“Pay more attention to what happens to you during the day—especially events that seem unsettling, shocking or repetitive; these, too, are dreams, and important ones!” –David Rivinus
Dear Readers, today I am thrilled to introduce you to David Rivinus. David is an author, dream analyst, and teacher; and the only Speaker at the 2015 Transformations Conference (July 17-19) that I haven’t yet met in person. After corresponding with him via email this week, perusing his website and starting his book, I now can’t wait to meet him and hear his talk in July.
I’ll have a review of David’s book, Always Dreaming, for you in a couple of weeks, but let me say this here and now: WOW!. What David posits in this thought-provoking and makes perfect sense tome is the possibility that life could and should be taken at more than face value; and that if we look at the events in our lives metaphorically, like symbols in a dream, we can positively affect our lives and make better decisions. Expediting Spiritual growth and living a life with less drama and pain by becoming aware of what’s happening in our lives and making better choices based on this awareness is what my Guide Group has channeled four books about, and I am loving David’s research and easy to understand and apply techniques. I don’t blame you one bit if you don’t want to want to wait for my review to read David’s book (available at B&N.com, Amazon.com and Ozarkmt.com)—I only put it down for an hour because I had to meet the deadline for this column!
Here’s a little background about David: David began studying dreams while working with children at a mental health clinic in the late 1960s. During that time, he attended seminars offered by Gestalt therapists who were also dream experts. This led to him developing his own simple, effective method of dream interpretation. While doing his research, he was struck by how “dreamlike” the unusual events of waking life can be. His understanding that one can analyze and interpret these waking life events, reaching the same kinds of profound, helpful insights that one gains from nighttime dreams, revolutionized his approach to dreams and their purpose in our lives. Since then, he has taught dream classes on three continents and in four languages, highlighting both nighttime and “waking” dreams.
David’s talk at the 2015 Transformations Conference is titled “LEARNING TO ACCURATELY INTERPRET YOUR DREAMS,” and here’s a brief description:
At night we dream, but what about during the day? Are the experiences of our waking lives any different than those scenes that come to us while we sleep? It usually surprises people to learn that there is far less separation between the two experiences than one might imagine. In fact, our perception of what is “real” and what is a “dream” is inaccurate. Contrary to expectations, it is our waking lives that we misconstrue; the experience of being awake is far more dream-like than most people imagine. Waking life, rather than being a solid, fixed phenomenon, is a hologram—one that we create ourselves, one that is educational in nature, and one that we have far more control over than most of us realize.
While any aspect of life can teach, it is the annoyances and disturbances in our worlds that are particularly instructive. The general conception is that unpleasant things happen to us; we are victims, passive participants in the meanness of life. On the contrary, the aggravations and crises in our personal lives are metaphors that we subconsciously create. They are designed to teach, not to distress. They unsettle us only because they are trying desperately to attract our attention. When we recognize upsetting events as metaphoric messages—often mystical in nature—then act on our new understanding, solutions present themselves, and these daytime irritants—called “waking dreams”—cease.
Come learn more about this phenomenon and how it relates to nighttime dreams. You’ll be introduced to a simple, five-step method for unraveling these perplexing events—both the ones that disturb our sleep and the others that irritate us during our days. You’ll gain a whole new lens through which to view life, you’ll be introduced to self-empowering tools, and it is guaranteed that you will never again view life in the same way.
During the Conference, David will be offering Private Dream Interpretation Sessions ($20 for 45 minutes) and to schedule an appointment, please call 800-935-0045. And on the Monday following the Conference David will teach a very special workshop: Learning Dream Interpretation (9-4/$80).
Can’t wait for the Conference? No problem! Just visit David’s website at www.TeacherofDreams.com, and check out the links for his workshops via Skype and his blog. You’ll also find links to interviews and much more.