Following Her Dreams; Dream Whisperer Davina Mackail Is Seeking to Inspire Us All by Deciphering Our Sub-Conscious

Article excerpt

THE phrase "following your dreams" might be hackneyed, but the world would be a duller place if artists, scientists, writers and musicians and writers didn't do just that.

Dreams have inspired literature such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, inventions like Elias Howe's sewing machine, the chemical structure for benzene, musical melodies like Paul McCartney's Yesterday, and even Einstein's theory of relativity.

Davina Mackail, Britain's so-called dream guru, has used her own slumbers to unlock secrets to her own and others' lives, including finding her long-lost father, helping to heal illnesses, and even discovering her true love.

She argues that dreams can be a largely untapped resource. HOW DREAMING Such is her resolute belief in dreams, The Dream Whisperer on Five's The Wright Stuff has written a guide to understanding them.

Recurring These are incredibly Davina, and are take conscious something in our Recurring dreams emotional 'stuckness', to deal with them alternate ending.

The book, The Dream Whisperer: Unlock the Power of Your Dreams, is filled with tips on Explore what's dream and write another ending to feel it, really envision that should be cellular memory recurring.

how to recognise archetypes and symbols in dreams, unlocking metaphors, and how best to turn our dreams into a reality.

Daydreams We often scoff at they might be their nightly dreams.

Dreams need a guide, she says, as the unconscious mind doesn't - and can't - speak the same language as our rational, conscious mind.

Daydreaming between your conscious mind, journey back into understand its symbols and very powerful for "Dreams have to speak to you in wacky imagery, through metaphor and symbol, because one, those metaphors and symbols are personal just to you and no one else, and two, it would take an enormous amount of time for that information to be delivered in any other way," she explains.

She alludes to one of her own dreams, in which she has a kidney infection and gives the Heimlich manoeuvre to a client to detox her liver.

"It didn't make much sense to me, but I was aware from a metaphysical point of view that kidneys are related to the home, infections are to do with anger, and the liver relates to the family," she explains.

"So this dream was related to anger in the home amongst our unlock their come up because changes that need the family, and that was the issue of the consultation with that client."

murdering murdered when in us that's old to change.

it, that louder and more Much like learning to drive a car needs patience and study, she says, so too does "unlocking" the language of our dreams.

haven sleep without best shut-eye. 11pm and 3am, body renew immune system But the end results are worth it, as we find that we are more "in tune" with our "higher self" and "inner spirit".

that cellular non-REM sleep Davina exudes confidence of such magnitude that it is difficult not to feel small in her presence.

junk around help us to minds.

A trained nurse and counsellor, she worked as a director of a commercial radio station, and both owned and directed a hi-tech call centre repair service, before leaving the corporate world in 1999, aged 35.

Often upping the business ante with a little Peruvian magic in the boardroom, it was her business trips to Hong Kong and China that saw her developing a move into both Feng Shui and dream interpretation.

"I've always lived in a parallel universe and always had an inkling I'd do this, I just didn't know how," she says. "I was never happy in my corporate jobs, but just like so many other people, I got caught up paying the mortgage and bills, thinking I wasn't free to follow my dreams."

Now 46, and having studied with teachers as varied as shaman mystics in the Andes and gurus in the foothills of the Himalayas, Davina shares her home with Guy, a trumpet-playing jazz musician, where she works as a teacher, life coach, hypnotherapist, energy healer, and feng shui and space clearing expert. …