Why we dream in symbols
Why do you dream in symbols if dreams are so important? The answer is simple. It’s because since before you were born you were a dreamer.
Dreams are like any language that must be studied to understand it. Consider how it is that you speak your native language. It is a combination of where you were born, your heritage and the massive effort you and those who taught you put into your learning it. Has that effort paid off yet? Yes, that’s rhetorical! How much effort have you put into learning the language of dreams? As to whether the effort would pay off, the answer is a resounding YES. Here’s why.
As a native dreamer you speak dreams for 8 hours a day. I deliberately say speak dreams because each dream is a dialogue between you and your higher self. By examining the dialogue you can discover your purpose in life and receive the current advice you are being given.
During your dream you fully understand the language in use. You fully know that the cat scratching the kitchen wallpaper represents a problem with your stomach lining. You know you cannot fly physically and that flying is you mentally rising above your problems. You know the wall you need to climb over was put there by you to keep others at a distance and prevent a recurrence of emotional pain. You know why these things appear and what your higher self is asking you to do about them but more often than not, like most of us, you reject the message intended to direct your growth.
To better understand dreams you need to look past the illusion that the physical world is the real world. It is a world you enter into briefly and will leave. You are not a body with a soul—you are a soul with a body. You only need a body while here and the experiences you have on the earth plane will by careful design help you to grow in awareness, removing limiting beliefs that you previously held on the spirit plane.
Your higher self is clued into the big picture. Your soul, the real you, is aware of the true nature of reality but is conditioned by your experiences here. This conditioning, mostly achieved through parental influences, is designed to match the conditioning already held on the spirit plane. Your life purpose usually includes recognising, accepting and then eliminating this conditioning through various means. Recognition and acceptance are harder than they sound. The alcoholic who destroys their life and their loved ones’ lives is usually the last person to know they are an alcoholic. Realisation, acceptance and growth all must come from within, from the soul. That’s where dreams do their work. They are your higher self, guiding your soul through recognition, acceptance and healing. They also comment on the events of the day and include practical advice and guidance.
For example, Zoe, a mum of two who has a hugely successful career working from home, was feeling guilty about focusing so much on work. In her dream it is night time and there is a large, perfect, domesticated tiger waiting completely still sitting under a street lamp across the street facing her house. The tiger, because of the colour combination black and orange, represents her career. It being domesticated indicates working from home. The dream tells Zoe to be patient with her career (tiger is waiting); that she is correct to focus on it (tiger is illuminated), but also that she is to move it out of her house (across the street in the dream).
Consider Susan’s dream: I'm wearing a live snake for a belt as some sort of test. The snake is emerald green and I'm holding it by a sort of collar made by a leaf. It’s snapping at me. Then I'm with two other women, one of whom is Jewish. We know each other from past work together in the diamond trade.
Susan was wondering whether she could support herself through offering counselling services linked with shamanic healing. The dream identifies exactly this as the subject matter. The green snake represents counselling, both from the colour green (heart chakra) and the biblical association of the snake with wisdom. It also represents healing from the caduceus used in medicine. Belts are a support so the snake being used as a belt indicates supporting herself through counselling and healing. The dream goes further by telling Susan to specifically use shamanic techniques involving crystals (diamonds and emeralds). The dream encourages her by showing that refining her unique blend of skills (collar the snake) has great value (gem stones) despite her fears (snake snapping at her).
The answers to your life questions are given to you each night, ironically hidden right before your eyes. You don’t need to learn the language of dreams for this nightly process to work. It will continue throughout your life but it is your choice whether it remains under your radar. Through dreams your higher self wants you to awaken and discover your true nature. If you put a little effort into learning their language – your soul’s language – you will be amazed at what you learn about yourself.
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