Why we dream.

Last night I had a dream that was so real and vivid, it was an all-encompassing sensory experience. I was eating octopus. It wasn’t what I wanted or what I thought it was, and the sudden realisation I had tentacles in my mouth was disgusting. I ran to the bathroom and spat them out in the sink.

I still remember the taste, (I know, weird thing to dream about – and it was more twisted than that with a flavoursome freudian skew but I’ll spare those details). It was disgusting and bits and pieces were stuck in my mouth. I vividly remember reaching my fingers into my mouth and pulling tentacles out, throwing them into the porcelain bowl. The resounding feelings were shock and disgust.

Dreams fascinate me. Many people have gone down in history theorising their purpose, right from being that which our subconscious cannot integrate from our day thrown back up to us calling out for healing and understanding. Others say that it’s relating to ourselves and our life in metaphors, with hidden meanings and messages. Others have said they are meaningless.

But what if they were our teachers? For years now I’ve been enthralled by the idea of the dream reality. A Course in Miracles teaches us that Oneness is literal and our reality is smoke and mirrors created by a single thought. That none of it is real and it’s all a fantasical light show created by yours truly. And when this idea triggers people, it’s hard to fathom that it could possibly be true.

Yet our dreams occur each night, at the transition from one day to the next, offering us an experience of a reality where, in the thick of it, we do not know we are dreaming. We forget. And the people in our dream seem separate to us, they chase us, they harm us. Our emotions feel real, we feel hurt, shame, sickness, panic. All of the emotions of life. We feel real fear for our safety and often we live within the confines of what we believe to be possible, using our legs for running or finding a car that we can drive.

And then we wake up.

The relief, it was just a dream.

We let go of the pain the other people or characters in our dream caused us (even if they were people from our current life) under the rationale that it was just a dream. There can even be some embarrassment when we study the phenomena that we created all of it ourselves. No-one else was there at all. The pain, the shame, the chase – was all played out by characters we’d created, puppets that we were leading. But it felt so real, didn’t it?

It really felt like they were doing something to me!

But it was all me.

There is a great Taoist parable called The Butterfly Dream. It goes something like this;

Once upon a time I had a dream that I was a butterfly, fluttering here and there, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was only conscious of my happiness and experience as a butterfly and unaware of any other life I may have been leading. Soon enough, I awakened. And there I was, a man again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming I was a man. Between a man and a butterfly there was no distinction.

Some time back when I was deep in meditation I had an experience where I was confiding to my trustee guides that people had been mean to me. I was very upset and stated my case. My perspective then zoomed way out and I saw that I was the only person and I was asleep. There were many guides and angels by my side, encircling me with love and support, yet I was asleep and I was the only person in the cosmos. The only human in existence. No one could have possibly done anything to me in reality because it was only me. There was no-one else.

I feel the purpose of our dreams is to serve as a constant reminder that while this reality may feel real, it is not. And we’ve been missing the message because we’re lost in it. We’re lost in the dream. We are convinced it is real. My story is real. My pain is real. How could it not be?

What are your thoughts on the dream reality?

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The night I met me.

Last night in meditation I was bestowed a missing link I’d been overlooking in my healing journey to self love.

The setting was a tranquil lagoon in which I was guided to witness something significant from my recent past. As I gazed down into the water I saw myself rising upward. Yep me, appearing exactly as I do today, however I viewed myself from a different perspective. It was from the eyes of others, and I felt the urge to meet myself and hang out with myself just like you would a new friend.

Realisation after realisation poured through me and I was offered the understanding that loving yourself has an undercurrent that can often be overlooked. The missing facet being that you might love yourself but not necessarily like yourself. For example; you can love members of your family but not want to spend every living moment with them, or similarly a friend that you only enjoy seeing now and again but you love dearly.

The meeting of myself was about liking myself. And I mean really liking myself. self-love-acceptance-awakening-healing-heal-how to, relationships

It was uncharted territory where I befriended myself. I saw who I was as a friend and I liked her.

We hung out and met on so many levels – probably because she is me. But it was like meeting my ultimate soulmate; we enjoyed all the same things!

