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The Meaning of Your Dreams, Are You Getting the Messages? Part 1

Updated on August 29, 2016
You have a message!
You have a message!

Why did I dream that?” The bizarre images and peculiar scenarios you’ve dreamed have probably made you scratch your head in bewilderment at one time or another. Most of the time you’re left dumbfounded, sometimes embarrassed and occasionally, frightened. Maybe you’ve (understandably) wrote your dreams off as nocturnal-brain-activity-nonsense without realizing that there’s more there than meets the eye.

The Common Thread

People have known the importance of dreams for over 5,000 years and because they engraved clay tablets with scenes from their dreams, they've probably been trying to interpret them for just as long. In fact, one of the first documented Biblical dream interpretations was the famous ’Jacob’s Ladder’ dream, to which Jacob interpreted as soon as he woke. People have been trying to uncover the mystery of dreams regardless of place in time, nationality, culture or religion.

The Reason You Dream

“All visions and dreams are given for the benefit of the individual, would we but interpret them correctly,” Edgar Cayce affirmed. The father of holistic medicine and one of the best documented psychics in the world believed that paying attention to your dreams and their messages would profit you by giving guidance, direction and other important information. Carl Jung, the renowned Swiss psychiatrist, explained that dreams are messages and that you should pay attention to them. Dreams are as important for your soul as food is nourishment to your body. As you read the cooking instructions for the food you‘re going to eat, you should understand the ’instructions’ for interpreting your dreams to correctly receive the message that’s being sent to help you.

The Rules for Interpretation

Rule #1

There’s an unchanging, unbreakable law that defines your dreams: all communication takes the form of symbols, signs, metaphors and puns. Dream interpretation is very much like playing a game of Reverse Charades; you have to put the ‘this-means-that’ together to understand the meaning of the symbol and then the message. Much like reading and interpreting parts of the Bible where many symbolic and metaphorical references are made throughout the book (especially the book of Revelation), dream interpretation takes a different way of thinking to understand the language.

Rule #2

With all the different ways that the Divine is trying to get the message to you, you’d think that He’d tell you what to do in any given situation. You’d be wrong. That would break another important rule, the rule of ‘free will.’ Dreams will inform you, guide you and warn you, but they will never tell you what to do; it’s always your choice. Even prophetic dreams will only tell you what is about to happen but they won’t break the God-given rule of free will, which leads to the next rule for dream interpretation.

Rule #3

Have you ever had a dream repeat itself? Chances are like everyone else, you have. Jung explained, “…recurring dreams show up repeatedly to demand attention, suggesting that the dreamer is neglecting an issue related to the dream.“ A repetitive dream is an urgent warning that calls for you to take notice and do something to resolve the topic at hand. It isn’t a violation of the free will rule; you won’t be told what to do; but it’s a firm push from your higher power to get your attention so that you’ll do something.

Rule #4

Extremely vivid and life-like dreams are rare and particularly important. You’re shocked after waking from this type of dream because you're convinced you were already awake during it, but you have a feeling of realism much stronger than your usual dreams. These dreams consist of premonitions (always an urgent warning of something to come,) or actual contact with loved ones who have passed on. If you were stunned upon waking and felt compelled to tell someone about your ‘so real’ dream, then it was a dream of unquestionable significance. If you can’t relate to the strange feeling that accompanies this kind of dream, then you haven’t had one (yet.)

Those are the guidelines to help you with understanding what kind of dream you‘re having, now we’ll take a closer look at the different ways symbols will present themselves to you.


The Different Types of Symbols

1. Universal Symbols

There are universal symbols, symbols that almost everyone associates with the same thing. If someone were to draw a red octagon on a sheet of paper, you might guess that the interpretation would be ’stop.’ Similarly, a ringing alarm clock would mean, ‘time to wake up!’ A rainbow would mean hope, a dove; peace, the number 13 would mean bad luck, and so on.

2. Personal Meaning Symbols

For the most part, all dream symbol meanings have a highly personal relationship to the person that’s dreaming. For instance, if you hate coconut cake and chocolate milk but dream that you’re eating coconut cake and drinking chocolate milk, that would be a very negative dream for you. Maybe if your best friend dreamed the same situation, it might be a very positive dream; it all depends on your personal likes, dislikes and feelings. If you dream that you’re listening to Lady Gaga on your earbuds and you don’t like Lady Gaga, then the dream would be telling you that you’re hearing something in waking life that you prefer not to hear. Everyone has their own set of symbols and ideas that mean something very personal to them and because of that, you are the best interpreter of your own dreams.

3. Puns

Dreams will often give you puns or a play on words to get the message to you. A dream that you put your finger in a light socket could mean a ’shocking ’ experience. A dream of a conversation with your boss and you’re handing him several bars of lye soap? You may be getting a warning about ‘lye-ing!’ The dream world is very inventive and sometimes comical when it’s trying to get a point across.

4. The Cast of Characters

There is usually only one person on stage in your dreams, even if there seem to be many.. and it’s you. Because the dream is for your self-improvement, your life-enrichment and your progression, you play all the parts. Every character in your dream represents a different aspect of yourself, negative and positive. A woman will dream that her mother is desperate to have a son because of the woman’s own anxiety about having a son. A man will dream about his brother’s wonderful sense of humor because the dreamer has a great sense of humor, too.

Those are the basics that give you a general idea of what type of dream you’re having. To see the dream dictionary of meanings from A to M in Part 2, click here. To read the dream dictionary list from N to Z in Part 3, click here.

