Acting on Your Dreams
Resolution brings a dream full circle. It’s the primary purpose for why you dream: to learn and grow, to solve and resolve. Resolution is often the most difficult part of a dream to identify and interpret because it’s either hidden in the dream-story, or referred to through implication and left up to you to figure out for yourself.
Resolution is your opportunity to respond and take action. It’s how you benefit from all the effort you put into remembering your dreams and understanding them. The resolution is the most important part of a dream. Otherwise, interpreting your dreams is like a game show with no prize.
Resolution gives you the opportunity to live your dreams and make them come true by paying attention, taking to heart their messages, and applying their lessons.
- If a dream makes a suggestion, run with it.
- If it raises a question, answer it.
- If it points out a problem, solve it.
- If it mentions a subject, explore it.
- If it shows a fear, confront it.
- If it opens a new road, travel it.
An important benefit of dreams is they give you another way of looking at yourself and your life. They offer perspective by breaking down complex personal situations into stories. People learn better through stories rather than lectures. Stories open your mind. They entice you to follow along. When you “get it,” you really get it. The lesson sinks in.
Your dreams are like a life coach living in your head. This coach knows you inside and out — knows what makes you tick. Your dream coach shows you where you can grow, improve, realize potential, fulfill wishes and desires and achieve goals and ambitions. Coach knows what’s hindering you and why, and what’s helping. Nothing is hidden from your dream coach. It knows more than you do, including whether or not you are paying attention or likely to act on its advice.
The resolution of a dream comes into play with your dream coach because you are given the opportunity to apply what it teaches you. Coach is patient and understanding, but there are limits. If you think you know it all, there’s probably no telling you otherwise. If you break promises to yourself, your coach knows better than to set you up for more disappointment, but is still going to serve up ideas about living the life you really want. Coach will always encourage you to try and try again. If you are too busy to listen, coach can wait. If you fail to follow through or act apathetically, a point will come when coach steps back and waits for you to come around. Coach will always meet you at least halfway.
But if you do follow through, if you listen, your dream coach will take special interest. You become a star player. You live your dreams and make them come true in the realest sense.
Everything you need to have the life you want is already inside you. Dreams help you to tap into that natural wisdom and ability.
In the following post about lottery dreams, I’m the author mentioned in paragraph six, and dream coach taught me the lesson about taking every opportunity to promote and share my work.
Resolution of Recurring Dreams
Recurring dreams invite scrutiny with an eye out for resolution because part of the nature of some types of recurring dreams is to address resolution, to bring something in your life full circle or advance it ahead. Your dreaming mind could be waiting for you to respond in a way that allows you — and the story told in your dreams — to move forward. “Groundhog Day” recurring dreams, that return to the beginning of the story and repeat, are especially likely to connect with something that needs to be learned. Once it’s learned, the story can progress to the next scene or chapter.
The progression can be shown over the course of two or more dreams as the story continues. Progressions can span years and sometimes decades as major themes in life play out. I’ve noticed a roughly 90-day cycle of repeating themes to my dreams, returning to visit familiar times and places in dreamland and picking up where the story left off. These serial recurring dreams connect with major areas of life such as family, school, and career, parts of the psyche such ego, self-image and persona, and the evolution of your roles in life, skills and abilities.
The resolution you create while awake can carry over into the dreams in ways that influence their content and progression. For example, a woman dreams about finding a white horse while struggling in a blizzard, but before she can ride it, a shadowy man pulls it away from her. She analyzes the dream and gets the message that the horse symbolizes a source of hidden strength she can tap to get through a time of personal difficulty and depression symbolized as the blizzard, but she’s being prevented by her shadow self.
Soon afterward. she dreams she’s back in the blizzard and comes across the horse and the man, and she jumps onto the horse and rides away before the man can stop her. By actively finding the resolution to the first dream, she creates the resolution in the second dream. As soon as she’s the horse she knows what it represents, and her reaction while dreaming shows her strong desire to claim her inner strength.
The Biggest Secret to Dream Work
It’s great to analyze and interpret dreams, and it’s even better to feel them, to dive into the story and play with it in your mind. Work with dreams at a story level to bring about the resolution. That means play along. It’s a story and you’re searching for the resolution. That information is either suggested in the dream, or you play out the story and find the resolution you want. How can you make things end well?
It’s a dream and you can do whatever you want with it in your imagination, but its best to work within the story framework the dream presents, at least initially. Working with dreams in your imagination can subconsciously create the conditions to find resolution, and you don’t have to fully understand everything about a dream to grasp the story.
Imagine you have a dream about trying to open a locked door. Something important is behind that door, you just know, but it won’t open. Now you are awake and wondering how to move forward. The interpretation of the dream appears obvious enough — you are on the verge of opening up something new about yourself and your life, or learning something that’s hidden or locked away. Assuming that’s correct, next question is, how do you resolve the dream?
Start by seeing yourself getting through that door. Feel if there’s resistance inside you — perhaps you fear leaving behind something important, or you have some other sort of internal or external resistance — and that’s why you can’t push ahead.
Imagine the door opening at your command. See yourself go through it. Or see yourself waiting for it to open on its own — you don’t have to force anything.
Imagine picking the lock, or the key appears magically in your hand — whatever feels right. By doing so, you create movement in the subconscious part of your mind that responds by doing what it can help things along. It’ll even rewire the brain and anything else it can do to bring you closer to resolving whatever is preventing you from getting through that door.
Use Your Limitless Imagination
Your imagination and dreams share the same brain space. They work almost identically, so go along with whatever you imagine in response to a dream without judging it. Engaging with the dream at a story level and using your imagination opens channels between your conscious mind and the unconscious mind. You help along the process of remembering what you already know deep inside — namely, the meaning of the dream (see: Three Simple Facts about Dreams). Answers then come to you when you are ready. As you practice this technique you open and strengthen direct lines of communication with your dreaming mind, and the more effort and care you put into it — same as any relationship — the more readily information flows.
Your extra effort proves that you have the desire, and your dream coach will reward your initiative.
We all know the metaphor about doors of opportunity. Imagine that’s what the door in a dream symbolizes and it’s locked because you can’t find the opportunity you want. How do you resolve the situation? One way is, you can attract opportunity. You can be ready. You can act as if the door of opportunity is already open and it’s only a matter of time before reality catches up. Or you can find other doors that readily open. First, you create the right conditions inside you. Your dream coach excels at helping you to create the right internal conditions so that doors open for you.
This layer of working with dreams taps your subconscious mind to affect conditions behind the scenes. You don’t have to know everything about your dreams to reap this benefit. Just work with them at a story level.
Throughout this site are examples of how dreams use stories to help you understand yourself and your life. In this chapter we drill down and explore the subject, but keep in mind that resolution is part of every fully formed dream, no matter if it’s presented in the dream-story, or left up to you to figure out. Let’s take a closer look at what resolution is and how dreams offer it.
First, my friends at innerself.com (great resource for material related to personal growth and discovery, by the way) reprinted an excerpt from my book Dreams 1-2-3: Remember, Interpret, and Live Your Dreams. It gives more ideas for using your imagination with your dreams to find resolution and benefit in them: