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Random Notes About Dreams When I Woke up

In the dream I was running.

Remembering a dream when there is a feeling but no image is like trying to see details of a tree reflected in a moving river.

It’s there. The green over the blue. But it’s blurry & messy & a tad tricky.

Images of my mother, my ex, strangers, come to mind.

Was that this dream or someone else’s? What that last night for from nights ago?

The images arise and fall like a leaf tumbling in the moving water, dipping in and then popping up.

Was I okay, in the dream? Did everything turn out okay? I try to listen for the memory of any dream scenario which would give me more clues.

I feel absolutely great. Well rested. Peaceful sleep. Good week planned ahead. Enough money in the bank for 2 weeks worth of basic expenses. A plan for upcoming work tasks. A plan for upcoming community development tasks. Ideas about running and changing this old pattern once and for all.

DREAM: Run-A-Way Bus/Truck

– on a bus and see the driver fell asleep, I try to move his hands to the steering wheel but it doesn’t work and he isn’t waking up. There is a construction truck right ahead of us. I put my feet on the breaks and steer we miss it and don’t crash but the bus, which is now like a truck is going too fast and breaks don’t work. we go over hills. I tell everyone to hang on Gracie and 3 friend are in the back. we go over several hills and finally stop.

– In a park, I find some evidence of something on a picnic table, is a coin and a baggie of sorts. I ask Gracie to bring it to the police and she does and they come over. At first I feel tremendous fear that they suspect me but then they come around and thank me, ask me more about what I’ve seen, and I share with them.

– I’m playing a game similar to tag with people who are all 12 feet tall. When we stop running we stand in a circle. They are all SO TALL! They say lets not play because they don’t want me to feel bad but I say no it’s okay. They don’t mean any harm even though they are tall.

– I’m in house. People knocking/banging on the door to come in. Like a small group of high school Italian boys who think they are very tough. I ignore them but someone else lets them in, then I follow them because I have a sense they are up to no good

– Gracie and I are outside going somewhere walking on a street. It sort of has the feeling of a parade. Then a news broadcaster comes up and starts asking questions & videoing us. It has to do with the evidence we found. I’m happy to speak to them but want to know what they want to hear. It makes it a bit awkward at first but then we figure it out.


This dream has a mix of positive and negative symbols.

To read more about what that means symbolically, click here.

To read more about my emotional processing in training, click here.

To read more about my physical progress in training on Facebook, click here.

To read more about my physical progress in training on Creating Unity Blog, click here.


To read the story about how my Taekwondo instructor started a school in a low-income neighbourhood click here.



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: Running on Ice in New Shoes

I dreamt I was running on ice with my new shoes and with a teenager I know who is a good runner in real life. We ran in the dark to a neighbour’s house and my running friend was asking them for something for me to borrow for some reason.

In another dream I was in a car which could drive itself automatically. At one point I needed to intervene because to merge into traffic required consciousness which the car didn’t have. I could switch lanes easily.

What does it Mean?

Ice in a dream is about people behaving in cold ways. Running on it means having learned how to say active and warm even in cold environments.

Cars are symbols for getting to where the dreamer is going.

These are metaphors but it likely means I can now take an idea and run with it, even when the path is “slippery and bumpy”

Dream: Bench, Hall, Ruby

January 2011

Dear Richard,

In the dream, I am sitting on a bench with a family member who has passed on to the next world, one who had qualities of strength, compassion, beauty and grace, but who also suffered from alcoholism and experienced abuse in her childhood. We are on a bench outside a hall. She has a newly polished, gold, necklace piece and she shows me it. She tells me that I have one too. Yes, I know, I tell her and I bring it out a small box from pocket and open it. It’s identical to hers but in need of polishing. The necklace charm has an R on it with 4 symbols above the R. She reminds me that my birthstone is Ruby and that that’s why there is a ruby in it. The R is for Rachel.

She takes it out to have a closer look and says that it needs to be polished too but not immediately, coming soon though, she says. Then she unravels a chain that was beneath the charm, which I didn’t know was there.

As she’s threading it through she takes a closer look at the symbols and then she shakes her head and under her breath she says, “Enough suffering now.” I hardly hear her and so I ask her to repeat herself and she just says, “Oh, it just says that you will have more suffering and I think that after all that you have been through it is enough already.” I say, “I have had a lot of suffering but it is time for abundance now.” I say it confidently because it is part of the mantra I’ve been saying to myself about abundance being in my life now.

She looks at me lovingly and shakes her head. I say, “I know, there will be more suffering. It’s okay.” She weaves the charm and gives it to me and says it will look nice when it is all polished up.

I’m just sitting there feeling sort of sad and wondering where will I get the strength to truly keep enduring the suffering because I do feel as though I’ve had enough. I feel tired to my core. When I awake I after a 2 hour nap I still just feel so, so tired. There was an air of peacefulness and calm about the dream despite this feeling of resignation at the idea of suffering more.

Thank you Richard.


Hi Rachel,

This is a very interesting dream for you. Thanks for sharing it.
Your aunt comes in the dream because she is letting you know that the qualities that are uniquely yours are about to come out.   This is why you have the R and the ruby.   The reason that you need suffering is that you are in  a learning phase about the quality.  As you see in the dream, everything needs polishing.   Polishing is the process of learning.
What is different about this suffering from previous sufferings is
that now you have come to the stage of manifesting what is uniquely you to the world.  In the first stages of healing and development you have to deal with family issues, that is, to develop the qualities that the former generations did not have.   This is part of the teaching to carry forward an ever advancing civilization.   The
suffering in this stage is very great because most families are really screwed up.   It is usually combined with what happens to you as a result of the culture.   The combination of family and culture just automatically gives a lot of suffering.

In the stage you are going into now, you are learning about what
is uniquely you.   These are what the Writings call innate qualities.

They have nothing to do with your parents or the culture, but when
you manifest them, they have the greatest transformational power in the world.     The suffering is not the same as family as with family.    Part of the problem with dealing with family suffering is that it is inherited because of the weaknesses of the former generations so our first tendency is to blame then and then hope they work it out so we can benefit.

By dealing with it ourselves it actually heals both sides.   We have a sense that we would rather being doing what is uniquely us,  like in your case, the rubiness of your life, but God requires that we first spend years and years dealing with the family issues.

This is because family is the first building block of unity in the world.

So now you are onto the gifts that are uniquely you and I can tell you that you won’t find much literature about it because the world of psychology has not gotten there yet and I am not sure if it will for awhile because in this part you have to believe in God.

The metaphor of suffering in this stage is polishing for you. The suffering in the previous stages come as a result of the lack of spirituality in others, but in this stage, it is about learning to be more uniquely you.

If you were a runner, for instance, it would be how to increase your speed and endurance.  The suffering are the workouts which are internally driven.  This means that, in this stage, you give yourself your own suffering so that you can push yourself to new levels.   No one else can do it for you.  It is an act of pure volition.

It is as if God has put this really great gem in you and now gives you the permission to see what you can do with it. Your Aunt is there to signal the beginning of this process.

I would be interested in hearing from you on how it is going from time to time just to learn more about how this stage works.