Greeks believed that gods physically visited the dreamers to deliver divine messages. Later, they thought the soul of the dreamer would leave the physical body and roams around in different places which are seen in dreams. The same view is supported by Indians and Chinese.
Egyptians were among the early civilizations to attempt interpretation of their dreams. The process of ‘dream incubation’ began in Egypt. When a person has troubles in the life and wants guidance from god, he used to sleep in a temple. He would get a dream during that night. When he wakes up, he takes the help of a priest to get his dream interpreted.
Hippocrates, in his book on dreams wrote that the soul receives images during the day and it produces the images during the night, and hence we dream. Aristotle thought that dreams could be indicators of conditions within the body. He did not believe they were divinely inspired. He attributes the scenes in the dreams to the internal sensations in the human body.
Romans had strong views on dreams. They believed dreams were messages from the gods. Emperor Augustus ruled that anyone who had a dream about the country must proclaim it in the market place.
In recent times, Sigmund Freud, in his book ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ writes that the experiences and suppressed desires of a person during waking hours are stored in his subconscious mind. Since subconscious mind continues to function during sleep also, it presents the same experiences and desires in the form of symbols in the dreams. For example, if a person has high sexual desire, he sees rhythmical activities such as dance, riding, moving up and down the stairs etc., in his dreams which are symbols of sexual intercourse. Freud gave more importance for the sexual content of the dreams. Long slender objects like sticks, knives, flagpoles, water taps etc. represent male genitals and hollow objects like vessels, vases, caves, pits represent female genitals.
Carl Jung connects dreams with different personality types which he calls ‘archetypes’
Alfred Adler does not believe dreams to bridge the subconscious and conscious minds. He takes dreams as problem-solving devices. When dreams are brought to the conscious and interpreted properly, they help us to understand our problems in waking life and offer solutions how to resolve those problems.
Calvin Hall says that dreams should be considered to be a cognitive (to know) process. Hall argued that a dream was simply a thought or sequence of thoughts that occurred during sleep, and that dream images are visual representations of personal conceptions.
Correct reason behind dreams:
There are two reasons behind dreams. One reason is the psychological and physiological changes happening in our body. For example, if we are afraid of some issue, we get a dream where we are chased by some unknown figure. In the same way, if our urine bladder is full during night, we visualize toilets in our dreams.
The other reason for dreams is our astral travel. When we go to sleep, the body starts relaxing and after sometime, the astral body slowly raises from the physical body. The astral body can be imagined to have exact shape like the physical body, but with fewer molecules and less dense. This astral body is inbuilt in the physical body. During night when the physical body sleeps, the astral body comes out and floats like a feather in the air.
The astral body can go to any place in the world at lightening speed. It can go deep into sea and fly high in the sky. It can go to other planets and galaxies in the universe. When astral body travels like this, there will be other astral bodies and creatures coming in touch with it at different planes. Sometimes, astral bodies of great souls living at higher dimensions may communicate with our astral body. After roaming for as much time as it wants, the astral body comes back to its physical body during waking hours. Generally, the astral body forgets what has happened during its trip since memory is attached to the physical brain. But sometimes, the scenes can be remembered by the astral body even after it returns to the physical body. These remembered scenes are thought as ‘dreams’ by people.
Some dreams and their interpretation:
Accident in the dream: If you are in the vehicular accident, that means you are not feeling well emotionally. This is also a caution of approaching accident. If you find someone in the accident, you are going to lose a relation.
Air: Seeing air in dreams represents that your intelligence will bring you rewards. Polluted air represents that some problem is there in your thought process.
Alcohol: If you dream that you are enjoying alcohol, it represents that you will be successful soon in some deal.
Angels: To see angels in the dream represents that you are pure hearted and going to receive some spiritual help.
Animals: Animals generally represent hidden desires, feelings and sexual urges. Ants represent petty and unimportant things bothering you. Sometimes ants represent on set of diseases. Bats represent that you are under the influence of negative energies. Cats in the dream indicate that you will be cheated. Cows represent that some thing connected to your mother is still to be resolved. They also tell that you are behaving too innocently in some cases. Dogs are symbolism of your skills which you ignored, but to be revived. Donkeys indicate that you are not willing to cooperate with others. Elephants represent that you need patience to get success. Fish represent some new changes are coming. For a woman, sometimes they represent pregnancy. Horses denote sexual power. You have enough strength to carryout any task. Snakes in the dream represent sexual potency and birth of children. When you are afraid of the snake, it represents sexual dissatisfaction. When the snake bites you, it represents hidden fears. Snakes represent awakening of or disturbance in kundalini (spiritual) powers.
Baby: When you are involved mentally into something, then a baby is seen in the dreams. It represents that you awakened the potentiality of purity of your heart. When there is a crying baby, something in your doings needs attention and nurturing. If death of a baby is seen in the dream, it represents that some project or issue is coming to an end.
Birds: To dream of birds flying and making noise represents that you are going to enjoy freedom and fame. To see eggs of a bird symbolizes money.
Chasing dreams: When you are chased by some one or some animal in the dream, it represents that you have a fear of being attacked or opposed. You have an issue in the work place or love which you have to resolve but escaping.
Colors: Colors generally represent our mental condition. Black - Danger or death, some times, mystic nature. Blue - Peace and reserved nature. Green - Health, fertility and ear
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