Wake Up! will inspire you to awaken to your authentic Self and greatest potential, by introducing you to the incredible wealth of wisdom available nightly in your dreams.
Learn to easily remember, record, and dissect your dreams to better understand yourself and your life. Wake Up! teaches you to use nighttime dreams as a tool to awaken your most authentic, creative, and spiritual self and thus to lead a more fulfilling and joyful life.
Justina Lasley reveals her inspiring personal story of change and transformation, and explains how dreams have impacted her life in countless positive ways. She also shares others’ unique stories, dreams and personal growth.
Harness the wisdom of your own dreams to help you find the authentic person you were born to be!
• Gain clarity and perspective
• Let go of limiting habits and beliefs
• Create better relationships
• Take control of your career and life
• Enrich your financial circumstances
• Improve your health and overall well-being
• Realize your creative potential
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Use Your Nighttime Dreams to Make Your Daytime Dreams Come True
By Justina Lasley
Balboa PressCopyright © 2014 Justina Lasley, MA
All rights reserved.
Wake Up to Your Life and Your Dreams
The true spiritual secret is this: What you seek, you already are. True success is discovering your inner divinity—it's the ability to love and have compassion, trust your intuition, and awaken to your unlimited creative nature.
Were you ever wakened by a nightmare that left you breathless? Do you have recurring dreams that won't go away? Have you ever wakened from an emotional dream packed with crazy images and wondered, "What was that about?!"
Well, you're not alone! Dreams intrigue people in all cultures. Throughout history, artists, scientists, musicians, poets, and writers have reaped great value from their dreams. They have used their dreams to invent things, solve problems, and create musical and artistic masterpieces that enrich our lives today. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Georg Friedrich Handel, Thomas Alva Edison, and Robert Louis Stevenson all used their dreams to get in touch with their most creative selves. Many of William Blake's engravings have a dreamlike quality, and the method he used for his engravings was revealed to him in a dream. Renowned scientist August Kekule discovered the ringed structure of the benzene molecule after daydreaming about a coiled snake biting its own tail.
In dreams your concepts become clearer. It is difficult, if not impossible, to reach such a high level of creativity and awareness in your waking life. Edison found his dreams quite useful. He once dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, and despite thousands of failures he believed in that dream and used it as his muse until he brought the first electrical light into the world.
You may not have aspirations to become a famous painter or musician, or to create a world-changing invention, but whatever your hopes and daytime dreams may be, your nighttime dreams can help you understand and overcome obstacles that stand between you and your goals.
If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
—Thomas Alva Edison
Golfer Jack Nicklaus overcame a major decline in his winnings with the help of a dream. In the following dream he discovered a new way to hold his golf club, which he credits to improving his golf game:
Wednesday night I had a dream and it was about my golf swing. I was hitting them pretty good in the dream and all at once I realized I wasn't holding the club the way I've actually been holding it lately. I've been having trouble collapsing my right arm taking the club head away from the ball, doing it perfectly in my sleep. So when I came to the course yesterday morning I tried it the way I did in my dream and it worked. I shot a sixtyeight yesterday and a sixty-five today.
Let's take a quick look at some important aspects of dreams.
Dreams are a natural, healthy part of our human existence. All humans and most animals dream each night—and perhaps also when they are awake. (Researchers are beginning to regard this as a probability.) There are few things that all of us do every day without intention, but some functions that take place through no effort on our part are vital: we breathe, our hearts beat, our cells rejuvenate. And no matter how we evolve, we continue to dream. As hard as we might try, we cannot will ourselves not to dream.
Dreams come to all of us every night. It may be hard to believe, but you have five to six dreams each night. It's not a matter of whether you dream, but whether you remember your dreams. Various things affect the dreaming mind—sleep patterns, medications, and illness—but generally your mind is providing you with wisdom and great entertainment each night.
Dreams originate in parts of your brain that become active when you sleep. They come from your unconscious mind, which contains innate wisdom, immense creativity, suppressed memories, and hidden desires. You do not have access to your unconscious when you are awake (except through specific techniques such as hypnosis). Everything in your unconscious is "beneath the surface," but still exerts a great influence on your behavior. Your unconscious contains both personal and collective knowledge.
Dreams have played an important role throughout history and across the globe. In many ancient civilizations, dreams informed decision-making for both the individual and the community. In certain cultures, dreams continue to provide the foundation of collective wisdom.
Dreams are spiritual guides that lead us to our innate wisdom. Many people believe that dreams contain messages from God or a Higher Power, and that they offer answers to our prayers. Many place great value on knowing that they do not need to go through an intermediary (for example, a priest or minister) to hear and obtain true spiritual wisdom.
