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Dream #4: Sigmund Freud ~ Dreams As A Road To The Unconscious Mind

In his book “The Interpretation of Dreams,” Sigmund Freud suggested that the content of dreams is related to wish fulfillment. Freud believed that the manifest content of a dream, or the actual imagery and events of the dream, served to disguise the latent content or the unconscious wishes of the dreamer. Freud also described four elements of this process that he referred to as “dream work”:

Condensation: Many different ideas and concepts are represented within the span of a single dream. Information is condensed into a single thought or image.

Displacement: This element of dream work disguises the emotional meaning of the latent content by confusing the important and insignificant parts of the dream.

Symbolization: This operation also censors the repressed ideas contained in the dream by including objects that are meant to symbolize the latent content of the dream.

Secondary revision: During this final stage of the dreaming process, Freud suggested that the bizarre elements of the dream are reorganized in order to make the dream comprehensible, thus generating the manifest content of the dream.

Dream #3: Benefits Of Dreaming

“While we may not know a lot when it comes to dream meanings, more can be said about the benefits of dreaming. For example, the REM stage in which we dream also allows you to commit things you learn to memory, meaning dreaming will help with cognitive processes. As well as this, dreams offer emotional benefits, such as introspection.

Loewenberg adds: “Our dreams are full of information, advice, guidance and even warnings we need to know about ourselves and about our lives. Dreaming is a very deep and profound thinking process in which we focus solely on the self. Through dreaming, we examine our current issues, behaviours and goals. We come up with ideas, we sort things out, we look at ourselves in a deeper light, we gain a clearer picture of ourselves and situation so that we can make better decisions. Those of us that are dream researchers and who use dream work in our mental health practices have found that dream interpretations are the deepest form of therapy available.””

Source: https://www.dreams.co.uk/sleep-matters-club/do-people-actually-believe-dreams-mean-something-to-us/

Spirituality #19: The Spiritual Ego

“Though many of us may have a love-hate relationship with our ego, it’s necessary to remember that it serves an important spiritual role. In the positive, it gives us a distinct personal identity that helps us fulfill our life purpose, allowing us to share unique soul gifts with the world while working out our karma.

In the negative, the ego fools us into becoming overly identified with our bodies, thoughts and emotions. This attachment tricks us into believing we are fundamentally separate from God, one another and even our own souls, which leads to suffering. Over time, enough profound suffering eventually leads us back to God, completing the cycle.

As the world evolves spiritually, many seekers are awakening from soul darkness and beginning to step slowly away from body-centered ego-consciousness. Instead of identifying as mere physical bodies that are born and die, we begin to see ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience. Whether through yoga, meditation and prayer or studying with a spiritual teacher, this newfound awareness can be so exciting, awe-inspiring and empowering that it deludes us into thinking that our life lessons are complete and we are free from our egos. At this stage of spiritual development, we intellectually understand that vanity, pride and self-centeredness are death traps for the soul, but haven’t completed enough spiritual lessons yet to avoid falling into them.

Herein lies the slippery slope: the more we learn theoretically about spirituality without applying it to our everyday lives, the more likely we are to become egocentric in our spiritual beliefs. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the spiritual ego can hide behind judgment, religious dogma or a false sense of moral superiority over others. This is harmful, as it deprives us of the impetus to do the deeper spiritual work we need to grow and heal.

Below are some of the most common spiritual ego traps. Read on to see if any of them apply to you:

~Over-intellectualizing spirituality. Though mental energy is helpful when memorizing inspirational quotes and sacred texts, relying on the intellect’s understanding of esoteric spiritual concepts can block deeper experiences of their truth. The essence of true faith and devotion are beyond the scope of ego logic. There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
~Having dogmatic beliefs. Black and white, fundamentalist thinking is one way the ego gets to be “right” and stop growing spiritually. If you find yourself getting into spiritual debates with others, or if you need someone else to “get” the truth about your religion or spiritual beliefs, it’s probably your ego, not your spirit, doing the talking. As Lao Tzu says, “He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.”
~Judging people who are less “spiritually advanced” than you. Do you believe some people are “saved” and “chosen” and others are not? Do you look down on others who are newer on their spiritual path? From Jesus to Buddha, all true saints share a common trait: profound humility in submission to God. If your spiritual beliefs cause you to judge or look down on others you deem less “spiritual,” you may be hiding a deeper sense of uncertainty about your own faith that deserves attention and resolution.
~Wearing a mask of excessive positivity. If you hear yourself using the word “epic” or “amazing” to describe your everyday experiences even when they’re far from stellar, you may be more concerned with what others to think about you than what you’re actually feeling. This is vanity. Even the most spiritual of people have bad days, and having enough courage to be honest with your emotions is a key ingredient for soul liberation.
~Having a “Messiah complex.” Do you think it’s up to you to save the world or others from bad experiences? If so, you may have a Messiah complex, one of the most pernicious forms of spiritual arrogance. Though it’s important to be of service to others, as human beings we are neither omniscient, omnipresent nor omnipotent: only God is. When we surrender to the will of a higher power in our lives, it becomes easier to accept that there is always a master plan unfolding beyond our control and understanding.

