The dream state is one of the most creative aspects of our existence. In it we act out many of the conflicts which mark our waking lives, and are often given clues as to what might be the most positive resolutions.
Dreams can also provide us with clues about the underlying emotional conditions which give rise to conflict and confusion. In the dream state, when we are most receptive to subtle energies, flower essences can act as powerful catalysts for both clarifying emotional issues and for resolving them.
Below, I describe some dreams I've had over the years which illustrate this.
I'm at a Center for the Wounded Child Within. I'm a weekly volunteer there. I file cards, but I realize I want to do something more challenging. Then I feel guilty. I think, "Well, everyone wants to do something more challenging. Who's going to file cards?"
Everyone is on some kind of team. I keep on finding myself getting up, and let other people know how I feel. Everyone else feels the same way about their wounded children. I say I need therapy. There's some therapy at the center, but you have to put in a lot of hours to get it. I don't know if it's worth it (or is it that I don't know if I'm worth it?)
I was taking the Remedy Larch, for self-esteem and self-confidence. People in need of Larch, although their capabilities are equal to those of others, are convinced that they're incapable of success, and particularly resist doing anything new. In the dream I defeat my desire to do something more challenging by saying that someone has to do the routine work. The metaphor of a wounded child tells me that my self-image is my problem, but when it comes to exploring this via therapy I wonder whether I'm worth it.
My partner is very ill and has been for some time. Her doctor has just done surgery. He takes me inside and says that she has cancer--all he did was open and close her. He knew her cancer was incurable from the first time she went to see him.
This shocks me because she went right away. He tells me he hasn't told her. I'm sure she knows, and I feel I have to tell her.
I call my store and ask someone to arrange to fill my time for a few weeks so I can be with my partner. I take a serious look at how my life is going to be. I want to take care of her, and at the same time prepare myself for running the business alone. I also need to take time out for recreation.
I was taking the Oak Remedy, for people who take on difficult to impossible tasks out of a sense of duty, continuing long after most people would give up. Taking on the responsibility of caring for a terminally ill person is just what an Oak person would do--and they would add it to their other commitments. In the dream I both release my commitment to my store and realize that I will need to take time for play. These decisions represent positive effects of the Oak Remedy.
I'm in an office building with my mother and father. My father begins to viciously insult my mother and starts to hit her. She begins to cry. I become furious and scream at him, "Don't you dare!" and slap him across the face. I feel very good about having spoken up and defended her. Then the whole building blows up.
I was taking the Agrimony Remedy, for the tendency to resist awareness of disturbing feelings, and to conceal any unhappiness from others. The dream reveals an aspect of the relationship between my parents of which I wasn't consciously aware, and has me act on my response to this awareness. The building blowing up represents the unleashing of deep feeling.
I'm in a jungle. I see places where the land has been completely destroyed. There are other places which are dark and swampy. The water is very deep, and beneath it is the land of limited reality. It is ruled by an evil king who controls everyone. I feel myself sinking into this land, which is very heavy water. I feel the weight of it, and I know this is what happens when you don't take responsibility for being the creator of your life.
I was taking the Willow Remedy. for those who blame external circumstances and other people for their own misfortune. Resentment and bitterness are keywords for Willow. People in need of this Remedy characteristically turn their emotions inward, for which the swamp, a stagnant area, is a metaphor. In the dream I feel the weight of the water (held-in emotions) and have a clear appreciation of the emotional heaviness which results when I don't take responsibility for my life.
Flower essences have increased my ability to remember my dreams, deepened their emotional quality, and made their symbolic content more accessible to me. I recommend them to all dream voyagers.
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