Re-cognising the Dream

illusion How can I possibly relate to these strange and weird dreams. It is all is too foreign and beyond my ken. For many of us including myself this is very difficult. The important thing though is how we feel about the dream and how we attempt to revise and revision by placing ourselves in that dream to see what it is saying: am I this wave or this tunnel or this walking around; am I this  house with it many rooms, known and unknown – and how it compensates for our waking attitude.

I may or may not recognise that woman or women in the dream, or that man at my home kneeling on the ground with a large piece of paper in front of him to whom I pass a blunt pair of scissors. Unexpected visitors turn up when I am unprepared for them and have no food in the house and have to leave the house to go in my car to buy food and get lost on the way.

These are the sorts of dreams that give me cause for pause. That I left those unexpected visitors is representative of me in some way. No food in the house (my inner realms metaphorically) to nourish these other parts of me. My thoughts go off in all sorts of directions … and I know I cannot reduce it to a simple formula.

When I walk, I get into a sort of reverie about them or it all. I put the ego aside for the while. I ponder and re-imagine, and re-member the dream, looking for loose threads that need to be located and realised. I go over it again and again, entering into it. And still it is beyond my grasp. But that’s ok. What am I not being receptive to I have to ask myself. And in this way, whether walking or retreating into myself in some other way, I can reflect and re-cognise.

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40 Comments on Re-cognising the Dream

  1. My husband and I first did dream workshops with Robert Bosnak fifteen or more years ago. We’d always loved sharing dreams, but it was easy to step on each other’s sensitive toes with too much know-it-all interpretation and quick intuition rather than letting the dreamer come to the meaning on his/her own. Bosnak and those trained by him rarely interpret. Instead, they take the dreamer into an embodied dream space to experience the light in the house or the much-too-close feeling of the blond stalker or the bare feet sinking into a sandy beach. We could help each other and our friends slow down and explore dream images. The intuitions and meaning usually followed.

    Do you dream more or less as you create this dream series?

    • I so hope that others come by and read your comment Elaine thank you very much. Interpretation is invariably hasty and overly hopeful (or dismissed) and disallows for any cooking and steaming. That aha moment will come …

      I’m dreaming more as I’m doing this dream series – and my dreams have been rather extraordinary to me – twice an animus has appeared of late. No dream last night that I remembered; I was exhausted so was given a much needed break!

  2. You did great with this letter. I wonder if I can use this as a synonym exercise for my students. You have my brain working.

    Maybe I’ll dream about it…

  3. Beautiful Susan. Sometimes, a fragment of the dream comes back to me completely un-recalled. I guess I’m supposed to remember it, to perhaps think about its meaning, or recognize in it something, and maybe I do. Interesting.

    • The same happens to me Silvia. I may have forgotten a dream (not written it down) but then an image appears or a fragment. It’s as if it’s important, even if I haven’t a clue as to what it may mean! Thank you!

  4. I suppose, as in life, we go off on tangents in our dreams. You have reminded me that I often do this in my dreams. I have a destination or a mission, and suddenly I’m lost or diverted elsewhere, and I spend the rest of the dream trying to get back. Most interesting as always, Susan!
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  5. Your posts are influencing my subconscious, Susan. Last night I dreamed that my mother hated my soon-to-be-released novel. She made fun of it, and disparaged the cover. It was quite upsetting. I woke up thinking, “My mother wouldn’t do that.”

    Minutes after, I found out a friend had unsubscribed from my newsletter–a friend I’d had issues with. I could be reaching, but I took the dream’s message to mean, “Someone you think is in your corner really isn’t.”

    • Hello J.H. There are many aspects to your dream that are worth considering. Even the word ‘cover’ is meaningful. It *seems* that there is some connection between this dream from your unconscious and daily life; the friend unsubscribing with whom you had issues. Keep on reaching and keep on wondering about your dream; write it down if you haven’t already. And keep an eye – and pen – on further dreams ..

  6. It’s so easy to take dreams literally, as if watching a movie. It’s easy for me to forget that everyone in my dream is an aspect of myself. This is an excellent reminder, and I’m looking forward to examining my dreams through this new lens.

    • Thanks Sara, and it’s important to note that someone who you admire or love or respect in real life (or some other figure head)and who appears in a dream may be representative of admirable qualities owned by you, too.

  7. Or, the feelings we have IN the dream, or upon awakening. Re-cognizing — I like that. What is that wisdom — the closer we try to get to our object, the farther away it becomes — something like that.

    Beautifully written, Susan. Food in my mind for thought.

    Thank you.

    • Like the river that never is still and keeps on flowing … the closer we get to it the farther it goes is what comes to mind Samantha following on from what you said. And thank you, as always.

  8. Thanks for yet another insightful post, Susan! Will try to relate, recognize, remember, reflect and recognize my dreams! 🙂

  9. I love that painting you feature in this post. You know, I’m working a lot with dreams/comatose state in my second novel. I really find that liminal state to be rich and magical. I’m enjoying reading your very different take on the dream. Your posts enrich and expand my view and I have a great deal of respect for how you see them.

    • Thank you Stephanie; I think it’s my upcoming ‘U’ post where note is made of the subliminal effect/affect of the dream, such a rich source for any artistic endeavour.

  10. Excellent, once again Susan. It takes time to recognise the who, the what of our dreams. I believe that that is good because many of us are not ready to face what we see in our dreams until we have reached a certain maturity.


    • Thank you Pat. Sometimes our dreams are very special in their unusualness or beauty I have found – this too requires a maturity to see the good gold in them.

      Shalom to you too.

  11. You are right–it takes many walks to reflect on the dreams. But, then, what a precious way to spend our moments…

  12. Susan, your post widely slides open the doors to reveal how many jewels of insight we shall receive.

    You responses to posts, as usual, may inform us that dreams will reflect, one off each other, and will thereby show us many unexpected meanings.

    • Thank you Joseph, it’s really up to each of us to attempt to discern the meaning from the images and how the unconsciousness impacts on our consciousness. It’s worth the attempt ..

  13. Hi Susan – it’s remembering your posts that will remind me in the future about the opportunities that might occur in dreams … the recognising other areas of a life I may not recognise .. cheers Hilary

    • Hi Hilary and thank you – yes, remembering and being re-minded about what the dreams present , and re-cognising them.

  14. I agree with the various comments made about your post. Your imaging is wonderful and insightful as re-imaging or remembering the dream can help sort out the issues that our unconscious is dealing with. It is interesting to me how our souls chose co communicate with us. Thanks for your interesting post.

  15. you never cease to amaze me Susan…. I loved the image and the content. I am grateful to have connected with you here..i am learning so much from you, thanks for sharing…

    • Thank you Genevive – your dream is your source of learning and if these posts prompt you then this is worth my while.

  16. A fabulous image, and an interesting collection of “R”s. Thank you, Susan. I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts about dreams. A great choice for a 2015 theme! 🙂

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