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The 8 Most Common Types Of Dreams By Kelly Sullivan Walden

Are our dreams—those wild, fantastic, uncensored jumble of images that bombard our sleep–just a retweet of our day’s events, or are they more?  Can we open our mind to the possibility that our dreams might actually come bearing gifts…valuable gifts that could help us gain guidance, solve problems, and figure out our magic formula for meeting the man of our dreams or getting the raise we’ve been praying for?I believe the answer to that question is an unequivocal “Yes!” In fact, in my experience I’ve found dreams to be therapeutic, cathartic, predictive, cleansing, healing, and inspiring.I’ve found that in order to make sense of these multi-faceted, multi-purposed, multi-layered, and multi-platinum gifts that we awaken with each morning, it is helpful to know how to categorize them.There are telltale signs within each dream classification to help us discern whether they are helping us to process information, release negativity, embrace our shadow, breakthrough limitations, predict the future, receive inspiration from our higher selves, create the life of our dreams…or all of the above.

The following are the 8 Most Common Dream Types and what they may be trying to tell us:  

  • Processing Dreams—These dreams can feel quite annoying, in that they are a rehash of the day’s events, in other words, “sleep-working”.  In these dreams we are tying up loose ends from the office or rehearsing ways to resolve a conversation that went awry. As tedious as these dreams may feel, they can give us a tremendous advantage like eyes in the back of our head, a rehearsal before a play, or a strategy session before the game.
  • Venting Dreams—These are our nightmares where we are being chased, falling, or screaming bloody murder at an intruder. Venting dreams are, let’s face it, terrifying.  But, the good news is that they can be therapeutic in that they are helping us to release funky energy and beliefs that keep us from being our most fabulous selves. If we properly vent out these limited thoughts/beliefs, we might, upon waking, deal with situations in our life more powerfully.  Think “out with the old, in with the new.”
  • Integration Dreams—We dream that we or someone else is acting out in an extreme way. The characters that show up in an integration dream are either ones that we hold in high esteem or have great judgement or resistance toward (i.e. a celebrity that we love receives a standing ovation, or a skantliy clad co-worker pole dances in the lobby at work). Consider that this character or behavior is a vital aspect of ourselves (as disturbing or too good to be true as that may sound) and in embracing it we become more whole. Think of a jigsaw puzzle with more of its pieces intact.
  • Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams—Dreams of disaster, death, fires, tornados, floods, earthquakes (oh my!) may reflect that we are in the midst of great change, or to prepare for the change that might be right around the corner.  We humans can be creatures of habit that cling to routine with white knuckles, and these dreams might be just the help we need to loosen our death grip and create a bit of wiggle room within our business as usual routine. The trick is to embrace change…I even suggest going so far as to celebrate it if we can….even if it shows up like a rug being pulled out from beneath us. Life happens, and we might as well bake a cake for it.
  • Recurring Dreams—Our recurring dreams are like a Secret Agent, on a mission for the S.I.A.  (Subconscious Intelligence Agency).  The mission: To deliver a message to our conscious mind that will enhance our well-being and happiness, should we choose to accept it.  Until the mission is accomplished, the agent (repetitive dream) will try again and again until the message is received and decoded successfully.
  • Pre-cognitive Dreams—These are dreams where we look into the dreamtime crystal ball and see the possible or probable future.  We can never quite be sure that ours is precognitive until an aspect of it plays out in “real” life (duh!) However, here’s a clue that our dream may be prophetic: We dream of people, places and situations that are future extensions of what is currently taking place in our lives (i.e. we dream of baking a cake in an oven, and we find out later that day we are pregnant—ala something sweet in the ovenens.)
  • Prophetic Dreams— These are like our own personal burning bush that can, if we heed their messages, reveal more than any psychic friend ever could. Our dream falls into the “prophetic” category if we dream of a wise, loving being (i.e. Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Mother Teresa, Ammachi, Gandhi, our departed pet, or grandparent) and we feel that we’ve been given a gift or taught a life lesson. To make the most of this dream, I suggest sharing it with a friend, creating it into an expression of art (i.e. painting, dancing, poetry, even a tatoo) and most of all, making a point to recall the wisdom and/or feeling tone of this dream throughout the day.
  • Wish Fulfillment Dreams—Like a genie in a bottle, these dreams can align us with the resonance of our heart and soul residence. Just as people who are wealthy attract more wealth to them and happy people attract more circumstances to them that make them happy, when we embody the energy of a wish fulfillment dream, we add velocity to the process of manifestation. These dreams might include dreaming about an upcoming vacation, an ideal scene at work, or the resolution of a conflict that we’ve had with a sibling. Because our subconscious mind cannot discern between actual events and that which is vividly imagined, our wish fulfillment dreams create an energetic map that can lead us from where we are to where we would prefer to be.

Now that you know the eight types of dream you have taken a quantum leap toward making sense of your strange, wild and wonderful dreams

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Excerpted from I Had the Strangest Dream (Warner Books)

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the United Nations about the Dream Project.

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.

• A Dream that Improved My Vision view

A Dream that Improved My Vision By Kelly Sullivan Walden

You might be wise to source your dream advice from one who has a healthy appetite for magical nighttime excursions. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a dream enthusiast, dream-life coach (and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training) not because I find dreams mildly fascinating and entertaining. Au contraire. You’ve heard the saying “Never trust a skinny chef.” Using that analogy loosely, if dreams were food, I would weigh five hundred pounds.

In my dream I’m waist-deep in the ocean . . . it’s daybreak . . . I can smell the sweet, tropical air and taste the salt on my tongue. It feels like Hawaii. I hear the water lapping the rocks beside me. I’m walking slowly, deeper into the ocean, toward the horizon. I’m all alone . . . just me and the ocean . . . or so I think.

Suddenly a dolphin about five feet in front of me leaps out of the water in an expression of pure joy. I feel my eyes welling with tears . . . my immediate response to a miracle. I feel I’m being presented with a great gift and that the universe is on my side.

Before I have a chance to breathe the experience in, another dolphin appears and does a flip, this time off to my left. I am overwhelmed with heart-expanding bliss. I barely have time to find my emotional balance before I see several more dolphins in front of me off to the right in gravity-defying synchronized flips and twists.

Tears are now streaming down my face; my heart has expanded beyond the confines of my body, and I am past the point of no return. Just when I think I can’t handle any more, there’s more. Another pod straight ahead of me is dancing on the water, while yet another pod is twirling. It seems the entire ocean is one enormous dolphin celebration, with me in the center of it weeping in pure unbridled awe.

Suddenly I feel my body leaning to the left—not diving into the water headfirst the way I normally would, but leaning into it, like a dolphin. I’m under water . . . with my dolphin family… seeing clearly under water (in real life I wear contact lenses, so I haven’t opened my eyes under water since I was sixteen years old). I am breathing under water . . . I am part of the pod…at home with this blissful tribe. Where we are going? I don’t know, and I don’t care . . . we are swimming together at the speed of light, intuitively unified, as if we were all a part of one harmonious body, one mind, one heart, one activity. This is “flow” at its finest . . . a true synergistic community.

Later in the dream I’m recounting the story to someone, crying as I tell the tale. I feel a deep regret that it’s taken me this long to finally know what flow really is.

