What do you dream? Do you dream? I'm not talking about what you wish for in life, but instead, what you actually dream when you close your eyes and slip into your night life. Do you remember, are your adventures displayed in color or black and white? Perhaps both? Are you restful in your slumber, do you find great pleasure in deep sleep due to the quality of your experience or are you restless and or paralyzed by the void or places that your subconscious mind takes you? How does it feel to be you when you sleep?
Ever since I can remember, I've enjoyed my ability to dream. Sometimes the theme of my travels are played in abstract black and white, but more often than not, they're showcased in vivid accurate color. I enjoy smell, the sensation of touch, I authentically feel experiences and often actively troubleshoot complex scenarios. I visit with those who have transitioned into their next reality, I check in with distant loved ones and even dance with the devil occasionally. I've been blessed with insight that allows me access to seeing things that transpire in real time, which in my opinion, serves as a great and valuable gift. The guidance that we receive through dreams and rest is our own divine medicine, the intuition that has always served to protect me on my journey as a human being.
Do you listen to your intuition, the voices that gently or adamantly nudge you in certain directions, those messages that keep you safe and aware when you're completely unaware? Do you pay attention to your dreams and check in on others when they come to you while you sleep? Everyone is very different, our self-awareness plays a huge role on many things both in our conscious and subconscious state of being, but how we embrace our ability to listen and to learn from our divine design is up to us.
Many people struggle with sleep, in fact they don't. Not only do they lack rest, but they do not dream, their ability to sleep throughout the night in a complete restorative fashion is void. Their minds continue to race from dawn until dusk, racing thoughts prevent them from relaxing, stress and overwhelming fear, insecurity and unresolved personal issues run rampant throughout their 24 hour cycle. For some, this is their organic design, they don't even notice how exhausted they are due to this reality they've lived for God knows how long. For others, the struggle is very real because it does impact their ability to function at optimal levels. Without adequate rest, the body tends to shut down unless conditioned in specialized ways to fight fatigue for specific purposes. Extreme sleep deprivation is serious and can cause CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).
The need for adequate rest is essential for optimal human performance, whether dreaming or not. Signs and symptoms related to CFS include, but are not limited to :
Loss of memory or concentration
Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
Unexplained muscle or joint pain
Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
Chronic fatigue syndrome can kill – official. FAR from being “all in the mind” chronic fatigue syndrome has been recorded as a cause of death in the UK for the first time. As reported as far back as 2006 https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19025573.800-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-can-kill--official/ Virus and infection are two of the leading causes of CFS, which is why maintaining healthy wellness practices and diet are so valuable regarding overall health and wellness. Making time for ourselves to check out of our busy mind so we have the ability to make sound decisions, to allow ourselves the opportunity to authentically feel, to dream deeply, to tap into our highest self and to thoroughly rest our tired bodies, is essential for optimal health and wellness.
I hope that each of you can and will begin to appreciate and dedicate more time to relaxing your body and mind in order to take advantage of deeper sleep. That whatever you're currently dealing with that is preventing you from ample sleep, can be re-assessed in order to troubleshoot additional options to work towards better, higher quality sleep wherever possible. Even if that means 15 minute power naps; those worked WONDERS while I was in the Army. Now that it's 1:15a and I need my own beauty rest, I will sign off and say, "See you all on the other side." Enjoy.