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Deciphering Dreams: Is It a Warning, or Intuitive Guidance?

I knew my father was going to die four months before it happened.

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I didn’t want to accept it, even though this dream near the end of May had a very different quality to it than any of my other dreams. Besides, I thought, he was such a healthy 82-year-old. Still climbing ladders to cut down tree limbs and doing all the yard work a younger man in his 40s or 50s would hire someone else to do. How could this be? I tried rationalizing to minimize its meaning, but I knew in my gut that it was warning me of this life-changing event.

All the wonderful moments of my life with my father played out in front of my eyes.

This dream was very different. I was aware that I was dreaming. And, I was seeing it as if I were at a movie theater watching scenes of our life together appear up on the big screen.

I saw myself sitting on my Dad’s lap at 5 years old, then in the water at Jones beach and he was showing me how to dive under with my eyes open; then teaching me to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk outside our apartment building in New York; ice skating with my father in our back yard on the rink he’d built us after moving out of the city; working with my father to put up our above-ground pool….

The movie continued on like this all the way to the present with his helping me move into my current home. During the entire dream I felt the strength of the bond I had with my father, along with this incredible love for him that I can only describe as “celestial.”

I was being prepared for this terrible event.

I was shown the true essence of our relationship – the bond of love we formed which would last forever. The dream was really haunting and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

A little over a month later my father came down with a mysterious ailment that was later diagnosed as Lupus. He passed away on September 23rd. Of course, even though I’d had this dream I was not prepared for the depths of despair I would feel at his loss. Almost 6 months later, it’s still very hard to believe he’s gone.

In January, I started blogging and had a dream that I wrote about on my other blog: Mystic Musings & Meditations.

“Serenaded by Oprah”

Oprah came into a little gift shop I owned and sang the Mockingbird Song to the only other customer in the store. I wanted to get as close to Oprah as possible while she sang, but I felt as if I might be intruding on a private moment, so I backed up and missed out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. The store was empty, but once she started singing the store filled up to the point where I could barely see her through the crowd.

I understood that the dream was addressing my insecurities.

I was afraid of revealing so much of myself in a blog, and as to whether I could attract readers and truly offer them anything of value. My intuition was guiding me to open up and just start singing/writing, and the writing would attract a crowd/readership. My store would be filled with customers interested in the gifts on my shelves. The Mockingbird Song was a message not to worry – I would always be supported and guided by my intuition. Backing away from Oprah was telling me to get over my shyness of speaking up and going after what I wanted.

These two dreams were distinctly different but equally important in my growth as a spiritual being having a human experience.

Here’s how to tell the difference between a precognitive dream and an intuitive dream:

1. A precognitive dream feels very real. Many times you’ll even be aware that you’re having a dream. Awareness in the dream of having a dream is called Lucid dreaming.

2. You can’t forget the dream. It’s haunting and holds your attention for days or weeks afterward.

3. With a precognitive dream you’ll just know that it’s going to be so. No matter what you say to yourself to rationalize it – you know it’s true. You can’t shake the feeling of knowing.

4. Intuitive dreams have an a-ha quality. It’s more of a Eureka! moment. You see the error of your ways, or get an answer to a question, or situation you’ve been dealing with in your life.

5. You’re not aware that your dreaming. It feels like a regular dream – but with a clearly discernible message.

Is it the same for you? Have you had these two different types of dreams? Do you have another way of decoding whether it’s an intuitive dream or precognitive dream?


Want Intuitive Guidance? Start Remembering Your Dreams.

Have you ever had a dream that was so vivid you’d swear it really happened?

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Even if you had the dream years, and years ago – can you still recall it to this day?

There’s something so wonderful about having a dream and waking up and remembering it, isn’t there?

I have lots of dreams and I’ve trained myself to remember them. And, I’ve been recording them since I was a teenager.

One particularly vivid dream I had a few years ago comes to mind:

I was in the car with a client going to business meeting when I spotted my Aunt – who’d passed away – on the sidewalk chatting with some people. I was elated to see her. I was going to stop to get out and visit with her, but decided against it due to having the client with me. My Aunt saw me and waived me over excitedly, but I gave her a signal to wait for me and I be back as soon as I could. I needed to get to this business meeting. When I returned later my Aunt was gone. My heart sank when I realized what a special opportunity I’d missed to spend time with my Aunt.

