Renewing Your Mind: Colorful Dreams

April 15th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Recently, I experienced a dream in which I saw everything through a brown filter. It seemed like I was looking through mud during the entire dream, which involved trying to meet my sister Courtney at an amusement park. No matter how hard Courtney and I tried to get together, something would happen to prevent it. We called each other on brown cell phones to make new plans, only to have those fall through. In the end, I wandered alone around the park — which was completely brown — skipping the rides and wondering when I’d get to see Courtney again.

My dream was all about frustration, and I learned while doing research on color meanings in dreams that brown often symbolizes frustration about something when it predominates a dream. That helped me make sense of the dream. I was indeed struggling with frustration about how difficult it was to get together with Courtney lately; our schedules weren’t matching up as often as I wished I could see her. In my dream, I pictured us back at an amusement park we used to visit together as kids — only now we were adults with obligations that prevented us from meeting there, despite our desire to have more fun together.

Learning about what the brown represented helped me interpret the dream and bring the issue to my attention in my waking life. What colors have stood out in your dreams lately? Check out my About.com site for new articles about colors and dream interpretation.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Dreams of the Future

April 8th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Have you ever dreamed about something happening in your life before it actually happened?

Dreams that contain premonitions of the future are called prophetic or precognitive dreams. I’m covering them on my About.com site about angels and miracles right now; hope you enjoy the new content.

While I don’t recall experiencing any prophetic dreams so far in my life, I have had several experiences of receiving premonitions about the future while I’ve been awake. Waking experiences like that fall under the category of extrasensory perception.

The most astounding premonition I’ve received involved meeting my husband. One day I was reading my local newspaper and noticed an announcement for a festival to take place on the upcoming weekend. Suddenly a clear thought came into my mind and I heard a voice speaking to me internally, telling me that I should go to the festival and that I would meet a man there who I would end up marrying. Since I wasn’t looking for someone to marry and wasn’t even interested in the festival’s theme, I thought that was funny. Yet, oddly, I felt compelled to go — and while I was there, I did indeed meet the man who would later become my husband!

Have you ever gotten a premonition about the future that later happened just as predicted? If so, consider sharing your story to inspire others by sending it in for me to post on the About.com site!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Hope

April 1st, 2015 by whitneyhopler

There’s one attitude that has more power than any other to renew your mind: hope. If you’re hopeful, you’re likely to open your mind to other positive attitudes. Hope is the foundation of everything that makes the mind healthy.

As a Christian, I believe in the power of hope that was unleashed during the first Easter, when Jesus Christ was resurrected. Easter will be here soon. So I hope you enjoy the articles on my About.com site about Easter, such as “What is the Easter Miracle of the Resurrection” and “Angels at Jesus Christ’s Resurrection on Easter”.

I’ve just written a new article about the power of hope for Crosswalk.com, called “Will You Dare to be Hopeful When Life Seems Hopeless?”. It describes some lessons I’ve learned about hope in my personal life — and the more I’ve learned about hope, the more my mind has been renewed.

Here’s to more hope in your life, too!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Numbers in Dreams

March 25th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

If you dream about numbers, it’s likely that those numbers have some sort of significance in your waking life. They may symbolize something that’s key for you to figure out in order to understand your dream’s message.

A while ago, I had a recurring dream that featured the house numbers from a former address of mine: 2028. Those were the numbers of my home during a particularly stressful time of my childhood (after my parents had divorced and remarried, and I moved with my mom and sister to another state). The fact that my old house number kept popping up in my dreams inspired me to pray about what it might mean. It turned out that I had some unresolved feelings relating to my childhood during the time I lived there. After I paid attention to those feelings and processed them with God’s help, I found the healing that I needed.

I’ve posted a series of articles on my About.com site about the spiritual significance of numbers in dreams. Hope you find those articles helpful as you interpret the meanings of numbers in your own dreams!

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Asleep or Awake?

March 18th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Have you ever been asleep, yet thought you were awake? How about awake, but thinking that you’re sleeping?

The transitions between the various states of sleep and wakefulness can be fascinating times. I’m always interested when my cousin, who works as a nurse anesthetist, describes the different levels of sleeping and waking. Our minds are active throughout whichever state we’re in at any given time.

On my About.com site, I’m continuing to cover angels and miracles in dreams, and I’ve recently posted two articles that show how the boundaries between being asleep and being awake can be blurred. In one, “Archangel Michael Apparition in Dream at Healing Shrine,” the person who met an angel was asleep but thought he was awake — only to wake up with physical evidence of the encounter he had while sleeping. In another, “Bible Angels: An Angel Helps Peter Escape from Prison,” the Apostle Peter thought he was asleep when he met an angel, but then discovered that he was actually awake.

Hope you enjoy! And if you’ve ever received a message from an angel or a miraculous answer to prayer through one of your dreams, consider writing a brief summary of your story and using it to inspire others. You can email me your dream story at: aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com to post it on the About.com site for readers.