This new understanding of flow by contrast makes my ordinary way of being seem so robotic, clunky, and dense. I seek comfort in the thought,

“Well, at least I finally know what flow means. What if I hadn’t had this experience at all and went my whole life not knowing? I am grateful these dolphins came to imprint on me a true understanding of what it means to be in the flow of life.”

I awoke from the dolphin celebration dream feeling I had been to the moon and back . . . disoriented, blurry eyed, and tenderhearted. I gave my contact lenses a good rinse (I wear the kind you can sleep in). Understandably, due to all the tears I had shed during dreamtime, my contacts were salty and cloudy. I rinsed them throughout the day and couldn’t get rid of the fogginess.

I put in a brand-new pair. The fuzziness continued. Two days later, still seeing blearily, I went to get my eyes examined, fully expecting to be told I will need a more strenuous prescription. After all, isn’t that the way of it? Our eyes (and health, for that matter) worsen over time, right?

Not in this case.

To my surprise the eye doctor discovered the reason my contacts were so blurry was because, overnight, my eyesight had improved! For nine years I had been wearing a –4 contact lens prescription. Since my dolphin dream, my new prescription is a –3.5!

Did this sudden improvement in eyesight have something to do with my time spent with the dolphins? When I went to bed the night before, my contacts were a perfect match for my eyes. But, when I woke up I experienced a drastic change in perception (literally and figuratively).

I feel a tingling sensation as I write this. My head is buzzing with a vibration that feels higher and more magical than anything human I’ve ever experienced. I know intuitively the more I ponder this dream and embody it, the more I will eventually integrate this heightened vibration into the fabric of my being.

This is one of the most exciting aspects of dreamwork/play—the fact that you can be given direct access to a higher realm of energy (higher than what you normally access during your 3-D waking reality). If you simply take time to embody the energy of dreamtime, the dreamwork will brighten, enlighten, evolve, and quicken your personal ability to live your dream life.

For me, my dream dolphins are not just relegated to my dreamtime ocean. My conscious waking life benefits directly from their elevated energy. They are guides I now call on in my waking life when I’m feeling constricted, controlling, attached to an outcome, and needing to realign with the qualities of flow.

I can’t help but feel that as we evolve as a species, we will become more dolphin-ian in our ability to communicate intuitively with one another as we flow with the glow of life.

You are adaptive beings . . . and you’re not finished as a species in your evolution. You are as unevolved now to what you will be 2,000 years from now, or a million years from now—as the relics that you are digging up of the cave man. You are . . . we are all eternally continuing to evolve.

~Abraham-Hicks

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Excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams (Conari Press)

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.

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DreamWork: No Business Like Soul Business By Kelly Sullivan Walden

When people find out I’m in the dream business, the question they ask me is generally: “Which kind of dreams do you mean; the weird nighttime dreams or the Martin Luther King Jr. kind?” My response to them is, “Both.”

They look at me with a furrowed brow like I just told them a Zen Koan (“What face did you have before your parents were born?”) At first perplexed, and then intrigued, they begin telling me every dream they’ve ever had since they were five, along with their entire life story.

And there are those who truly don’t see how paying attention to nighttime dreams is relevant to improving the quality of their waking life…and why anyone would be so silly as to do this for a living?  My response is simply this:

“I’m not in the dream business because paying attention to nighttime dreams is clinically proven to raise one’s level of intuition, precognition, healing, and creativity. I’m not in the dream business because of the access to deeper levels of wisdom, compassion, and inner-peace. And I’m not in the dream business for the possibility of exponential fortune, like some people have achieved, that comes directly from nighttime dream recall. The reason I am in the dream business is because I’m actually in the soul business. I found it to be impossible to speak, write, or even think about a dream without finding myself smack dab in the center of your soul.

In my experience, there is nothing better, nothing juicier, and nothing nobler than being a human being who is living soulfully…especially in this high-tech/low-touch world we live in. And if you incorporate dream work/play in your life, it is impossible for your soul to not play a staring role. In other words, there’s no business like soul business! Ha!”

While I’m on my soapbox, I’ll continue with the notion that we humans are made of divine stuff. We are a tapestry of flesh, blood, magic, and grace, living in a friendly universe. I believe our soul, like our personal Cyrano de Bergerac, is the intermediary between our infinite spirit and our finite ego. When we are in touch with our dreams and thus our soul, we are in league with our innate genius. When we are in touch with our dreams and thus our soul, our radar is turned on and we become magnetic to fortuitous circumstances, wonderful people, places and opportunities beyond the scope of what our logical, limited, ego-selves could ever mastermind. When we are in touch with our dreams and thus our soul, even if we get a flat tire, a computer virus, or an eviction notice, there is an aliveness within us, a glow, coupled by a peacefullness that lies at the root of everything we do, say, or create.

Conversely, when a person is out of touch with their dreams and thus their soul, they are susceptible to ego-level familial, cultural, or societal pressures that may have little or nothing to do with the authentic nature of who they are. This can lead to lethargy, illness, stress, apathy, frustration, resentment, suffering, insecurity, and an overall dissatisfaction in life. Can you relate? Come on, be honest, we’ve all had our moments (or lifetimes, as the case may be!)

In my opinion we are more apt to live our lives, hear our intuition, fulfill our potential, head our calling, explore our unique vein of gold, and discover our unique path of heart, and dare I say, enlightenment, when we are in touch with our dreams, and thus our soul. That’s why I think the path of dreams is more than just a dubious luxury…but a mandate if we are to have a life beyond mere surviving…but one of full-scale thriving!

Again and again some people in the crowd wake up.

They have no ground in the crowd and they emerge according to broader laws.

They carry strange customs with them, and demand room for bold gestures.

The future speaks ruthlessly through them.

~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams (Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari Press)

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the United Nations about the Dream Project.

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.

• How 2 Feng Shui Your Dream Zone view

How 2 Feng Shui Your Dream Zone  By Kelly Sullivan Walden

Is your bedroom an obstacle course of laundry piles, credit card slips, and mis-matched shoes? Does your nightstand threaten to topple over like the Leaning Tower of Pisa with magazines, books, newspaper clippings, water bottles, tissue and and cough drops? Have the dust bunnies beneath your bed become so big that they’ve grown teeth? Good. Mine neither.While most of us can probably see a clear(ish) path from our bed to the bedroom door, I’d bet our sleep zones (aka our bedrooms) wouldn’t make it on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens magazine’s bedroom edition either. In other words, we’ve got room for improvement in the most important room in the house (in my opinion): our bedroom (aka our dream zone).

When we realize that a cluttered dream zone equals cluttered dreams…when we realize how much a sweet sleep environment contributes to sweet dreams…and when we realize how much a delicious night’s sleep directly affects our ability to wake up on the right side of the bed and be delicious in the morning, we might be inspired to make a few basic steps toward Feng Shui-ing our dream zone.

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of harmonious flow. According to Feng Shui, a dream sanctuary is one in which there is nourishing and sensual energy. It lures you in while evoking a peaceful-feeling tone of joyous well-being. In a dream sanctuary you feel nurtured, replenished and safe enough to let your guard down all the way, whether for a cat nap, a full-night’s sleep, or for passion beneath the sheets. And who doesn’t want that?

Don’t worry! This can be done with just a few simple adjustments. As my friend 7Marie Diamond, the world famous Feng Shui expert, featured in the movie, The Secret says, “33% of our experience is affected by our physical surroundings. It is a lot easier to hang a photo on a wall than it is to change your mental programming.”