Intuitive guidance comes through our dreams

The dream made me see that my life was out of balance. I had been putting my job ahead of everything, and my passions and personal life suffered for it.

I took the message from my intuition in that dream very seriously. I understood that if I didn’t do what I really wanted in my life – the opportunities might not always be there. I decided I had to make time to write and stick to it – no matter what. I didn’t want to look back someday and say why didn’t I follow my heart?

If you can’t remember the last time you had a dream then you’re missing out on an important way that intuition communicates with us.

Everybody dreams, even those of who say they can’t remember them.

Get into the habit of remembering your dreams and you’ll get the benefit of intuitive guidance.

Here’s a fool-proof way to remember your dreams:

1. Make sure you keep a pad and pen on your bedside table.

2. Set the alarm for a half hour earlier to have time to mull over your dream.

3. Create the intention to have a dream and recall it. Spend a few minutes before drifting off telling yourself that you want to have a dream, that you will have a dream and that you will readily and easily remember it.

4. DO NOT OPEN YOUR EYES right away when you wake up. After turning off the alarm clock – DO NOT MOVE. Just lay still to allow the dream to stay on the surface of your mind.

5. Do not allow pets to distract you when you wake, or better yet keep them out of the bedroom.

6. WRITE DOWN the pertinent details before they sink back down to the depths of the subconscious. I cannot tell you how many time I thought I’d remember a dream and didn’t write it down, only to find it had vanished moments later.

7. Do meditate directly after getting out of bed. If you’re not a meditator don’t turn on the radio or TV or talk right after waking either. Silence allows further dream fragments to bubble up to the surface of awareness.

That’s it. Now it’s up to you. Let me know how you make out.

Do You Speak Intuition? How to Crack the Intuition Code

Getting an intuitive message only takes a split second, but missing one and dealing with the mess of an unheeded warning can take much longer to fix.  Read my previous post to see just how disastrous it can be to ignore your intuition.

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Intuition uses an encrypted code to communicate

To de-cypher the messages you need the keys that unlock this secret language. Once you have the code down – you will be amazed by the number of intuitive messages you receive on a daily basis.

The other morning the first image that sprang to mind was not from a dream, but a memory of a segment on the evening news from a week ago. A woman whose electricity went out due to a heavy snow storm was interviewed and stated that her family was lucky because they had a wood-burning stove in the house, so they weren’t freezing like her neighbors were. My first thought was, I’m lucky too at least if my heat went out I could use my fireplace.

When I got downstairs I turned the thermostat up and then dove into my morning routine. An hour later I realized the heat hadn’t come on. After checking to see if the pilot was lit – it was – I concluded I’d have to call the gas company. Luckily, the technician came by early afternoon and the repair was a simple one – a faulty wire. I was very grateful.

Intuition may speak through a picture or image

I started thinking about the image of the woman whose electricity was out and realized it had been my intuition preparing me for having no heat. The thought I had afterward comparing my fireplace to her having a wood burning stove had foretold that all would be well. It got me thinking about the many ways our intuition communicates with us.

I realized that intuition has its own language. To crack the intuition code you need to be aware of all the ways intuition transmits information. Here are some of the way my intuition communicates with me.

Five ways intuition speaks to us

1. Physical. You get a gut feeling. The feeling in your gut can be fearful, nervous, anxious, cautious, hesitant, or just a feeling that something is about to happen – yet you don’t know what. When IT happens – the feeling subsides. I’ve also experienced it as a feeling of nausea and bouts of yawning too.

2. Cerebral. It feels as though a thought has touched down out of no where into your mind. It can also be experienced as a nagging thought that won’t go away. And, sometimes it’s when you know that you know something, but you can’t explain how or why you know it. It can also come as a flash of insight, or  can take the form of an image or symbol in the mind’s eye.

3. Empathic. Picking up on the emotions of others and feeling that emotion yourself. It can also be feeling the pain others experience in your own body. It can also come in the form of taking an immediate liking to a person, or a dislike for that matter. It’s an instinct you have about someone.

4. Signs and affirmations. Things like missing the train to work only to find out later that there was a huge problem with the railways and all the trains stopped running for hours. Or considering a job change with a company you’re nervous about and then seeing an article on the front page of the paper, or hearing a report about them on the radio stating that this company is rated on of the top ten to work for.

