Are Dreams just Dreams? Some Reasons to take your Dreams more Seriously
“In each of us is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from the way we see ourselves.”
~ Carl Jung
In today’s world, the phrase “It is just a dream” has become a common thing when someone wants to diminish the value of what happened during the hours of sleep. We have become ignorant of the value that the dream information carry, looking at it as something nonsensical and solely from the point of view of the brain processing the information from previous days. Even modern psychology is seeing dreams in a very limited way, mostly looking at it from the point of view of the subconscious being the source of every dream. However, it wasn’t always like that. In the past, dreams have had much higher value. And even though the people back then could not explain the science behind the dreams, they felt intuitively that they are important and relevant to one’s everyday life. In some societies of today, looking at dreams from that perspective has still remained, and people in it are encouraged to learn more about their dreams.
With the rise of materialism, many people have not only been conditioned to believe that the dreams are meaningless, but they also want to stop having them completely, taking sleeping pills for dreamless sleep in order to avoid nightmares which have sadly become a nightly occurrence. The nightmares are a reflection of the state in which people live their lives, and the only way to truly change them is to remove their cause – the darkness within.
But dreams are more than ‘just dreams’. This is known to everyone with an inquisitive nature and an open mind. The person does not even have to be ‘spiritual’ in order to discover that there is much more to dreams than our society is aware of. From time to time, a lot of people go through profound experiences in dreams, and if we get to remember them in the morning, we will notice that something important has taken place. And even if don’t remember them, we are often left with a certain type of memory-feeling that also provides with an insight that the place where dreams take place has depth, and that we went through something important there.
Most people start taking dreams more seriously after the types of dreams that modern psychology would classify as ‘paranormal’, which I think is a bad characterization. For example, it can happen that someone has a dream about an event that is going to happen in the near future. This event could be related to the personal life of the dreamer, or something more global, but the bottom line is that the dreamer had no previous knowledge of the possibility of this occurring, and yet the event occurs exactly as shown in the dream.
Some people are visited in their dreams by a loved one who wants to say goodbye, only to discover soon after that the dream visitor has suddenly died on the same night of their dream, without them knowing that. Sometimes we see very personalized events taking place in dreams, which repeat in our life some time afterwards, and sometimes we can have dreams in which we live other lives than this one. For example, we may go through certain events that we clearly recognize as being of the past, that happened centuries ago. It’s not uncommon to hear the accounts of people who discovered that such dreams relate to their past lives, by actually verifying the details of it in the physical world.
Another very common thing that make people question the nature of dreams is when they experience what is known as the lucid dream, which is a type of dream where we become conscious within the dream, having the same or similar level of consciousness as we have when awake in daily life. The lucid dream itself can take place in the astral world, in which case we can see the reality of the fifth dimension, but it can also happen when we are in our vital body, which is hovering over or laying next to the physical body, in which case the lucid dream takes place within the subconscious mind.
As we delve deeper into the study of practical spirituality, we inevitably become more aware of the world of dreams and their meaning, of different types of dreams and how they can be related to our life in this physical reality. Through the study of spirituality we learn that dreams have a multidimensional component to them, that our consciousness moves from the physical body into the vital body each time the former falls asleep, and from the vital body it moves to the astral body with which it travels through (mostly the lower parts of) the astral plane. As we climb up the ladder of the Being, our dreams become more meaningful, showing us incredible things about ourselves, and guiding us in the inner work and daily life.
HDP, September 2021.