What Price Freedom?

What Price Freedom?

What Price Freedom?

I‘m re-sharing this post that I initially published on January 22nd, 2017, because it seems like a particularly relevant topic right now. Let me know what you think.

I had an interesting dream last night. I dreamed that Donald Trump wanted to buy me. Literally, buy me…like a pet or some sort of material object.

The thing was, I had to agree to allow myself to be bought. The trade off was that I would be completely taken care of, live in material luxury, and never, ever have to worry about my physical safety or being provided for – but I had to live in his mansion and I could never leave. It was represented to me as a gold and glass terrarium, of sorts – literally, a gilded cage, like a human aquarium.

The entire dream, I was walking around with him and one of his assistants to various places where he would comment on things and attempt to convince me to allow him to buy me.

In the end, I decided that no amount of security or safety represented in the form of material wealth was worth trading in my freedom.

As I thought about the dream and what it represented for me personally, as well as on a more national scale, I had some illuminating thoughts.

On a national scale, if we are to take Mr. Trump’s appearance in my dream at face value, it’s an interesting metaphorical representation of Trump’s isolationist outlook and certain political sentiments that have been expressed by a number of people over the last decade (and long before that, I’m sure) in reference to things like national security and the NSA. People who say that they are perfectly okay with trading in certain personal freedoms for the promise that someone else will keep them safe, provide for them, people who are ok with sacrificing their privacy in the name of security, etc.

It’s also a very apt metaphor about the illusion of security that is provided by a capitalist society–that money and things are what make us feel provided for and safe. The aspirations of success and luxury are really just a cage that keeps us trapped in an economic system that benefits some more than others, and is, at the end of the day, unsustainable.

With the rise of terrorism in the U.S., people seem to be adhering to fear in insane ways. Is this what so many people want? Is a prison still a prison if it has golden bars instead of iron? It’s incredible what fear will make people do.

On a more on a personal level, the dream represents sacrificing what would bring you true happiness for the sake of being financially provided for. So many people live in the mindset that they can’t pursue what they truly want because of money or some other material reason based in fear and a scarcity mentality.

When we make these kinds of sacrifices out of fear, we are giving away our freedom to create a life we truly love in exchange for a life that simply meets our material needs. We are sacrificing enjoying our lives to just be alive. Ask yourself this question – which is better? A few short years of pure, unadulterated freedom and joy, unencumbered by the illusion of material comforts, or a long life lived safely but mundanely? Is total freedom worth the risk involved? And how much freedom are you willing to trade in the name of financial safety and security?

Xo,

Ash

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Holistic Spaces Podcast

Holistic Spaces Podcast

Holistic Spaces Podcast

Ijust wanted to throw up a quick post today and direct your attention to a podcast interview I did a couple of months ago.

I’ve been easing into my new job this week. I feel like I have no time anymore, because I’m so used to being able to make my own schedule. Now it’s dark when I leave work and I only have 3-4 hours before it’s time to go to sleep when I get home! Yeah, I’m old. I fall asleep around 9:30 or 10 each night. I haven’t worked a full time job since before I started this blog, so I have to find my routine for posting again.

Meanwhile, the holidays are in full swing around here and no one does Christmas like New York City. I was walking around looking at all the decorations in Anthropologie by Rockefeller Center last week and it made me a little bit depressed. This is the first year in a long time that I won’t be decorating for the holidays. I don’t have any Christmas decorations, much less any space to store them. I’m spending Christmas in Alabama with my mom, though, so I won’t be alone.

Today I wanted to share with you the Holistic Spaces podcast interview I did back in September with Anji Cho, a New York City Feng Shui consultant. It’s a super short listen where Anji and I discuss dream interpretation, sacred spaces, the energy of your space, altars, and how to set intentions with your home decor. You’ll love the discussion!

HOLISTIC SPACES PODCAST

This week, I’m very excited to welcome my friend, Ash Riley, an intuitive personal development mentor who works with many spiritual topics, including dreams. This time around, we’ll chat with Ash about dreams and sacred spaces, but hopefully she’ll be back soon with more insight on all the spiritual aspects of her work.

Show notes:
Post I mentioned about the segment from a previous interview on my move to New York

 

Xo,

Ash

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How Dreams Can Predict The Future

How Dreams Can Predict The Future

How Dreams Can Predict The Future

Question from a reader:

“Can dreams predict the future?”

Yes, dreams can predict the future, although most of the time it’s not in the way most people assume. In some instances, you may have a dream and then see that event occur in real life in exactly the same way that it happened in your dream. This is what most people think of when they think about dreams predicting the future and it’s a rare occurrence for the most part.

Dreams can often give indicators of future events in a less literal way, though, and a lot of people miss the cues because they don’t know what to look for or how to identify what they’re being shown.

Here’s a few examples:

When I was in college, I dreamed that my ex boyfriend left his fiancee at the alter and asked me to marry him instead. A month or so later, they broke off their engagement and he asked me out on a date. As you can see, this wasn’t exactly what occurred in the dream, but the general theme was correct.

 

A few years ago, while I was sleeping on a flight to Europe, I was in the middle of a dream when the “volume” on the dream was completely turned off and a voice came in over the top (while the imagery from the original dream was still happening, almost like an emergency broadcast) and said, “Listen! Brother… car accident.”

 

I was completely freaked out the rest of the trip, but nothing happened. Six months later, that dream randomly popped into my head and I thought, “Well I guess it was nothing.” Two days later, my brother walked away from a head-on collision with barely a scratch on him.

Many dreams can show you, generally speaking, what will happen for you if you follow certain guidance that you’re being given within them. These things will show up symbolically and sometimes literally, or a mixture of the two.

If you’d like to learn more about how to understand what your dreams are trying to tell you, sign up for my online dream interpretation course! 

Xo,

Ash

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How Dreams Can Predict The Future

Recurring Dreams and Repressed Trauma

Recurring Dreams and Repressed Trauma

Question from a reader:

“I’ve always had night terrors, and I frequently encounter spirits (it runs in the family). The very first dream I can ever remember having (and I almost always remember my dreams) is a recurring dream I still have to this day. I’ll have it anywhere between once and dozens of times a year. It’s very dark, and the beginning is in 8-bit (I was a 90’s kid who loved my Gameboy Color). I’m running through a vertical maze made of dark grey sand and boulders, and the maze is quickly flooding. While the rushing water chases me, I come across my kinder garden teacher, who can breathe underwater. She warns me to run. I do, and eventually the water is up to my calves, then my waist, then my chin. The dream gets hazy for a moment and there is a sort of scene change. I’m now in my childhood bedroom, it’s storming outside, and there is a man’s face in my window. He’s old, but not elderly, and he’s smiling cruelly with bulging eyes. I’m bent over a chair and in pain. I’m not alone in the room. There is a man and I don’t know who he is. I always wake up then. I know the dream is hinting toward some kind of molestation which I can’t really remember. I get flashes sometimes and I know that I suffer from PTSD because of the experience. I’ve read many times that water in dreams symbolizes consciousness. I know this dream is telling me that there are very dark things from my childhood that I can’t remember, but that actively haunt me. But I don’t know if this dream is a warning to keep it suppressed, a window into my memories, or… what. Any ideas?”

I‘ve written about the significance of recurring dreams before and how they are typically attempting to show you something that you’ve been repressing. You can use Jungian dream symbolism to get quite a bit of meaning out of your dream. To address your question immediately – is the dream a warning to keep it suppressed? No. Mostly because suppressing things is counter-productive. The mind suppresses traumatic memories as a way of temporarily shielding us, but long term suppression can lead to all kinds of issues both emotional and physical, hence your