Dreams provide support as you change and grow. Dreams allow you to go through personal changes at your own rate, taking into account your past and present. No outside source can offer you this unique vision. Your dreams are tailor-made to match your personal way of understanding and changing.
Dreams inform us and lead us to new understanding. Dreams offer you new information each night. Dreams do not come to tell you what you already know (although they often use what you already know to lead you to an understating of what you do not know). Please don't ignore a dream because it seems to offer only a simple synopsis of the previous day. There is new information for you in this dream; otherwise your psyche would not have presented it.
Dreams are personal. It is not always easy to accept that your dreams are all about you. I know it would be easier if they were all about other people's problems. It's not difficult to see clearly what other people need to do to make their lives better, but your dreams focus on your life and personal growth!
Dreams tell us the truth. This one aspect of dreams may impact you greatly if you have lived your life without recognizing the difference between your own truth and someone else's truth. Your dreams will support your well-being and your desire to make your life better.
Dreams help us move toward our authentic nature. Do you sense that you were born with a purpose, but feel that you have not realized that potential? By guiding you toward a greater understanding of who you are and a fuller recognition of what you want, your dreams help you move toward fulfillment.
Dreams bring balance to our personalities. Do you sometimes get out of balance with work, play, or rest? Your psyche likes them all, but wants you to have balance. Your dreams will help you adjust. If you become too involved in work, and neglect rest and play, your dreams will speak up and suggest a redirection.
Dreams come only when we are capable of dealing with the message. Your dreams will not lead you down paths that you are not prepared to navigate. Do not worry; your psyche seems to be self-regulating, allowing information to emerge from your unconscious only when you have the strength and ability to deal with it. You may not want to deal with it—it may require a lot of effort and energy—but you can do so, and your well-being will actually benefit greatly when you follow your dreams' guidance!
Dreams are patient and persistent. You may have had good teachers and mentors in the past, but you never have had, and never will have, a teacher as patient and persistent as your dreams. They come to you every night. They repeat themselves until you get the message and take action to change a negative situation. And they don't shout out unless you refuse to pay attention—in which case they can get really tough and give you a taste of the risks and consequences that could result from not heeding their guidance.
Dreams speak to us in symbolic and metaphoric language. People ask me, "If dreams are so important, why aren't they easier to understand?!" I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words." And you probably are aware that many religious figures spoke in parables. Images and concepts can convey multiple levels of meaning and emotional impact. You can interpret a picture or a parable in a way that is highly personal and meaningful to you. Symbols and metaphors can contain unending meaning for you.
Dreams are not confined to our concepts of time and space. There are no limits in your dreams, no restrictions about where you can be, who you can be with (dead or alive), or what languages you can speak. You can fly, climb a 10,000-foot mountain, be both child and adult simultaneously, and stand in a structure that existed only in the past.
Dreams educate us about emotions. Emotions are very important in our personal journey—causing us to go forward in the process of change, or resist it. In my view, emotions are part of the "gold" we mine from the dream. They teach you about how you act and why you do the things you do. In our fast-paced world, you may lose sight (or feeling) of your emotions. You may not even know how you feel, and in fact you may camouflage your emotions so that you don't feel anything—or so you may believe! Most often our actions and decisions are based on emotions; if you don't even know what those emotions are, you may be making decisions that do not support your needs.
You can make amazing progress toward making your waking-life dreams come true by identifying, claiming, and processing the emotions that are emphasized in your nighttime dreams.
Dreams help us cope with loss. This support sometimes goes beyond dealing with emotional responses to loss. Dreams can illuminate the many practicalities involved (for example, what steps we need to take), and help in the process of adopting a new perspective on life when are faced with letting go of that one special person, pet, object, belief, or addiction.
Dreams that recur are especially important. Recurring dreams often drive people to seek help in understanding their dreams. A recurring dream is evidence that your psyche is trying to deliver an extremely important message—so important that it repeats the dream (or dream image) until you hear the message. You may grow annoyed and think, "I have been dreaming this same dream for years and I can't stand it anymore. I have to know why!" As mentioned before, dreams are patient, but if there comes a time when you are not paying attention, dreams will aggravate you by giving you the same message over and over.
Dreams in the form of nightmares come as a "wake-up" call. In the same way that recurring dreams annoy us, nightmares frighten us into taking action. Nightmares are neither good nor bad, but are dreams that carry important information for you. They literally wake you up to the fears that may be preventing you from moving forward in your life. They contain time-sensitive material that should be dealt with immediately if you don't want to suffer consequences in your waking life. The message has most likely been coming through your dreams for months or even years with no result. As you begin to pay close attention to your recurring dreams and nightmares, you will learn to hear the subtle message without them waking you in tears or a cold sweat!
