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EFT and Dreams

Why Do We Dream?

Dream activity is the unconscious mind speaking to our conscious mind, through images and symbols, in an attempt to communicate a feeling or perspective relevant to our wakeful lives.

Dream language, picture metaphors, can represent the association between our emotions, memories and concepts. It is suggested that these connections, the dream content, are guided by the emotion or emotional memories of the dreamer with the intention of weaving new information into existing memory systems for learning and the creation of new insights.

The Value of EFT and Dream Work

We can think of dreams as expressions of our inner feelings and as an opportunity for integration as we bring to our consciousness an issue that we are working with on an unconscious level. In some cases, this may be unresolved emotional conflicts or beliefs that leave us stuck in unhealthy behavior patterns.

If these dreams evoke strong unpleasant emotions, we can use EFT to reduce the stress, anxiety and fear connected to them. This can address the distress behind the disturbing dreams or recurring dream sequences without needing to understand it.

For further suggestions, see A Simple Routine to Apply EFT Tapping to your Dreams.

Using Dreams to Connect to Waking Life

In-depth dream exploration can more quickly bring to one's awareness the associations between the dream and waking life, as emotional issues are peeled away and core issues surface. In working with clients and their dreams, I use the Dream to Freedom protocol developed by Robert and Lynne Hoss. With this method we:

  1. Explore the dream using a Gestalt-based approach for discovering the unconsious issues the dream is addressing

  2. Apply EFT to reduce related emotional barriers

  3. Explore cues as to how the unconscious was attempting to resolve the problem to support progress beyond the situation.

This method may be helpful with dreams that are recurring or evoke strong emotional responses, are hard to navigate and understand, or ilicit resistance to exploring the deeper meaning of the dream. 

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