When we listen to a child's dreams, we must listen through the heart center. The young child's dreams are created not so much from thoughts, as from deep psychic impressions and memories – and feelings.
When the child shares a dream they are inviting you into their heart. They are seeking inner knowledge and knowledge of the self. They are seeking the language and words to put their experience into waking consciousness – for you to help them decipher – that is for them to know what their inner soul already knows.
That is why it is so important to listen to every word the child speaks when sharing their dreams. We do this by focusing on our own heart center, quieting the mind with sustained-quiet listening, and seeking inner knowledge with the child – seeking to see or feel what they had seen or felt – to know the unknown.
The soul is often thought of or spoken of as some aspect of the inner life, including the dream life. Yet the true soul, as thought of and spoken of in many traditions, is beyond the state of consciousness in which dreaming occurs – above the human mind. It is unchangeable, in the sense that it is undisturbed by the causes of our pain and suffering, and does not die when individuals pass over from earth to the other side.
If one goes deep into meditation, and rises above the levels of emotion and mind – and if one pulls in all the various parts of their being and perceptions, scattered about in thoughts, feeling and nervous activity – one begins to revolve around and under the gaze of the face or frontal part of the soul. In dreams, or in visions, the face of the soul can appears as a young child or baby – facing down or looking from above, overseeing one.
A young child is closer to the soul in his or her "timeless" feeling of youth. Children often have extraordinary experiences of seeing things adults don't see both in and out of dreams.
One can hear among young adults – when they are given the opportunity – their stories of remarkable or extraordinary dreams. These are dream stories of the higher inner nature, and of capacities and potentials being developed in their inner life, awakening or waiting to be awakened in their outer life. At times they speak of their childhood-extraordinary dreams. I continue to be awed by their dreams of telepathy, mutual dreams, guidance dreams, warning dreams, soul dreams, and premonition dreams among countless other types of dreams.
Our challenge today is bridge building, entering and accessing deeper and richer experiences – delving closer to the soul – to have inspiring and guiding dreams for healing the past, empowering the present and creating new futures. The inner life then touches the outer life, and when the outer life responds, the whole being leaps or dances in joy.
Our times call for inspired living and creative solutions to world events. We need to listen to dreams – do dream work – for ourselves, but especially for our children and our children’s children. When we neglect our children’s dreams and young adults’ dream lives and visionary experiences, we neglect their creative life and the wave of the future.
As discovered over and over through time, and as said previously, we have four great soul powers: to gain knowledge to apply it to the art of living through science and education; to love, serve and nurture; to organize and achieve through personal and collective empowerment; and to create harmony and beauty at all levels.
We need well-rounded children and young adults. They have the inner knowledge and the means for this time and place. Let’s give them greater knowledge, evolutionary knowledge, for dreaming and understanding dreams.
Dreaming as Bridge to Infinite Potential: Excerpt from 2011 PsiberDreaming Conference Presentation by Paul Overman, PhD
The great sage Sri Aurobindo describes supra-conscious dreaming – what he also describes as subliminal consciousness as it is affecting us day and night – having infinite capacity, as it has access to infinite knowledge and experience. See Sri Aurobindo’s Chapter “Towards the Supramental Time Vision” in Synthesis of Yoga. Supra-conscious dreaming is also the source of premonition dreams, lucidity of the future, as well as access to the past.
This understanding of multiple realities is of great importance in dream work, psychological interventions and energetic healing work. It is of great importance in dream interpretation and lucid dreaming, for we must know the forces at play in all levels of dreaming, including that of “shadow dream” work so as not to cause more harm than good. Dreams of the subconscious for the typical person, are principally dreams of left over impressions from one’s physical past, habitual patterns, emotions, attitudes, impressions of experiences, suppressions, repression, etc. According to the ancient seers and sage the shadow elements of the subconscious have many elements – and also many forms of energy. Yogic-shamanic tradition typically recommends “rejecting” with “will-power” the shadow(s), and transforming shadow elements and dreams by drawing upon higher-transforming energies from the superconscious...From that level (superconscious) comes dreams of empowerment and ones future...
At higher and higher levels of dreaming (supraconscious), one becomes more and more the witness of spontaneous lucid dream experiences...One experiences the spontaneous flow of creating-lucid dreaming. This higher state of lucid dreaming, is analogous to the “flow” state of the artist, such as a composer receiving the music composition flowing from “above” into his mind and brain, or the athlete, such as the runner in the flow, without thought and with less and less mental effort needed for each movement.
Traditional training in lucid dreaming, as traditional training in music composition, prepares one for the spontaneous flow state. The dreamer though eventually lets go in those higher states or collaborates with the impulse received from above. In higher lucid dream states the dreamer receives both powers of lucidity as well as powers and direction of creative dream activity – these being powers of the soul and the Self.
The flow experience, or lucid-dream spanda experience, over time with practice, becomes a merging or fusion of the lucid dream ego’s will or intent with that of the soul or Self, the ultimate source of all dreaming. The lower will and intent of the lucid dreamer – rather than being one of lower-ego control or curiosity for changing the dream for various personal reasons or expectations – becomes one of accepting the higher direction and guidance of the soul or Self; the dreamer thus, experiences surprising lucid dream experiences, with much greater power and feeling in one’s personal and collective life.
Creativity enters a higher level of expression with greater social and spiritual significance. Healing dreams become ones of greater power and greater or far-wider impact on self and others. One may begin to experience more frequent lucid-mutual dreams, since the dream states acquired are expanded into the collective source of consciousness. But we must participate in expanding and heightening the consciousness, through our own training or discipline, to be more receptive to the spontaneous dream-flow experiences, and to be able to “hold-them” and manifest them in daily life.
Paul Overman, Ph.D., originator of Integral Dream Analysis and Integral Dream Yoga; specialist in meditation, and eco-spirituality; speaker, teacher and author, dedicated to exploration and mapping of the interrelationship of meditation dream, creativity and healing states of consciousness.
His education is in both Eastern and Western psychologies with his master degree from University of Dayton and his doctor degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Paul has practiced meditation since his early teens and has been facilitating training in guided imagery, contemplation, dreaming, and inner-healing for forty years.