To create a dream sanctuary use your five senses as your guide as you use the following simple Feng Shui tips:

Sight

  • To ensure a nourishing flow of energy, make sure your bed is in the commanding position in your room (an indirect view of the bedroom door from a reclining position where you sleep) and can easily be approached from both sides.
  • For a sense of safety and deep ease, ensure there isn’t anything heavy hanging from the ceiling or on the wall behind you while you sleep (i.e., a large mirror, framed piece of art or hanging plant.) If there is, relocate it, or get rid of it!
  • To support a peaceful feeling of relaxation, remove any electronic appliances like a TV, stereo, workout equipment or computers. If you must have them in the bedroom, then cover them with a swatch of attractive fabric or a room divider when not in use.
  • To promote balance, have bedside nightstands or small tables on each side of the bed.
  • For a sense of calm and order, keep bedroom doors closed at night as well as the doors to an adjoining bathroom, closets and drawers.
  • To create a warm, sensual environment, dim lighting in the bedroom or use candles to create a dreamy, inviting mood. If possible use a dimmer switch to adjust the glow.
  • To achieve a sense of balance, use soothing colors in your bedroom, such as “skin tones” to achieve a feeling of peace and calm. These colors range from pale white to rich chocolate brown—whichever feels most soothing, nourishing, and/or nurturing to you.

Sound

  • To block out jarring or distracting sounds that might interrupt your dreams or your sleep, I recommend that you create white noise, such as a fan or air purifier.
  • To empower you on a conscious and subconscious level, if you feel that you must listen to the radio or watch a television program, make sure that it is calming and empowering. Remember, the moments before you fall asleep are “prime real-estate.” The words you hear and the sounds you take in as you drift off to sleep are very important and influential to your dreams (and the hard drive of your mind’s computer.)

Smell

  • To keep fresh air flowing in your dream sanctuary, open the windows and draw the shades during the day. If you are unable to open the windows, then get an air-purifier to keep the air fresh. According to scientist, Boris Stuck, from University Hospital Mannheim in Germany, the quality of air in your bedroom is very important and has a great deal to do with your ability to have sweet dreams or not.
  • For a pleasant scent in the air, use essential oils and (non-toxic) candles.
  • To enhance sweet dreams, lavender, jasmine, mugwort aromatherapy, potpourri, or flower essences stimulate the mind/body connection. A sweet scent also reduces stress levels, thereby releasing positive energy and healing.

Touch

  • For a secure feeling as you sleep, make sure your bed has a good mattress, with a solid headboard and high quality sheets from natural fibers that feel soft, fuzzy, or silky to the touch.
  • To promote maximum comfort, adjust the temperature in the room (with additional blankets if it tends to be chilly or a fan if it tends to be too warm or stuffy) to make sure the air temperature is just right for you.

Taste

  • To keep your breath as fresh as possible, make sure to brush your teeth before bedtime and use mouthwash if you get up in the night—especially after a midnight snack. If possible, stay away from drinking fruit juice in the middle of the night, as the sugar creates an unpleasant aftertaste that will affect your dreams.
  • To quench your thirst in the middle of the night, make sure to have a glass or bottle of water by your bedside.

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As the saying goes, “As above, so below; as within, so without.” If you follow these simple suggestions (or even just a few of them) in your outer world you will no doubt experience an improvement in your inner world. Even if your bedroom never gets invited to be the cover of Better Homes & Gardens, you and your non-existent dust bunnies will feel so good you won’t care!

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Excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams (Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari Press)

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the United Nations about the Dream Project.

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.

• I Can See What You’re Dreaming view

I Can See What You’re Dreaming By Kelly Sullivan Walden

Back in 1995 I was sweet-talked by my then boyfriend into seeing the movie Strange Days, a sci-fi flick (directed by James Cameron, produced by Kathryn Bigelow, staring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Lewis.) I’m not a big sci-fi fan…more the chick-flick type…but I must admit this movie left it’s mark and has haunted me (in a good way) ever since.

Strange Days takes us on a high-speed chase into a future black market where troubled ex-cop (Fiennes) pushes a drug more powerful than crack or heroine. The future drug of choice is called SQUID (Super Conducting Quantum Interface Device), a high tech head gear that electronically absorbs information from the central cortex, allowing users to feel the exhilaration of another’s sensations – be it love, sex, robbery, or murder. Strange Days clearly shows what would happen if this technology fell into the wrong hands.

As I peeled myself off the walls of the movie theater and made my exit, I fantasized about how incredible it would be if a technology like that actually existed…and how it could (radical thought) be used for good. I imagined we could use it as an instant empathy download when we’re at our wits end trying to figure out why someone behaves the way they do—like a short-cut compassion-creator that would otherwise require an exhaustive 20 mile-walk in someone’s moccasins.

Cut to April 7th, 2013 when I woke up to an avalanche of e-mails, text messages, voice mails, and Facebook notices alerting me to the fact that fact is stranger than fiction…and Strange Days are, in deed, here. In a LA Times article I read about a group of Japanese neuroscientists from ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto (in an effort to probe dreams to understand how they relate to memory consolidation and learning) created a breakthrough computer program that gives us a view into each other’s dreams.

In a nutshell, here’s what they did:

The researchers hooked three volunteers to electroencephalograph machines (EEG—or Lie Detector machines) to observe the electrical activity of their neurons. At the same time these volunteers were sequestered into a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine to track their dreaming brain’s blood flow. Once the subjects fell asleep the EEG readings displayed indications of hypnagogic hallucination (early stage of dreaming). The researchers woke the subjects every six minutes (about 200 times) to get verbal accounts of their dreamscapes.

The volunteers’ groggily mumbled things like: “I saw a person and I hid a key in a place between a chair and a bed and someone took it.”

As we do in the realm of dream interpretation, the researchers focused on the nouns in these descriptions. They combined the nouns into categories represented by images — a human face, a key, and furniture. They wrote a computer program based on the feedback from the MRI and the EEG to find links between brain activity patterns and specific images. Soon thereafter, the computers themselves learned to decode dream imagery with an average accuracy of more than 60%. This leads to the awareness that if we can “see” what we are dreaming, then we can see what we are thinking about in our waking lives, as well.

From my perspective, these researchers are now just one step away from being able to transmit the feeling of what another person is experiencing. What’s so exciting about this breakthrough, for me—besides the fact that this dreams are international news—is that with this technology that enables us to see our dream content, dreams are one step closer to being taken out of the “airy-fairy” category, and into the “nitty-gritty” category of main-stream consciousness.

Even if people like Ralph Fiennes’ character in Strange Days take advantage of this technology, I think it can’t help but be a catalyst to assist us to become a more empathic, compassionate, aware, even….dare I say, enlightened civilization. Strange (in a good way) days are definitely here and now!

• If Food Dreams Could Talk view

If Food Dreams Could Talk By Kelly Sullivan Walden
  • Are you on a diet and you dreamed last night about having your cake and eating it too (literally, the entire cake)?
  • Were you and Emeril Lagasse nibbling on meat and potatoes, back in time in your childhood home?
  • Did you dine in a fancy French restaurant while being serenaded by a steak and lobster quartette?

The food you eat in your waking life as well as in your dreams reveals volumes about what you are chewing on in your life, the belief systems you are ingesting, the emotional connection you are hungering for, as well as the values you are feeding others.

