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Oracles and Omens

Dreams Part I

We all see them flooding our in box, our Facebook notes and our MySpace message folders, those surveys that delve into the deepest aspects of our being.  They ask everything from our favorite sea animal to what we had for dinner last night.  As overwhelming as they can be, let’s all admit that we get a little kick out of reading our friend’s most personal fears and feelings.  Recently while scouring over such-said questionnaires I noticed the answer that several of my contacts had given to a particular query.  The question “What did you dream about last night” and the answers surprised me.  The replies ranged from “I don’t remember” and “Nothing much” to “I don’t dream.”  I was saddened by those responses and it brought to mind how dreams have been used as a form of divination by interpreting their meanings and searching for their origins.

Dreams have played a substantial role throughout history.  Greeks and Romans felt that dreams were messages from the Gods and often took interpreters with them into battles.  They used the visions as advice in planning their strategies.  Priests in ancient Egypt often played a duel role as prophet and dream recorder and dreams are mentioned hundreds of times in the Christian bible.  These visions have been acknowledged, documented and read for eras, but their origins have been disputed nearly as often.

It is widely believed that dreams are our subconscious mind sending us messages, confirmations, and warnings.  I believe the key to reading your dreams is to know when you are having prophetic dreams and when your just jaunting through the thoughts from your day.  Every article you read on dreams will tell you to keep a journal near your bed to write your thoughts down as quickly as possible after you wake.  This is really a great suggestion.  I’ve written many things through the night that I don’t even remember writing.  I find it comforting to have a notebook and pen within arms reach, not only for writing my dreams, but also for when inspiration strikes through the night.  How many times have I composed a letter or poem in my mind when drifting off to sleep, only to have it dance away into the night, lost forever among scattered thinking.  Even if an entire idea can’t be written in detail, a few keywords may be enough to revive the thought.

One of the keys to interpreting your own dreams is to know what events translate for you.  For example, I have found that births and deaths are reversed for me in dreams.  If I dream of a death in the family, there usually will be a new arrival and vice versa.  Perhaps you will find your own message have a similar pattern or maybe they will be more direct in their meaning.  This is why it is not only important to keep your dream journal, but also to follow-up with actual happenings to see how your visions translate personally for you.

Dreams, like several forms of divination, have many aspects and are too large to be written into a single monthly column.  I would like to break this topic down into chapters to continue for the next several editions.  If you are having a recurring dream or seeing something in your mind that you are questioning I would love to give you my take on it.  Remember, that only you know what your dreams are telling you, but sometimes another view can put things into light for you.  Please be as detailed as possible in your description and be sure to include any colors, images or sounds you may recall.  I feel that we have barely scratched the surface of the divine dream, and am looking forward to continuing this discussion in coming months.