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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?

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.