Dreamwork: Exploring the Inner Worlds

As gateways to the inner worlds, altered states of consciousness are the seeker’s holy grail. Some individuals, however, regard expanded consciousness as an out-of-reach experience that can only be achieved by traveling to exotic destinations: nothing short of dancing with Mescalito at Don Juan’s court will do it for them. The amount of money and vacation days they invest in their one-time pursuit becomes the currency of their transaction. Once the price is paid and the entheogens are ingested, the Universe is bound to dish out its secrets. Or is it?

Unfortunately, deeper knowledge is not something you can purchase with a return trip to a separate reality. The quest for a deeper truth is a daily commitment: one that must become part of one’s life. Of course, a steady meditation practice is the most reliable way to gain access to a higher consciousness. However, you should also start paying attention to your dreams, because it is through dreams that the inner worlds speak to you.

We all dream every night; if you think you do not dream, you are most likely just forgetting. Dreams are ephemeral: if you are in a hurry to start your day, they will dissipate immediately.

If you can, wake up naturally; otherwise, wake up early to cultivate your dream memories. Just as importantly, keep a journal. The more you work on remembering your dreams, the more they will reward you with information—about your psyche and your inner worlds alike.

As you train your oneiric memory, you must also lean the skill of interpretation. Dreams do not speak the same language as your waking mind. They are not linear; instead, they communicate through symbols, which they often condense and scramble. Also, do not expect one-size-fits-all manuals and websites to be of any help: your psyche is unique, and so are your dreams. This is why you should never let others interpret them for you: unless these individuals know you very well, they will just add to the confusion.

There are several ways to decipher your dreams. The most direct one consists of asking their characters: what do you stand for? What is your message for me? This should be done when you are slowly waking up, at a time when you are lucid enough to know you are dreaming but your dream consciousness is lingering. Do this every day if you can. If you miss a dream, never mind: you will resume your quest the next morning.

Dreamwork is neither exotic nor glamorous; instead, it is a remarkably authentic way of exploring your subconscious and gaining access to the inner worlds. Be persistent, and your efforts will be rewarded.

Dreamwork is a guiding force in my life and I believe everybody would benefit from the insights it provides. This is why I also incorporated it into my Neoshamanic Techniques course. If you are interested in the topic and want to pursue it on your own, I recommend that you read the books below:

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