5. Hearing The Voice. This may occur less frequently but it does happen. You’ve been trying to solve a problem and thinking about it over and over. Suddenly, you hear a voice that seems loud enough to have been heard by others, but judging from their faces no one heard it but you. It came from within you mind but it wasn’t in your own voice and it had the exact answer you’d been searching for. “Go for that job!,” etc.

Start paying attention and looking for these encoded message – because believe me you are getting them! You’re just not aware until you focus and tune in.

These are the most common ways my intuition speaks to me. It isn’t a definitive list by any means. If you have experienced something different don’t discount it. Intuition works uniquely for each of us.  I’d be very interested to hear of other ways intuition communicates to us, so please do share.

What Happens When you Ignore Intuition? Don’t Make this Mistake.

Have you ever experienced that awful sinking feeling in your gut the moment you realize you’ve made a mistake?

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I have, and just recently too.

You find yourself in a pickle

I came home around 11 o’clock on a Sunday evening to find that I was locked out. The minute I began fishing through my purse I remembered that I’d left my house keys on the dining room table. No problem. I keep a spare key to the back door in my wallet. I took the key out of my change purse and inserted it in the back door lock, but the door wouldn’t budge.

A mess of my own making

And then it hit me – I’d forgotten that I wedged a sturdy piece of wood under the door handle sealing the door to keep out the cold. My back door key was of no use and I didn’t have a key to the front door. It also occurred to me that before leaving I’d had a brief thought about taking the wood out but decided against it. Ugh! Now what?

I called my sister to see if I’d ever given her a front door key but she didn’t think so, and frankly neither did I. No one ever comes in my front door because it’s easier to park in the back, so all the spare keys I’ve given were always for the back door.

I dialed 411 from my cell and got the number for the one 24 hour locksmith service that covered my area. While I was on the phone I got a “vibe” that made me hesitate. It could have been because the locksmith seemed all too eager to leave his home at 11 pm, or that he said he only took cash, or it might have been his accent I didn’t trust; I wasn’t sure. All I knew was that I felt uneasy.

Your intuition never fails unless you choose to ignore it

I told him I’d call him back and hung up. I needed a moment to think. It crossed my mind to call my mother, but I didn’t want to upset her, besides she wouldn’t have a key to my front door either. Nobody did.

I decided I had no choice but to call him back. I still didn’t feel right about him though. When I asked how much it would cost he said $55 plus the lock, so I agreed. I sat in the car with the heat on and chatted with my sister while I waited for him to arrive. I rationalized that it would all be fine. What was I supposed to do? Even if I stayed over at my sister’s I’d still need a locksmith tomorrow. Better to do it now and be done with it, I thought.

Twenty minutes later he showed up and seemed to be a very nice. He drilled my lock and opened the door. While he installed the new lock I went to get my checkbook. He was done in a few minutes and came inside to write out the bill. I was figuring it would cost maybe $100 to $150.00, so when he said it was going to be $650.00 my stomach dropped out.

“Are you kidding me?” I screamed. For $650 I could have replaced the entire door.

The sucker punch

He looked at me and agreed that it was pretty high. “Look,” he said in a whisper, “between you and me my boss doesn’t have to know I was here. You know what I mean?”

I eyed him suspiciously.

“Make the check out to me. I’m gonna give you a break….”

Backed into a corner

For a moment I thought about telling him to take the lock out and leave, but then I realized I’d have an unlocked door with big hole where the doorknob had been. How was I supposed to sleep like that?

Well, we went back and forth until we settled on a more reasonable number but it was still highway robbery as far as I was concerned. I wrote the check out, but I was fuming. I couldn’t wait for him to get out of my house.

As much as I was angry with this man for taking advantage of me – I was even angrier with myself. I could have easily removed the wood jamming the back door closed and none of this would have been a problem, but instead I ignored that little voice that had been trying to warn me. Now I was paying the price.

To make matters worse the next day my mother told me that she did in fact have a front door key to my house! If only I’d called her.

I learned a very expensive lesson that night – and I don’t want you or anyone else to make the same mistake.

So, here’s the only tip you’ll ever need:

1. Do not EVER – under any circumstances – ignore that little voice in your head. It could cost you a bundle. Did I make that clear enough?

No? Need help recognizing that “little voice?” Read my previous post here.

Has ignoring your intuition ever gotten you hot water? Share your story. I could be very helpful to other readers.

Read Rosemarie’s experience about what happened when she ignored her intuition.