On the physical level food enriches the body; on the mental level knowledge feeds the mind and soul. Dreams of food represent values, customs, belief systems, influence, knowledge, and/or “food for thought”. Your dream meal may reveal that you are starving for a hearty “meat and potato” commitment from your lover, or that you’re tired of being devoured by your mother-in-law’s will, or that you are struggling with losing those last belligerent twenty-pounds. In fact it probably won’t come as a big surprise that people who are dieting tend to dream (by day and night) about food.  But, even if you aren’t on a diet, food is an important part of your life…and one of the juiciest metaphors in the pantry of our dreams.

The following is an hors d’oeuvre sampling of common “food/eating dreams” to wet your appetite and stimulate your own deeper understanding of what your food dreams may be telling you. As they say in 12-Step programs, “Take what you want, and leave the rest behind.”  Translation:  If it resonates, eat up!  If it doesn’t, leave it on the plate, or wrap it up in a doggie bag and share it with someone who might have a hankering for it.

I’m starving!!!

If you dream of being hungry ask yourself what you are craving. You might be feeling deprived of time, attention, romance, quiet, stillness, recognition, or praise. Ask yourself what you need in order to even the scales:  more sweetness in your life, more alone time, a creative outlet?  Once you discover the missing ingredient, feast away!

Over-doing It

If you dream of “pigging out” then perhaps you’ve been in deprivation mode (aka dieting on twigs and berries) emotionally speaking.  If that is the case then it should be no surprise t you are dreaming of eating the entire refrigerator. Inquire into healthy ways you can feed your self-esteem, creative stimulation, or praise for the aspects of your life that are really cooking.  To shift feelings of scarcity, both in dreams and in your waking life, find creative ways to soulfully fill yourself up (i.e. melt in a hot bubble bath, adorn your bathroom mirror with gold stars, praise yourself with a gratitude list of 10 things you did well today, rock out to uplifting music…you get the idea.)

Fast Food

If you dream of “drive- through” dining then ask yourself where  are you looking for a quick fix.  Perhaps your dream is revealing your desire for instant gratification—the hunger for a particular result in your life without the willingness to cultivate a deeper level of care and attention. Fast food in dreams and in real life represent energy that if consumed over a long period of time could have diminishing returns for your body and your body of affairs.   If this resonates as true, then open your mind to the big picture of your life and well-being.  Life is long…and you need a healthy mind/body/spirit vehicle to carry you through the long-haul.

Eating Your Veggies

We all know what Sigmund Freud would say if he knew you dream of eating carrots, celery, or cucumbers!  More than merely a phallic symbol, I tend to think that dreams of vegetables represent self-love, strength, good health, and that you are taking care of your body’s basic needs and well-being.

Forced to Eat Something Yucky

If you dream of eating something unpalatable then ask yourself what in your life are you trying to make yourself stomach?  Is there a relationship that is not feeding your soul or a job that isn’t enriching your intellect?

Finger-Lickin’ Gooooood

If you are enjoying a healthy dream meal, then you are allowing yourself to relish the fruits of your labor. You are being nourished by your life and you have a recipe for success…feeling in control of your consumption from the menu of life. Follow the scent as you continue to move yourself in the direction of your most delicious destination.

Cooking up Something Yummy

If you dream of being the one to dish it out, then you are the woman or man with a plan…with the energy and creativity to cook up a scheme.  This dream can also represent your ability to take care of others and dish out emotional nourishment.

Difficult to Chew

If you dream you have a mouthful and are having a hard time swallowing or chewing, then you may be processing the ways in which you will deal with a challenging situation (aka SleepWorking).  Good news, studies show that the sheer act of dreaming about a decision or difficult situation in your life means that you are gaining a creative edge on how you will approach this in the light of day.  If this is a recurring dream, get tested for sleep apnea.

Sweets for the Sweet

Of course I’d save the best for last.  If you dream of dessert, ice cream, cake, and other sweets, then it is time to celebrate a job well done and savor your just deserts.  You are allowing yourself to have a sweet life..  Conversly, you may be acting too sugary sweet in your livfe—being disingenuous.  If you are on a diet and you have this dream then you are having a calorie-free binge on what you’ve been depriving yourself of in real life.

Remember the old adage, “You are what you eat”…that goes for food as well as your thoughts and belief systems.  If our food dreams could talk they would say “Be Mindful of the Thoughts You Are Ingesting.  Feed your body/mind/spirit only that which empowers, fortifies, and uplifts you in the highest way.  Feast on the nutrients to make you a vibrant match to the life of your dreams…because you’re worth it!”

Oh yes, if you dream of eating a gigantic marshmallow, then you may awaken to discover your pillow gone…it happens.

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the United Nations about the Dream Project.

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.

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Ka-ching! The Truth About Money Dreams Kelly Sullivan Walden

“Money dreams” reflect issues of energy, power, survival and resourcefulness. Even if you are Paris Hilton (don’t worry, neither am I), money is an issue you have to deal with in a very real way in your life whether you’re awake or asleep.

Be honest: Have you ever tossed and turned at night over an overdue debt, jolted awake in a cold sweat dreaming of a lost purse … or awoken with a smile because you dreamed of an unexpected windfall? OK, the latter isn’t as popular a dream as the first two, but I would assert we’ve all had a financial “win” dream … even if we left it in dreamland and forgot to deposit it in our long-term memory bank.

In most money dreams, we’re either chasing it, losing it, spending it, finding it, fighting for it, hiding it, or reveling in it. We don’t have to be Carl Jung (the psychologist who, in my opinion, surpassed Sigmund Freud as the godfather of dream interpretation) to realize these dreams are a reflection of our real life fears, struggles, attitudes, and beliefs about the almighty dollar.

More than just revealing our dysfunctional fears and phobias about money, these dreams are our friend because, if we look closely, they give us hints and clues as to how to mine our own path to gold. For example, in 1937 Colonel Harold Dickson’s nighttime dream revealed the clues that led him to his first major oil discovery (which later became the Kuwait Oil Company). More modern examples resulted in the goldmines known as James Cameron’s blockbuster film, Avatar, Stephenie Meyer’s NY Times Bestselling books/movies Twilight, and Jeff Taylor’s creation of Monster.com (to name a few).

Below are a few snapshots of money dreams recently sent to me from non–Paris Hilton types along with my reflection about the possible message these dreams may have been sending:

In my dream I’m carting about a wheelbarrow filled with money, and no matter how carefully I walk, the money keeps falling out.

Reflection Synopsis: Small thinking!

If this were my dream I’d consider that the way I’ve been going about making/getting/earning money is antiquated, unstable and out of balance, not to mention stressful! I’d feel that the dream is giving me the nudge to join the 21st century and perhaps invest in a more current “vehicle”.

I’m at a grocery store at the register ready to check out. I search for my credit card in my purse and it’s missing!

Reflection Synopsis:  Stop checking out!

If this were my dream I’d consider that it might be telling me to be more aware of mindless spending. A “credit” card may also be symbolic of giving credit where it is due. Where do I discredit myself, and where am I withholding deserved praise? This may be a message to stop sleepwalking regarding my financial affairs. I’d take this as a wake up call to become more conscious, aware and awake when it comes to the checks and balances of my energy and to keep in mind what I appreciate appreciates.

I’m on a shopping spree and I feel like Queen Midas. Everything I find fits and looks great on me … and is in my favorite colors. It’s amazing!

