This article is presented based on some ideas I use from the kupua (shaman) system of Hawaii based on a philosophy known as Huna.
It's kind of difficult for us to see ourselves accurately. Many of us will have seen habits and behaviors in other people that we think are probably not good for them. Perhaps you agree it is difficult for those people to see those thing themselves. If you think about this a little, in the same way it follows that it is difficult for us to see ourselves and our own habits and behaviors.
A lot of the time we act out of habit, 95% of the time according to some scientists, repeating the actions we have learned over years to become who we are right now. The part of us that maintains and works out which habits are to be used at any given time, is called "KU" in the kupua system.
We believe that one thing that Ku uses dreams for is to bring issues with our current focus in life to our conscious attention. Also if Ku sees we are paying attention it will use this avenue to communicate with the conscious us much more regularly. It is also KU that brings us inspiration from AUMAKUA, our "higher self".
Because of this, remembering and acting on the information presented in our dreams can have a profound positive effect on our lives.
In Huna it is the conscious part of us, LONO, that is responsible for giving direction and making decisions. The captain of the ship so to speak. So lets imagine right now, that this part of you, the part of you that decided to read this article, makes a decision right now to remember and act on your dreams.
What is a good way to do that? I'd like to make a few suggestions.
Ask Ku that you remember your dreams
Keep a journal
When it comes to symbols each person may have a different meaning for exactly the same symbol. In one person's dream driving a car might be a symbol for how they are making their way through life. In second person's dream the exact same scene might be a symbol for wanting more freedom. Perhaps to a third person it means "coming home."
I believe that dream symbol books and the like can be useful because we can train our ku's to use those symbols as per the book. Another example of a using a symbol set might be tarot cards. You can train your ku to use this symbol set by studying tarot. However this training process can be difficult and can cause confusion and even then individuals will differ. Later in the article I talk about an effective alternative method to interpret dreams. It has the advantage of allowing you to directly interpret your personal symbols.
Evaluation and Analysis
Another way to "interpret" something is to say something "IS" or something "ISN'T", and we will call this analysis.
Let's take the example of a work review in a call centre.
One way this could go is that the manager might suggest that certain things were wrong with the employees behavior but certain things went the way he wanted. He might talk generally about how he felt the year went with little anecdotes that come to his mind. Perhaps he remembers a day they were in late, perhaps he remembers bumping into them a good few times in the canteen, more than he feels is reasonable. The Manager may decide the employee is a "good" employee or a "bad" employee based on some subjective set of standards that the employee simply doesn't agree with.
Another way this could go is that the employee and the Manager could sit down. The manager may produce his journal, I mean employee files, containing such things as call statistics and attendance . For the manager this is good because he has a well defined set of indicators on whether this employee has acted effectively on behalf of the company. The manager also has ways to set goals and suggest areas of improvement and praise areas of excellence. For the employee it is also good because if the employee is motivated to achieve good results there is a clear and well defined way that can happen.
Preparing to interpret
Breath in while focusing on the top of your head. What we are trying to do here is simply to feel the top of our head with our sensory awareness. While breathing in allow your belly to expand. Now while holding our attention on our belly button we breath out slowly but fully.
A method to interpret dreams
Recall the dream image you have in your journal as best you can in your mind, now for each element of the dream, speak to that dream element and ask it what it means.
Whatever impression, words or ideas comes to mind accept them without evaluating and write them down. Thank the dream element and/or Ku for giving you the meaning.
If nothing comes to mind, make something up on the spot and write that down accepting that as your interpretation and thanking ku for giving you the idea.
At the end of this process you will have a list of meanings for different dream elements. Look them over, now, imagine the whole dream as a bowl of light, perhaps visualize as best you can the elements of the dream going into this ball of light. Ask the ball of light for the overall meaning of the dream as before and write that down.
A good thing I find to do this at this stage perhaps the most important thing of all is to decide on how you will apply and act on this dream information during normal life.
Changing the Dream
Now to the last step of the dream process, changing the dream .
Recall your dream and make little improvements to it, perhaps changing the ending or changing something in the dream that changes the mood of the dream. Perhaps adding in new dream elements or removing some. When you feel happy with the new dream scene and get a good feeling about it you are done.
Praise and Compliments
If it happens that you realize that you haven't done some step or had forgotten something or a made a mistake, praise and thank KU for reminding you and do the next thing. One step at a time. When you remember to get to bed on time, when you remember a dream fragment, praise and thank KU. When you successfully interpret something, when you successfully dreamweave, when you remember to act on the information then praise and thank wonderful, ever helpful, ever attentive KU, the best friend you could ever dream of having. Aloha and Happy Dreaming!
"Pohaku" www.HunaTrainer.com. Pohaku created a great "HunaTraining" podcast.
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