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Excerpt from:

DREAMS
Exploring the Secrets of your Soul
by Marilyn C. Barrick, Ph.D.

Chapter 6
Creating Your Dream Journal

Dreams are faithful interpreters of our inclinations;
but there is art required to sort and understand them.

—Michel De Montaigne
"Of Experience"
      If we look back through history, we see that leaders of the people have experienced dreams, visions or visitations from higher realms. These have heralded the destiny of individuals or guided the fortunes of cultures and nations.
      We, too, may choose to listen to the voice of God or the angels and understand and live our dreams.

Your Destiny and Life Mission

      Even as the world's adepts and spiritual mentors received divine guidance through dreams and visions, they taught their followers that they too could walk the path of fulfilling their soul's destiny.
      I believe all of us have our own heroic path to walk. All of us have a special gift to offer to Earth and the children of Earth. No one else can offer your gift in quite the same way as you. It is your special blessing to pass on to others.
      Each of us has a chapter of divine destiny to write and fulfill. We can pursue that destiny through living our sense of the heaven world while we are on Earth. This means different things to different people, which can result in a rich admixture of blessings throughout the earth. I believe it is always possible to fulfill benevolent hopes and dreams in our own sphere of influence.
      Edgar Cayce once stated, "Dreams guide and help us after we set our goals and ideals for our lives." This is wise counsel for us today.
      I suggest that you focus on what you really value, that you cultivate your particular talents and that you pursue your higher desires. As you do so, you may receive a vision, a guidance dream, an insight about a special calling or a glimpse of divine direction for your life mission.
      You can also have a sense of mission whether or not you have a specific guidance experience. Perhaps that mission is reflected in your natural talents, your favorite activities, your daydreams of what you would like your life to become. Look at these possibilities, these potential directions, and set about making your inner hopes and wishes come true.
      Once you have a vision or a sense of direction, give some thought to setting specific goals. Meeting those goals can become your personal measuring rod of progress. By defining your short-term and long-term goals, you are on your way to keying into your life mission. This is important because your mission, or dharma as Eastern traditions teach it, is a part of the initiatic path* that helps your soul fulfill her divine destiny on Earth.

Ask for a Guidance Dream or Vision

      If a clear picture of your soul's destiny eludes you, pray, meditate and ask your Higher Self and guardian angels to reveal it to you. As you focus and ask for guidance in this way, you set the stage for an inner knowing, a higher vision or a guidance dream. And remember, when you call for divine direction, don't hang up before you hear the answer. Keep that inner connection open.
      You might ask yourself right now, "What are my hopes and dreams? What are my gifts and talents? How do they suggest a direction that may connect with my mission in life, with my soul's destiny?" You might draw a picture or write a brief description of what comes to mind. Stay open to the inner promptings of your soul and Higher Self. Allow your vision and understanding to expand as more awareness comes to you.
      When you have a sense of your mission and are committed to achieving specific goals, your determination and focus will draw to you a flow of ideas, opportunities and the general wherewithal to accomplish what you have envisioned. You will be amazed at how doors will open, help will materialize and the needed strength, tools and financial support will appear out of nowhere.
      Remember, higher vision needs to be coupled with right motivation, positive attitude, emotional mastery and constructive action. Cultivating a wise and compassionate approach will help you move forward in a way that is congruent with your soul's hopes and dreams. Such self-mastery provides a firm foundation for success in your life mission.

Starting a Dream Journal

      I suggest that you start a dream journal in which you record your dreams and your understanding of them. It is much more useful to keep a journal than to jot down your dreams on scraps of paper here and there. As you record your dreams in a journal, you will begin to see parallels and themes.
      As preparation for your dream work you may wish to reflect on the following questions. They may help draw out the threads of your soul's aspirations and concerns. Jot down whatever thoughts come to mind as you ask yourself the following questions:
  • Who are my heroes and heroines?
  • What are the principles and ideals I try to live by?
  • What do I want to accomplish in life?
  • What is my highest vision of my soul's destiny fulfilled?
  • How does my soul's mission on Earth connect with my childhood dreams, youthful aspirations and adult choices?
  • What do I need to do right now to start making my dreams come true?
  • Do I feel good about my physical body, my emotions and desires, my personal habits, my home life, my use of free time, my spiritual life?
  • What can I do to take more loving care of myself? What changes in my personal lifestyle would feel good to me?
  • What goals do I want to set for this year, this month, this week?
  • What actions do I need to take to meet my goals?
  • How am I going to motivate myself?
  • When I look back on my life, what do I want to have accomplished for myself, my soul, my loved ones and the family of Earth?
      Keep these questions and the notes you have made of your answers in the back of your dream journal so that you can refer to them as you do your dream work.

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