Reflection Synopsis: I’m empowered and my life fits me like a glove!

If this were my dream I’d feel so good because I’m on track, in that I’m shopping for the things in life that energetically fit me to a tee—identifying what I want to spend my time and energy on (relationships, investments, belief systems I’ve been buying into). I would consider this a wish-fulfillment dream. Sometimes these dreams play during times when we are living in the “lack shack”, in order to move me (energetically) toward the consciousness of my inner “mansion of expansion.”

I just bought my dream car, and I’m feeling ecstatic as I cruise down the highway having a great time.

Reflection Synopsis: I’m in the driver’s seat of my life … and I’m going places!

If this were my dream I’d consult my internal GPS to become clear about where I want to go, why I want to go there, and the best way of arriving at my destination. This dream tells me I clearly have the drive to take me there. Because of the wisdom of this dream, I’m inspired to identify my “vehicle” (project, relationship, or opportunity), make sure it is aligned with my life’s direction, and then get into gear to accelerate its manifestation.

I open my purse and discover it’s filled with cash. I hear myself say, “I must have won the lottery!

Reflection Synopsis: Ka-ching!

If it were my dream I’d consider this to be yet another wish-fulfillment dream. Our subconscious mind cannot discern between actual events and that which is vividly imagined, so a wish-fulfillment dream creates an energetic map that can lead us from where we are to where we would like to be. I will take my cue from this dream and embody this heightened state to up-level my magnetism to attract the “real life” fulfillment of my desires. This dream gives me an auspicious (warm and fuzzy) feeling regarding my health, wealth and/or relationships—a message that I’m on track. I might activate this dream by literally buying a lottery ticket. From time to time people do dream of winning lottery numbers…why not me?

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the United Nations about the Dream Project.

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.

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Nocturnal Dreams-Soulmate GPS By Kelly Sullivan Walden

I credit (sometimes blame, as the case may be) my initial fascination with dreams on my younger sister, Shannon. Growing up we not only shared a bedroom, but a very special psychic bond. Its not uncommon for siblings who are close in age (she’s a year and a half my junior) to have the ability to read the other’s mind, to finish the other’s sentences, and have a profound empathy for one another. I have four sisters, Jeanene, Amber, Tawni, and Shannon (no brothers, in case you were wondering), and am close with all of them. Shannon and I, however, in addition to all of the above, on a semi-regular basis, would share dreams.

One such dream, in particular, I still remember to this day…involved a castle turret, a witch, and a young girl that I believed was me (Shannon believed it was her). The girl was being chased by a gruesome witch-type character (possibly an exaggerated version of our school principal). It wasn’t a pleasant dream, but one in which we both understood the dream terrain as if we’d both been there.

My mother would walk into our bedroom, on more than one occasion, to scold us for talking in the middle of the night; only to discover us both sound asleep deep in an incoherent (to her) dream conversation.

Because of this shared dream world, I’ve always been fascinated with dreams as well as an immense respect for them…even when they scared me…even when they were strange…and even when they seemed ridiculous. Over the years, my dreams have been my allies. They helped me cope during my awkward school-age years, with stresses of “making the grade,” with the ups and downs of life, my work, and, in particular, romantic relationships.

Even in my adult life I’ve looked to my dreams to inform me to know when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em, when to walk away, and when to run (thank you dreams…and thank you Kenny Rogers.) For example, there was a guy I was dating in my mid 20s that, on paper, was perfect, handsome, successful, charming…and Irish on top of all that (all the Sullivans, especially my grandma, LOVED him.) My ego was smitten and fantasized about marrying him, having babies with him, and the ideal white-picket-fence life. Until one fateful night I dreamed…

I’m in the future with this man, married, with all the outer signs of happiness and success, but I am an empty, vacant, glossy-eyed, zombie, walking through our living room, bumping into furniture, with a soul-less, dead stare.

You might think me rash, but I broke up with that boyfriend soon after this dream. I intuitively knew, and the dream highlighted it, that just because the package was perfectly wrapped with a Shamrock on top, there wasn’t the level of depth of connection that would support the soul…my soul.

Conversely, years later, when my husband, Dana, and I were falling in love, on paper there were many reasons my ego protested the relationship (the gap in age, an ex-wife and two kids who thought I was the anti-christ).  However, a dream turned me completely around:

There were two dragonflies in a cage, one that is perfect and one with a broken wing. A woman and I were both vying for the perfect dragonfly. Because she wanted it so bad, I let her have it, while I took the one with the broken-wing.

I opened the cage and watched my dragonfly maneuver as it flew in a lopsided manner around me.  I was fascinated and happy that I had this dragonfly—broken wing and all…and somehow I knew (in the dream) this was Dana. Suddenly (as it happens in dreams) my dragonfly turned into…a pig! Not a gross, muddy pig, but a cute, whitish-pink, fuzzy one, who I instantly LOVED with my whole soul. As I touched it’s skin, that felt as soft as fleece, my entire being shuddered with an indescribable joy. Then the pig exploded into hundreds of dragonflies (bizarre, I know, but it’s a dream).  I was completely ecstatic as I stood surrounded by a chorus of vibrant red, yellow, and turquoise dragonflies. I heard myself say, “Wow!  Had I settled for that ‘ perfect’ dragonfly I never would have experienced all the exponential hidden treasure of the broken-winged dragonfly!”

I awoke from this dream with certainty that Dana was the man for me. To date, we’ve been married ten amazing years…and, in addition to other nicknames, I  call him “My Dragonfly Man”.

I love dreams for their absolutely unconventional, ridiculously rich, astronomically creative, and highly personal ways they can inform, guide, and heal us…if we let them.  I also believe that when one of us pays attention to our dreams, there is a ripple effect of soulfullness that touches and inspires not only those with whom we are intimate…but in some way, the Soul of the World.

The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles.

~ Paulo Coelho

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Excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams (Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari Press)

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the United Nations about the Dream Project.

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.

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Though we appear to be sleeping By Kelly Sullivan Walden

“Though we appear to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream…that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.” ~Rumi

When you nestle yourself into bed, turn off the bedside lamp, and close your eyes to your daytime reality, your “conscious self” goes to sleep. Meanwhile, your “dreaming self” slips out of the covers and tiptoes upstairs to the attic of your mind to explore the enchanted realm of dreams.

Within this nocturnal territory you are transported beyond the ego’s five senses to a vast, multidimensional playground of unlimited possibilities. In the realm of dreams you can peruse the tale of your past or future; learn a topic of fascination; converse with a departed loved one; study at the feet of a master; find an answer to a perplexing question; discover the solutions to a health challenge; or explore the larger story of your life.

All of this takes place while you are “asleep.” Yet for most people, by the time the alarm blares and the morning coffee is guzzled, the exploration of the vast landscape of their multidimensional soul is shrugged off as “just a dream.” This “just a dream” scenario can be compared to spellbound lovers on a shipboard romance who profess undying love to one another by moonlight, and then find, in the harsh light of morning, back on dry land, the glow is gone. In the swirl of “real world” demands, the lovers revert to being ordinary, sensible, earthbound mortals, vaguely recalling that something magical transpired aboard the ocean of their dreams. The experience—so real while it was happening—is now elusive as wisps of cloud.

But, what if it wasn’t “Just a dream?”

