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Men and women from many different cultures and eras have paid attention to their dreams, seeking guidance from their Creator. They have sought to gain a deeper awareness of themselves, their world and their relationship with God through dream interpretation.

Dreams are mentioned in the Bible. For example Joseph is involved in interpreting the dreams of the Egyptian Pharaoh, a story beautifully brought to life in the musical 'Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat'.  Here it is made clear that dreams are a form of God’s communication with mankind.

Dreams are symbolic.

There are many types of dream — prophetic, visionary, healing, warnings, nightmares, and dreams related to the dynamics of the previous day.

A dream is like a play or drama where the plot, actors and the audience are an aspect of the dreamer. All the characters and objects symbolise our attitudes, feeling, thinking and experience.

Dream symbols are often drawn from the individual’s memory and experience and used to convey meaning e.g. a dream about sitting an exam at school, years after the event took place, may convey the stress and anxiety the person is feeling in his life at present.

Because these symbols are imbued with our own personal meaning, blanket interpretations of the form ‘this’ means ‘that’ are of little use. However there is a deeper universal aspect to this, as all people face essential learning tasks on their spiritual journey, e.g. an ever expanding awareness of ego’s ‘blinkered’ attitudes.

These dream symbols can be a container into which the Divine can flow — but we choose whether to open the dream and let it speak to us.

Emanuel Swedenborg explains that before language emerged ancient races were spiritually guided by their dreams and visions rather than depending upon the written words in spiritual teachings. Dreams connect us with the spiritual realms. Dreams form a network powered by Creative Love that pours forth from the Divine connecting angels, spirits and people — all receiving this energy according to their own capacity.

Jung (one of the founders of depth psychology) also believed in the power of the image (in dreams or otherwise). He saw images as forming a universal language which conveys energy — which can be transformational. The individual in his interaction with dream images is enabled to progress towards the person he was created to be.

Swedenborg himself during his transition from scientist towards visionary and mystic wrote a dream journal. In this journal we find a man struggling with his inner demons with great honesty and courage. It truly was a rite of passage towards a more spiritual life.

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