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In previous posts, the Angels addressed hallmarks by which to recognize true guidance from that advice thoughtfully provided by your very own ego.  These hallmarks are useful for the times when you are awake and conscious.  As you are asleep, an entire new world opens up before you, a world in which your ego is totally out of the picture and you are able to grasp and assimilate a variety of information.  Your only requirement is to be mindful and alert on awakening.

What is mindful dreaming?  This is the ability to be aware of those dreams which have a message for you from your Guides and Angels.  This ability, like all states relating to your native intuition, can be developed through practice, practice, practice. 

What is the importance of developing mindful dreaming?  Mindful dreaming allows you to identify those dreams which contain important information for you from the Heavenly realm.  Most of our dream content is irrelevant.  When you are able to distinguish between your types of dreams, you can begin benefitting from the messages sent to you in them.

Example from my personal experience:  I have three different types of dreams.  The totally unimportant are what I call the “garden-variety” dreams, which are nothing more than my processing stressful events from the previous day, or sometimes a jumble of images from my previous day’s activities.  Nightmares come from this category of dreams.  If I am overheated in bed, as when I am under too many blankets, I have the most vivid, bloody dreams imaginable, with people firing guns at me and my being able to actually feel the bullets piercing my back—with attendant emotions of horror and terror; or angry men chopping my limbs off with axes while I scream in pain and terror.  Although there is usually a great emotional component to this type of dream, the dreams, themselves, have no informational value.  

The second category of dreams that I have are what I call informational dreams, i.e., they let me know the status of my relationship to others around me.  For example, several of my love relationships had been rather rocky, but the men were not honest with me.  In several dreams, I learned just exactly how they felt, their motivations, and what to expect from their interactions with me in the future.  Scarily, all of it came true. 

Lastly, my most important dreams actually come with a little “tag”, which lets me know to pay close attention to this one.  These dreams are all prophetic and all of them occur just immediately before I wake up, so that I have no choice but to mull over them and to receive the Heavenly message.  I have taken to recording some of these dreams because of their huge import and because of the way in which they were sent to me.

How does one develop mindful dreaming?  Upon awakening, search your mind for your dreams.  If you have had several that you can remember, compare and contrast them.  Look at the events presented, the emotional content, your thoughts and feelings while in the dream, as well as your thoughts and feelings now that you are examining the dream.  Do any of them feel as though they may be more than “just a dream”?  Are any of them giving you answers to a thorny problem which you have not been able to resolve?  Are any of them pointing the way out of a stressful situation?  Talk about your dreams with someone of like mind who may be able to shed light on them.  Be actively involved in sorting through, evaluating, and critiquing your dreams.  After a short time, you will be surprised to discover that you are able to distinguish your types of dreams, thereby recognizing those dreams which have important messages for you.

I would like to share two short dreams with you of the third variety mentioned above, the dreams that occur just before awakening and that come with a “tag”.  The first deals with, of all things, my ancient wooden floors.  Just after I acquired the house (built in 1790) in a divorce, I began interior work on the peeling ceilings, peeling wallpaper, and peeling paint.  The beautiful hardwood floors, which were original to the house, also had layers of lead paint on them.  I had in mind to hire someone to remove the old paint, sand the floors, and bring them into the 21st century.  No one would remove the paint because of the lead.  That left moi to do the job, all 1200 square feet of the upstairs, down the stairs, into each and every closet, and the front hall.  Gamely, I set about doing  just that.  What a nightmare!  The paint stripper I used took off the lead paint, but underneath was another layer, a brown one, that was untouched by the stripper.  Luckily (guided?), through research on the internet, I found that this layer dissolved in denatured alcohol.  After one day, though, I was very nearly overcome with despair at the amount of work involved, the fumes, the mess, and the sheer size of the project.  With heavy heart, I lay down to sleep, dreading awakening to the monumental task before me.  Just before waking, there flashed before me a full-color view of the upstairs floors, stripped, sanded, and varnished, gleaming pumpkin-orange (as aged yellow pine looks when done correctly), worthy of publication in a magazine devoted to historical houses.  Immediately on waking, with this vivid picture before me, I knew that the floors would be done and they would be done by me.  My attitude completely changed.  From dreading this horrendous task, I now reveled in it.  On the rare occasion when I became bogged down with the immensity of the task, I replayed that vivid picture of the completed floors and knew the task would be completed.  It took me 4 months, 27 gallons of Strip-eze, and 7.5 gallons of denatured alcohol to finish the task, but you should see my floors now!  That dream was sent to me to keep me on track and to give me the certainty that I could and would complete the task.

The second short dream took place just before awakening on January 21, 2008 and has not yet manifested.  I share with you the information as I wrote it down in my notebook:  I was lying on a surface (bed? couch?) with a young man lying across me.  He had a full head of sandy hair, was of medium height, very well-muscled (thick, bulging muscles).  He was naked from the waist up and I did not see his face.  “I’ll see you in a few years,” he said, “I’m a junior now.”  “In high school?” I asked, then laughed heartily, noting distinctly the huge age difference between us and thinking “yeah, right!  You’ll see me in a few years, right!”  Keeping his head down, he just repeated with certainty/inevitability, “I’ll see you in a few years.”  Poof.  End of dream, and I woke up, perplexed.  The feeling was that he was in a learning situation and needed to mature/ripen more before he was ready to meet me.  He had already progressed to a respectable degree, which was why he was so proud when he told me that he was a junior.  The way he said it was “I’m (already) a junior”—pride of accomplishment evident in his manner of speaking.  So, dear readers, time will tell.  I can only state that in the past, all of the dreams like this have manifested as dreamt.

Pay attention to your dreams and you, too, will find the message of hope and help contained in them.

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