While I was living in the Canary Islands last year, I met a nice Italian-Venezuelan couple: Fabio & Sarai, who I now have the pleasure to call friends 🙂
Fabio is a professional sailor and also a psychologist. We once had a brief conversation about dreams, he’s a subject matter expert, and I’ve always been curious about what dreams are and why they happen. Seeing my interest and enthusiasm about it, Fabio told me about a dream challenge he designed and had run before. A few weeks ago, he invited me to participate in his latest 21-day Harnessing Dreams Challenge.
It consisted of dream journaling, daily meditations and changing our perspective about dreams. I absolutely loved listening to what he had to share, and doing the daily assignments. As the last one was to share our experience, I’ve decided to do it here.
Today was (my) day 21, and here’s my experience:
From day zero and without even knowing what the challenge was going to be like, I started remembering my dreams. Before this, I used to remember dreams once in a while, but didn’t make any sense of them, or think about why I dreamed certain things.
Although, not long before the challenge, I’d had a very particular dream in which a hummingbird appeared. That morning, I told my partner about it, and surprisingly a few moments later while we were enjoying our coffee together at the patio, a hummingbird came almost up to my face! He stayed there for a moment, and left 🤯… That day I kept thinking a lot about that dream, and this greatly increased my curiosity about its meaning. During the challenge I tried to re-create it.
Throughout the challenge and by following the instructions and daily meditations, I started becoming more aware of my dreams, remembering up to 3 dreams in one night and journaling about them. I started seeing how my thoughts during the day influenced my dreams and how dreams are a reflection of my fears and other emotions.
I then learned how to put intention to dreams and decide what to dream about. I don’t have full control over them, and that’s not what I’m expecting, but I do love having a new perspective and just being able to make more sense of dreams really feels amazing!
I’ve had beautiful dreams during these days, a couple of bad ones too, and I also remembered old dreams! In my latest dream last night, I saw the sky with several full moons and rain of stars; I’m at the beach with lots of women, some of my friends amongst them. It was lovely!
Some nights, I also had very “out of context” or “unrelated” dreams, but there was always something I could find in them that was connected to my thoughts, conversations, or emotions while awake.
I’ve been on a journey of self-awareness for a while now, and the work with dreams has helped me to go deeper and to continue learning about myself. Training my mind, which I love as much as I love training my body.
One of the things I enjoyed the most about the challenge was to ask myself some questions during the day, so I could also do it in dreams and see what happens… I won’t tell you more, because I know Fabio will run the challenge again at some point, and if you are interested, I totally recommend it!
Here’s his Instagram and website if you’d like to know more about him and his work. He also crossed the ocean sailing his boat all the way from Panama to Tenerife Island – can you imagine this!? You can read all about it here -yeah, I know, I have pretty cool friends 😉
We met Fabio and Sarai in Tenerife when Simo, my partner, went to a Meetup event and they started a conversation. It turned out they lived just a couple steps from our house in their little boat!! Since we are also a Latinamerican-Italian couple, we connected from the very beginning, and then we found other things in common, such as being passionate about dreams! Who would’ve thought?
I thank life for bringing these two wonderful persons into our lives and I can’t wait to see them again soon!!
What are your thoughts about dreams?… I’d love to know.