DREAM BLOG by Debbie Ihburg-Smith

Debbie has been blessed to reside in what she considers to be two of the most beautiful places in America; the San Francisco Bay Area where she raised her two sons, and the beautiful Hudson Valley area of New York where she was born and raised, and once again makes her homeDebbie and her sister Sherri Cortland often work together on metaphysical columns for Examiner.com, where Debbie specializes in the meaning of dreams, and Guide Group Fridays is their first book together. Debbie first became interested in communicating with spirit as a child, when her Mother would have psychic readings and share her experiences with her daughters.

To reach Debbie, please email her at:  dihburg@gmail.com



Sherri asked me to start this blog because so many of her Examiner.com readers are interested in the meaning of dreams, and she knows that’s something I love to talk about!  She has to write about different subjects for her column, but here on this page, I can focus on dreams–starting today!  And down the road we’ll move on to other subjects, including crystals and much more!  Thank you for reading my blog!


October 8, 2014:  Do you ever dream of numbers?

Do you ever dream of numbers? Our Guides and Higher self often use our dream state to relay messages to us, and the first step in making sense of our number dreams is to keep a dream journal.  Why?  Because while we might not understand the meaning immediately, we will down the road, and having our dreams written down makes them easier to analyze and contemplate. To help us make sense of our number dreams, here’s a list of dream interpretations for the numbers one through ten from (1) The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Dream Symbols by psychologist , lecturer and author, Klaus Vollmar; and (2) Dream Bible.com:

  • One: Unity. That which is indivisible, the self.  The number 1 in a dream represents beginnings.  When you see it in a dream it can mean that something new is starting in the way you think or in your life.
  • Two: The number 2 in dreams symbolizes opposites & contradictions that are in need of differentiation & balance. Your ambivalence is becoming known, which is a positive development.  The number 2 in a dream represents conflict. Two opposing sides struggling against each other. When you see it in a dream it represents a conflict in your life, or in the way you think or feel.  Different ideas, beliefs or choices struggling with each other.
  • Three: Three is tense, dynamic, rhythmic, & complete (the holy trinity). Three is the symbol of the spirit, since it is assigned to the third stage of human consciousness (after the physical & emotional).  The number 3 in a dream represents creation or making something happen.  Your plans, goals, or intentions are coming to life.  Alternatively, the number 3 may reflect a creative process or chaos.
  • Four: A symbol of wholeness.  Four creates order in chaos. It is the symbol for becoming whole & becoming one.  The number 4 in a dream represents balance, stability, and sacrifice of negativity. When you see it in a dream it’s usually pointing to something negative in your life that has been removed, or that needs to be
  • Five: The fundamental human being, a person in harmony, because a person, hands & legs extended, forms a pentagram.  Five means “Quintessence,” the fundamental sense, the essential. The number 5 in a dream represents change. When you see it in a dream it means that something in the way you think, or in your life is changing or being shaken up.
  • Six: Usually a symbol of sexuality.  The number 6 in a dream represents negativity. When you see it in a dream it’s pointing to thoughts, emotions, behaviors, or life experiences that are negative.  It may also reflect bad intentions, meanness, greed, or deception.
  • Seven: The number 7 in a dream represents purity, purification, and wisdom gained after facing negativity.  Negative situations are being dealt with or removed.  It may also reflect negative beliefs or habits that are being stopped or cleansed in some way.
  • Eight: Dreaming of the number 8 symbolizes wholeness, completeness & grounding. The number 8 in a dream represents completion. In a dream it means that something is coming to a close, and about to end.  A final run up to an ending.  It may also reflect feelings of having everything you need or being complete.
  • Nine: With the number nine you have reached a level of completion. Nine symbolizes renewal.  The number 9 in a a dream represents the end. In a dream it means that something is ending or already has ended.  A situation is now over or will never happen again.
  • Ten: To dream of the number 10 denotes a new beginning, after having reached the goal. The number 10 in a dream represents starting over or a new beginning.   Something has ended in the way you think or in your life.  A fresh start.  A fresh start or doing something differently.

If you are dreaming of multiple numbers, you can break it down by adding the individual numbers together & focusing on the sum of the numbers. For example 619 = 6+1+9 and 16 = 1+6 =7. In this example the sum of 619 equals 7, and someone dreaming of 619 can refer to and concentrate on what the number 7 means to help figure out the meaning of the dream.



 October 17, 2014: Dreams about Flying

I remember my first flying dreams as a child. I was able to run & gain speed & I would fly around the tree branches, giggling. They are rare for me, but I still have them. The one thing I find in common with ALL of them is that I am always aware that I am asleep and dreaming, and yet somehow I can control my flying & my actions in my dream, as if I am awake!

