So Finally it's happening! We are hitting the road! It is not quite how I envisioned it 25 years ago...when I was still in my mid teens dreaming of adventurous trips along long dusty highways.
Flowers lining the roads and the wind in my hair as I discovered new and exciting people and places, myself and the meaning of life!
I struggle with anxiety. Not many people know this about me because I have an ability to converse and to project eloquently enough that people see confidence. But inside I am a ball of nerves and knots in my stomach. My throat tightens up and my tongue goes dry, my body courses with adrenalin to the point where I feel like my whole being is doing to topple over or I might faint with the light headed inability to cope. This mostly happens in confined spaces where I feel trapped and is some sort of claustrophobia that I also feel in an open space or large space surrounded by loud noise and lots of people.
Today I wanted to talk about dreams and why so many of us do not dream and, when we do, do not take much notice of what is happening in our dreams or even remember them!
Dreaming happens in the REM state of sleep. This is the deep level of restful sleep which happens around 90 minutes after you fall asleep. The first period of REM typically lasts 10 minutes. Each of your later REM stages gets longer, and the final one may last up to an hour. In this stage of sleep your heart rate and breathing quickens and this is the time when can have intense dreams, as your brain is more active.
So it would stand to reason that for many of us we do not dream or do not remember dreaming as we have possibly not even reached the stage of deep REM sleep where our body is relaxed and shut down and our brain activity is focused purely on the processing of the subconscious brain waves and stimulus that occurs in this stage.
For many people trying to battle deadlines and keep up with life's volume of expectations and tasks which pull us from the opening of the eyes in the morning to the head hitting the pillow in the evening, there is little time for processing much and also little hope of an 8hour sleep; This is the amount of time it is understood most human adults need for cell replenishment and systemic renewel and rebalancing. To process if you will the day that has gone before.
I myself average about four to five hours a night and when the eyelids are yanked open by the loving voice of my only son :) I am always left wanting more and hoping for the next session with my pillow.
There is never a day when I then am not grateful for the presence of Dottera Essential oils in my life. I call on them for energy and balance, (Balance grounding Blend on my feet and aromatically inhaled)( lemon and wild orange in my water) for motivation and focus through out the day when my cognitive endurance (In tune, Motivate )starts to wane due to fatigue and for pretty much every other support where my systems feel depleted as they have not had the benefit of a good night's rest.
Don't get me wrong! there is no substitute for good restful sleep, however it can not be denied that these oils are so supportive in picking you up, comforting and stabilising you until the next visit to sleep ville.
SO then I want to come back to dreams. Dreams that I am aware of and conscious of in my waking moments, and dreams that I experience in my sleep as well. I am always fascinated by the absurd and complex nature of my dreams...by the strange and mysterious annals of my mind which play out in vivid colours... misshapen figures and many limbed bodies and creatures I am sure I have never seen in any fairytale or movie, nor read of in any book. I am sure that scenes from real life experience are often intertwined with fantasy events so that often I wake to wonder if I had dreamt something or simply recalled an event of my life...or if perhaps I had just experienced a foretelling a and a deep secret unveiling of something to come...
I used to keep a dream diary when I was a child..If I woke and remembered the dreams I would write them in here in detail, and then read over them months later and wonder at the things my mind could conjur. Not any more though...so many perhaps useful, perhaps wistful practices of child hood I have given up or let go of as time wasting or not important enough to continue. And yet now I am fascinated again with dreams. With how things formulate themselves and then our inner fears, our experiences, our perceptions and our emotions shape and mould them into something of a dream which plays out while we are deeply in sleep mode.
I am noticing this with Hunter my son, whose sleep patterns are very varied and always have been. A light sleeper he wakes often, calls out and makes strange noises and often wakes in a rage or mid what would seem an uncomfortable dream that he needs to be soothed or freed from. Such a young and yet incredibly complex mind I assume he is processing the myriad experiences he draws stimulus from everyday in his tiny being...finding his place in the world and his expressions of boundary fear doubt and emotion in general in so many examples around him...which he then must learn to feel and define in his own way.
I know too he has been here before, and so wonder, as I often feel is the case for me, if he is processing different lives and dimensional experiences within those dreams...and whether our REM sleep where our minds are so very active is the opportunity our soul takes, while the rest of the body rests, to compute experience, to imprint our soul with the lessons and the messages we are here to decode...
Is this too deep ? I don't know...what I do know is that we can change our experience of things and the experience of those around us with simple changes in the environment and supportive loving intervention. I know that when I diffuse Doterra Juniper berry and lavender peace in Hunter's diffuser at night he sleeps more peacefully, and snuggles in more closely at night..I know that this diffuser blend keeps me mad awake!!! which is a sacrifice I am willing to make for the peaceful little soul right next to me to gain his own rest.
I know that when I diffuse Cedarwood Bergamot and wild orange I dream....and the little rest I do manage to get feels replenishing and full...
I know that when I roller ball balance on hunter's feet and diffuse lime aborvitae AND lavender in the diffuser we both sleep-WELL- and seem not to dream...a good or bad thing I dont know as far as the level of processing of this and many lives we need to do!haha...but I enjoy those nights when wrapped in the tiny limbs of my little man I know we can control that factor in our environment and trully rest together.
SO I guess what I am saying is it is important to be conscious. It is important to be 'awake'.
Awake to our needs and the tools at our disposal to help us to meet those needs in a fully conscious and responsible way so that we can be the best people we can be. To dream a little dream is so important, and also to understand the way these dreams become and what they mean about our emotional and mental state of being and health in general.
I am so grateful that I have found the oils in my life and that they have given me the tools to help the people I love and to manage my own needs so that I can be the best most authentic and healthy person I can be!!
There is an oil for everything and a personality to the oils and with in each there is a piece that fits into a piece of our own puzzle to help us to patch work the picture of ourselves together.
I am so excited for that! And to share that with you and your family!!!
This is a conscious dream, and one that has been delivered to me on many a night in my sleep in so many creative forms and shapes...I am still deciphering the shape of this dream... But it involves mother nature guiding me and all of us back to a true sense of self and soul journey!!!
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Hi. I'm Emma.
I am a single mother and remedial massage therapist living through my heart and trying to authentically encourage others to live their truth and in their heart space!
The world can be a challenging and sometimes daunting space and I think it is important to always find something to laugh at, to connect to the earth and to resonate with your hearts story when walking your journey.
The essential oils came into my life organically at a time when I needed them and have changed our lives forever. I am so excited to share and empower people on their health and wellness journeys with these amazing natural alternatives to chemical and synthetic solutions.
The oily love is growing and the healthcare revolution is in full swing! Time to Jump on board!!