Our dreams prove non-ordinary reality exists. interpreting these glimpses into our psyche provides a window into our Spirit, our Soul. So, learning the meaning of your dreams is important to understanding who we are.
What is a Dream?
Dreams are the projection of non-ordinary reality. The content and scope come from a variety of sources including our Ego and every event in our history. Some believe dreams are just messages from our subconscious mind. Other people think they have a deeper connection to the spirit world as messages from our ancestors or the Universe. Dreams can be playful or nightmares where our deepest fears and insecurities manifest. Dreams can be a combination of all these elements at the same time. This makes dream interpretation both an art and science.
So, what are dreams? They are one of our three default states of consciousness, along with waking and sleeping. Our dreams take liberties with our memories and imagination. Sometimes combining them with otherworldly metaphors that stretch the boundaries of our thinking. Since it makes up such a large part of our experience, it makes sense to understand what they are and what they mean. Finding the meaning of your dreams is an important aspect of learning who we are. Interpreting dreams is key to the expansion of our awareness.
Some cultures believe that dreams are the exclusive domain of the Observer. The Observer is the person who is listening when you are talking to yourself. The Observer is pure consciousness. And, consciousness is vibration, which is eternal. So, the real you eternal. It is not temporal like our personality or our body.
So, dreams are a way for our eternal consciousness to communicate empirical wisdom to our natural mind. We cannot get this level of wisdom from words or feelings alone. It takes a complete experience to learn the lesson. Dreams are full of metaphors, analogies, and word pictures that have personal meaning.
Therefore, dream interpretation requires knowledge of several levels. You need an understanding of how significant historical events show up in the symbols of your dreams. Then, you need to understand the meaning of these symbols. Only then is interpreting dreams possible.
One of the main branches of early psychology finds its basis in dreams. Sigmund Freud, the creator of psychoanalysis, theorized that dreams represent unconscious desires, thoughts, and motivations. And, so our repressed aggressive and sexual instincts are the substance of dreams. In other words, your dreams express socially unacceptable sexual instincts. This doesn’t seem like a rational basis for understanding the psyche of everyone. However, this is the belief that underlies this system of thought.
Help Interpreting Dreams
In our modern society, we have very few people who can help with the meaning of our dreams. That is because our culture is a humongous blend of many traditions. And groupthink manipulation tactics taint our cultural narrative. So, we need a process to account for this programming. Even if you are not a believer or follower of the dominant world religions, they affect the values of the cultures they control. This includes injecting their bias and prejudice.
Our society does not have one narrative, but many individual ones. This makes interpreting dreams more challenging in some ways. This is because the meaning of your dreams is likely different from anyone else. You have your cultural narrative the differs from everyone else. The symbolism of your dreams is unique.
For example, “fire” has a traditional meaning as a metaphor. However, your meaning of fire likely differs from this because of our modern cultural narrative. That doesn’t mean we should ignore historical references, but we should not use them as the most probable meaning given the changes in society. What is a dream made of, but word pictures? What are word pictures for but to express meaning or communicate some message?
The Role of the Shaman
In the past cultures would exist for eons with the same narrative. So, a Shaman would assist others in interpreting dreams. They would ask a lot of questions about our dreams. Then, use their knowledge of symbolism to interpret the meaning. Their advice would have a basis in the common cultural narrative.
However, we no longer have a cohesive cultural narrative on which to base symbolism. Therefore, we must use a method that accounts for the personal meaning of symbolism rather than traditional meaning. We can use a process to the Shaman but drill down further. We need to find the personal meaning of the symbols.
This means, interpreting dreams is still possible. We simply need to update the process to account for our meaning. This means you need to investigate the meaning of historical life events.
We need to record our memories of significant events. We need to pay special attention to those memories with lasting emotional impact. This is where you’ll find the meaning of the symbolism in your dreams. Spend some time thinking about the personal meaning of events of your dreams. These are metaphors, analogies, and word pictures that are communicating something to your conscious mind. This is the only way to determine what the word pictures, metaphors, and analogies mean to you.
