Dreams – we all have them, but can you remember them? Why is this even important?
I believe that for most of us, we do our best magical work when we are in the “dream state” but it is always a challenge to achieve magical goals when we are tired and fall asleep! Or we wake up to our alarm clock, and start thinking of all the things we need to do. Rush Rush Rush.
This week I received a question from a student in the WWD course.
“Savannah, you told me that these dreams I am having are answers to my spiritual questions. The problem is that I know i am dreaming but I cannot remember these dreams after I wake up. It is very frustrating as I am putting in the effort to connect with the spirits but I can’t receive the answers. Please help….”
Dream work is simple to understand, and yet always a challenge! I find most students have high expectations entering the world of magic, and judge themselves harshly should they not achieve these desired results.
Connection with the spiritual world through the dream state is a learned skill. As it is a skill, you need to “build the muscle” before you can flex it ! I’m using this analogy as it will make sense to most our readers. You won’t have a tight ass unless you squat, and you won’t remember your dream connections and actions unless you learn and PRACTICE the skill of documenting your dreams. If you don’t document your dreams THE MOMENT YOU WAKE, you will either:
not remember the dream at all
think that you don’t dream at all (that is different to #1)
….and if you take notes at a later stage about the dream, you will edit the dream from your conscious mind, and/or not capture the important obscure thoughts and images.
Can I add something important here about taking dream notes…….most of the messages will not make sense to you at the point of recording them in your diary. You may need to take many notes over weeks or months before the messages of the dream makes sense to you.The key to having a rich dream life — is to learn how to wake up slowly — so that you can prolong contact with your subconscious mind. Waking up S L O W L Y means that you lie still in bed without talking, keeping your eyes closed, and working diligently to remember what it was you were just dreaming about — because we always dream just before we wake up in the morning.
If you don’t immediately recall a specific image or sequence from a dream, remain still (for as long as 5 short minutes) and think to yourself, what was I just dreaming. Write them down immediately, no matter how obscure the images or thoughts are – just take random notes and DO NOT correct yourself or your writing.
Q: …but Savannah, I am always running late in the morning. I still can’t do it!”
A: Wake up earlier. Enough said.
Q: I…. know I was dreaming, but I can’t put my finger on what the dream is about or what actually happened…….
A: If the dreams remain elusive, evaluate your feelings. Dreams always leave us with an emotional “residue.” Did you wake up feeling tense, frustrated, happy, sad, worried? Were you looking for someone, or trying to accomplish a task?
Consider these questions about your dream:
What was the key image in the dream?
Who was the key person in the dream?
What was the key action in the dream?
What was the key feeling in the dream?
Where was the dream located?
What situation in your waking life does this dream remind you of?
Once you train yourself to remember your dreams, you can begin to answer questions such as:
Who did you contact in your dream?
Who were you in the dream?
Who were the “others”?
What did they say to you?
What did you say to them?
What did you do (actions)?
Is there something else to go back and do in your next dream cycle?
I am sure you get the point. There is no simple way around this activity. You must do the work if you want the reward of receiving communication and messages from the spiritual world through the unconscious mind.
Savannah aka BWS
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Here are my personal ideas for you to improve your dream work, astral travel, or lucid dreams for spirit connection, and to improve your understanding of dream messages.
There are so many great books on the market to understand and process dreams. Recently I enjoyed these two for myself, and the Lucid Dreaming book for a few students.
Past Life Dream Work – While there are many books on dream interpretation, this book explores past lives, reincarnation, and karma through the understanding and study of dreams! Recommended reading for all interested in past life analysis.
Lucid Dreaming – In a lucid dream, you’re aware that you’re dreaming . . . so you can transform your dreams into fabulous adventures. From flying to traveling through time to visiting loved ones in spirit form, this book makes it easy for you to experience anything you wish. Popular author Mark McElroy presents a simple and effective 90-day plan for achieving lucid dreams…
Dream journal – this journal is designed to be a sacred space for all facets of your self-expression. Lots of beautiful images throughout as well.
Mugwort – Mugwort is renowned for dream magic and enjoying astral visits. A must for all witches and occultists. You could burn on a charcoal disc to perfume your room before sleep. Wormwood – Not traditionally used for dream work, however I use wormwood for psychic powers when performing pact rituals. You can also mix it with Sandalwood so to contact specific demons in the dream world – as sandalwood is known for its high spiritual vibrations. Vervain – is often burned as an offering to Lucifer, and is mostly the scent I fall asleep with each night. Giving praise to Lucifer is one of my last activities each night (or 3am), and it is done with Vervain. So I recommend you start to grow this herb yourself, or buy in bulk hahaha. Peppermint is one of my favorite herbs anyways! It both refreshes me, and relaxes me. It is potent in creating visionary dreams and psychic ability, Great to burn if you have a hangover, and to make a tea to assist with all of the above! Wild Lettuce Leaf was often used among Native Americans in religious ritual as an aid in seeking meditative trances and visions, and to create more vivid dreams. Dream Spirit smudge stick – The Kumeyaay Indians created this smudge stick from all natural ingredient to specifically aid you in finding the wisdom of the dream spirit in your dreams. Dream Tea – I like tea before bed if I need to relax and work in the dream world, Many of you are getting so creative with your herbal teas, but this is a easy option if you want it pre-made for you! A dreamy formulation of catnip, mugwort, oakmoss, lavender, linden, chamomile and mistletoe.
We have all heard of dream catchers (or as my daughter would call them “Nightmare catchers!” and we do have dream catchers in the store, but I like these affordable Indian style dream catcher bags. Personalize your bag and keep next to you always while you are working through your situation.
Guided Lucid Dreaming – If you are like me, you mostly sleep with your phone near to you (it’s such a bad habit). But I liked this lucid dreaming course as you use your smart phone, making it more likely that you do the course at bedtime!
And lastly, for the guys (as we get 100s of questions about this exact desire)…..
Dream Invaders – EA Koetting did a YouTube video showing how he influenced his female target using the power of influence, (and had a red candle for his magical prop.) I often tell people to do love spells when the target is asleep so to “attack” them in their dream state. So I like that this course can help some of you move towards the goal of Psychic Seduction. Use this Dream Invader Crash Course To Telepathically Seduce Others While They Sleep.
If you have other ideas or recommendations, contact me and let me know (in the message header write DREAM TIPS FOR SAVANNAH). I will put a blog post with these recommendations to the BWC website so we all grow and benefit.