Gustavus Hindmand Miller is well known for his indepth studies on dream symbols & interpretation. His book The Dictionary of Dreams, with over 10,000 dream symbols for us to explore. With this dictionary, you will be well on you’re way to interpreting  your dreams in no time at all, and to get you going, here is a link to a free e-book of The Dictionary of Dreams. Below are six of  Gustavus Hindmand Miller’s interpretations of what flying in your dreams may symbolize:

  1. To dream of flying high through a space, denotes marital calamities.
  2. To fly low, almost to the ground, indicates sickness and uneasy states from which the dreamer will recover.
  3. To fly over muddy water, warns you to keep close with your private affairs, as enemies are watching to enthrall you.
  4. To fly over broken places, signifies ill luck and gloomy surroundings. If you notice green trees and vegetation below you in flying, you will suffer temporary embarrassment, but will have a flood of prosperity upon you.
  5. To dream of seeing the sun while flying, signifies useless worries, as your affairs will succeed despite your fears of evil.
  6. To dream of flying through the firmament passing the moon and other planets; foretells famine, wars, and troubles of all kinds.

At Dream Moods.com, I found the following possible interpretations of flying dreams:

  • If you are flying with ease and are enjoying the scene and landscape below, then it suggests that you are on top of a situation. You have risen above something. It may also mean that you have gained a new and different perspective on things.
  • Flying dreams and the ability to control your flight is representative of your own personal sense of power.
  • Having difficulties staying in flight indicates a lack of power in controlling your own circumstances. You may be struggling to stay aloft or stay on set course. Things like power lines, trees, or mountains may be obstacles that you encounter in flight. These obstacles symbolize something or someone who is standing in your way in your waking life. You need to identify what or who is trying to prevent you from moving forward. Difficulty flying may also be an indication of a lack of confidence or some hesitation on your part. You need to believe in yourself and not be afraid.

And as always, keep that journal next to your bed and when you awaken, jot down every detail of your dreams that you can remember. This will help you recall more facts later as you contemplate on your dream.


November 18, 2014: Colors and Dreams

Have you ever wondered why you keep seeing the same color in your dreams? It may be that your Higher Self is attempting to alert you to an individual chakra that needs to be balanced or there may be a message for you in the basic interpretation of an individual color. For today’s blog, we’re going to look at the basic meanings of colors that frequently turn up in our dreams, but please keep in mind that there is more to dream interpretation than repeating colors.  In addition to repeating colors, also look at the other aspects of your dream as you being to put together the puzzle and divine the correct interpretation. In researching repeated colors, I came upon the following list of meanings from www.ColourLovers.com:

  • Red can symbolize passion, courage, or your emotional relationships… but it can also be the color of danger. You will need to think about what your personal associations are with red and look at the context of the rest of your dream to find out if you’re seeing love or danger. Often they go hand in hand.
  • Orange symbolizes sociability and friendliness. This color could be showing you new interests or things that are warm and friendly towards you… or maybe your thoughtfulness towards a particular interest.
  • Yellow, like most colors, has both positive and negative connotations. It can be symbolic of intellect, energy, happiness, and wisdom… or if the dream is an unpleasant one, the color could represent cowardice and sickness.
  • Green symbolizes positive change, growth, healing and peace. It can symbolize your efforts to gain recognition or establish your independence. The other side of green often represents greed and jealousy.
  • Blue symbolizes truth, wisdom, and openness. This could represent your optimism for the future or your trust in a particular thing. Blue may also be a metaphor of “feeling blue” or sad depending on your dream.
  • Violet, in darker shades, may denote a person who feels misunderstood or has obstacles to overcome. It too is a spiritual color, and brighter shades help inspire and stimulate, especially in relation to dream activity.
  • Black is often regarded as the color of death, its appearance in our dreams may represent the death of old ideas or change. Another possible explanation is that it represents a hidden or rejected aspect of the dreamer. It is the color of mystery, the unconscious, and sometimes even protection.
  •  Gray can indicate fear, depression, ill health, or confusion. It may represent being emotionally distant or detached from something.
  • White is often regarded as the color of purity and truth. Seeing this in your dreams may be a message from your subconscious telling you to regard the truth of a certain situation. It is also the color of completeness and innocence.

