Understanding Your Dreams

Understanding Your Dreams

by Ramón Stevens channeling Alexander

Why do dreams so often seem chaotic and confusing? They seem so because what transpires during the dream state and what is recalled upon awaking are two sharply distinct processes. Recalled dreams represent your conscious mind’s best effort to make sense of material of a frequency and depth which it is not designed to process. Raw dream material must be decelerated many levels of frequency to be processed by the conscious mind, losing fidelity and richness in the process. The seemingly random chaos of dream imagery stems from the brain’s inability to coherently synthesize the raw stuff of dreams, which operates on a different, deeper logic and order.

Waking consciousness organizes itself according to linear principles, especially linear time. Because linear time is a parameter only of matter-based systems, it plays no part in the greater dimensions where the higher self resides and whence dream material arises. As a result, when waking consciousness forces nonlinear experience into a linear-time sequence, not only will coherence be lost, but the significance will be lost as well.

The signposts by which the higher self evaluates your life journey are not linear, factual, logical, or rational. They are emotional. That is, the material rising from waking self to higher self does not reflect the everyday mechanics and worries of your life-wealth, health, career-but carries the emotional impact of your life experience. While your conscious mind navigates the material world through reason and logic, it is your heart that records the true measure of your experience. Whatever your life theme and tasks may be, it is your emotional life that generates the most significant milestones of triumph or calamity on the rocky road to fulfillment.

With that as background, we can briefly explore several sources of dream material. The first is what might be called Probable Drama School, whose source material is the ego’s choices pulling certain probable futures toward manifestation. In the dream state, these probabilities can be projected, as onto a movie screen, and played out, the better to evaluate their potential results. While a soul can perform this on its own, there is a certain joy and camaraderie in joining with other reincarnational and probable selves to create a mutual drama, richer for the greater insights of all involved.
Generally, at least several and as many as a dozen different scenarios will be played out, depending on the apparent strength of crystallizing probabilities. While this process may appear fanciful and inconsequential to your waking experience, in truth your life is profoundly guided by dreamtime dramas enacted by your soul and authentic self. In the case of almost every significant life event, your authentic self has already played it out and knows the outcome and your later physical experience is but a “confirmation version” of what has already transpired.

The Higher Self Report Card

Another major source of dream material is the higher self’s evaluation of each day’s emotional mementos, judged against a lifetime’s theme, tasks, and karma. The higher self liberates its soul fragment at birth and cannot intervene to force it to fulfill its tasks, or even to prevent the waking self from digging itself into deeper karmic ruts. The ego, a curiously obtuse and maddeningly blind creature from the higher self’s perspective, holds ultimate authority over the waking self’s experience. The higher self can only evaluate each day’s events for evidence that the life purpose is being at least partially fulfilled.

The challenge from the waking self’s perspective is that life themes are impressed into the personality at a given “default” intensity which requires concerted effort to transcend. A life theme of poverty-wealth, for instance, may be strongly skewed toward the “poverty” pole, meaning that scarcity and lack come far more naturally than abundance. A theme of intimacy-isolation, if weighted toward isolation, naturally results in an adulthood of comfortable but not intimate friendships and avoidance of romantic intimacy.

From the ego’s perspective, it is more comfortable to remain at its default point, even of poverty or isolation, than to do the hard and bruising work of overcoming that default and sliding along the continuum toward greater happiness. Since the ego naturally seeks pleasure and avoids pain, it shuns the bruising trauma stirred up by struggling to override its thematic default; thus, the ego serves as a hindrance to its own happiness!
Hands Across Time

A third significant source of dream material is the communion among reincarnational selves. Because all incarnations flow from a single higher self, with its narrowly focused soul qualities, all incarnations are bound, like blood brothers, to a common unity of purpose. However diverse the lifetime scenarios crafted by the higher self, they all share a deep thematic commonality. Reincarnational offshoots are thus of great value to each other as they exchange experience and wisdom across the millennia.
Because they all share an overriding goal-overcoming their challenges and realizing fulfillment-and because they are bound to a common thematic focus, reincarnational selves share what seems to “work” and what does not in their respective corners of history. Working with the gradual acceleration of earth’s frequency, which carries humanity toward a higher spiritual wisdom, reincarnational selves can “plot” which choices and behaviors would be most effective in a given age.

Back to the Present

The process of waking up ideally takes at least an hour as dreamtime frequencies gradually decelerate toward the slower, denser vibrations of matter; and the focus shifts from authentic to waking self. While no active dreaming occurs at this stage, it is nonetheless highly critical, for this is when the information, advice, and encouragement gathered during dreamtime are gently fed to the waking self. These gentle waves of wisdom wash across the boundary between authentic and waking selves, even as that boundary is fortified by the inchoate ego.

The ego is constructed “from scratch” each morning. Atop the standard maturational template, the higher self carries the fruits of each night’s deep communion, which it impresses into waking awareness. Finally, the fragments of memory, identity, and purpose-the “who am I?”-left over from the previous day are restored to waking consciousness. This is the ego’s structure-a foundational maturational template, the fruits of deep communion, and memory-identity fragments retained by the higher self. Stitched together upon awaking, this makes you you.

Excerpted from Spirit Wisdom II: The Enlightened Warrior’s Guide to Personal and Cultural Transformation. Ramón Stevens has been channeling Alexander for over 20 years; their collaboration has produced five books. Website: www.alexandermaterial.com.

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