For the past 20 plus years that I have been interpreting my dreams and dreams for others I have met some people who have no interest or desire to understand the value in interpreting their dreams. In all my studying and gathering of information from many great scholars and dream analysts such as Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Robert Moss etc. there are many things about dreams that are still unanswered such as: Where do our dreams come from?, Why do we dream?, Why don’t we dream in our verbal language? I do not want to go into debate and discussion about those things which I still have not found valid answers to for my own belief. I want to stay on the subject of why I believe dreams need to be interpreted.
There has yet to be scientific discovery in regards to meaning and feeling that proves or disproves theories on whether or not a dream has a message or that its intention is to have meaning to the dreamer. We don’t know how images are made in our dreams or the stories the images tell us. Where are they from? Do they come from God, the soul, the mind, unconscious or a bunch of neurological firings?
What I do know and what I believe is that a dream once it has been “figured” out by the dreamer can enhance the dreamer’s knowledge of themselves or solve a problem, change a habit, and inspire.
Here are a few comments I have received on dreams and dream interpretation:
“I don’t dream or I don’t dream much”
There are some people who do not dream according to a few scientists and doctors. These people seem to skip through the REM or rapid eye movement stage which is the dreaming stage of the sleep cycle. Other doctors and scientists say they really can’t prove if everyone dreams or not. So, when someone responds with I don’t dream I am usually intrigued and also a bit sad for them because I think our ability to dream is really a wonderful thing.
“Dreams don’t have any meaning to them”
Actually, they do. There is a plethora of research that shows how our dreams reflect our waking concerns, problems and help us cope with stress, solve problems and even inspire ideas in us. I usually recommend that if they would just try a few weeks of interpreting and understanding their dreams they will see the meaningfulness of at least one dream.
“How do I figure out what it means when there are no words? Why can’t dreams just be like a letter instead of a bunch of pictures?
It would be nice if when we go to sleep a letter would appear saying Dear SuzyQ, Hi here is a message for you…..But that is not how it works. Dreams speak to us in our first language and that is one of images, symbols and things we see not necessarily a bunch of letters that arrange a word meaning to the image. There are basic meanings to common symbols but then there are other things that have different meanings to us by what they symbolize and our experience, culture, age, with said symbol or thing. Also, it has been said that dreams are more direct when we are in a state of emotional openness or dire situation.
I say the reason’s to interpret your dreams are: to know your self better, solve problems, stop bad habits, help you cope with stress, and be inspired to write the next best seller, new invention, cure a disease, make more money and be happier. And lastly, because dreams are an amazing gift to us wherever or whomever they come from.
Sweet Dreams, Big Dreams.
Love itself is a feeling of great fondness, strong affection, something or someone cherished. Love has so many degrees of feelings, from generic, impersonal to passionate, deep desire and intimacy. There is platonic love, familial love, romantic love, religious love, on up to deep passionate desirable heart, soul and body on fire love!
These degrees of love can play out in our dreams in a myriad of ways.
Let’s take a look at some of them –
Flowers are of course big symbols of love. In our dreams flowers symbolize beautiful, kind thoughts, loving thoughts, joy, compassion, grace, healing and abundance. They can also be “time tellers” as certain flowers are associated with particular times of the year.
Floral bouquet given or received in your dreams symbolizes love, affection, appreciation and admiration. In a dream, when you receive flowers as a gift pay attention to the type of flower(s) in the bouquet and the color(s) to understand the fullest meaning.
A rose is the symbol of spiritual love, beauty, Christ love. One that is also fragrant in the dream is a good indication that an angel or spiritual being is close to you.
White Rose(s): Pure, unconditional love, holy or cosmic love
Pink Rose(s): Love, affection, kindness and compassion
Red Rose(s): Romantic love, personal love, being in love, passion and desire
Tulips: Can be a play on ‘two lips’ kissing! They represent joy and spring, hope, faith and charity.
One of the ways our dreams tell us about our emotions is through color. Dreaming in color or of a particular color that stands out on an object, clothing, background etc. represents emotions attached to the color. Love and romance are represented by the colors: pink, red, wine, blue and violet.
Kissing, being kissed in dreams can obviously be romantic and is a show of love and affection. However, if the kiss is in a non-romantic way or the overall feeling of the dream is negative then this could indicate deception. As in the Judas kiss.
There are so many more symbols of love and each of us has our own special symbols of love in addition to common ones we share. As I always remind you when interpreting your dreams it so important to ask yourself first for what your meaning is for any symbol before looking to any dictionary or someone else’s meaning. In understanding the meaning of your dream I think the most important clue is the feeling you have upon awaking from it. Then go from there to figure the rest out.
Have you ever had a dream of school? Being in school? Or going to school?
Many of us have at one time or another. As listed in my top 25 dream symbols school is one of the common dream themes we understand as a group. The dream symbol is usually the background theme of a dream and can be an action symbol (learning) when interpreting your dream. This can be your level of learning (school) of thought. Pay attention to what grade level you are attending in the dream, as this is an indication as to what level you are operating at in regards to a particular situation. School can also be a negative aspect of feeling indoctrinated. A school is considered a building as in school house or school building (duh?) and buildings represent our various states of consciousness, awareness, associations and general belief system. The type of building in your dream points out a particular state of consciousness in your dream.
In general, school pertains to learning or opportunity for knowledge, growth experience, expansion of consciousness or mind improvement. Level or type of school would indicate your level of learning. i.e. kindergarten, grade school, high school, college. College, University and Graduate School are places of higher academia, specialized and or more focused training, advanced learning and training. These are places of exchange of ideas, trying new things, and also these are places of social and cultural concepts and changes.
Perhaps you have had a dream of being in a particular class or classroom, this could indicate that there is room for further learning on a particular subject. Were there any books or anything written on the chalk board or maybe decorations that could point you to what the subject is. Was there a specific teacher there? What do you associate that teacher with (if you had her/him in the past)? If the teacher is a friend or parent or relative this teacher characterizes someone in your life that is capable of teaching something important. Think of what that teacher represents to you. Maybe play the association game or the first three thoughts that come to mind when you think of that person. These can all help disifer the dream message.
Having school work is a reminder to us that we must keep working hard and applying ourselves if we want to learn.
If you are attending school right now and dream of being at a lower level or higher level than you are in your waking life, this is like others dreaming of their workplace. It would indicate your level of knowledge or behaviour in a particular area. Maybe you are acting like a pre-schooler or are you smarter than a fifth grader? Or it’s all elementary my dear. Again, as I always say interpreting your dreams takes time and you must look at all things as a puzzle that fit together to understand the message.