Many of us 21st Century, fast-paced jet-setters fall prey to placing undo emphasis on the tangible, the text-able, and the three-dimensional, while discounting the magical, the mystical, and the multidimensional. We would do well to learn from our ancestors who lived close to the earth and were in sync with the tides, seasons, and realms beyond the ordinary. Our indigenous grandmothers and grandfathers considered the dreamtime to be when they were most “awake.” They also believed that a society’s mental and psychological health was related to dreaming. The more disconnected from dreams, the more sick and out of balance the society. The more in touch with dreams, the healthier a society becomes.

Unfortunately, most people think…

  • Dreams are unimportant
  • They don’t have time to record, share, and/or work with their dreams
  • They’ve lost touch with their ability to remember their dreams

Consider the fact that…

  • Science tells us we all dream 3-9 dreams every night and can re-learn to re-member our dreams
  • Dreams (even the unpleasant ones) can become our greatest ally
  • We cannot afford not to pay attention to our dreams, if we want to thrive while being alive

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kelly Sullivan Walden and I’ve been an active dreamer since I was old enough to say, “I had the strangest dream…” I’ve had dreams that have guided, healed, and even saved my life—not to mention countless dream-related miracles I’ve witnesses in the lives of people I’ve worked with professionally as a certified hypnotherapist for the past seventeen years. I’ve had my mind blown more times than I can count by the transformative power of dreams to alter a person’s paradigm, and quite literally, heal them. Needless to say, I’m one of those people you could call a dream enthusiast.

I believe every challenge is born with a solution. Just as Jewelweed grows near Poison Oak, the remedy, healing, or answer you seek—whether it is related to your health, wealth, relationship, or even climate change—can be found hovering near the scene of the crime…though often undetectable by the conscious mind. When we develop a respect for our nighttime dreams, coupled with a basic level of fluency (or at least a way to decode) its “bizarre” language, I’ve found we are able to find the jewel (weed) in the rough, and reap the rewards therein.

I’m so inspired by this, I think I’ll go take a nap.

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Excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams (Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari Press)

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Top 10 Spooky Dreams Kelly Sullivan Walden

It’s that time of year when the veil between worlds is thin.

“What worlds?” you ask.

The world of the so-called living and dead.

Halloween is the time to embrace the inevitability of death as a natural part of the cycle of life (if you are into Goth then you’ve already got this nailed…tattooed, or pierced).

For those of us non-Goths this might not be such an easy task. Think about it, we are not encouraged by the media to embrace death…no! We are encouraged to preserve an idealized “Teenage Dream” (ode to Katy Perry) and to “make it” in the land of the living. Yet, according to mystics and shamans (men or women of power and wisdom) if we can’t embrace death then we can’t fully live. This is why Halloween is such an important holiday to celebrate…in the light of day and in the darkest hours of our sleep.

Let’s tiptoe back in time, shall we? Halloween has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain (the Celtic new year) and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day. This was considered a time to honor departed loved ones, reflect upon the ending of cycles, and to honor the dark days of winter as a reminder to go inward to discover one’s internal light switch. (OK they didn’t have light switches back then…it was probably more like igniting ye olde inner torch.)

As one that has taken up residence on the Dreamtime Bridge between sleep and awake, I tend to pay attention to dream themes, in particular as they relate to the seasons and cultural and global events. From my experience the following are the most common Halloween dream themes and symbols that tend to rise up like bobbing apples from the collective unconscious to be acknowledged (or at least to make for some great ghost stories).

Read on for the top 10 Halloween dream symbols … if you dare …

10. Graveyard/Cemetery/Tombstone

Dreams of a cemetery/graveyard/tombstone represent a distinct change or the ending of a cycle, i.e., a relationship, business affair or significant chapter in your life. You may be grieving and moving through the bittersweet sorrow of missing your connection to a loved one or you may be releasing a cherished attachment.

9. Black Cat

Contrary to most people’s superstitions, a black cat does not inherently represent bad luck — whether it crosses your path in real life or in a dream. Black cats are known as creatures that can traverse other dimensions. I personally believe that dreams of a black cat are a message for you to pay attention to your intuition and psychic abilities, as well as your feminine essence and sensuality.

8. Chasing or Being Chased

Dreams of chasing something or someone signifies that you believe that what you need is out of reach…perhaps you are being seduced by the thrill of a hunt for something/someone you think will make you more whole than you currently perceive yourself to be. If you are being chased you may be running from an undesirable aspect of yourself or from an adverse influence. My suggestion is, in your waking state, imagine that you confront who (or what) you are running from, ask it why it’s chasing you, and negotiate closure. After all, what you resist persists.

7. Zombies, Monsters, and Ghouls… oh my!

Dreams of a zombie represent a part of you or someone in your life that is living on auto-pilot, being mindless, or controlled by the media or popular opinion to the exclusion of their own internal GPS. Dreams of monsters and ghouls (aka shadow creatures) symbolize your dark side (hey, don’t shoot the messenger…every character in our dreams represents an aspect of us…the beauty and the beast, the fertilizer and the flower). Ghouls and monsters represent that which is unintegrated, rejected, or perceived as unacceptable and thus suppressed. Keep in mind that it is only a shadow creature until you’ve embraced it in the light of your awareness. Go ahead and embrace your inner Jason (without saying “Ewwwww!”)

6. Witch/Old Woman

Although scary, an old witchy woman (aka crone) in a dream symbolizes great wisdom and empowerment. Often a witch or an old woman represents darkness, jealousy, or vindictiveness. A metaphysical interpretation of the crone, however, is that she is a primary instigator of spiritual growth that ushers someone who is stuck in unconsciousness to find their conscious power. Because the crone doesn’t have a people-pleasing bone in her decrepit old body, she represents independence, freedom, authenticity and one who makes up her own rules. In essence, dreams of a witch signify your irreverent power and ability to create magic in your life.

5. Skeletons

Dreams of a skeleton can reflect the foundational structure of your business, relationships, or your belief systems in general. If the bones in the skeleton are strong and healthy, then so is your foundation. If the bones are weak or brittle, then it is time for you to strengthen your foundation from the inside out. If you have an eating disorder, this dream may be a warning for you to EAT and keep your food inside your body! Also, skeletons can represent secrets that are scratching at the closet door to be revealed.

4. Mask

Dreams of a mask are about honesty and can represent shame about your authentic self, fear that you are not good enough, powerful enough, or strong enough, and that you are unwilling to reveal the real you. Keep in mind that sometimes the wearing of a mask is a necessary step of evolution until your ego has integrated the power the mask symbolizes, at which point, the mask is no longer necessary. Masks also represent ancient symbols of power, evoking the medicine (qualities) of the Gods/Goddesses they represent.

3. Falling

Dreams of falling symbolize a feeling of loss of control, a lack of confidence, and that you are losing your step as a result of not having your feet firmly planted on the earth. This dream can symbolize that you are overwhelmed with the events in your life. Alternatively, this dream could be showing you that you are falling into a deeper, more profound aspect of yourself, asking deeper questions, and exploring the depth of your true nature.

2. Departed Loved Ones

When you dream about someone you love who has crossed over you might feel that you’ve actually had a visit with them…because maybe you have. Pay particular attention to the dream situation they come cloaked in and to the words they convey. These dreams are often literal, requiring a minimum of interpretation and a maximum of meditation. At the very least you can feel grateful for having a connection not only with your departed loved one, but with life beyond your five senses…and all that resides on the other side of the veil.

