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Laura V. Hyde

Gifts of the Soul
October 2003

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Hyde
Gifts of the Soul

by Laura Grace

Dreaming a Happy Life

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. -- Thoreau

Your nightly dreams contain a wealth of information. They are literally treasure chests of knowledge since they embody everything about you: all of your experiences, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, fears, and so forth. Having performed dream analysis for many years, I constantly witness how many parallels there are between our daily life and our nighttime dreams. For example, symbols that appear during your waking life, such as a black cat crossing the road in front of you, has the same meaning if it appears in a nightly dream. That’s because the symbols are personal whether we’re dreaming or awake. It is akin to the powerful statement once made by Chuang-tzu who said, "I do not know whether I was a man dreaming, I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."

While asleep, the dreamer possesses total power. No one can enter your nightly dreams without your permission. In your dreams, you are the dreamer, writer, director, producer and actor(s). Every dream character represents some aspect of you. And so it is in your waking life, as well. Everyone who appears and triggers a reaction in you in some manner, whether awake or asleep reflects some part of you. Because you have free will, no one can dream your dreams for you, or live your life for you. So, whether you’re asleep or awake, you remain the creator of your circumstances, reactions and life.

You have the choice to focus on whatever you want to focus on. You have the power to create a painful dream filled with struggle and strain, or to manifest a happy dream imbued with love and inner peace. As the lyrics of a sage old song go, "Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream." The key words are "your boat," (how you navigate your life and not someone else’s), "gently," (not forcing anything but practicing faith and trust), "down the stream," (flowing with the current of life), "merrily" and "dream," (meaning we’re destined to have as A Course in Miracles states, "happy dreams").

In dream analysis we look at the dreams we’re having and then our thoughts, values, and beliefs. The dream is never the issue; it’s always the dreamer that matters. Once you accept the fact that you’re the dreamer, you automatically begin to take your power back. Why? Because it places the attention at the level of your thoughts where change and correction begins. Rather than spending useless time and energy on attempting to change something outside yourself (effect), you achieve self-mastery by changing from within (cause). A Course in Miracles teaches us that suffering stems from trying to displace both the problem and the answer outside of us when really, it stems from within.

If we look at ourselves as being different dreamers, we can see how many different experiences we’re all having. Two people could be working in the same organization, residing in the same community or even living in the same home and have completely different dreams! For example, I know people who operate from both places as described below:


(1) Focuses on one’s mistakes 

(2) Scarcity-minded 

(3) Victim 

(4) Projects and blames others 

(5) Lives in fear 

(6) Looks outside self for fulfillment 

(7) Relies on self for answers 

(8) Holds onto grievances 

(9) Lives in the past or future 


Focuses on one’s kindnesses

Abundant thinker

Co-creator with Higher Power

Takes responsibility

Lives from love

Looks within where love resides

Surrenders to Higher Power for guidance

Practices forgiveness

Appreciates the present moment

 What kind of dreamer do you identify with, dreamer 1 or 2? If you’re currently living the life of dreamer 1, are you willing to start shifting your thinking, and move toward experiencing the life of dreamer 2? The choice is yours. Wanting to be dreamer 2 isn’t enough, but your willingness combined with the power of Love is everything. Envisioning the qualities of dreamer 2 starts the process, but living from the qualities of dreamer 2 is the key. Transformation occurs when we put this truth into action in our own lives. Keep in mind that there is nothing that you and Love together cannot handle.

You deserve to experience all that life has to offer you, but keep in mind that it will only offer you what you choose to experience. All of us decide what we want to see before we see it and we receive what we request. When kindness, forgiveness and love are all you desire, your entire life will begin to change in more rewarding ways than you’ve ever dreamed.

© Copyright 2003 Laura Grace. All Rights Reserved.

 Laura's Books:

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Grace              The Intimate Soul by Laura Hyde

Read Laura's Past Columns:

May 2003 Column - "Living the Authentic Life"

April 2003 Column - "Rising Above the Battleground"

March  2003 Column - "Healing Through Your Relationships"

February 2003 Column - "Are You Going with the Flow?"

January 2003 Column - "Living the Soulful Life"

December 2002 Column - "The Power to Change"

November 2002 Column - "Peace Begins at Home"

October 2002 Column - "Spiraling to Higher Ground"

September 2002 Column - "Cradled in Nature's Arms"

August 2002 Column - "Recovering Your Soul"

Laura V. Hyde
Laura Grace
is Co-founder of Infinite Wisdom, an organization dedicated to the highest human capacity, and a national author and speaker. As a regular contributor for publications across the U.S. and Canada, Laura writes about human awareness and spiritual growth. Laura is the author of the widely acclaimed books The Intimate Soul and Gifts of the Soul, and the creator and teacher of various programs including the Self-Mastery Program, The Art of Compassionate Forgiveness, Wonderful Women: Reclaiming Our Power, Passion and Purpose, and Cultivating the Intimate Life. Please visit Laura's web site at: www.LauraGrace.net.

As a spiritual counselor, Laura provides assistance in person and by phone. You may contact her for a free brochure at: laura@lauragrace.net.





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