For anyone trying to move along in a creative project such as writing a book, getting in shape or developing one’s spiritual life, there are times when we get stuck and it seems like we are going nowhere. Beyond just stepping back from the situation for a moment (and sometimes that is all it takes,) we encounter times when the obstacles and inertia seem to take over, and one feels like a boat drifting nowhere in the middle of the ocean. At this point, dreams and meditation help a great deal.
Using Meditation to Get Unstuck
There are various types of meditation which can release a sense of feeling stuck. One is the Inspired Heart Meditation developed by Henry Reed, Ph.D. based on many years of research. Like many meditations, one is calmed and more detached in a process of observing the breath. In this meditation, however, the person is asked to experience gratitude for the breath coming like a gift. Gratitude, like hope, has a tendency to raise the person above the concerns being experienced and opens one to what is new and to come. This gratitude not only opens the heart to receive positive energy, it also opens one to receive intuitive insight, especially if one has asked or prayed for it just prior to starting the meditation. One emerges not only rested and re-energized but also inspired, helping one to get unstuck because getting unstuck often means getting new insights on which way to go, resolving a problem and being rejuvenated!
Using Dreams to Get Unstuck
Asking or praying for a dream to help get unstuck is another approach which can often bring profound insights on many levels, as dreams often do. While the answer may come in seemingly unrelated symbols, events and people, this oddness might be a way of just getting us out of a box and see the world in a different way! Working with the dream in a manner that sees every object in the dream as symbolizing some energy within myself helps unravel the oddness and often brings home amazing results. For example, with the holidays over, I am going back to work and wanted a dream to inspire and motivate me because I have been feeling lethargic from all the down time and good food.
Dream: Many New Workers
I am in an Information Technology office with a couple of co-workers. I look up and am amazed by the number of young men lined up, coming through the office door to work in my workplace! One of the workers already in the office looks and me and gives me a reassuring smile.
When I awoke, I was at first thrown off in dismay that the workplace was an Information Technology office like one I used to work at many years ago. Like many people who try to interpret dreams, I took the dream literally and dreaded that it might mean I would be working in that kind of job again with its fast past and high stress–great for those times but not for now. The symbolism seemed at odds to what I expected. Then I reflected on what it is I wanted from the dream, and that was information if I would be up to working–not where I would be working! I realized the dream was really telling me this: the “Information Technology” office was the dream space where I was doing the dreamwork to get information! It could also be the mental space where I would be doing my work. The fact that I had plenty of workers to do the work filled me with amazement and happiness. They symbolized a lot of work energy available to me, letting me know I would be ready and “able bodied” when it came time to start work. I knew the vacation mode mindset would be fading soon.