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The Nature of Dreams
by Jennifer Baltz

Most people assume that dreams have very set meanings for everyone, but as an intuitive, I have found that this is simply not true. You can’t just go to your dream dictionary and divine the meaning of your dreams that easily.

Dreams are really the communication between body and spirit when the body is at rest and the spirit is out of the body. As a human being, you are both spirit and body. When your body goes to sleep, it is the safest and most ideal time for you as a spirit to go out to the astral plane and get busy.

The Dramatic Difference Between Spirit and Body

As a spirit, you are able to move at lightning speed and even be in several different places at one time. As a body, you move much more slowly, and can be in only one place at a time. This huge difference in speed and mobility often means that as spirit, it is easy to get frustrated with the slowness of the body, and how long things take to manifest in the "real world." So, just as your body needs rest and a break from the demands that you put on it, you as spirit also need to have some "dreamtime" when you can be free and go anywhere and do anything at any speed.

So, your dreamtime first functions as a "breather" for both body and spirit. But secondly, it is a place where you as a spirit can get out there and create what you want for yourself. Some of these creations might eventually be manifested into the physical world, through your body. Other creations or interactions will stay forever on the astral plane (in the spirit world). On the astral plane, you will find yourself communicating with others, visiting places that may seem familiar or unfamiliar, and having many different experiences. You as a spirit can pack in a tremendous amount of activity in a single night!

How We Remember Our Dreams

While you as a spirit are out on the astral plane, you are sending back information to your body. Depending on what state your body is in at any given time (REM sleep, etc), you may consciously remember some of that communication stream. Often, you will remember only bits and pieces of it, so it is very easy to take those bits and pieces out of context. Also, you might find that other things clutter the signal you are getting. Your body spends part of the night processing the day’s events and healing its systems from the day’s activities. Your memories of your dreams are influenced strongly by the processing and healing that your body is doing.

For instance, if you went to bed worrying about something, even carrying it in your mind subconsciously, you may find that you dream about it as well. Your dreams will consist of your worries and stress, mixed in with bits of your astral experience. If you watch a scary movie right before you go to bed, your dreams may have elements of that movie involved in them, whether or not you as a spirit actually did anything remotely like that on the astral plane.

"Pure" astral memories are difficult to achieve. But if you would like to remember more of what you as a being are doing "out there" at night, it’s important not to go to bed overtired . . . or with unresolved issues troubling you. It’s also a good idea to avoid TV too close to bedtime. A short meditation before bedtime is helpful, as is somatic movement such as yoga or t’ai ch’i, to help relax the body and prepare it for sleep.

Copyright © 2001 Jennifer Baltz.  All Rights Reserved. 

Jennifer Baltz is a business and life coach and creative mentor with over 18 years experience helping people consciously create their dreams. She offers individual coaching, classes, seminars, and mastermind groups to help you create change in your life, from personal and creative growth to small business development. Visit Jennifer's website for more information, www.creativespirit.com, or follow Jennifer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jenbaltz

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