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    Shirley Urso-Farmer 5 days ago from Michigan

    Hi Anita, I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to reply.. Yes, some of Edgar Cayce's reading, teachings, and the way he spoke are hard to understand, to be sure.

    In reference to your snake dream, there are some things that I've learned from Cayce that may or may not help you interpret your dream: snakes can mean evil or wisdom, depending on the circumstances of the rest of the dream. Since your snake was yellow - a positive color according to E.C. - I think it may have been a snake representing wisdom, especially since it was also smiling but not hurting anyone. The colors black, and gray are usually negative, and since the cat stood up like a human, I think it represents a person in your life who's trying to take away your wisdom and/or happiness.

    As for the houses that you dream about, I'm not sure what that means. I don't dream of the house that I live in now, probably because I don't like it, and don't plan to live in it much longer.

    As for reincarnation, yes, I do believe in it, and so did E.C. It's also referenced in the Bible many times: 'In order to be saved, you must be born again'.

    Lastly, an interesting thing you can do is, ask for an answer to a certain question you have to be given to you in your dream, right before going to bed, and meditate on it as you go to sleep. This has worked for me, but the hardest part is remembering the answer, so keep paper, and pen near your bedside so you can write everything down in the morning. Good luck to you!

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    Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    I read a book by Edgar Cayce many years ago. I must say I did not understand everything he wrote about. However, I will read it again. Maybe I will have a better understanding this time. I had a dream the other night about a snake. Now I must tell you that we were discussing snakes, so that may be the reason that it was on my mind.

    I dreamed I saw a large yellow snake sliding around the house. It did not seem vicious and seemed to have a grin on its face. My white cat was in the dream but she was smaller than she is now. I then seem to have a large grey/black cat, which I don't really have. This cat bit the snake in the neck, then held it up in its paw, standing up straight like a human. The house that this happened in, is a strange house, but I dreamed I lived there. As a matter of interest, I never dream about my own home, it is always various strange homes. Do you believe in reincarnation? Could these homes I dream about be previous homes I have lived in?

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    Shirley Urso-Farmer 5 months ago from Michigan

    You are quite welcome Anita, and thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them! I love talking about the subjects of dreams, the symbolization in them, premonitions, ect. I do have to say that I think having a premonition during lucid dreaming speaks volumes about your talents, even if it only happened the one time. If you are interested in learning more about premonitions, or dreams in general, you can look up Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. site, or the Edgar Cayce Facebook site; both are great for learning more about yourself through dream interpretation.

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    Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    Thank you for your feedback. I think you are right, it was a premonition. I must say that this happened to me only once.

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    Shirley Urso-Farmer 5 months ago from Michigan

    Hi Anita, please accept my sincere sympathies on the loss of your nephew.. About your dream experience..I wonder if you were having a lucid and a premonition dream at the same time .. partly because of your description of being awake and asleep at the same time, and of your dreaming of being in the location of the accident before the the accident happened. I'm not sure about the detail of the friend shouting 'Monkey!' and feeling that there was a monkey jumping around in the car, except that it might symbolize that the people in the car were monkeying around in the vehicle (which we've all done when we were young).

    Sometimes we don't find out the reason for a particular dream until months or even years later, if at all. I think some of the more significant dreams that you have - as in this one - are there to show you that dreams are connected to a universal source.. there's no telling all of the information that a dream can or will give us.

    But many of us are more highly attuned and have more telling dreams than the rest of us, and that might be true in your case. I hope that you keep a dream journal and read through it from time to time in order to get more attuned to your natural abilities, and to help yourself in whatever way you might need help in any situation. Good luck to you! :)

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    Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    Years ago, I was reading a book, with the sun shining into the window, where I was sitting. At that stage I never fell asleep during the day. However, I seemed to have fallen asleep but I also seemed to be awake. I could hear what was going on around me, but I was having a dream. I dreamed that my nephew, whom I had not seen for a couple of years, was riding in a car with friends. It was a small car and there was a lot of laughter going on as they traveled past me.

    They were in another city, about 5 hours drive away, but I was standing in a park, looking down at the car as it passed me. Just for a moment I seemed to be very close to the car, and I heard one of his friends shouting, monkey.

    I felt that there was a monkey jumping around in the car. How weird is that. My nephew and his three friends died in a car accident, approximately 12 hours after my dream. When I went to the funeral, we rode passed the place where the accident had happened. It was very similar to my dream.

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    Shirley Urso-Farmer 14 months ago from Michigan

    Thank you ezzly! I'm so glad you enjoyed this Hub :)

    Yes, I've also heard about people who went into a certain line of work because of their dreams. I wonder if all of us dream about the career that's meant for us, but maybe not all of us remember the dream..

    I think it's sound advice for everyone to pay close attention to their dreams for guidance & instruction; to have the best life possible.

    Thank you for reading & commenting :)

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    ezzly 14 months ago

    Excellent read! My sister went to a healer for her back and he said he had dreamt about becoming one that was why he pursued it ...

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    Shirley Urso-Farmer 14 months ago from Michigan

    You're very welcome, thank you for reading & commenting :)

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    Camille Harris 14 months ago from SF Bay Area

    It really did, Shirl. Thanks for your Hub and comment :)

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    Shirley Urso-Farmer 14 months ago from Michigan

    I think that's a really positive dream Camille, did it help ease your grief any?

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    Camille Harris 14 months ago from SF Bay Area

    The best dream I've ever had occurred after my first cousin was killed in a car accident. In the dream, we (the family) headed to a train station. He came walking up the platform and embraced me. I said "Do you miss us, too?" and he said yes. I let him go so everyone else could hug him and immediately woke up.