Dreaming is a state of awareness that is mainly right brain. In a dream, we know that things are magical and spontaneous and don’t seem to follow the logic of cause and effect or the natural laws of three-dimension reality, such as gravity, speed, and force. Dreams can be representative of the instant manifestation qualities of right brain function. To dream is to manifest and create in a different dimension. Think it and it has the potential to appear. Of course dreams are also complex and often involve subconscious or latent fears that lie in the murky waters of the conscious mind and, when given the opportunity, rise to the surface with sometimes haunting exposure in our dream state.

However, I would like to focus on the magical and creative sides of dreams. Dreams blend event to event and are often out of time-line order and don’t necessarily make sense when we try to explain them. Often people will excuse the “craziness” of them by dismissing them as “only dreams.” We expect them to be whimsical, nonsensical, mystical, magical and wild, but we should pay close attention to the possible meanings that they impart and to the visions that they create. They enter through our right brain and we need to ponder them beyond the simple analytical efforts of the left brain if we hope to discover their deeper meanings and messages.

Dreams help us to understand that there are actual dimensions of reality where physical laws are not defined as we normally perceive them, or where such rules are suspended or non-existent. Metaphysically, dream messages come from a different place—the fourth and fifth dimensions. Life, as we know it in everyday existence, takes place in the third dimension. We are born into this dimension and few of us in Western society ever transcend its imprisonment. Third dimension reality is a product of left-brain thinking. The third dimension is often referred to as the mental thought reality. In this reality we have the ability to remember the past and project into the future. The present moment is hard to obtain. Those that meditate know what I mean. The present NOW is fleeting and only truly felt when the mind isn’t absorbed in its incessant chatter of what has happened, what is going to happen, what you thought about what happened, etc. It goes on and on and the NOW disappears in a blur of rambling thoughts. We remain locked in a cause/effect, time/space paradigm because the past is imprisoned in our subconscious mind. This is an ego-based existence. The ego is only found on the left side of the brain. Again since we are a left-brain dominant culture, we are also an ego-driven culture. We have rules, laws, boundaries, separation, and judgment! The judgment is blatant and drives countries, families and societies into conflict. Ego can cause greed, jealously, threat, unhappiness, depression, anger, violence and all the lower frequency feelings. The heightened ego will eventually be the demise of people as it is based on the principle of scarcity, rather than abundance. The ego assumes that one must win at the expense of others. It harms the body in a multitude of ways, ruins relationships, and diminishes the quality of life.

Shamanic values and new age ideas have offered a different way of being. We have all heard of the concepts of unity and oneness, living in love, and focusing on our commonalities rather than our differences. These ideas are actually fourth and fifth dimension realities. In this realm, we become aware of how we are connected to each other and to the universe. The spirits and the non-physical beings that share this planet with us are commonly revealed in these dimensions. I have had the experience of being in many cultures that are right-brain dominant cultures. Their life styles are inclusive and alive with spiritual interactions throughout each and every day. The Bushmen of Africa are known to be the best trackers on the planet. They can track animals on bare rock in the absence of any visible trail. In left-brain dominant societies, trackers would look for physical signs, such as broken twigs, impressions in the earth, or other third dimension reality imprints. The Bushmen “see” the energy residue from the animal. They are seeing with the clairvoyant eyes of the right brain, which sees the non-physical forms left by the animal. This energy residue is also full of information. As Terry Kem teaches in his Nature Awareness classes at LightSong, this energy residue can tell a tracker where the animal is headed, if it is male or female, if it is hungry, what age it is. It is full of information about the animal because it IS the animal. A part of its energy has been left behind. A left-brain thinker can’t even comprehend this concept, much less employ it.

Many of us who practice metaphysics know of these states of being. We experience them regularly. However, existing in these elevated dimensions is usually not “full time.” Often even explaining our “mystical” experiences forces us into the left-brain structures and limited vocabulary, especially in English, which is predominantly a militant language and has few words powerful enough to hold the energy of the mystical experience.

As we strive for ascension and seek to change our vibrations into higher qualities of purity, we must attend vigorously to creating the conditions of receptiveness by staying focused in our right brain. If we do so, we are constantly reinforced and supported with spiritual interaction and magic and are able to better comprehend our amazing existence.

Author's Bio: 

Jan Engels-Smith is a graduate of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and has trained with individual shamans. She has had a thriving shamanic practice since 1994. She has performed over 3,000 soul retrievals and viewed as an expert in her field. She is an author, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counselor a Hypnotherapist and a Reconnection Healer.

Jan founded the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, which has eight associate teachers and is the first of its kind to offer three accredited degrees in shamanism: Internship (IP), Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP) and Doctorate in Shamanism (ShD). You can learn more about these programs at http://www.lightsong.net.

Jan also conducts individual and group healing seminars for intensive personal growth.

Her training and experiences have been extensive both in the traditional philosophies and metaphysical traditions. Her personal philosophy is to assist individuals in gaining their own personal empowerment, which will in turn, promotes self healing, better communities and a healthier world.

Contact Jan at jan@lightsong.net or call 503-669-3013 (Portland, OR).

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