Practical Magic: A Beginner's Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics, and Spells - Nikki Van De Car 2017
WE ALL DREAM. WE MAY NOT ALL REMEMBER OUR DREAMS, BUT we all dream. And sometimes our dreams are pretty weird, and we wake up wondering what on earth our unconscious/the Divine/our past selves were trying to tell us. There are dreams so intense we feel they must be significant.
The specifics of how and why we dream are still unclear, but oneirologists (dream scientists) agree that dreams help us form memories, process emotions, and sort through the events of the day. Some folks believe that dreams are messages sent to us from the beyond or that they reflect events that occurred in past lives. There are traditions of dream interpretations in Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, with many overlapping symbols.
And, of course, dreams play a huge role in psychology and psychotherapy. Sigmund Freud believed that dreams are the “royal road” to the unconscious, and if we could decode them, we could understand our true natures. Symbols are the language of dreams, and it’s believed that everything in our dreams has a specific meaning. But while a dream dictionary could tell you that dreaming of a fern symbolizes one’s hopes and fears for the future, it might not necessarily mean that for you specifically. You might dream of a fern because your grandmother kept ferns in her house and you’re missing her, or for any number of reasons that are specific to you.
Still, oneirologists have noticed trends and similar dreams that happen to almost every one of us at some point (often more than once) in different cultures all over the world. Dreams of going to school naked, or flying, or falling are clichés for a reason, because we all have them so often. And because they are so common, we are able to interpret them in a fairly consistent fashion. In the same way that yawning can be interpreted as sleepiness and a smile can be interpreted as happiness regardless of who is doing the yawning or the smiling, these common dreams have reliable interpretations for everyone.
On the other hand, while the less common dream symbols aren’t nearly as reliable, they can be useful. Those disturbing dreams that just won’t let us go can be released with understanding, and an understanding of dream symbols can provide us with a jumping-off point, a way to begin to interpret them. Dream dictionaries have thousands of symbols, some of them as common as mothers, and some as esoteric as ice makers. Who dreams about ice makers? But if you do, then you should know that means that you are shutting others out, closing yourself off from your relationships—whether you feel this applies to you or not, it is food for thought.
Dreams have meaning, and if we look at them closely, we can decipher them as best we can, so that we may further understand ourselves.