Translating the Secret Language of Your DreamsBy:
I was on the hunt, seeking amrit, the nectar of immortality. I had to cross a river, so I found a boat made of ghost bones and stealthed to the opposite shore. I discovered a back door into a secret temple where the location of the amrit was revealed: underneath a peanut tree. I ran to the tree, but its guardian stopped me with a special punishment. His curse was that every time I opened my eyes, there would be my own face, staring at me, three inches away. At first I was terrified, but I steeled myself and looked at the image of my own face until it faded. Beyond the image was a mirror, and there I was, clear as day. Then I woke up.
Earlier that day, I had been listening to a talk from Kaoverii Weber on the chakras. Chakras are energy centers in the subtle body that correspond to different mind and feeling states, and can sometimes help us shed light on the issues we are working on in our worlds. The second chakra, svadisthana in Sanskrit, is located in the low belly, and is usually associated with desire, sexuality, emotion, and the element of water. Weber offered another layer, and explained that the second chakra represents our unconscious and our deeply held traumas that we must face in order to move forward in our lives.
One of the ways we can explore our unconscious is while we are actually unconscious: in our dreams. I have always had a very active dream life, but lately vivid dreams like the one above have been increasingly common. Perhaps you’ve been noticing this too: in the darker months, we sleep and dream more. Some say the energetic shift of the end of 2012 ( I wrote about this here ) is encouraging an energetic clearing of old memories, habits, and patterns through our dreams.
No one really knows why we dream. There are many theories out there: dreams may be memories from a past life, or a liminal place where mediums can communicate with spirits . They may be simple flashes from daily life, like a nightly mental pee, or a virtual zone in which the mind can flag important information for survival .
Whatever you think dreams mean, they are undoubtedly fascinating, sometimes terrifying, and occasionally beautiful. At best, my dreams inspire my poetry ( this one, for example ); at worst they shake me awake in a cold sweat. Even then, my dreams feel like little flashlights into the deepest places of my unconscious mind. They are an opportunity to translate from my right brain to my left so I can figure out what might need to change in my waking life.
As Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist who suffered a stoke in her left brain hemisphere, beautifully elucidates in this TED Talk, the right and left brain hemispheres are very different places. The left brain, generally speaking, is logical and rational, and houses our language centers. The right brain does not have language, and thinks in emotion,