How to Start a Dream Sharing Circle
Are you a dreamer? Have you been looking for communities — online or offline — to share your dream experiences?
Being part of a dream circle can be amazingly perfect at finding the inner truths in a dream, conquering your fears, facing future possibilities, or emotional issues from the past. Unluckily, the mere fact is that we are pretty bad at visualizing our dreams within our inner selves particularly if we have not been following or keeping track of our dreams. Setting up a good, reliable group is like finding your comfort zone and safe haven. A dream circle can swiftly convey many perspectives on what your dreams mean and could also bring wisdom and insight that can really help and surprise the dreamer.
You can start building up a dream circle in your locality. The most important thing is that you gather a small group of people who trust each other and feel safe enough to tell their dream and listen to advise about what others think.
Starting your own dream circle can be done through the internet or live sessions.
Did you know?
Throughout the history of man, dreams have been the gateway that people use to seek resolution to problems, situations, or questions that need answers. The symbols in a dream are key factors that have meaning in the real world. Even to this day, there are many people around the world who look to their dreams as the inner voice of wisdom.
The website called “DREAM MOODS” is one of the top web search results when you google “dream interpretation”. On this site, when you type in the key elements of objects, scenarios, emotions, or symbols, it gives you a list of meanings for each of them. But always remember that when you interpret a dream, do not take the given symbolisms or explanations flat out as it is presented. Each person will always have a different perspective on what the “reading” says, such is the same way with tarot cards or daily horoscope readings.
The 10 Dream Categories:
- Psychological Healing Dreams – Although these dreams can be disturbing, they differ from nightmares in that they represent situations from the conscious past and daily living. These dreams will often occur at times of stress or when important decisions arise. These dreams are not as negative as they help heal and overcome negative emotions.
- Belief Dreams – Dreams have played a part in shaping religions and belief systems across the planet. From Jacob’s dreams of angels in the Bible to Mohammed’s dream inspiring his spiritual mission in the Quran to the “dreaming” of the Australian Aboriginals. Subsequently, dream interpretation and analysis have been an ingrained component of humankind.
- Problem-Solving Dreams – These dreams are designed to impart a message to the sleeper that will aid them in overcoming a problem in their conscious life. It is said that very often such messages are delivered by a messenger whose identity is of utmost importance in discerning the message.
- Physiological Dreams – Some dreams are said to be direct reflections of our needs in the conscious world. For example, a dream where the sleeper is shivering in the snow may simply mean an extra blanket is required.
- Dreams of Daily Life – Dreams that incorporate familiar faces and places do not necessarily reveal hidden symbolic messages from the subconscious. They are simply reflections of everyday life. These types of dreams can incorporate activities going on whilst we sleep. For example, a phone ringing may initiate a dream about communicating with a family member.
- Compensatory Dreams – Some dreams reveal the “dark side” of our personality. This does not infer evil; it refers to what Jung described as the shadow-self. The parts of ourselves we repress. An example might be a Nun who dreams she is promiscuous. Such dreams are designed to balance our personality and give vent to emotions we would not usually seek to experience.
- Recurring Dreams – Repeating dreams are signs that we are not paying attention to the message given. As such, ignoring the messages can lead to unresolved issues in our waking lives. The intent of the subconscious in these instances is to find a dream which impacts upon the dreamer in the most beneficial way. The subconscious may have tried numerous other attempts before implementing the dream that will be repeated. The subconscious does this because it believes it has found a means to “breakthrough”, thus, repetition is used.
- Lucid Dreams – Such dreams have been the subject of much research. In these dreams, the sleeper is actually aware that they are in a dream state. The dream is so vivid it seems real, although events and characters will often be greatly exaggerated. Due to the sleeper being aware of dreaming he or she will often manipulate the outcomes. As such, it is thought these are not messages of deep symbolic value.
- Psychic Dreams – Some consider there to be no such thing as psychic, including Prophetic Dreams. These are explained away as merely the subconscious absorbing information from the conscious world and making assumptions about likely behavior. When these behaviors are played out at a later date the conscious individual perceives they have predicted the future in a dream. However, this does not account for incidents where premonitions of unforeseen natural disasters and death have taken place.
- Nightmares – These are the most emotionally draining of all dreams. They represent major issues in our waking lives that the subconscious drives the sleeper to acknowledge through fear. A great portion of people however ignore the cues and engage in the terror. It must be remembered that all dreams, even nightmares, are designed by the subconscious to help us.
There are many ways to find insight or answers to which a dream represents itself to the dreamer. Through this way, dreams that are shared in a group essentially have social advice, the same also with personal information about the dreamer. Therefore, when we share a dream in a group, we dream for the benefit of everyone.
Here are a few tips for starting a dream-sharing group:
- Find a group of people with a maximum of 12 and a minimum of 5 for most favorable interactions.
- You need to assemble regularly and schedule a couple of hours for the meetups. Twice a month of sessions will keep a group strong.
- What happens in the dream circle stays in the dream circle. Agree to secrecy so you can discuss what you learned but without naming names once you are out of the circle.
- Share your dreams with the group.
- If you are the one who encourages the dream circle, you will act as the facilitator, but the dream group does not need a formal leader if everyone agrees to some rules about watching time, keeping safety, and giving everyone an opportunity to have their voice heard. Still, many prefer to have a dream leader, even if that person changes every week.
- Get ready for one or two people in maximum to be able to share a dream in a one-hour session.
- Give the dreamer the last word on what he has heard that night. He does not need to say yes or no to possible dream meanings. Just let it drench in. If he has something to reveal, let him share with the group.
- Begin the meeting with a short check-in about how your week has gone, with a focus on your emotional state. This can alleviate some projections and builds security.
- Ask the dreamers who went last week and see if anything new came to them after they had time to process. For introverts, people need more time to sink in the new ideas about their dreams.
- Look for persistent patterns of interpretation that may develop especially positive subjects.
In a wider perspective, you don’t need to be an expert to start a dream circle. All you need is a group that is eager and passionate about sharing dreams, others come with experience.
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