“God comes to us disguised as our lives” Paula D’Arcy
If we are open and willing, we can see God working in our day to day. Nothing is insignificant to God. Not that red light, or the traffic ticket, or the head cold.
Beyond seeing God in everyday things, it’s important you know that you can convene with God at any time. One popular way of doing this is prayer, the connection you make with the Spirit within you and with the divine itself. But say you want to know more about yourself, a certain situation, etc. Don’t stay in the dark, ask! This is the part I oftentimes struggle with. Asking is OK, asking is encouraged (ask and you shall receive). But how to get your message?
I like asking God to use my dreams for several reasons. One, it allows your mind to be OPEN to the possibilities God invites you to, and all it requires is a little openness on your part to bear witness. Want in? Here’s how.
1. State your intentions (pray!)
Before you shut your eyes at night, invite guidance from God in your dreams and be specific. Don’t be too specific, or too general. It’s a sweet spot. This intention is important because you are opening yourself up to hearing God in a new way (for you). The other part of the prayer is very important. Ask the power of God’s white light to keep you safe and protected as you sleep and dream. I learned this the hard way. I started having VERY vivid dreams that frightened me, so I had to double back and ask in a way that spoke to me on the level I could handle. Know you are always safe, this just offers a reminder that we are, in fact, human and can only handle the divine when it comes WAAAAAAY down to our level.
2. Sleep to dream
If your sleep hygiene sucks, your dreams won’t be great. Learn to introduce good sleep habits for yourself. No caffeine after noon, no napping, no screentime before bed, whatever. I find a nice cold, dark room does wonders for me. I also go to bed pretty early (toddler life), which just gives me more opportunity for dreams. I also have a great nighttime routine, which I may or may not look forward to ALL DAY. It involves a nice hot bath, lots of candles and prayer/meditation. You have to open up, soften yourself, to receive God’s messages for you. If you are buried in the everyday anxieties of life, you’ll miss it. Don’t miss it.
3. Start a dream journal
Place a journal and pen by your bedside. When you wake up, write down what you asked and what you dreamed. Even if it’s ridiculous, write it down. This is important because we have a limited time to remember our dreams, so by getting this written first thing you can capture as many details as you can. This will become important during your next step.
4. Interpret, carefully
Some days I have the MOST wackado dreams, that I feel have NOTHING to do with what I asked. Other days, like a week before my mother died, I have very touching and significant dreams. The most important thing is to not be discouraged. If this communication is new to you, it’s going to take some time to get the insights down. Don’t be discouraged either. Go back to steps 1-3 and see if you can make some tweaks to get either better quality dreams or a refined prayer practice to get you there. Remember, dream interpretation is an art, not a science. If you are going down the internet rabbit hole, pull back and go on with your life. Don’t run into the trap of only asking/requesting in dreams, because God’s too big for that. He’s also given you free will, not shackles he reveals only in dreams. Seek balance.
The key with any type of communication is to keep it efficient and consistent. Good luck sleeping, and dreaming!
I've never thought to do this! Definitely intrigued