Use your dreams to begin writing

Recently I decided that I really wanted to interpret one of my numinous dreams --being trapped--and I ended up at the Edgar Cayce site. I was amazed at the archive of interesting dream interpretaions and feel sure that there is a story line amidst them.

You only have to read Samuel Coleridge's Kubla Khan to appreciate what can be done with material that has been trawled from the world of our dreams. Go to the guided imagery section here at Soul Food and work with your dreams in the Ancient Greek Tholos. Once you have completed the guided imagery and experienced the world of Ascelpious look closely at what you have written. How do you feel what has emerged on your page? What resonates for you? What were you doing and saying during the dream? It may seem as though you have a heap of broken images but a dream provides an entrance, a means of communication between one world and another. To bring a dream into the waking world can be a bit like drawing it through the eye of a needle but the rewards of doing so are great.

Once you have something on paper be prepared to look at the symbols that appear in your work. Highlight them. What do they mean for you? For example if a freeway appears in my dreams I think of it as a path that I have been on. I look closely and check to see if I am still traveling in the fast land. You, however, may have a completely different perspective if a freeway features in your dream

Pull out a dictionary of symbols and see what it says. This will give you some idea about how society has dealt with this image. That does not mean that it will be relevant for you. Make a collage, using random cut outs taken from magazines and try expressing your dream in another way. Try dialoguing with a part of the dream to get even more information.

Think about how you could use a piece of the dream in a novel and write a chapter using some of it.

One of my favourite dream sites on the net is presented by Gail Bixler. Go directly to her dream imagery section. Once there you will find that she has collected a number of interesting dreams. Each submission includes an interpretation and I think this delightful gallery provides a great role model to help us kick start our writing. Prepare a submission for Gail. Of course you do not have to actually send it but it will provide another valuable insight and be an interesting page in your visual journal.

John Suler has a wonderful selection of material on how to work and play with your dreams. I heartily recommend a visit to his site.

You have seen the Online Dream Dictionary haven't you? If not do not pass go, do not collect $200 - just get yourself over there.