Our dreams have powerful and insightful messages for us.
Some years ago, I was going through a difficult time. My world was falling apart, and I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t even know where to begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild my life.
Then, one night, I had a dream:
I walk down the stairs into the basement of my house. It is empty, except for a large chest of drawers. I open each of the drawers, and each is filled with birds. I am horrified, because these birds have been trapped in this chest of drawers, and yet, amazingly, they are all still alive. In fact, there are some birds’ nests in the drawers with baby birds in them. I begin to run around, searching for food and water to give the birds.
I woke up feeling sad, anxious and just a little hopeful.
Over the next few months, I had the same dream, over and over again. However, as time went on, the dream began to change. At first, I would go down into the basement, and the drawers would be open, so the birds could be in the sunlight. Then, when I went into the basement, the birds were flying around the basement. Finally, the birds moved out of the chest of drawers and upstairs into the main part of my house, where they had plenty of food, water and sunshine.
As I meditated on the dream, I realized that the basement symbolized my subconscious or unconscious mind. The birds were all my passions, hopes and dreams in life – which I had locked away in the chest of drawers and forgotten about as I got sucked into the “busyness” of everyday life. And yet, even though I had forgotten them, they never died.
Once I started rebuilding my life and focusing in on those things that I was passionate about, the birds began to move out of the chest of drawers, out of the basement, and into my everyday reality. The dreams mirrored the changes I was making in my day-to-day life.
I realized that the Universe and my inner wisdom were sharing an important message with me – that even when we forget our purpose and our hopes and dreams, they never die. We always have the chance to “rediscover” them and bring them to light.
Since then, I track my dreams and look for any messages in them. Some of my dreams are the standard, run-of-the mill dreams that tie together the events of the day in a crazy manner that I could never have devised on my own. I don’t pay much attention to those dreams. But, other dreams touch a nerve with some aspect of my life and provide insight and guidance to me.
If you haven’t tried writing down your dreams, you may want to begin. Keep a notepad and pen by your bed, and set the intention before you go to sleep to 1) get insights to your situation in your dreams and 2) remember the dream when you wake up. You might be surprised at the answers that come to you!