Everyone dreams, but not everyone remembers their dreams. Those who could remember their dreams were held in high regard to kings and queens and in some North American Indigenous cultures if you had a dream and remembered it, you were to share it with the chief. Some dreams would foretell prophecy of events to come and the chief needed to know this so he could make preparations.
There are dreams and there are visions. We dream when we are asleep and we have visions when we are awake.
Our dreams are always trying to show us something that we need to change, work on, let go of, or take some action on. Often times owls and lizards are the messengers that remind us to pay attention to our dreams. One of the ways we can do this is to keep a dream journal.
Keep your journal near your bed and as soon as you wake up note your dreams, even if they don’t make any sense. Most dreams are forgotten within ten minutes of waking so it is essential to record them as soon as you wake up. Write down specific details and events that occur in the dream including time, dates, places, people, objects, actions, and other symbols that you think are important. By piecing together the different parts of a dream, you will be able to start interpreting the individual contents of your dream and the dream as a whole. You may look back at them later and understand their meaning.
Nightmares are dreams that create a lot of fear in us. It is said that in order to move past some chapter in our lives, we have to face some fear. Sometimes this is too hard for us to face in waking life so our guides will play it out in our dreams. So when you have a nightmare, say thank you to your guides for helping you to process this in the dream state rather than in real life. Nightmares can also mean that we are running from something in our lives that we need to stop and face in waking life.
One of the founding father’s of dream interpretations was the psychologist Carl Jung. Jung believed that dreams were a window into the unconscious mind. His believed that while the dreamer is sleeping, their unconscious mind is working on finding solutions to problems they face in their conscious mind.
Dream dictionaries are also a good reference tool to use when trying to figure out the meaning of the dream.
Sometimes we have visions when we are least expecting them. Then there are those who intentionally go on a vision quest to receive a vision. This is usually because they need some major guidance in their lives.
We can also have visions during meditation, prayer, shamanic journeying, or just sitting and gazing out the window. This could also be called day-dreaming. A vision is a glimpse of some event happening in the future.
The term Déjà Vu is French and literally means, “already seen.” Those who have experienced the feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn’t be familiar at all. Have you ever had Deja Vu? Deja Vu is the subconscious mind recalling a dream that our conscious minds did not recall. It seems highly possible that Deja Vu could be a prediction from a dream that you don’t remember having or a lost prediction.
Whether you have a night dream or a vision, spirit is trying to get your attention.
Dream interpretation is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. In many ancient societies, such as those of Egypt and Greece, dreaming was considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention, whose message could be interpreted by people with these associated spiritual powers.
“The dream is a series of images, which are apparently contradictory and nonsensical, but arise in reality from psychological material which yields a clear meaning.” – Carl Jung
When using this exercise with your client: When you have a client come to you to help them understand a dream or a vision they had, try to get them to remember as much as possible about it, then start asking some questions.
What does this dream mean to you?
Do you feel like this dream was in the future, the past or somewhere in the now?
Continue the questions until your client has an aha moment. Use a dream dictionary to help explain the meanings but stay open to it also meaning something else.