 If you are seeing the same color repeatedly in your dreams, here is a list of colors and associated chakras, followed by a meditation  that you can use to balance the chakra associated with the color you’re dreaming about:

  • ?1st Chakra (Root Chakra at Perineum) = Red & Black
  •  ?2nd Chakra (Sacrum Chakra at abdomen) = Orange
  •  ?3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra at solar plexus) = Yellow
  •  ?4th Chakra (Heart Chakra in center of chest ) = Green & Pink
  •  ?5th Chakra (Throat Chakra in center of throat) = Blue
  •  ?6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra in between eyebrows on forehead) = Indigo or Purple
  •  ?7th Chakra (Crown Chakra at top of head) = Clear of Violet


Choose a stone the color of the chakra you wish to balance, and/or visualize a bright wheel of color (the color of the chakra you are balancing) turning in a clockwise direction. Watch the wheel of color and visualize and feel energy in the color you’re visualizing begin to enter, and continuing to flow, into your chakra. Continue visualizing the wheel of color and feeling the energy enter your chakra until you feel balanced.



Every now and again I have been blessed to experience what is known as Lucid Dreaming.  Lucid dreaming is a dream in which you realize you are dreaming; you see things through your own eyes—unlike a regular dream where you don’t actually see yourself.   In lucid dreaming, in my experience, you are watching the dream, as if you were floating nearby, totally able to see yourself from a distance.

When I wake up from such a dream, I always try to fall right back to sleep and recapture it!  I had a lucid dream recently, the first in quite a while, and it seemed to me that as I was dreaming and realized I was experiencing something out of normal realm of awareness, that’s when I stepped back and started to question what was going on.  That was the moment when I was able to actually view myself in the dream.

In the dream I just mentioned, I found myself in a situation that shocked me, a situation with people I know, but that was way out of the normal realm of things for me; and it was at that moment that I felt like I was both a participant and a viewer.  When I woke up, I knew I wanted to learn more about lucid dreaming so I did some research, and here’s what I learned at www.DreamMoods.com:

Lucid dreams give you the ability to control your own dreams and steer them toward the direction you want. In the lucid state, you are more willing to confront threats and as a result, become more self-confident. When you achieve lucidity, you can use it as a tool to improve your sports game, to rehearse for a speech, to fulfill your fantasies, or to solve a problem in your waking life. In fact, some athletes utilize their lucid dreams to practice their tennis serve, golf stroke or bat swing. Even in your day-to-day life, you can use lucid dreams to ask the boss for a raise, prepare for a first date, overcome phobias, get over writer’s block, etc. Lucid dreams can help you visualize and rehearse an event in your mind before it actually occurs. It helps to overcome fears and anxieties. The application of lucid dreams is limited only to your imagination. Because brain activity during the dream state is the same as during a real life event, what you “learn” or “practice” in your lucid dream state is similar to the training and preparation you do in the waking world. Your neuronal patterns are already being conditioned. At least half of all adults have had one lucid dream in their lifetime. Many have reported having lucid dreams without even trying. Often flying is associated with lucid dreams. With practice, lucid dreaming can be learned and achieved at your will.”


December 30, 2014:  Communicating with Spirit while we Sleep

my sister, Sherri Cortland, and I recently wrote an article together on this subject for Examiner.com.  Here are some excerpts for our Dream Blog:

Can a dream be a setting for communication from Spirit, our Guides and Angels, and/or a loved one that has passed?  Sherri and I took an in-depth look at the times we felt sure that we did indeed have communication from Spirit while we were sleeping, and the two of us are far from alone in this experience; especially when it comes to contact from our deceased loved ones.

Many of us experience after-death communication during sleep, and Sherri and I think it’s because during the dream state, our vibrational levels are elevated, and we’re in a state where we are much more accessible and probably more receptive to communication, too.  Think about it—as we’re shutting down our conscious mind, we drift into what is almost a meditative state.  Combine that meditative state with an elevated vibrational level and it’s the perfect forum for our loved ones to reach out to us.  Here’s some personal input on this subject from both of us: 

From Debbie:

Communication with deceased loved ones through dreams is known as dream visitations and is the most common way to be visited by those in spirit.  I have had two spirit visitation dreams that I recall, and they are much different than regular dreams.

The first was a visit from my Gram. While I cannot remember the details now, I know we were flying down hallways in a big house. We were having fun soaring along. We were laughing at times. I was left with a feeling that she was at peace. She had transitioned and there was no need to worry.

The second spirit visitation dream came after my mother passed away. I always wished that she would enter a dream and say hi. I wondered why she never did. I missed her so badly and I wanted to see her. Finally, she came into a dream. She came to my job at lunchtime, and sat at a picnic table with my friends and me. She didn’t speak. Instead, my friend Kristin was telling me what Mom wanted. I couldn’t understand why that was happening. Mom was telling Kristin to tell me that I had to go to Home Depot to fix some problem at the house.

Both of these dreams felt different from a normal dream.  They were almost like having a lucid dream and when I woke up I could remember every detail of the dreams—the dreams didn’t fade.  And that’s one way to tell the difference between a dream and communication from Spirit:  even a year from when you first had the dream it is still as fresh in your mind as when you woke up from it.