Dreams are an important indicator of physical and psychological health. You may first be alerted to a physical or psychological problem or solution by a dream. Listening to dreams will teach you to listen carefully to your body. Remember that dreams speak in symbolic language, and that a particular problem or solution presented in a dream should not necessarily be interpreted literally. More often they will be represented in a metaphorical way.
My dream of poisonous snakes released from a Dirt Dauber nest showed me how to release the poison from my then-degenerating hand—a hand that even well-known physicians had not been able to heal.
I had been dealing with Lupus for quite some time when I fell and injured my hand; the Lupus caused complications. (Lupus is a disease that causes the body to receive the wrong messages and instead of healing the injury, the body turns on itself. How appropriate for someone with a life history of self-sabotage.) I consulted several doctors at Duke Medical Center, as well as "the best hand surgeon in the country" in Atlanta. No one in the medical community knew how to stop the deterioration of my hand. I was sent to physical therapy and was finally helped to some extent by acupuncture. The following dream is what provided information for a major turn-around in my healing.
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Wake Up! to your dreams ... because paying attention to your nighttime dreams will help you make your daytime dreams come true. Dreams have been doing this for centuries and in all cultures. Trust them. You will be very glad when you do!CHAPTER 2
Change Your Life through Dreamwork
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
—Henry David Thoreau
Change and Personal Growth
You will not change simply because someone else wants that change. Personal growth will not take place until you are ready. Even when we want to change and are ready, doing so is difficult. For those of you who are open and ready, the dream is an excellent catalyst for this process. The dream softens and eases the work of transformation.
The Urge to Change
Why do people want change? You may simply be unhappy with life as it is. You may believe an alteration in behavior is the best way out of the situation. At this point, you may have spent years trying to change the other people in your life with little or no success.
I remember the day that this fundamental concept became clear to me: If others in my life were not going to change, perhaps I was going to have to alter my behavior! When I started individual therapy, I was amazed that it had taken me so long to figure out that I could focus on making my own life better. I had spent an unbelievable amount of energy, time, and expense trying to convince others to see my viewpoint. The walls of confusion and frustration came down brick by brick when I assumed responsibility for my own behavior. The insight necessary to initiate this change was generated by dreamwork and movement toward the person I was intended to be.
Most people seek change when they are dissatisfied with the way things are working—or not working—in their lives. You may want to improve your relationships, career, or health. The dream is a wonderful vehicle for this type of change because it is not concerned with other people's behavior. The dream is concerned only about the welfare of the dreamer—that is YOU!
One is forced to live differently when circumstances are altered through the death of a child or spouse, divorce, career loss, financial upheaval, or a health issue. It is certain that the loss will cause change; it is up to the individual whether it is a positive or negative change.
Unfortunately, you might quickly replace what you lost: spouse, job, home, etc. You may cover up the pain and anxious feelings, thereby losing an opportunity for personal growth and change. Fear might cause you to move right back onto familiar ground. You may use busy-ness, alcohol/drugs, or "toys" to move away from the tension that you feel. You might stay stuck in your pain, living the remainder of your life in denial and depression. It is difficult to face the pain of loss and move through it to new, more positive ways of being, but oh, it's so worth the difficulty.
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Table of Contents
My Story, xxi,
Chapter 1 Wake Up to Your Life and Your Dreams, 1,
Chapter 2 Change Your Life through Dreamwork, 15,
Chapter 3 Be the Keeper of Your Dreams, 28,
Chapter 4 Learn the Metaphorical Language of Dreams and Life, 36,
Chapter 5 DreamSynergy: Dreams + Action = Change, 84,
Chapter 6 Discover Your Greatest Potential through Dreamwork, 121,
Chapter 7 Share and Increase the Results of Your Personal Growth, 141,
Chapter 8 Live with Awareness and Your Authentic Self!, 149,
Suggested Reading, 169,
Vocabulary of Emotions, 184,
Top Ten Tips for Remembering Your Dreams, 185,
Guidelines for Journaling Your Dreams, 187,
Recurring Dream Elements, 190,
International Association for the Study of Dreams, 191,
Additional Dream Exercises to Explore, 193,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a great book! I have had the privilege of attending workshops lead by Justina in the past and have been waiting for this book. It is everything I hoped for in helping me to learn more about the ways to remember and explore my dreams After reading this book cover to cover this past weekend, I was able to remember and document many dreams and I am already using exercises recommended in the book to help me understand more of what is happening in my waking life. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in learning more about his or her dreams. It is easy to read and gives great examples of how others have found wisdom in their dreams.
Phenomenal!! This book is not only an easy read for those of us who are not as knowledgeable about the subject, but at the same time extremely informative. "If you have an interest in "finding your voice," then Wake Up is a must-read!." Additionally, this book permits the reader to embrace the wisdom of their dreams. I never looked more forward to going to sleep and WAKING UP!!!! --- Juanita Woodland, MSW