Sunday, June 26, 2011

The History of My Dream Analysis

   I have had message dreams for many years. Unfortunately I have only listened to them for about the past dozen years! I don't think I realized that the dreams were actually my spirit sending me messages that my mind was too cluttered to hear during the day.
   Although there have been many defining dreams over the years, one of the first dreams that led to my current life was my "buffalo" dream. It was a very short dream and occurred shortly after I had gone to bed. I had just dozed off and was dreaming that I was standing in the doorway of my kitchen to let the dog out. As I opened the door I saw an amazing sight. In my (not very big) back yard was a buffalo grazing! I was so shocked, delighted and panicked that I woke myself up. I was shocked to see the buffalo where it obviously didn't belong but was delighted to see it there. I was also panicked that my dog would dash out and scare the buffalo away. 
   The next day at work, I mentioned my dream to another lady who was supposed to be very good at analyzing dreams and who also knew what was going on in my life at that time. The explanation she came back with was that the buffalo represented an intruder in my life and a possible danger to me. This explanation just did not make sense to me since I did not feel threatened in the dream at all and I had no fear of the buffalo. I have since learned that, although it's good to get other perspectives, the best person to analyse your dreams is yourself.  
   When I sat down and thought about all the different components of the dream, I started to see the message. First, standing in the open doorway I saw as "sitting on the fence". I could take a simple step forward through the doorway and greet my destiny or I could step back, close the door and continue my life as it was. Because there was no sense of fear or urgency in the dream, I realized that, if I moved forward there would be great promise but, if I closed the door my current life would continue unharmed. Second was the buffalo and what it meant to me. I see the buffalo as symbol of abundance. In the olden days, natives used all parts of the buffalo for their survival. The pelt of the animal provided clothing and shelter while the meat offered nutrition and even the bones where used for tools. Thus, the buffalo met all the natives' basic needs and thus meant abundance to the me. My dog, always my faithful companion, did not charge forward but remained by my side awaiting my decision. In other words, whatever decision I made, my family would stick with me.
   When I put it all together I got the message that a new life of abundance awaited me if I chose to move forward. At this time in my life, my family was contemplating a move to another province since we were only financially surviving in the big city where we lived. The constant financial strain of living hand to mouth was hard on us all and we were looking for a much simpler, less stressful way of life. To me, this dream told me that moving would be a good decision and could meet all our needs if I was brave enough to take that step forward.
   To make a long story short, we did make the move to a small town in another province and have never looked back. Life is much less stressful, money is more abundant even if we aren't rich, and we now are relaxed enough to enjoy the time we spend with each other. For the first time in our marriage, we were able to go on a Caribbean vacation which was something we could never have afforded if we stayed in the city. 
   This dream led to both a new life in a new province but also a new spiritual journey for me. I started being much more diligent in writing down my dreams and analyzing them. This process has lead to some enlightenment and  some confusion but mostly to a greater awareness of my inner self. 
  Happy dreaming and listen to your messages!