While it’s easy to slip into any one of these ego traps, humility, compassion and patience will help you pull yourself out and continue onward with your spiritual schooling. While the soul’s journey may feel long and arduous at times, the destination of spiritual liberation is ultimately assured for all who stay on the path.”

Source: https://www.spiritualityhealth.com/blogs/conscious-living/2015/07/23/bianca-alexander-spiritual-ego-trap

Poetry #91: Ancient Herb

Drawing in the ancient herb

Consciousness taking dives and swerves

Life now has curves

Relief washes over the soul

Scrambling to make whole

This wonderful herb

So blissful and bright

Is accused without a trial or fair fight

Sinking in the inhale

The subconscious sometimes directs the sails

To sink into the ascend

Trying to make the psyche amend

Tiptoeing around the doubt

Drowning demons in the deep

They smoke so they sleep.

~DiosRaw 02/02/21 12:15PM

Poetry By Ace & Amber #3: Spinning Daydream

Easing into the night, I decompress

Contemplating my universe

I yearn for deep rest

Voices in my head tell me I am stressed

But that force in my heart reminds me I am blessed

Intuition rises, igniting my zest

Starting to drift out of this world

Into yet another dream

Fears arise, pulling me into their stream

Hazy thoughts hypnogoically lead me into this scheme

I see many faces

In various different places

Some ring a bell

Others I don’t know well

But one thing is for sure

I see you

Hidden in all your codes

Travelling through my minds many roads

My soul speaks many languages, in signs and symbols as I navigate these crossroads

Blurry voices come and go

But that mysterious something inside is starting to glow

Creating this magical flow

All these Universal lessons are teaching me to grow

The whispers are calling, enchanting me into the low

But my higher self is opening to bestow

Aligning and aiming my crossbow

I set my intention

Gazing into ascension

Letting my soul spin in any dimension

This universal dream is beyond my comprehension

An eternal daydream, I feel the world’s tension

My purpose is getting loud, I spread love and affection

By Ace (fearlessfreesoul.com) and Amber (diosraw.com)

Dream #1: Lucid Dreaming

“However, once you become lucid, you become aware of the dreamer of the dream. You know that who you really are, is asleep in your bed. You recognize that the dreamworld you’re in, is nothing but an illusion and everything and everyone you’re interacting with in the dream, is in fact, just a representation of yourself and characters created by your mind.”

Spirituality #11: Lucid Dreaming

“Access to mystical realms is not reserved for the sages alone. Each night in dream time you have an opportunity to transcend the mundane and fly among all creation. Sleep is the state that unites all beings. A delicate respite of vulnerable slumber that we must all succumb. It is a mini death, entering the unknown landscape and the rebirth that morning brings. For those adventurous enough to transcend the material world, a portal to the universe awaits.

The most basic of human functions is the need for sleep. Yet deep within this nebulous state, awaits an opportunity for profound healing and spiritual evolution.

Lucid dreaming is a gate on any consciousness explorer’s journey.

Lucid dreams offer the quickest and most direct pathway to our spiritual destiny. Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness, when we are aware that we are dreaming. Some might suggest it gives us the ability to control our dreams; this view is driven by ego. Lucid dreaming is best understood as a spiritual state present within each of us that heightens our human experience.

Dreams are our birthright and grant us access to the most potent channels of healing and spiritual enlightenment.”

Source: https://www.gaia.com/article/how-to-lucid-dream

Poetry By Ace & Amber #2: Home

What’s this burning feeling inside

Where does the seat of your soul reside?

Letting this feeling be my guide

This cosmic journey takes me on a ride

That aching within that’s always cried

You can search any far away land

Across mountains, rivers and deserts, oh so grand

You can change your resting place

But that something in your core you’ll always face

Dreaming of the past

Where this feeling didn’t last

Longing for a new role in this cast

Or just a change of scenery

It’s all I asked

Then I heard the voice

Telling my it’s my choice

In this realization, I rejoice

It was hidden in plain sight all along

Now I hear the universal song

It was never external, what’s internal always made me strong

My inner fire was always peeking

Now it’s speaking

Are you the answer you are seeking?

-By Ace (fearlessfreesoul.com) and Amber (diosraw.com)

Poetry #75: Friends Are Flowers

Friends are the flowers

In the garden of your life

They have wonderful powers

To help your life bloom rife

They help you through times of struggle and strife

True friends make your heart sing

And your soul swim

Each in their own way, unique

Building a beautiful boutique

Real friends will give and allow you to take

There is no time in being fake

For God’s sake

The delicate balance of giving and taking

Energy exchanges

Born out of trust and love

You are deep and precious, heaven sent from above

They will not abandon you in times of need

They are not overcome with envy or greed

They are the seed

Watered with love and honesty

To make you laugh until your pants are peed

No matter if you are from the other side of the world

Our souls are entwined in this dreamworld

Meeting in times of synchronicity

Souls brought together, natural simplicity

Laugher, trust, compassion and love are the medicine

And glue that holds friends together

Friends can give you the insight

To allow you to take flight

And fight

I don’t know what I’d do

If I didn’t have this garden of friends like you!

-DiosRaw 16/01/21 09:20AM

Poem inspired by Carla: http://redwarrior-76.com