Thanks, and Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Angels and Dreams

March 11th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

As messengers of God, angels are often busy delivering divine messages to human beings — and one of the most common ways angels do so is through dreams. Guardian angels, in particular, speak through dreams a lot. Hope you enjoy the articles about angels and dreams that I’m posting regularly on the About.com Angels and Miracles site, including:

* How Angels Can Help You Dream with Purpose

* Contacting Your Guardian Angel: Messages in Dreams

* Angels on Jacob’s Ladder during a Dream

* Archangel Michael Apparition in Dream at Healing Shrine

Have you ever received a message from an angel or a miraculous answer to prayer through one of your dreams? If so, consider writing a brief summary of your story and using it to inspire others by having me post it on the About.com site. You can email me your dream story at: aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

Thanks, and Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Divine Dreams

March 4th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Hope you enjoy the new content I’m posting on my About.com Angels and Miracles site about dreams, such as inspiring quotes about dreams (part 1 and part 2). Look for new content added often!

One of the new articles is about ways God may communicate to you through dreams. Those ways include: inspiring you with new ideas, giving you solutions to problems, warning you about issues that need attention, healing you from pain, revealing the future, and encouraging you.

Have you ever received a message from an angel or a miraculous answer to prayer through one of your dreams? If so, consider writing a brief summary of your story and using it to inspire others by having me post it on the About.com site. You can email me your dream story at: aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

Thanks, and Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Dreams

February 25th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

Soon I’ll be creating new content hubs on my About.com Angels and Miracles site about a fascinating topic: dreams. There’s so much that excites me about what we can learn about our minds (and our faith) from learning about our dreams!

I’ve often gotten creative inspiration for my writing in dreams. That’s just one of a myriad of benefits of dreaming.

Sometimes we even hear from God or his messengers (angels) in our dreams. Sacred texts like the Bible contain many famous stories about people receiving divine messages while dreaming, such as Jacob’s dream of a ladder between Earth and heaven, with angels ascending and descending on it. People today often report receiving inspirational messages through dreams, as well — such as messages delivered by guardian angels.

Have you ever received a message from an angel or a miraculous answer to prayer through one of your dreams? If so, consider writing a brief summary of your story and using it to inspire others by having me post it on the About.com site. You can email me your dream story at: aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

Thanks, and Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Clairsentience

February 18th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

One time when my husband Russ was on a business trip to Mexico, he nearly drowned. I was thousands of miles away at the time — taking our daughter to the dentist here in the United States — when all of a sudden I was inexplicably overcome with a feeling that Russ was in serious danger. I felt a wet sensation on my skin when no water was nearby. Then I sensed a strong urge to pray for Russ’ safety. So I did pray for him, silently, standing in the middle of the dentist’s office.

That evening when I spoke with Russ by phone, I told him what had happened and asked him if he’d been in danger during the day. It turned out that he had a team outing on jet skis out in the ocean that afternoon (which I hadn’t known about) and he had accidentally fallen off his jet ski. Then he had been pulled down under the water by a panicking coworker who had also fallen off and grabbed onto him for help.

When we adjusted for the time zone differences, it turned out that at precisely the time that happened to Russ, I had that clairsentient experience. Clairsentience (which means “clear feeling”) is a form of extrasensory perception (ESP) that involves receiving spiritual knowledge in your mind through either your emotions and/or your sense of touch.

How about you? If you’ve had a clairsentient experience that you’d like to share to inspire others through your story, email it to me at:

aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

and I’ll post it on the About.com site.

Blessings,

Whitney

Renewing Your Mind: Clairgustance

February 11th, 2015 by whitneyhopler

While driving during a heavy snowstorm, I pulled over to the side of the road to let an ambulance through and got stuck in a ditch as a result. Several kindhearted people helped me try to push my car free while snow pelted our faces and cars skidded past us. Stress piled up in my mind as fast as snow piled up on the ground where we stood. So I did what I always do in a stressful crisis: pray.

A sense of peace washed over me afterward, but something else happened that caught my attention. I experienced a distinctive taste in my mouth — white grape juice mixed with vanilla wafer cookies — which brought back comforting memories of the summer days in my childhood when I enjoyed that snack at my great-grandmother’s house. It was just what I needed to snap out of the stress and think clearly about a new strategy for pushing the car, which ended up working. After I got back on the road, thanked the other drivers, and made it safely home, I couldn’t stop thinking about that taste in my mouth. Where had it come from? I had no juice to drink or cookies to eat, yet it tasted as if I had just been drinking and eating at my late great-grandmother’s house, where all seemed carefree.

Tasting something that’s not physically there is a form of extrasensory perception (ESP) called clairgustance. You can develop a sensitivity to such messages if God wants to send any to you, but you’ll probably be taken by surprise if you do have a clairgustant experience, since they’re rather rare. That’s the only one I can remember experiencing in my life, and I still wonder whether the taste came from God answering my prayer, from my great-grandmother sending me a message in response to my prayer to God, or simply from my own mind trying to deal with overwhelming stress by bringing up a comforting memory.

How about you? If you’ve had a clairgustant experience and you’d like to share to inspire others through your story, email it to me at:

aboutangelsmiracles@gmail.com

and I’ll post it on the About.com site.

Blessings,

Whitney