So, if you are having a dream starring any of the aforementioned dream symbols know that you are right on track with the season and perhaps being initiated into a deeper level of wisdom and perception. And if Freddy Krueger comes to call in your dreamtime, give him a kiss for me.

1. Death/Dying

Contrary to popular belief, dreams of death and dying ARE NOT A BAD THING! Dreams of death are very common in that it is the job of your subconscious mind to keep you alive and your dreams may be assisting you to process fears of death and dying. Keep in mind that Native Americans believe that the most powerful way to live is as if death were over your shoulder. If you dream of your own death then you may be contemplating the value and impact of your life. Dreaming of someone else dying is about transformation and change in your relationship with them, not necessarily a forecast of a literal death. You might also be venting out your fears of losing someone that you love. Often a dream of death represents the ending of a chapter in your life, and that a new cycle is about to begin. Allow this dream to inspire you to ponder what aspect of your life may be coming to a close, and how can you more harmoniously participate in the new beginning that is beckoning.

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What is the D Spot & How can I activate it by Kelly Sullivan Walden

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~Lao Tzu

One of my very favorite things to talk about is “The D Spot.” Not just because it provokes a reaction from people when they think they’ve misunderstood me. The D-spot, besides being the Dream Spot, is the nexus, the nectar, the sweet spot of your nighttime Dreams, daytime Desires, and your highest Destiny.

Yes, there is a similarity between the G-Spot and the D-Spot, in that the G-spot is a highly arousing vortex of nerves that when stimulated sends a woman quivering over the moon in ecstasy.

The D-Spot is the G-Spot’s emotional/spiritual/psychological counterpart. It is the intersection of our greatest desires, nighttime dreams and highest destiny. Like the G-Spot, the D-Spot is mysterious, yet when we learn it’s terrain the D-Spot becomes an active vibration that informs and inspires all that we do, think about, and create in our daily life.

If the D-Spot still feels illusive, get your head out of the clouds (or out of the gutter, as the case may be) and try this metaphor on for size:

Picture a beautiful single-story house. Now imagine the lower part of the house (basement) is where your nighttime Dreams reside. In this dark, underground, basement of your being is where your primitive, primal, unconscious, hard drive of your mind’s computer lives. This is where your buried treasure, secrets, most valuable inner resources, sacred memories, family traits, past-life hardwiring, and belief systems that go back generations are stored. This is where the primitive, foundational, fundamental aspect of who you are is quite at home.

When you climb the creaky stairs up to the next level you encounter the main floor of the house and are blinded by the light of your daytime Desires. In the living room of your home is where all that blings takes center stage and your ego sprawls out and runs the show. If your ego has watched the movie “The Secret”, this is where it makes a vision board that reflects your desire for a better job, greater love life, more wealth, higher voltage vibrant health, etc. This is the 3-D reality referred to as the “real world”, where we are primarily motivated by our ego’s desire to look good; have the right stuff; be recognized; and if there’s time left over in a day, make our mark on the world.

If you choose to peel yourself away from the allure of your daytime desires and explore the higher aspect of yourself, you tiptoe upstairs to the attic. Just a few feet above the hustle and bustle of daily life is where your highest Destiny resides. Calm, cool, and in a perpetual state of meditation is your higher self. Up here in the attic of your being is where you can hear the voice of your higher self and angelic nature. Your higher wisdom whispers and your “through the roof” creativity is sky high. To get here all you have to do is take a moment to get still, and elevate your mind just a few steps above the mundane. In the attic is where you know things you have never read in a book; it’s when you peer into the level of your highest destiny via premonitions, visions, higher spiritual encounters.

For most people these three aspects of self are vastly separate from one another. They don’t tend to run in the same social circles, and it would seem that they don’t have any reason to interact…except in the case of a major life-transition or trauma. During these times of heightened reality—like during a crisis or a major life rite of passage, i.e. a wedding, a birth, or death—the barriers between the basement, main floor, and attic evaporate. During these moments we have an expanded experience of being both in this world, and not of it. These special moments are worth relishing…and yet, I believe they are meant to be ordinary occurrences. This is one of the natural benefits of dream work.

The D-Spot is where all levels of our house converge. When we are in the D-Spot, we are awake, and we have the heightened awareness from our nighttime dreams; insight about how to more accurately navigate the fulfillment of our daytime desires; and most especially, guidance as to how to live in accord with our highest destiny.

I frequently envision a moving staircase (a figure 8 escalator, if you will) that connects all three levels of the house in a moving meditation that empowers us to be as awake and aware as humanly possible. In other words, this is where our humanness becomes luminous to the degree that we can be the light of the world (while maintaining access to our ability to pay our light bill.) For me, this is the reason I am fascinated by dream work. Not just for its ability to make sense of our wacky dreams…but also for its ability to connect us with our roots, elevate us to our highest essence, while nudging us toward greater levels of fulfillment and awakening.

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Excerpted from It’s All In Your Dreams (Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari Press)

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• What you’ve always wanted to know about Sex Dreams view

What you’ve always wanted to know about Sex Dreams by Kelly Sullivan Walden

In the spirit of V-Day women are talking about love, romance, and…well, sex. If we’re talking about it by day, you can bet we’re dreaming about it by night.

So, what does it all mean when women have a sexual dream? Why might it mean about her life? (Don’t worry, men, you’ll have your turn at an article all about you and your sexual dreams soon.)

First of all, ladies, relax! Sex dreams are very common. Besides being pleasurable they are a sign of a healthy, red-blooded woman. Even if you have lots of these nocturnal romps, take heart in knowing you are in good company–not just the company of the “50 Shades of Grey” fans—but anyone with a pulse

There have been studies galore on the subject. For example, Antonio Zadra, PhD of the University of Montreal deduced in his 3,500 person study that 8% of (admitted) dreams are sexual. Some believe that if people told the naked truth about how often they got down in their dreams the numbers would be more like 25-30%.

So, why might a woman dream about sex?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of women (men, not so much…funny how that is) who feel ashamed or embarrassed of their sex dreams. I believe its because the unedited, XXX way of being in dreams can be vastly different than our proper, politically correct daytime self-definition. As is the case with most dreams, they are seldom to be translated literally.

Most women identify themselves by their personal relationships and connections. Sex happens to be a metaphor for intimate connection, integrating”, or embracing the qualities we ascribe to the person (or animal, vegetable, or mineral) in our dream with which we are “joining.” In addition to the healthy need to blow off steam, I look at every dream (as did the late Swiss Psychologist, Carl Jung) from the perspective that everyone and everything is an aspect of the dreamer—and sex represents intimate connection—not necessarily lust, as one might assume.

Whether a woman dreams of having sex with her boss, neighbor, favorite celebrity, next of kin, wild animal, or an alien, the first thing I ask the brave soul who’s cheeks flush crimson in her dream confession is:

“WHAT DOES THIS PERSON YOU HAD SEX IN YOUR DREAM REPRESENT TO YOU (IN THREE WORDS)?”

Most of the time their response is very positive. For example, one of my clients often rolls beneath the sheets with actor, Ryan Gosling (in her dreams.) I asked her what Ryan Gosling represents to her.  She responded, “He’s charismatic, risk-taking, and HOT!”

I shared with her, “If it were my dream, I would feel empowered, because I just connected intimately with my own charisma, risk-taking, and hotness! This masculine energy is the energy that takes charge, get’s things done, and feels very alive!”