I saw us hanging out together in my house. I saw us at the beach. I saw us laughing and getting each others jokes. A lot of time passed in an enlightening and blissful meditative trance where time held no meaning, and it was as though I’d been reunitied with my long lost best friend.

And I really, really liked her!

And that was the main realisation, I’d been working on self love for some time now, but forgot about self like. I’d forgotten to like myself in each moment and remember that I want to hang out with me and I enjoy being around me.

If you’ve read this far, then it might be time to ask yourself honestly – if you like you. Do you feel the same about yourself, just like you would a best friend that you can’t see enough of, or your partner whom you adore and always want to be around?

If the answer is no, don’t despair. You’re on the path to healing because you’re beginning to understand where you stand right now. Ask the angels or your spirit guide for assistance, request that they show you how loved you really are. And then ask them to help you discover how to befriend you.

Because when it comes down to it, you’re the one you spend literally all of your time with.

With love,

Sharon

 

 

 

Heart Chakra Opening -a 2 minute technique

Read through the following instructions and then close your eyes to begin.

Imagine a small ball of green light, just like a marble, sitting inside your chest in the middle of your rib cage.

The green ball of light has swirls of dark coloured energy through it, and feels hardened.

There is a small opening at the top of the marble. Place your attention on the top of the marble and inhale deeply, breathing right into it through it’s opening.

As you inhale breathing into the marble, it begins to spin.

Continue breathing into it and as it spins, it starts to grow. 

With every deep inhale, the small marble grows bigger and bigger as you fill it with air.

Now as you exhale you start breathing out and releasing the darkness from the green marble. Each exhale you draw the dark patches up and out from the marble, breathing them right out of your body.

Continue breathing into it, using your breath to help it spin and expand, and with your exhale, release the darkness.

The deeper your inhale the more the green marble moves and grows, and even starts to become lighter and more vibrant.

Continue the process until the green ball feels just right to you – the right size, motion, and colour. Notice how you feel compared with when you started the process less than 2 minutes ago.

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Extra Tip:

To get more from your meditation, do this process 3 times a day.

The benefits you’ll experience can include: increased ability to remain calm, more clarity, more energy, increased motivation, more ease in relationships, feeling lighter, more happiness, feelings of joy, connectedness, and less stress.

With love and an open heart,

Sharon

 

 

Channelled Wisdom, but from what Source?

All will come through the art of not-trying. 

I scrambled for my pen, as my eyes opened from meditation.

It is the unwinding of all the wound up parts of yourselves and your lives.

It seemed the messages coming through were for more than just me. I wondered whom or what I’d connected into…

And what if this voice was of yourself? 

It was as though the Being immediately heard my thoughts and was responding with a powerful and thought provoking question.

Would you still share it? Or would you think it lesser than?

Take time to sit with the content and worry less about from whence it came. 

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I heard humming inside of me. Almost as though I was given a moment to contemplate what I had just been proposed with. Then the voice started again…

You are the singer and the song.

You are the writer and the words. 

Let you not shut the gates and minimise what could have been.

That was all for now. The silence returned. As I read back over the words I was surprised by the question that had been put forward. Through my spiritual work I’ve loved to connect into Beings, and I’ve even started channelling, however this was somehow different.

I knew the answer.

If I am honest, I know that I think it is lesser than somehow, if it is from me.

Even though I ‘know’ that we’re all the same, and we are one. (I’ve put ‘know’ in inverted commas because obviously I don’t fully know this yet). A grin crept it’s way onto my cheeks, as I enjoyed being challenged with these questions.

To see yourself as the same being, angel or guide as that which you call out to and seek wisdom from.

Such is the mountain that I climb.

 

With humble love,

Sharon

 

A Repeating Message from The Universe

Last night as I lay between being awake and slumber I received a very strong message.

Focus on what you have. 

It just kept repeating over and over, and I knew exactly what it meant.

I am a spiritual seeker and for quite some time now, I’ve been receiving the message to stop seeking. However, obviously since I’m still graciously being sent the same message in different ways, I haven’t quite got it. I’m struggling with finding a balance between my hunger for more, and letting it all go so I can discover truth within.

