Monday, March 9, 2015

Dreams Part 3 - Lessons

On April 21, 2014 I posted a blog called "Dreams".  In it I described the four types of dreams that I have experienced.  The following week, April 28, 2014 in a blog called "Visit Dreams", I wrote about my most recent "visit" dream.

I have never before even considered sharing any of my "lesson" dreams.  I always felt that they were specific to me - my lessons.  But at this time I'm feeling led to share.  Recently I've been having a barrage of lesson dreams.  They're all different but seem to be trying to teach me the same two lessons.  If you remember, I mentioned that lesson dreams are usually kind of weird.  I think that's to get our attention.  I'll try to give you a condensed version of one of my lesson dreams to show you what I'm talking about.

DREAM:  There were two queen sized beds in my bedroom on opposite sides of the room facing each other.  There was a squirrel on the bed that I sleep in.  I sat on the other bed watching it.  I didn't want it to get off the bed and not know where it was.  Even though they're cute, they are wild animals and they can be destructive in a house.  The squirrel acted like the bed was a cage and wasn't looking like it was going to go anywhere.  I wouldn't necessarily call what I was feeling fear, but it was definitely concern.    It was getting late and I wanted to go to bed.  My husband was in another room so I got up to get him so he could get the squirrel out of the bed.  At that moment the squirrel seemed agitated and looked like it was going to jump off the bed and run.  There wasn't time to get my husband.  I was going to have to do this myself.  I had to get the squirrel off the bed and out of the house.  Then a funny thing happened.  As I approached the bed, the squirrel turned into a cute, fluffy kitten.

LESSON:  If I face my fears (squirrel), I'll probably find out that there was really nothing there to fear (kitten).

I've had five "lesson" dreams in the last week.  I wanted to share one of them so you might better understand what I'm talking about.

I keep a dream journal so that I can look back on my dreams and try to understand what lessons I'm being taught,  I would encourage everyone to do the same.  You may be thinking you're just having weird dreams.  Maybe you ate something that caused it.  But in fact, they may be lessons and you should be paying attention.  By keeping a journal you can look back on your dreams.  You may find a pattern that will help you understand what your lessons are.  At the very least, it's fun!  But it can also be helpful on your life's journey.

Right now my lessons are:  1. Face my fears and, 2. Look for opportunities where I least expect them.

What are YOUR lessons?

Love,  Paula

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Dress

I'm sure you've all heard about and seen "the dress";  Black & Blue versus White & Gold.  I'm sure most of you are also sick of hearing about it too.  Sorry... I'm going to bring it up again, but for different reasons.

The day it was all over the news and internet, my husband was watching TV while I was in the kitchen doing dishes.  When the picture was on TV he called me in and asked me what color the dress was.  I immediately answered Blue and Black.  He saw Gold and White.

What occurred to me through this process is that we must all see the world around us differently.  Not just in our attitudes, beliefs and perceptions, but we really see things differently.  We walk around assuming that we're all seeing the same thing.  This makes the point that we aren't.  My husband made the comment that if he and I saw the same robbery, we'd probably give the police totally different descriptions of the robbers.

This whole thing was a real eye-opener for me.  It has made me look at things differently.  We need to be more understanding and compassionate toward other people.  Although we think we know what they are seeing, we now know that we truly have no idea.  As I mentioned in my blog "It's All A Matter Of Perspective" dated April 7, 2014, we all see things differently... it's all a matter of perspective.  Instead of arguing because we KNOW we're right, we should try to be more understanding.  I'm sure the other person or people are sure they're right too.  If we can open our minds and hearts, maybe we can begin to see things from they're perspective as well as ours.  Maybe we'll realize that although we're right, they can be right too.  I think it's an exercise worth trying.  And all this came about because of... The Dress!

Love,  Paula