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October 2, 2013 / Dale Melchin

Erica’s Spider Dream

Often times, we take too little time to examine our emotional states or why we are in them.  Dreams are particularly helpful for this.  In olden times, dreams were often viewed as communications from God or the gods depending upon the culture the dreamer was in.  It helped them make decisions about the future and in some cases, it revealed what was going to be happening next.  Now empirical science says that this isn’t the case.  They say that dreams are something that we are processing subconsciously.  For myself, I say they are both right.  There is great power in keeping track of our dreams if we are able to and it can provide new insights into ourselves and our thinking on the events of our lives.

With my wife’s kind permission, I am going to elaborate on a recent spider dream that she had.  Hopefully, I don’t leave anything out.  If I do please feel free to correct me, dear.

Normally she wakes up in distress.  There are several times when those nasty buggers have ruined a good nights sleep for both of us.  I’m not blaming Erica at this point.  I’m blaming the spiders and their effect on her.  Usually we have to wait and talk a few minutes before she goes back to sleep.  This most recent dream was different.

This time in the dream she killed the spider in the dream.  Yes, she killed the thing!  I’m very proud of her.  I don’t even recall if she did wake up from the dream or not.

She saw it as a psychological breakthrough.  I tend to agree with her.  If you can handle something in your mind, you can handle it in the external environment.  It was sort of a heavy duty visualization exercise for her to handle this spider.

At this point she has started killing spiders without freaking out.  She was doing this before if they were within her reach, but I think her ferocity has increased when she sees them.  The only time I have to get involved is if the little jerks are hanging out on the ceiling.  When we kill spiders we call it winning a galaxy.  If you watch Babylon 5, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

The point being is that sometimes our dreams can help us identify stuff that is going on within ourselves and it is important to process it.  Here are three steps

Keep a notebook by your bed.

Sometimes, dreams come to us and they contain within them a new idea or an insight to a problem we’ve been working on.  Sometimes, we simply gain new insight into a new problem.  Sometimes we are the puzzle and documenting the dream helps us get insight into what we are dealing with.  The symbols in dreams are powerful.

Try to find a pattern to the dreams.

This may seem silly, but it will often lead to personal insights to something we are struggling with.  I’ll share some personal insights on this in an upcoming post.

Don’t take them too seriously.

There is a danger of getting sucked into the dream world that we neglect our duties in the real world.  That is not a danger for most of us.  But some of us, especially if you are having a difficult time or are big believers in the supernatural, this can be a problem.  Remember, your dreams are a function of your subconscious mind.  God is not always going to be speaking to you through those dreams.  Although, He might be, so its important to document, test, and then not take it too seriously.

Do you track your dreams?  If so, what insights have you gained if you are comfortable sharing?  (Just nothing creepy or explicit.)


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  1. Erica M. / Oct 2 2013 10:55 am

    I did wake up. Or at least as much as I can be awake in the morning. 😉

    I have won so many galaxies! I’m going to start calling myself the Galactic Empress.

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