“I dream my paintings and then paint my dreams.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
Your dreams hold powerful information about your life. They may be messages from people in your life (alive or deceased), insight about your health, or signs about the next right action to take in your life. They can be a clear communication channel with the Divine and can help guide you with important decisions if you take the time to reflect on the meaning behind them.
The only way to begin to understand how to decode your dreams is to write them down as soon as you wake up. It is helpful to keep a notebook by your bed so that if you wake up in the middle of the night, you can write them down immediately upon awakening. Write down every single detail that you remember. Include colors or feelings that you had in the dream. By journaling your dreams, you will increase your ability to remember them. It is also a way to get it out and not dwell on it. Don’t try to overanalyze the meaning of your dreams. Trust that the meaning will be revealed to you at the right time. When I don’t understand a dream, I start with some simple images that were present in the dream. I might sketch these images on paper or add them to a painting that I am working on. Eventually, the pieces come together like a puzzle and I can use this information to be more aware of a situation where I need more insight.
I once had this dream that I was in London, England. I was in an art gallery/cafe. It had high ceilings, white walls, lots of windows, beautiful art and furniture. I was talking to this man who was very friendly. I was then watching the traffic out of this large window. As I looked out the window, I saw these three VW Beatles driving toward me with their headlights on. Each one was brightly colored and a different color. The image of the three cars driving toward me kept repeating over and over in the dream. The dream was so vivid and the image so clear to me that it felt like it was more than a dream. I woke up with a strange feeling like it was an important dream, but I didn’t know why. I wrote it down and forgot about it.
A week later, I was at an art festival displaying my artwork. As I was sitting in my booth, a person walked by with a painting in his hand. I couldn’t believe the image of the painting. It was three bright and colorful VW vans exactly as I had seen them in my dream except they were vans instead of Beatles. My heart started to race. I had to find out who painted them. I started walking around the art show and I finally saw an artist that had artwork similar to the style of painting of the VW’s. He was an older man, probably in his early 60’s. I went up to him and asked him if he had just sold a painting with three VW vans on it. He said “yes”. I then asked him if this was his original image and how he came up with the idea. He answered that he painted them in the late 60’s IN LONDON with a group of 6 other artists paying tribute to the Pop Art/Andy Warhol style. I was in such shock hearing this that I could hardly speak. He asked me why I wanted to know and I started to tell him about my dream, but realized how strange this must have sounded so I ended the conversation and left. As I walked back to my tent, I was still shaking. I sat there in silence trying to understand what the heck was going on. What did this mean? I didn’t understand it. As I calmed down and centered myself again, I thought well maybe this is a message that I am suppose to go to England. I decided to look into it.
As I researched a trip to England, I looked at the town of Glastonbury, known as Avalon. I came across an event that was happening in during a week in July called the Goddess Conference. It was a week long celebration of the Goddess energy with workshops, art, music, and other manifestations of the Goddess. I was very intrigued. I had always wanted to go on a retreat of some sort and this seemed like the perfect event to heal my feminine spirit. I decided to go for it, trusting that something was drawing me towards Glastonbury and I was going to find out what it was. I bought my ticket to the Conference and booked a flight to England.
My trip to Glastonbury ended up being a beautiful healing journey for me after a very painful divorce. Were it not for that dream about the VW’s and the art gallery in London, I wouldn’t have even thought about going to England. The trip was a catalyst for the next series of events that occurred in my life. Upon my return from England, I bought a home also based on an instinct to drive down a favorite street of mine. My outlook on life changed and I was happy again for the first time since my divorce. I eventually met and married a wonderful man. I owe all of this to my own ability to be receptive to the subtle messages that the Divine has to offer through our dreams. There is so much there that if we paid more attention to it, we would recognize that She is trying to communicate with us important information that we can apply to our own life.
(ARTWORK CREATED BY THE AUTHOR)