New Levels of Problem Solving: Dreaming Offers Answers

Sleep time is one of our most creative times.  We use it to help learn
repetitive tasks like typing and piano playing or practice a new language.
 Many people will speak a foreign language in their dreams before learning
it fluently in waking life.  But the real gift of dreams comes from
learning how to recall them and use the jewels they hold to enrich daily waking
life.  The modern day sewing machine invented by Elias Howe and Mary
Shelley’s Frankenstein both came from dreams.

While some dreams may simply be the result of bad food, a horror film or
medication, many dreams give clues about work situations, provide solutions to
creative problems and may warn us about future events.  To recall dreams,
keep a pen and paper by the bed and write down whatever images or impressions
you see or feel on waking.  If you get out of bed thinking you’ll record
them later, then most often they will slip away.  

Dreams use the language of symbols.  Part of
the fun of dreams is learning to interpret your personal symbols.
 Symbols, unlike words, transform in meaning.  They are living and
vibrant and not easily categorized.  A tree blossoming tree may relate to
your spiritual self or if you’re a landscaper it may speak about your
job.  Though symbol dictionaries may help you to understand an image in
history and different cultures, no single dictionary can give you the meaning
of your personal symbols.  

Like any language, learning this one requires
effort.  Reread your dreams before bedtime.  Contemplate the images
during the day.  If you left behind your glasses in a dream, think
metaphorically.  What do you not want to see about a situation?
 Consider dream images like “getting into bed with someone” as metaphors
for starting a business relationship or partnering with someone.  Examine
the rooms where your dreams take place.  Do they relate to work
situations?  For me kitchens are often related to what I’m cooking up
creatively.  Dreams offer a space of play and a chance to do what Einstein
suggested – think at a different level to find new and inventive solutions to
existing problems.  Sweet dreams!

Bio: Debra Moffitt-Leslie

Debra Moffitt-Leslie’s book,"108 Spiritual Practices for
Challenging Times" will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in 2011. 
Her essays and articles appear in publications around the world and focus
on drawing attention to the spiritual in a mostly material-minded world. 
She’s on the faculty for The Sophia Institute and gives workshops in the
U.S.and Europe. Her fiction was broadcast by BBC World Services and published
in numerous literary magazines. Read more at
www.debramoffitt.com

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