This type of process will be more accurate in dream interpretation. It’s the best way to interpret the messages of your dreams. And, it should also include what is going on in your life. This will reveal how dreams coincide with other “odd” or synchronistic events.
Much of what an experienced Shaman would do is exactly the process we would recommend. Except we would delve more into your life history. This would give the perspective to derive the meaning and messages in the dream.
In the past, a Shaman might use powerful psychotropic herbs to suspend the natural mind. This opens up vistas of experience as a means of either healing or completing lessons. But we would not recommend this approach until you exhaust the above approach.
Find The Meaning of Your Dreams
As mentioned above, interpreting dreams is the basis of one of the main branches of modern psychiatry. But his system reflects unhealthy sexual instinct, probably because this was his flaw. So, his system ignores the other two main instinctual types of self-preservation and social. As such, the basis of Freudian psychoanalysis lacks practical knowledge of the Shaman who uses a more holistic approach.
So, absent the ability to consult a qualified Shaman, you will need to do some personal research. You need to gain the perspective to identify the elements at work in your dreams. Then find the personal meaning of the metaphors. This will provide your own dream analysis.
This is not as easy as having a qualified guide, but you can compensate for the interference of the natural mind through the use of several resources. In short, if you don’t have access to a qualified Shaman to guide you, then you need to become your own Shaman and unravel the meaning yourself. This DIY approach is becoming more common.
Another tool we recommend for interpreting dreams is the Enneagram of Personality Profile. This system will help you find the thought scripts that relate to your personality and instinct. These will provide key insight into how your Ego influences the content of your dreams. The Ego and its elements of personality and instinct are rich sources for the content of dreams. So, when you find these scripts in your dreams, it’s your mind telling you that you have something that needs to be dealt with.
Process for Interpreting Dreams
This is a best practice approach which anyone can use. It is not like taking an online quiz which will give you immediate answers. The results come over time. It starts with recording major life events and dreams. It also requires a familiarity with the elements of your Ego. If you use all of the following elements it will produce accurate results.
- First, use a spiritual journal to record all of your dreams or fragments of dreams. Once you record dreams and fragments, they will open your memory. The act of writing is a way of accessing another level of your mind. This is key to interpreting dreams. Don’t overlook its importance.
- Record all your major life events. Putting them on paper will help determine the material for your dreams. Pay special attention to events that have a significant emotional impact.
- Use the Enneagram of Personality Profile to find the thinking patterns of your personality type.
- Don’t assign meaning to your dreams based on the “generalized” meaning of a metaphor. The meaning of the symbols and metaphors of our dreams is unique to us. Don’t confuse the general meaning of symbols found in a bestiary or dictionary with the meaning of the symbol or metaphor in your dreams.
- Be sure to note reoccurring themes, images, or scenarios in your life. If you are repeating bad experiences you need to investigate.
- Don’t give up if the meaning of a dream seems to be elusive. Your natural mind is attempting to grasp a message that is often beyond words.
- See if you can spot similar themes and scenarios from your dreams in ‘normal’ waking consciousness. This is a synchronicity, which is reinforcing the message.
- We only perceive what we expect, and our natural mind will often miss or tune out things it’s not willing to recognize. So look for the unexpected when interpreting dreams.
- Often, the Universe will assist the Observer by sending you messages via the environment. This can take many forms of animals or birds repeatedly “showing up,” to strangers using particular and unusual phraseology. Anything that makes you pause and recognize something out of place. These messages can also come to you as mundane occurrences that simply ‘catch your attention,’ or suspend your natural mind or constant internal chatter. Again, these are synchronistic events that help us determine the meaning of the metaphors of our dreams.
What is a dream? Is it just the expression of a playful subconscious? Or do dreams have a deeper meaning? Interpreting dreams is an important element in learning who we are. It is also a good way to expand our awareness. We can do this by recording them and asking the right questions.
Lucid dreaming is one of the spiritual tools we teach and recommend as part of your spiritual practice. It proves that we not only can experience non-ordinary reality, we can also exert control over it.
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