In my previous post I talked about dreams being “technology” for the soul. I’m not a technophobe and I think of technology as something that will benefit my life. Since you are reading this blog, for which technology is required, I will imagine that you share this philosophy with me, though it may be a love-hate relationship. Given my love of gadgets, I want to invite you to use another bit of soul technology- your intuition. Intuition comes in all sizes and shapes, using all or some of our various senses. Precognition, clairvoyance, clairsentience and so on are all just terms that refer to the predominant sense that is used. So for example, clairvoyance means “clear seeing” and refers to getting a visual of some sort- usually the future- as the intuitive style.
Now the problem with using your intuition for most of us is that we often cannot differentiate which is an intuitive hit, and which is the usual chatter in our brains. We are not taught that we all have intuition so we tend to think of it as a gift for the special and unique among us. Over the years, I’ve been working with my students and clients, as well as my own brain chatter and I’ve hit upon an ancient, yet modern way of cutting through the noise: synchronicity. A synchronicity is a meaningful coincidence. It is an outer experience that resonates or coincides with an inner experience but where no causal relationship between the two exist.
Synchronicities were used in the ancient world. In Pausanias’ “Guide to Greece” we learn that pilgrims would visit the statue of a Hermes, where they would burn incense, fill the lamps with oil, leave a coin on the altar and then ask the god a question. Then they would leave with their ears covered as they exited out into the market place. Once outside, they would uncover their ears and the first words they heard would provide the answer.
We can do this without going to Greece, in our waking lives or in our dreams. Quiet your mind and spend some time focusing on the issue for which an answer is needed, ask for guidance, then go outside and notice the first thing that grabs your attention. It just may be your intuition, or spiritual guidance, that makes you open and available to receive a message.
I remember once, while despairing over some issue and the clarity that seemed to elude me, I wrote in my journal “I just wish I could have a sign.” Then I closed the journal, forgot about it and went out to start my day. I got in my car, turned the engine on and the radio, left on, came on with it. It was just in time to hear the Five Man Electrical Band proclaiming, “Sign, sign everywhere a sign…” After I was done laughing I felt just a little less alone. I remembered that we really are guided and watched over, even when we don’t feel it, see it or know it.
To use soul technology with dreams, write in your journal before going to sleep all the pros and cons, ins and outs of any particular problem for which you would like guidance. Then ask yourself a direct, simple question that asks what you want to know regarding the problem, repeating it over and over as you fall asleep. Then when you wake up, write down anything you remember. Then see how the dream speaks to the issues even if it seems, at first, to be way off topic. Work on the dream’s meaning, then go back to your question and see how it answers it.
Watch for signs and wonders in your life, whether asleep or awake. I think you will find that your intuition will kick in and you will have discovered an ancient and wonderfully “new” technology for your soul!