too aware of the immense power that they have to educate, inform, divine, and expose some of the deepest and most mysterious aspects to both our inner and outer lives.
For those who are interested in making dreamwork a regular part of their spiritual practice the question then arises. How exactly do we recall our dreams in a way that is regular, accurate and consistent?
The Challenge to Dreamers
In some regards the actual process of dream interpretation is the easiest part of dreamwork. It also happens to be the one area most commonly covered in books, manuals. and guides to the subject.
However, spiritual teacher and motivational speaker, Kala ambrosia has broken away from this tradition by writing a book that focuses upon the art of dream recollection and general analysis.
Titled The Awakened Dreamer, it opens with a clear signal to potential readers of the immense benefit to be gained from recalling and working with dreams. As an example of her own psychospiritual growth Ambrose shares some of her own personal accounts which she recalls from her time as a young girl growing up with psychic talents and the emerging power of prophetic vision.
Through these many years of psychic experiences she has come to catalog dreams into four main categories. These are;
- Daily-Life Dreams. Those dreams that deal with events within the subconscious that relate to everyday concerns.
- Prophetic Dreams – Those that predict events that have yet to come about.
- Teacher Dreams – Dreams that relate to information derived from the Higher Self
- Visitation Dreams – Those dreams that involve loved ones and guides
The author then offers a number of different practices the reader can use to stimulate, or increase, the likelihood of remembering dreams upon waking. From there she offers advice on how to record your dreams and advises that it is not only important to remember them but also to recall any associated details such as your emotional responses at the time.
From there the author offers advice on how to interpret, or demystify your dreams. She explains how the subconscious mind will tend to dream in terms of specific themes and integrate into them particular symbolic elements. All of these need to be analysed and deciphered in ways that make sense to us at a conscious level.
Subsequent chapters of The Awakened Dreamer expand upon the four main dream types that she identifies earlier before exploring associated aspects to dreaming such as the process of lucid dreaming, manifesting your daydreams, and sleep-walking/sleep-talking.
The concluding part to the book includes an appendix of common dream symbols.
Anyone who has an interest in dreams might well want to take a close look at The Awakened Dreamer for within its pages resides a great deal of insight into the world of dreams and dreaming.
It is not, by any means, a totally comprehensive book on the subject for it misses out several key areas related to the subject that I feel are import to consider when tackling dreamwork. However those areas that it does explore are both important and interesting due to the fact that they tend not to be covered by other writers on the subject.
Despite being a long-time dream recaller myself – one who has studied the subject extensively over several decades, I found a great deal in The Awakened Dreamer that was informative and which kept me entertained through to its conclusion. The book’s approach to the subject is refreshing and engaging which leads me to recommend it as a valuable and important publication in the world of dreamwork – one that slots into the gaps left unfilled by other publications on the subject.