My client sparkled as she envisioned embracing her “inner-Ryan Gosling.”

OK, what if the person you have dream sex with isn’t as yummy as Ryan? Here are my reflections on the following sexy dream scenarios…if they were my dreams:

Dreams of sex with a celebrity:

I think of a celebrity as a “celebrated” aspect of self. If I’m having sex with a celebrity then I’m connecting deeply with power, influence, and glamor. From the “everyone is me” perspective, I’d consider the qualities of the celebrity and the role they play in my dream—as it may be revealing an aspect of myself I am slated to embrace, as I walk the red carpet of my own life.

Dreams of sex with a friend’s husband:

First, what qualities does this man exhibit? Any man in my dream represents the masculine aspect of myself that might normally be suppressed (i.e., courage, bravery, heroism, strength, power, safety, accountability or security). The great thing about dream sex is that no one gets in trouble, and no one gets hurt! If in “real life” I’m actually attracted to my friend’s husband and I feel this dream is expressing my hidden longings. I’d feel good about this dream, in that I’m “getting it out of my system” so that I don’t have to act on these feelings and have to face the consequences of those actions the waking world.

P.s. Unless your friend is relatively enlightened, I might keep this dream under cover. She might not understand that dreams are mostly symbolic!

Dreams of sex with a family member or something equally repulsive:

Again, what quality(ies) does this person represent? After waking up from a dream like this, it would be a good time to remember that dreams are SYMBOLIC, not literal! Did you recently have a fight with this person? Joining with him (or her) in your dream could be symbolic of reconciliation, empathy, or merging with (understanding) their point of view.

Dreams of sexual problems (inability to perform or sexual deformity):

In addition to dreams of sex being symbolic of intimacy, the sex act can often be symbolic of power and potency…or not.

Are you feeling impotent at work? Are you venting out frustration at not being able to rise to the occasion of an opportunity recently presented to you?

If this were my dream I’d ask, “Where am I feeling powerless or ineffective in my life?”

What would it take for me to flip my switch and be “turned on” in my relationship(s), work, or driving the carpool?”

Dreams of sex with an old boyfriend:

All our exes don’t just live in Texas … they live in our deep subconscious and come to call in our nighttime dreams. To me, dreams of sex with an ex represents a part of my shadow—with his name on it. When I have these dreams I tend to think it’s about retrieving the parts of my heart I left in San Francisco. In other words, “What aspect of myself does this person represent—or what part of myself do I need to forgive, heal, and/or release.

By the light of day our lives are lived in a linear fashion, where one relationship ends and another one begins. However, in the dreamtime, the rules of engagement are completely different. As we dream, all the complexity of our emotion bursts forth from beneath the bed. Perhaps it would be inappropriate to explore lingering feelings for an ex on Facebook in the light of day, but it is perfectly appropriate to do so as we sleep and dream.

Dream where she has an orgasm and it feels real:

Lucky you!

We can learn a lot about sexual dreams from the Senoi—a dream based, native culture in the highlands of Malaysia. The Senoi were considered by renowned anthropologist Kilton Stewart to be a highly enlightened dream tribe. The Senoi embraced love and sex in their dreams as a way to “grow the soul”. In fact, when the Senoi had sexual dreams, they were taught to move toward the loving objects and enjoy them to the fullest. They were also encouraged to have orgasms in their dreams! It didn’t matter who or what the object was, it could be a relative, a friend’s spouse, an animal or a doorknob (though I don’t think the Senoi had doorknobs.)  The Senoi believed all dream images were aspects of the self that needed to be integrated and loved.

Don’t you just love the Senoi! I’ll have what they’re having!

Dreams of sex with an animal:

Again, the rules of engagement in dreams are completely different than the rules of civilized society in the waking world. In the waking world, if we have sex with an animal, we get arrested (not that I know from personal experience!). In dreams, sex with an animal represents embracing my wild side (unless, of course, the animal happens to be a porcupine. Little pricks!)  The animal aspect of ourselves represent untamed, undomesticated expression.

I’d ask the question, “Where might it serve me to be a bit more unrestrained, authentic, and self-expressed in my life?”

When a creature from the animal kingdom crawls, slithers, sniffs or pounces into your dream bed, consider that it may come bearing gifts of untamed power. Animal senses are acute and precise. Their power can give us an advantage in our ability to survive and thrive in this jungle called life…if we let them.
Dreams of sex in an adventurous place (outside, etc) with spouse:

If this were my dream I’d see this dream as a message to see my husband (and my masculine side) from an out of the box perspective. It may simply be a prescription from the dream realm to literally add some spice to my marriage, go outside the boundaries of my normal comfort zone, and maybe learn a new trick or two!

P.s. This dream would be a good one to share with your spouse. It’s dreams like this that can add fuel to the flame of your romance.

Dreams of cheating on spouse:

Ever wondered why when you say you want your cake and eat it too, people say, “In your dreams!” That’s because in your dreams you can have sex with everyone, in every position, in every exotic locale and still wake up in the morning wrapped in the stability of your monogamous marriage!

You are a multifaceted, multi-dimensional, multi-layered, multi-orgasmic being, who has chosen to be monogamous. That is a noble task. Your nighttime escapades are nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, you should be quite proud of all the aspects of yourself you’ve been “embracing” in your dreamtime that’s making you a more whole and powerful woman. There is no unfaithfulness or promiscuity in dreams because everyone and everything in your dream is an aspect of YOURSELF! Your dreams are the ultimate “Hall Pass!”

Dreams of sex with a woman:

If you have a sexual dream about a woman and you are heterosexual then you might consider that you’ve been fooling yourself all these years, and the truth is you are really a lesbian.

Just kidding!

Remember, dreams are highly symbolic. Typically I associate women on women sexual dreams as a symbol of deeply connecting with the sensual goddess within; embracing one’s own deep feminine; and fulfilling a need for nurturing and gentleness.

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Keep in mind, that besides your primal urge to merge for the purpose of procreating the species, sex dreams are a natural way to release pent up desire that may not be appropriate to express in waking reality, based on your moral code. Sex dreams are the ultimate safe sex practice, as well as being a wonderful opportunity for your inner caveman to run wild—so that you may awaken in the light of day as the balanced, civilized, upstanding citizen you are.

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Kelly Sullivan Walden is a best-selling author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker, and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training. Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show, The D-Spot, and has appeared on over 1,000 media outlets. She is featured regularly as a Dream Expert on Fox news and recently wowed the audience on the Ricki Lake Show. Kelly’s unique dream wisdom can be read in such publications as Woman’s WorldCosmopolitanSeventeen, and the LA Times. She is the author of seven books including the #1 Amazon.com bestselling dream interpretation book, I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as It’s All In Your Dreams, Dreaming Heaven, and Dream Oracle Cards.  You can read her weekly dream blog at Huffington Post.com.

She is the creator/founder of the Dream Project, a non- profit organization inspiring young people to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of her greatest real-life dreams came true when she spoke, by invitation, at the United Nations about the Dream Project.

Kelly is passionate about the magical realm of dreams. She is a lover of life and languages and considers dreams to be the most important language in which to be fluent. Kelly teaches dreamwork and Dream-Life Coach Training with a unique weave of depth, playfulness, humor, and spirituality to catalyze people to awaken to the life of their dreams.