Dr. Natalie Candela
Whether or not you are able to remember you dreams, dreaming is a natural and routine part of human nightly activity. We may think of nighttime as a passive period when nothing much is happening, but we would be wrong. It is a time of great and important activity, and dreams play a critical role in it.
During the day our brain absorbs a tremendous amount of information. Everything we perceive with our senses gets recorded either consciously or subconsciously. The longer we stay awake, the more information we take in. And when our information cup begins to overflow, so to speak, we start to feel overwhelmed. It becomes difficult for us to maintain focus, retain information, and complete tasks. That’s when the night work becomes indispensible. During the night, our body performs the necessary maintenance, and our brain processes the information of the day and communicates with other aspects of our mind and soul.
Research on sleep and dream deprivation shows that lack of dreaming time is as damaging as the general lack of sleep. Dreams perform a number of functions. They sort, clear, communicate, and predict as they deal with perceptions, beliefs, emotions, and potentials. In the first part of the night, we sort through all of the information we have collected during the waking hours and decide what should be preserved in the short-term or long-term memory and what should be immediately discarded (like junk mail). We usually do not remember this part, but it is critical to our well-being. This basic clean-up allows us to wake up in the morning and have open space within our mind to absorb more information. If we don’t give ourselves enough time to clear our "data bank," we wake up tired.
Once the junk information has been taken out, our subconscious mind gets to work on the more critical stuff. It sends the information that should be retained into long-term memory. It reviews our recent thoughts, worries, and concerns and composes communications (dreams) to let us know
the state of affairs and make suggestions on what should be released or shifted, offering a new perspective and wisdom. It also at times sends us predictive dreams – informing us of the things that will be coming up in our lives.
The communications we receive are conveyed in a language that is uniquely ours, yet may seem hard to understand. Since our subconscious mind does not speak any linear human language, it communicates through feelings and symbols. So to understand those messages, we need to translate them into our everyday language as though translating a foreign piece of writing.
Accurate translations (or interpretations) depend on a number of factors, such as time markers within the dream, timing of the dream during the night, symbolism vs. real-life indicators, emotional response to the dream, etc. All of these factors are addressed during the interpretation.
Some people believe that dream dictionaries that offer generic meanings of dream symbols can explain all dreams. This is not accurate for two reasons. One – our subconscious mind selects the symbols that are uniquely meaningful to us. So, for example, while water in general represents spirit or spirituality, for a person who nearly drowned as a child, water might have a completely different meaning – perhaps danger or an overpowering force. Therefore, each symbol has to be understood from the perspective of the dreamer. Two – symbols by themselves are almost meaningless without the corresponding emotion. Emotions tie the symbols together the way that a sentence connects random words into a coherent thought. Emotions provide the framework through which symbols communicate a coherent message.
Since dreams often contain messages about what needs to be released, they can be very helpful in any transformational process. Therefore, I incorporate dream work into both hypnotherapy and coaching as dreams offer an invaluable internal wisdom and guidance. Dream interpretation can be done with recurrent dreams as well as with stand-alone dreams. It is most effective when done within a few days of the dream so that its message can be related to the issues on the mind of the dreamer.
Dream interpretation sessions are usually done by phone or Zoom. The initial interpretation is discussed during the session, and the final written report is sent after the session.
Our subconscious mind communicates with us on a daily basis but most of the time we have no idea what is being said. Dream interpretation allows for the sent messages to be finally received. Dreams bring us wisdom, support, and guidance, and it is in our best interest to understand them.
What my clients say...
"I had the best dream interpretation session ever today. Natalie really took her time with me and walked me through every aspect, emotion and detail of my dream and gave me a profound interpretation. In the past I have just googled things like "what does water in my dream mean?" and completely missed everything. I really thought I had a good idea of what this particular dream was trying to show me. I was totally off. She has a true gift. She actually typed everything out for me as well so I can go back and read it, which is also really helpful for me. Do yourself a favor and look into what she does. Amazing work!"
Zach S., Columbus, OH
"I came to Natalie with a recurring dream that I wasn't quite sure about. Natalie asked me very specific and detailed questions and helped me to vividly remember my dream in an awake state. I now know that the life I am living today may not be the life I will be living in the future and that some sort of transition is being marinated for me in the universe. I am excited about the future prospects and grateful for the guidance. I would highly recommend Natalie for this service."
Jay W., Mansfield, OH