Recently, American public life has shown how accepting so many people have become of the low moral standards both in themselves and in the public figures they elect. One wonders how far it will go before there is a momentous push in the other direction, when a huge number of people finally say “Enough is enough” and wake up and take a stand. Seeing the need for change in oneself and in society signifies growth in awareness. Where does this perception first come from?
Dreams Call Us to Change
One of the primary functions of dreams is to call us to our truest and best self—and this is often at odds with what the ego wants. Our conscience often speaks most clearly in dreams, unfettered by the ego’s desires. One could say that our guardian angel appears in dreams in various disguises to help us on our way. When we are going down a path not meant for us, a dream will let us know—assuming we are paying attention. If we don’t make an effort to remember our dreams or take them seriously, we could miss this message all together. Sometimes I think so many people ignore or don’t want to remember their dreams because they inherently know that their dreams might be calling them to take a road they are not taking in waking life, such as standing up for what is right.
Examples of Dreams Calling for Change
Many years ago I began a relationship with a man whom I enjoyed being with for his charm, intelligent conversation and good looks. I knew I was probably getting more involved with him than I should because I really wasn’t in love with him and had no plans for a serious, long-term relationship. One night I had a dream of Big Bird, the TV character, standing in front of me wagging his finger in disapproval. While this was in no way threatening, but actually a little comical, it sent me a strong message to change and get out of this relationship. A bird is often a dream symbol for the soul so to have a big bird, my higher self, communicate something like this to me was a real “wake-up call.”
Another similar dream occurred when I was extremely angry at the breakup of another relationship, almost to the point that I didn’t recognize my feelings but were engulfed in them like a fish is in sea, taking it all for granted. During this time I had a dream of a funny little man dressed in black who spoke to me in a stern and commanding voice, saying “Don’t be so angry! You nearly missed coming down with a serious disease!” That dream really jolted me awake, and made me also realize there must be a relationship between negative emotions and illnesses. I vowed to let go of my anger, realizing my health was more important than indulging in negative emotions, with the result that my life has continued for many years with great health.
How are your dreams calling you to change?