Perspective on Dreams
Our nighttime dreams provide us one of the greatest tools of self-awareness available to man. I have found this to be true through years of formally studying my own dreams as well as the dreams of others. How often do you remember your dreams? Have you ever found value in the seemingly random images that appear in your mind while sleeping? If so, what do they mean? If not, there could be a new world awaiting your arrival!
For centuries dreams have been a source of interest. In the nineteenth century Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung formed some of the most widely known theories of dreaming. Throughout the years there have been many schools of thought, philosophers and cultures who dedicated a considerable amount of time and research toward understanding the nature of nighttime dreaming. Ancient cultures thought of dreams as a medium between the Earth world and the Gods. Some were even convinced dreams had certain prophetic powers. The common link that I’ve found is that so many people have valued the importance of dreams to our waking life. How does dreaming affect you? I have journeyed to answer that very question through learning more about nighttime dreams and how I could utilize and understand them more deeply. I began studies with an organization called the School of Metaphysics (SOM). Exploring dreams in the years to come would prove invaluable as I unlocked more and more understandings and awareness in my awake life.
Do Images Speak in Dreams?
At SOM, dreams are taught as a tool for communication with your higher self, a feedback system between conscious and subconscious minds. Dreams communicate to us in a language of symbols: the Universal Language of Mind©. A symbol is a noun and appears as an image of a person, place, or thing in your dream. Images are universal, meaning they apply to all people everywhere and anytime. There are two points that are universal in all dreams:
- Every dream is about the dreamer.
- Every person, place or thing is a reflection of you, the dreamer.
Because of these key points, looking more closely into our nighttime messages can provide valuable insight into the dreamer’s thoughts from the day before.
Dream symbols are interpreted according to their form and function. For example, have you ever dreamed about food? Food is a common symbol for people. To understand the meaning, we look for the form and function of the symbol, the function of food is to nourish the body. Next, we would look at the type of food to understand more of the form. We can discover the function of an object by asking the question, “What does it do”? We find the form by asking, “What is it?”
In a dream food nourishes the mind and represents knowledge.
For example: In this dream, you’re at a restaurant that you’ve never been to before, and you’re eating a gourmet meal. It is your favorite food: salmon and asparagus…
This would reflect a way that you’re taking in knowledge (food) that you really like. A restaurant is a place to receive “knowledge”. The gourmet meal represents knowledge that’s nourishing. Since it is your favorite, you appreciate it. Because your dreams reflect your thoughts of the previous day, this dream indicates that there is a new way that you’re attempting to learn!
The next questions would be; are you reading a new book? Taking a new class? How does this dream relate? Identifying how the dream applies will help to deepen your awareness of self.
- Every dream is about the dreamer
- Write down your symbols
- Write out the form and function of each symbol
- Form a sentence with the symbols therefore giving a basic interpretation
- Ask yourself how does this relate to daily life and what is the next step?
Personal Experience of Dreams
Once I had a dream I was standing on top of a mountain on the planet Earth. As I stood on top of the mountain I could see the entire world! From this vantage point, I could see all the continents and people from every nation searching for something more. I could see the galaxy and how the Earth was floating. I felt larger than all the stars surrounding me. As I traveled, a spiritual teacher came to show me how to connect with a greatness that was inside of me. He gave me guidance on how to teach and taught me that the truth was within me.
After waking up from this dream, I was forever changed. I had never seen the world or myself in such a grand way. All of what was occurring in the dream left me feeling larger than life. This dream was and continues to be an inspiration to me and still is as I reflect. From ground level this dream provided guidance, motivation and it expanded my thoughts of possibility. The dream above all is about perspective. The ‘mountain’ symbolically represents an obstacle. A teacher is a higher place of knowing. At this particular time in my life I was re-evaluating who I was becoming, my influence, and my ability to help others. I called upon this higher authority to help me. My thoughts were expanding in my waking life as my vision of possibility broadened. Much like a best friend that always gives in honesty the best feedback and advice, this dream encouraged me to continue on my path.
We all have access to this treasure. I wonder what your dreams will reveal?
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Singer, J. (1972). Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung’s Psychology. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc
School of Metaphysics Mastery of Consciousness coursework
Understanding Your Dreams Dr. Daniel Condron