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“You Blew Me Away” by Penny Hardy

It seems to be coming to a head as yesterday in my meditation I had a very frustrating experience. I could tell I was pushing, trying and controlling. Wanting connections, seeking bliss, pushing for insight. And they pulled back. They let me sit in my own self created anguish, and boy it was frustrating.

Then right at the end, as I was coming out I witnessed a small round ball of light just sitting there inside of my chest. I couldn’t overly feel it, I just gained an awareness of it.

And it was as if it was crying out for me to sit with it. Not go into it, not expand it. Just sit with it.

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So that is where I’m at. It’s hard to not push forward, but the messages are clear.

Focus on what you have.

What are you overlooking?

What would happen if you ceased to push forward for one day, one hour or even one minute?

Can we ever truly let go? 

Graciously yours,

Sharon

 

A Soul’s Call

My Ego paints a future that’s bright,

while hastily ushering me away,

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and I sleepily follow it’s lead.

Yet quiet whispers from a gentle spirit,

remains to send the call.

Left behind so many times before,

yet continuing Her gracious wait,

forever in the quiet.

And when I finally reach for Her,

She’ll be softly,

deep within.

 

With love,

Sharon

 

Does Your Life Feel Complicated?

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And when we master that, everything else falls into place.

But we complicate our existence. 

Correction…

Ego complicates.

Spirit simplifies.

What areas of your life feels complicated and a mess right now? 

Have you let your ego-mind take the reigns?

Do you have hidden drives clouding your judgement in this area – such as money, self-worth, jealousy, pride?

We always know the way out of our problems, and how to reduce the complications and complexities in our lives. And it’s certainly not through lists of pro’s and con’s, or through deep analysis, or through speaking to people about how annoying and wrong other people are.

It’s through doing nothing. Just stopping everything, pausing from your life, and giving a chance for your heart to speak.

Our deeper knowing is always there, but we just have to get out of our heads to give it a chance to be heard.

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Amazing Painting by Karina Llergo

Call on your Soul to speak to you. It’s language is powerful yet subtle, and it usually doesn’t speak in words. Here’s a quick exercise to help you connect into your own wise inner force.

2 Minute Soul Voice Meditation – 

Shift your focus away from everything and everyone in your life, and move it to your heart. Close your eyes, and keep your focus on your heart beating deeply inside of your chest.

Inhale fully. Let your mind rest, without ‘trying’ to silence it.

Exhale. If your attention has drifted, that’s okay. Bring it back to your heart. Can you feel it beating? Breathe into it.

Breathe out.

Feel for your answers.

The light of your Soul shines within you,

and is waiting to be heard. 

Get quiet and curious,

and listen for her.

With love and quiet whispers,

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Technique to Discover What Lies Within

This simple technique will only take a minute or two, and will help centre you deeply inside of yourself, with the intention to discover what’s really within you.

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Gaze into the photograph.

Let your eyes wander between what is visible above the surface and then down to the mysterious beauty below the surface.

Breathe in a deep full breath of air through your nose, filling your lungs and expanding your abdomen.

Exhale all of the air through your mouth, as if you’re blowing out smoke from the depths of your body.

Let it go. Let everything go and gaze even deeper into the picture. Let your eyes go blurry and just breathe.

Continue oxygenating your body while your eyes move between what is above the surface to what is down below the water.

Ponder, when you look at the rock visible above the water, do you have any inclination of what may lie beneath?

What beauty is within you, that you are not seeing?

What do you think other’s experience when they encounter you? What do they see?

As you reflect upon these questions begin to imagine a rich world within you.

Let your inner world be reflected back to you through pictures, colours and shapes in your mind, just like those in the picture.

Imagine that world filling you up.

How does it appear?

What does your inner world contain?

Spend the next few moments in wonder of what may be within you, that you’ve been overlooking and not seeing.

What appears when you don’t limit yourself or put yourself down.

Get curious.

It’s not often we allow ourselves to be mesmerised by wonder – especially about ourselves.

