The mindset helmet.

You might have noticed that I talk a lot about mindset and how dreams can help us to identify both our conscious and unconscious mindset, but what does this really mean?

I picture mindset as a helmet, perhaps a little like a bike helmet but composed of a network of living neural pathways, relatively flexible, reprogrammable, but sometimes stubbornly and archaically fixed. It’s the sum total of all your beliefs (conscious and unconscious) and how they interconnect to form your patterns of behaviour and your unique perspective of the world. It’s a brain-wiring thing, revealed when you interpret your dreams.

Brain-wiring can sound so cold and clinical, out of step with the more ethereal nature of our dreams. What about heart, soul, and spirit? Surely our dreams are gateways to these more mysterious essences of our being?

Yes, yes, and yes. But we must start with mindset.

Depending on your mindset, you may believe that you are simply the sum of your physical parts, a delicately balanced and nuanced brain and body, partly understood by science, partly yet to be understood by science.

Or your mindset may encompass beliefs about your soul, spirit, meaningful purpose, transcendence of the physical body, and life beyond death.

While your mindset is your belief system, the true nature of your being flows on, regardless of your beliefs about it.

Your true nature may indeed be entirely physical, but perhaps largely unexplored or unexplained. It moves you through life nonetheless. Or your true nature may be spiritual, currently experiencing life in a body, but largely unexplored or unexplained. It moves you through life nonetheless.

I’m being ultra-simplistic here to make the point.

Mindset is like a helmet constructed of lenses and filters, potential portals and locks and keys. If you want to access your heart, soul, spirit, purpose, meaningfulness, the divine, the mysteries of the universe, and all that is, you need to become acquainted with your mindset so that you can understand, change, or clear the lenses and filters, unlock what is locked, if you wish, and reach through to touch your heart, soul, spirit, and allow the mysteries freedom to flow through.

If none of that rings true for you, if you are of the belief that you are a physical being only, then the same concept applies: if you want to access the less explored or unexplored aspects of your physical being and grow into greater potential, knowing the structure of your mindset is a good place to start. There are lenses and filters to adjust, locks to reassess, portals to discover.

Think of your mindset – the helmet – as a largely manufactured thing, created and shaped according to your experiences in the world. It is composed of the beliefs and patterns you are aware of (your conscious mindset) and the beliefs and patterns you are unaware of (your unconscious mindset).

It’s your unconscious mindset that can be so pesky, sabotaging your conscious intentions, or stirring a pot of discontent.

The first job of dreamwork, achieved by applying dream interpretation tools and techniques, is to identify both your conscious and unconscious mindsets and understand how they influence the way you respond in the world. Which aspects of your mindset work to support your growth and intentions, and which aspects are limiting, no longer supportive, or even harmful?

The second job of dreamwork is to open you to greater potential by adjusting that mindset helmet and reprogramming limiting beliefs through dream alchemy.

Dreamwork ultimately connects, or reconnects, you to your true nature, to your heart, soul, and spirit, through acquainting you with the constructed nature of your mindset and awakening you to what lies beyond.


Jane Teresa Anderson

Graduating with an Honours degree in Zoology specialising in neurophysiology from the University of Glasgow, dream analyst and dream therapist Jane Teresa Anderson has been researching dreams since 1992, and developing and teaching dream alchemy practices that shift perspective and reprogram unconscious limiting beliefs. Jane Teresa is a multi-published author, and appears frequently in the media on television, radio, and in print. She is also host of the long-running podcast, The Dream Show, and offers her online study and certificate courses through The Dream Academy.


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