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Positive Dreams: YouTube, Finished Bathroom, Elder’s Teaching

April 2016

When I woke up this morning I was crying. I was laying on my right side and a tear was coming out of my right eye and sliding down my cheek. It was 2:41am. I can’t go back to sleep because of the feeling of sadness but I have three amazing dream images which are so good. Even though at the moment I don’t feel the happiness associated with these dreams which I will write about in a minute, the fact that I dreamed them gives me something to hope for and look forward to.

The dream I had right when I was waking up was that YouTube was running a contest of sorts, and I had gone through the first four steps. When I completed the fifth step and submitted my video application it was reviewed and I won. I won something that was like a life-time subscription to making YouTube videos and having millions of viewers. In the dream I was so happy, it was like my version of winning the lottery. I was so relieved. But then I woke up and was crying with sadness. 

In the dream before the YouTube one, I was in a bathroom of a friend’s who I grew up with. For the past decade I’ve dreamed about this bathroom being under construction and always sort of feeling trapped in it. Last night when I dreamed of it, I found the construction was done and the things in it which were strange, like the light switch, I was able to figure out. I really had the feeling of overcoming something which used to be so uncomfortable.

In the first dream, I was in a room with a lot of people, most of them were First Nations friends. I was watching a respected elder talk to others in a line. He would occasionally reach out and touch their left ear. He would hold the lobe and say something. One man approached the elder and there was a little bit of an exchange – I got the impression that the younger man was having a hard time with one of the teachings and the elder was trying to teach him.

Eventually, the younger man got in line and allowed the elder to touch his right ear lobe too.

Dreamwork: From Module 1

Dreamwork Exercise: Take the time to experience some of the impossible states that you can do in a dream and then ask yourself how this energy might benefit others. Examples include things like breathing freely underwater, walking through walls, running without ever being tired, jumping long distances,. The benefit comes when you realize that the experiences are metaphoric. (From Dreamwork Module 1, Richard Hastings, Available for purchase at this link.)

Recently I’ve had a series of positive dreams unlike anything I’ve had before. They include:

  • flying
  • walking through shelves in a room
  • breathing underwater
  • driving a big truck to safety
  • running without being tired
  • running on slippery ice without falling
  • winning an opportunity to uplift millions of people

Other positive images which have come in dreams lately are not about me having super powers but about a general feeling of safety from harm, such as:

  • seeing someone who used to hurt me die & be of no more threat
  • being in an area which used to confuse me but feeling confident instead
  • seeing others help people
  • meeting positive groups of sentient beings, (Light beings, tall beings)

How can these be seen as metaphors and how can these energies help others?

That is something to think about.

Here is a link to a song which inspired me as I wrote this blog post.

Dream: Bugs, Mobile Home

Dear Richard,
I dream I am working in a mobile home (which is common out here in Fort Mac)  which is a medical clinic for children. There are staff changes and new people coming on. A strong male friend of the family works there. The inside of the mobile home is comfortable, well-maintained, well supplied, purposeful, effective.

There is a small plant, like an asparagous plant, and it has been eaten by bugs and yet is now coming back to life and sprouting small green leaves. Someone tells me it is still infested and doesn’t know what to do with it. Because it is showing some signs of recovering there is the temptation to nurse it back to health but I see a big insect nest, like a spider’s, with hundreds of eggs, and I say it will likely spread and he doesn’t seem worried. I say, well, the whole plant has to go in the garbage now. It feels really good to just wrap the cloth around it and throw it out. The bugs cause no more harm to any of the other plants.

Then we go out. We are walking in public and I am shirtless. I love the feeling of open-ness, beauty, femininity, grace and I don’t think anything of it until we get into the store to order chinese food and then one of the men look at me. So i am leaning against a wall covering my chest with my arms and just looking at what food I want to order. Others chose greasy fast-food and I choose a yummy nutritious dish and replace the hot dogs with veggies. As I lean against the wall, I notice now I have a shirt to cover my chest now and although I am not wearing it, it is in front of me and I can hold it against me to cover me.

We walk in a big city, feels like Montreal, and there is a huge water slide, looks fun and I imagine I’ll go down it soon. I have no resistance to going on it and am looking forward to that.

We return to the medical clinic and we are having a staff meeting. All is well but the pediatrician wants to tell us that a disturbing document is on the website making the clinic look bad. She says it’s just when the kids were young and cranky and it reports on their worst time. She’d like to report on their best time. We all agree and she moves forward.

There’s just a few more scenes – one is when we were returning we saw a young child playing by herself and a co-worker went to get the parents while I sat with her. There were several kids playing in the sand. Then there was an eager-to-learn 18 year old mother with a baby, Then there was a guy who was new to the team and I was chatting with him telling him I was new to the team too but been in Fort McMurray for years. and at one point, some women came by and was doing a survey to try to find drug dealers. We laughed and said not us. They just laughed back and said they’d find them eventually. They were a type of under-cover police.