From Sherri:

Interestingly, I’ve also had communication via dreams from our Mother and Grandmother and I concur with what Debbie says above about remembering the dreams so vividly long after the dreams took place. There is a reality aspect to communication dreams that doesn’t exist in a standard dream. I had communication during a dream from my Guide, Gilbert, back in 2009, and I remember it 100% clearly to this day.  My first book had just come out, and I wasn’t even thinking about a second book.  In this dream, Gilbert, a guide I had not consciously met yet during this incarnation, told me all about the new book we would be working on together (Raising Our Vibrations for the New Age).  In this dream, Gilbert and I were very chummy, like we were the best of friends, and I knew that I knew him well when we were chatting in the dream.  When I woke up, I called on my Guide, Jeremy, during automatic writing, and told him about the dream and asked him about Gilbert.  Jeremy told me that Gilbert is an entity that I’ve done a lot of projects with, that we are very close, and that he would indeed be leading the “GG” (Guide Group) for my second book.  About a month after that dream, Gilbert started working with me consciously through automatic writing.

As Sherri says, communication through dreams is all well and good, but why wait?  If you want to connect, meditation with intent is a great way to do so, and Sherri would love to send you a free copy of the handout she gives to her workshop participants on direct communication with Spirit:  just send a message to her at SCortland@cfl.rr.com and she’ll email you a copy.



February 4, 2015:  Daydreams

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming?

I know I have.  The technical definition of daydreaming, according to Wikipedia is “a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.”  No wonder human beings love to daydream—it’s like a mini-vacation!  And daydreaming is important enough for many psychiatrists and psychologists to have studied them; here are some of their findings:

  • As far as Freudian psychology is concerned, daydreaming is similar night dreams in that repressed feelings and instincts may surface in both because we’re in a relaxed state and not censoring what we think about.
  • In the late 1960s, pyschologists at the City College of New York created a daydream questionnaire, called the Imaginal Processes Inventory (IPI), to investigate daydreams. Psychologists Leonard Giambra and George Huba used the IPI and found that daydreamers’ imaginary images vary in three ways: how vivid or enjoyable the daydreams are, how many guilt- or fear-filled daydreams they have, and how “deeply” into the daydream people go.
  • There are many types of daydreams, and there is no consistent definition amongst psychologists, and the only common denominator when it comes to daydreams is that there is always some sort of dissociation from what’s happening around the daydreamer.
  • In an article I read by Rebecca Turner ( http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/ ) I found that contrary to popular belief, daydreaming is an important part of dream research. “As with all types of dreams, you enter a kind of hypnotic trance and allow your unconscious thoughts to rise to the surface.” Daydreams are no different! Rebecca shares that scientific studies have revealed that most of us daydream between 70 & 120 minutes per day. While daydreaming, you are neither fully awake nor asleep. This made me start to daydream about what is the difference between daydreaming and meditating and I’ll address in just a moment.

From the research I’ve with regard to daydreaming, it seems like in the past it was disregarded as part of dream studies because it was felt like daydreaming was nothing more than wandering thoughts.  But this is changing and many now believe that the content of one’s are useful in helping to understanding one’s true feelings and goals.

When it comes to symbology of daydreams, many say that this is the same as our night dreams.  So if you find your daydreaming about flying or dreaming at night about flying, both would have the same message for you.

Some say we can use our daydreams to produce positive outcomes.  We all know that the universe gives us what we focus on, so instead of worrying try repeating positive images and outcomes in your mind—this will let the universe know that you do not want to be worried all the time, and that what you really want is a happy ending.   To prove this point, Tiger Woods has said that he has used daydreams to improve his golf game.  If Tiger can do it, so can we—for all kinds of things…even when studying for a test or preparing for a job interview.

When it comes to creativity, daydreaming is very helpful:  I found a story about Albert Einstein coming up with the Theory of Relativity while he was daydreaming; and on June 5, 2012, The New Yorker published a story about daydreaming in which they said:

“A daydream is that fountain spurting, spilling strange new thoughts into the stream of consciousness. And these spurts turn out to be surprisingly useful.”

I agree.  And although while in meditation, we are trained to stay in the present, focus and dismiss errant thoughts, it seems to me that a version of meditation called meditation with intent, where we sit down and tell the universe what it is we are seeking, and then sit quietly and see what comes to us, might be worth a try.  Meditating and daydreaming are both ways to make our desires known to us and to the universe–just don’t go daydreaming while driving a car or operating machinery!

Me personally, I think I’m a 120 minute per day daydreamer. I daydream a lot about going to an island vacation resort for a week; and as soon as I finish this column, my mind will taking me back to Cancun, where I will be soaking up sun and having fun on my coffee break!