I love dreams because they catch our attention. No-one doubts their dreams – once they understand them, that is. They are a powerful, powerful way for us to gain wisdom and insight into our lives.
Dreams are one of the main languages of the subconscious, and, after a good interpretation, few remain unbelievers. They speak with rich and highly individualized symbolism, and, once you learn to speak that language, you have a direct line to answers you might never have thought of on your own.
Dreams speak to us about things going on in our lives and show us ways to deal with issues that are often unique and creative. Did you know, for example, that almost every dream has three parts – where and when an issue began, the way it’s presenting itself now, and the solution?
It’s true that some dreams are just “dreams” – psychedelic dreams after eating too much chocolate or drinking too much beer, for example. But most dreams, especially the ones that stay on our minds throughout the day, have a message that can help us with our lives. Nightmares, especially, are worthy of our attention; they come to us in the form of something fearful so that we will think about them more, until we figure it out, not because they are telling us something terrible is going to happen.
Some symbolism in dreams is universal, and some highly individual. A car, for example, pretty much universally represents you on the journey you’re on. Who’s in the driver’s seat? Who’s in the back seat? Are you going uphill or downhill? Is the road curved or straight, smooth or full of potholes, etc. etc. Other symbols are very personal and individual, like a specific person in your life who shows up in your dream.
Everything in your dream represents something about your life, from specific colors and numbers to where you’re standing in relation to someone or something else in the dream. There is nothing in a dream that doesn’t have some symbolic meaning for you.
So I love dreams. They help me when I’m stuck, and for that I’m incredibly grateful. If you’ve never spent any time interpreting your dreams, I can’t recommend it highly enough. No matter what your spiritual background, dreams are one thing we all have in common, and every spiritual tradition at some point has honored their power to impart to us wisdom.
Dreams are powerful. The Bible tells us the story of how two dreams saved an entire nation (the story of Joseph, Genesis 37-50). What might your dreams do for you?