The following night there was an extension on the police theme…I was friends with two female police officers and trusted them. I get into the back seat of the cop car and am making a joke about them not letting me back here if there was a criminal back here. They are standing in uniforms outside the open backseat door. I must be feeling suspicious that something is not quite right so I look around the seat area to make sure there really isn’t any threat and there is no one there. I reach my hand back to the back seat (like in a station wagon how there is an area behind the back seat) and then I feel a blanket with a person hiding under it. I put my hand beneath the blanket to explore who or what it is. I feel someone’s hand and as I am wondering if it is a threat or not then the person starts cutting my hands with very sharp razor blades. The pain is very acute and travels through my entire nervous system and I do not move or shout. He continues cutting my right hand and then goes to my left hand. I have no awareness of blood or anything, just an acute sensitivity to the sensation of straight line cuts. Somehow the dream ends with my telling the police that I had found the person they were looking for. Something like that.
Hi Rachel,

     Hope you are doing well up there and it isn’t too cold yet.    I do sessions with people on Skype.  The payment is made through paypal.  It is pretty straightforward.    Oftentimes I start with a dream, but I mostly deal with the most difficult issues that someone is facing.    The method is to find a spiritual solution and then to go forward with it.   The only tricky part with Canadians is finding a time that matches up with the time change.

I would be happy to work with you especially knowing some of what you have been through.


Dear Rachel,
There is a lot to process in the dreams which could go on for awhile and which will probably come up when we do the work face to face.  There are a number of positives in the dream such as the water slide and walking shirtless.  These are reminders to you that you have these amazing qualities.    Usually the reason you get reminded of about the positives in a dream because where you are going next puts you in a position where you are likely to forget them.  So in this case you have the qualities of playfulness and openness.The context of the qualities you are about to develop happen in medical clinic for children, which is a symbol of helping people heal from their childhood traumas.   The work is actually working well, but there are some tweaks you need.

When you have a plant in a dream,  the first thing that should come to your mind is its essential quality, growth.     This is because all true healing depends upon growth.   If there is no growth, then there is no healing.    So your plant, the symbol of growth was attacked by bugs that seem to work without being easily detected.   The bugs are what kills the plant or kills the growth.   So then you can ask yourself,   what are the insects working under cover that kill the growth.     The answer to this is gossip and criticism that is often undetected at first.   It is a huge killer.   Well in the dream you find the source of the killing of the growth and then you throw out the gossip and criticism, but you also throw out the plant.    This means that while you may get rid of the negative, you are not promoting the growth.The key to the growth is the insects.   This is another principle of dream work that is crucial.   Whenever you have an animal that is negative in a dream, it means that you really need to have the positive opposite.    What is significant about insects is their numbers and ability to reproduce rapidly.    This is what happens with gossip and criticism.  It is quick to kill the growth because it spreads so much.So you have to think about something that is small like an insect that can spread really rapidly and cause a lot of growth.   The answer is encouragement which is basically promoting the process of finding the positives and acknowledging them.

So you have two other problems in the dreams.  One is with the website receiving criticism and the other is being cut up when you are with under cover police.   Being cut up means the same as being cut up or sliced up which is what criticism and gossip do.   So the solution to everything in all of the dreams is to let go of the criticism and gossip and bad press and focus on recognizing and acknowledging the positives.

It is hard to get rid of the criticism in a group or organization because usually it starts as an uncover kind of thing, but what kills it is encouragement.   The focus does not have to be on elimination of criticism, but rather on the promotion of encouragement.

Encouragement is what lets growth happen.   This is what you need in a dream.   It is a process that requires remembering positives and acknowledging.   They are usually easily forgotten in the face of criticism.

So these are a few thoughts.

Dream: Big, Black Truck & hill

In the dream, I’ve parked a big black truck on a green grassy meadow and then when I back away it starts to slip. So I go back to it quickly. I can get it parked and get it to stop but then someone else comes by sort of asking what’s up. There is a lot of water coming out of the earth and into a low area where there is drainage. There’s no way to explain what’s up. It just is what it is. It’s not hurting anyone.

I return to the school where I had a group of children and I find the district managers are all there, I recongize them by their uniforms. So then I go to do a quick count of my kids. Someone has left their kids with me, so I don’t count those and I count mine and I only have 3 instead of 8 and the rest must be at the playground. I want to get them before the manager asks how many kid I have. I feel like I haven’t done anything wrong but then know that if they find this out they will perceive it as really wrong.

I am standing in the grass near the truck.  A guy is doing some sort of testing for people on his crew. He shows me a picture and asks me to copy it. I do and he finds I didn’t do as good as I could. He says, nevermind that picture. Think about a strong woman standing on a field pushing up against a strong man. And I summon all my strength and push him. He cannot push me over. He tries and my legs take the weight and it’s easy. He is surprised. I’m stronger than he is. He puts his arms down. Okay, he says. And I nod my head. Okay.