 

This minute meditation gets more powerful the more often you do it.

With love and wonder,

Sharon

 

 

 

You can talk to the angels – here’s how.

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Let’s get one thing clear, making a connection to the spirit world is possible and can be a reality for all of us. Whether we’re aware of it or not we all have this ability.

It might help to think of it as a seed within all of us, that some people water, feed and nourish and others don’t. As we know with plants and grasses they have the ability to grow without any care or nourishment provided, such as out of cracks in walls or pavements, but sometimes they need a lot more nurturing and attention to get going.

If you’re interested in making a connection yourself, then initially you need to just allow the possibility to be there first and then start working on it. Give it a chance to develop before cutting it off and believing that you can’t do it.

It’s easy to just believe that it’s possible for others and not you, it’s harder to give it a go again and again and again, even when it seems nothing is happening. It’s harder to persist and decide you want to work at something you don’t even know for sure is possible. Choose this route 🙂 and a whole new world can open up for you.

If you do choose to dare and give it a go, the most powerful place to start is with your own heart. Beings, spirit guides, loved ones who have passed over, and angels all vibrate at a very high frequency. And we, alas, as human beings vibrate at a lower, much denser frequency. This is how we can exist all around each other but so many people aren’t even aware there is more than just our physical reality, the most dense of all, existing.

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So if you feel like this is something you really want to do, then start with hanging out with your heart. Breathe into your heart space and notice what it feels like when you feel loving towards someone or something. What does that physically feel like inside your body? What else do you notice?

Do you feel tingling? Buzzing and flutters in your chest? Like something is gently touching your hair, or blowing on your hand?

The higher you can get your vibration to be the easier you will find connecting into the spirit realm.

An exercise to try:

Take a few deep breaths and set the intention to make a strong connection to your love energy centre. You can also ask for help with this – just say – I call out to my angels and guides, and ask for your assistance with helping me feel love within. 

Next focus your attention on your heart chakra – the centre of your chest. Continue breathing as though you’re breathing right into that spot and blowing it up like a balloon.

What do you feel when you do that?

You might feel like your heart is hard or like there are walls, continue breathing into that space until it starts to soften. You can also breathe out any heaviness that you carry in your heart.

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Then say aloud or in your head:

I invite in my guardian angel and ask for your help to make a strong connection to the spirit world.

I open up all my senses, including my knowing. 

Notice how you feel as you do this. Continue breathing into your heart the whole time, and notice any sensations. I usually feel tingling going up and down my back, and flutters in my heart when the angels are connecting in with me.

You might feel inclined to repeat the above statement 3 times, even though you’ll probably notice a sensation or feeling before you’ve managed to get it all out.

What do you notice?

Another way to do it is to ask for help from someone. I help people all the time to make real, tangible connections to the spirit world in one-on-one sessions via skype. And yes, even people who have never connected in before or don’t believe they’ll ever be able to. Contact me today and arrange your free skype consultation, or for more information you can visit my business website here: http://www.wakinglife.co.nz/#!spiritual-hypnotherapy/c1s88

With love,

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Time for some Conflict Resolution – a simple exercise

Let’s start today, to create an improved connection to the peace which is already within us, for we cannot expect peace in our world if we’re yet to create peace inside of ourselves.

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Sit down or stand with your feet firmly planted on the ground.

Notice all the parts of your body which touch something physical.

The seat below you, your feet on the ground, your back against a chair.

Breathe into your abdomen. Offer your body deep, replenishing breaths of air.

Do that for you.

Now use your breath to gather up everything which is attached to conflict inside of yourself.

Breathe into the conflict in your mind and thoughts.

Breathe into the resistance and tension in your body.

With each exhale start to breathe all resistance, tension and conflict out of your body.

Say ‘I release conflict from my body, mind and energy.’

Breathe it all out.

Continue with this exercise until you start to feel lighter.

Then say ‘I choose peace for myself and all others.’

Repeat, ‘I choose peace, I choose peace, I choose peace.’

Choose peace today, in everyway.

Wishing you a peace-filled day,

where miracles come your way,

Sharon