Guest Author - Deanna Joseph
In 9 B.C.E., the goddess Ishtar appeared to several men in service to King Assurbanipal of Assyria, promising them victory in a coming battle. Sure enough, victory was theirs, and they were called to celebrate, in gratitude, to the goddess.
Dream sharing may seem the stuff of science fiction movies and metaphysical circles, but in actuality, it happens much more often than you realize.
"Studies show that about one-third of our dreams are shared in some way. The figure may be even higher; unless you tell your dreams to others, there is no way of knowing if others had similar or the same dreams." Rosemary Ellen Guiley ~ Dreamwork for the Soul.
Chances are, youíve already had shared dream encounters, you just donít know it! Within the shared dream you may share a dream, image for image, with a friend or loved one; for example, you are standing on a beach watching the seabirds with a friend, and your friend has the exact same dream. Or, it may be that you share a dream with the same theme; for example, you dream you are in a great library, and a friend dreams they see you reading.
Shared dreams happen more often with people who have a close relationship. Even co-workers have been known to share dreams when they are working closely on an intense project!
"Mutual dreaming opens the door to more intimate connections with the ones we love. It can also encourage the emergence in dreaming partners of advanced dreaming skills like telepathy, lucidity and astral travel." ~ Linda Lane Magallon
To intentionally practice dream sharing, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Dreaming is a very personal experience. Some dreams can leave you feeling vulnerable and embarrassed if they were to be discovered by the wrong person. It takes a great deal of trust in your partner to intentionally start the practice of dream sharing.
To practice dream sharing, first find a partner you completely trust.
Choose a problem youíd like to find the solution to. Set your intentions to both dream together and find the solution.
Keep your dream journal, and each day discuss the dreams youíve been having with your dream partner. You may have forgotten something, and have your memory jogged when your dream partner mentions one of their dreams.
Dream sharing requires an active commitment to practice, as any work in the dream time does, and it can have big pay-offs. You may find your precognitive or telepathic dreams are increasing, along with your abilities to astral travel. So donít give up after a few tries if you feel you have failed. Allow your dreams to flow, pay attention, and see what transpires. Remember, in the dreaming realms, anything is possible.