Lydia is a solitary witch who has been active in the occult community for 15 years. She is a published writer and visual artist.
The Slumbering Magick of Dreamwork
Dreamwork is a pleasant way to empower you to move toward your magickal goals. I think it is the most relaxing magick discipline. If you are full of nervous tension, or merely want to get deep into your own psychology, dreamwork is a great way to go do this.
Dreamwork can be a sensual practice. You can incorporate herbalism, essential oils, and the marvelous benefits of aromatherapy. The paths of exploration are endless!
Dreamwork is excellent to do in the colder winter months when the land is sleeping. We can explore our inner worlds as nature hibernates. Dreamwork is hardly working at all! It adds a fun vibe to bedtime and makes it therapeutically relaxing. Bedtime becomes an enjoyable experience when we incorporate these elements. You can make it as fun or as serious as you want! It all depends on what your personal needs are.
Why Do Dreamwork?
- Improves your intuitive faculties
- Tells you more about who you really are
- Offers guidance from the great beyond
- Heals emotional hurts
- Teaches you the language of symbols
How Do We Get Started?
Ask for a dream. Also, ask to remember it.
You can ask for your dreams to come from anyone or anything which reflects your belief system. You may choose to call upon a deity or ask assistance from an ancestor. The best experience is an intensely personal one. Draw from your own experiences of the spiritual.
When you receive a dream show gratitude by writing it down. Do your work with the dream. Investigate what it means to you. Take your dream journal to bed with you at night. Make sure it is handy should you wake up in the middle of the night.
Develop a ritual. Clear your space. Do whatever appeals to you. You may want to drift off to dreamland listening to beautiful lullabies. Lighting a candle or incense to get into a relaxed state of mind might be your approach, but be sure to be fire safe.
Treat your nightstand as though it is a bedtime altar. Place on it items relevant to the dreamwork you are conducting.
You could add bouquets of flowers or houseplants relevant to dreamwork on there. Lavender, night-blooming, jasmine, daisies, or chamomile all make great choices. Living plants bring terrific energy to our magick.
Request dreams on specific issues. Think about the things you want to manifest or problems you would like to resolve.
Don't ignore your dreams once you receive them. Accept the guidance. Make sure to show up and do the work. Get the dreams out on paper.
Keep a Dream Journal
Do you have an easy time remembering your dreams? There are phases of our life where remembering our dreams is the hardest part of the work. Sometimes even just a little bit of memory is a lot. We can really focus on the element that speaks out to us the loudest.
Keeping a dream journal is a major creative endeavor. My dream journal is a hard covered sketchbook. The blank pages are helpful in case you want to add sketches or collage in pictures that are evocative. So many symbols poke their way into our nocturnal meanderings around the dream world. Get them down in whatever way you can.
Write your dream down on paper. Don't just do the dream work in your head! Be as honest as you can. There are times when our dreams are embarrassing. Sometimes we do things in dreams which are immoral. Don't suppress these dreams. They may provide valuable insights.
We often do things in the dream state which we wouldn't do in daily life. Things that we might be judged for. Sometimes a major creative blockage is fear of an invasive person reading our dream journal. Keep in the details in order to decipher the dream.
You can deal with the fear of privacy invasion in a couple of ways. You can write about the dream in a cryptic style or you can destroy the paper you wrote the dream out on. Getting it down on paper really is an important part of the process.
There is much insight to be gained from things relegated to the shadow side of ourselves. The dream state is where we peer into this shadow. Putting our dreams into words forces us to clarify and think in greater detail.
Dreams are symbolic. The inappropriate things going on in our dreams are often symbolic of something else. We might do something shady in a dream which gives us a broader point of view in life. It gives us a perspective of the situation which we wouldn't otherwise have. Don't feel shameful if you did something bad in a dream.
Just have fun with the process.
Dream Journal Tips
- Jot down notes in point form
- Revise and develop the notes into a story
- Revisit often
- Be honest and specific
- Write in a cryptic style to maintain your privacy
- incorporate pictures, color, illustrations, etc
- Start with an outline and fill out the details later
- Figure out the chronology
- Make observations about synchronicities
- Tap into how the dream made you feel
Dream Aromatherapy and Herbalism
Certain scents can help us calm down. Incorporating them into our dreamwork can help us get to sleep earlier and put us into a more relaxed state of mind. You might want to pick a scent that evokes a memory of a situation you wish to gain clarity on.
Some essential oils can help us get a better night's sleep. Research shows that many scents have a mild sedative effect and may lower heart rate and cortisol levels.
Essential Oils For Better Sleep
- Clary sage
Make a Dream Tea
A dream tea can put you into the mindset to remember your dreams. A bedtime tea ritual is a good way to set the tone. Some companies manufacture teas that are meant to enhance the dream process.
What are the benefits of a dream tea?
It can improve your ability to remember your dreams and increase their frequency. Tea can assist in the lucid dreaming process.
Lavender, chamomile, and peppermint are good ingredients for a dream tea.
Instructions for Brewing a Pot of Tea
- Combine 1 tablespoon of each herb.
- Boil some water and steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea.
- Sweeten with honey to your taste.
Drink this tea every night for better results. Give the herbs a bit of time to accumulate in your system.
Create a Dream Pillow
A dream pillow can help you relax.
Certain herbal scents might possibly induce lucid dreams. The practice of putting herbs under our pillows goes back hundreds of years. There are so many reasons our witching ancestors chose to allow herbs to inhabit their beds. They did it to keep away evil spirits, prevent bad dreams, and to bring good dreams. It could also be a way of getting a glimpse into the future. Catching sight of a future marital partner was one common aim of this kind of sleep magick.
If you are having problems sleeping a dream pillow may help. Just inhaling the mild scent of herbs might help you tap into a more relaxed state of mind and send you off to dreamland.
Start off by selecting your herbs.
You need some fabric, a needle, and thread. You can add a charm of your choice if you wish.
- Cut two identical shapes out of the fabric. Squares and rectangles are the easiest, but you can do something more complicated if it suits you. The shape can become a sigil or symbol of your magick intent.
- Charge the pillow with your intent as you are sewing. Clear your mind. Focus on what you wish to achieve in your dreams and how you want it to impact your life.
- Sew the two shapes together.
- Turn inside out. Stuff with herbs.
- Finish by sewing the last little opening shut.
Herbs for Your Dream Pillow
- Cloves: to help with lucid dreaming
- Jasmine: for dreams of a romantic nature
- Anise: to prevent nightmares
- Rose petals: for dreams of love and positivity
- Peppermint: for relaxation
- Mugwort: to enhance intuition and psychic faculties
- Lavender: use to inspire imagination
- Chamomile: to achieve deep relaxation
Homemade Bedtime Playdough
Unwind before bed with lavender-scented playdough. You could also use any of the other essential oils I listed above. Be creative and personalize!
Scented bedtime playdough is fun to use if you have children. It is a rich sensory experience that can help both us and children relax. You can also use it to make little charms for your magick.
Cut shapes out with cookie cutters and leave them to dry. Remember that they will be delicate and fragile. These can be used as talismans, protective charms, or any other altar item you wish to create.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup hot water
- purple food coloring
- lavender essential oil
- Mix all the above ingredients together.
- Knead them until they reach play dough consistency!
Have fun, be creative, and enjoy the journey of dreamwork!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.