“Since the dawn of time, when the very first tendrils of consciousness began to unfurl in the recesses of the mind, humans have led a seemingly dualistic existence, torn between the world of daylight and the nocturnal world of dreams. Sometimes profoundly beautiful and at other times terrifying, dreams have captivated the minds of some of our greatest thinkers. Dreams have been to many an object of wonder, vibrant and potent with mystery.” – G. Taunton
The Importance of Dreams and their Interpretation
It is the ALCHEMY available in the process of working with dreams that has urged human beings to look inward since prehistoric ages.
For as long as human beings have been looking up to seek meaning in the stars, they have also been looking inward and hoping to find similar insights in the magic landscapes of dreams.
The Divination of Dreams to predict the future (oneiromancy) has deep roots in all the Ancient Cultures of the world.
Perhaps this is because dreams are universal. Absolutely everybody dreams, usually several times when they fall asleep; and just because we do not always remember our dreams this doesn’t mean that we do not have any!
Dreaming should be experienced as a time of transformation and healing, and should be used as a means to receive wisdom and guidance from our very depths.
When approached with respect, the simple act of laying one’s head on the pillow can be the doorway to a whole new world in which the many mysteries of existence are decoded.
In this new world, the concepts of time and form dissolve, and, to a certain degree, we are set free: free to explore on a level beyond the physical: free to process and simultaneously express without superficial boundaries. When the bonds of concept and physical stimulus are loosened, it is indeed possible to make friends with a deep and beneficial awareness.
I was blessed to grow up in a family that intensely valued their dreams, a culture that left no dream unnoticed, and the typical greeting upon waking was never “good morning” but rather “did you dream?”
My ancestors kept dream journals and worked with other people’s dreams. People would come to them and ask for predictions through the medium of Dreamwork.
Dreams were normally understood through interpreting the symbols as well as conducting specific divinations to assist the process and this is the method I continue to follow.
People would also come expressing their dreams and requesting support in decrypting their meaning, often wishing to know the implications for their health, since health and dreaming are strongly interlinked.
Dreaming is indeed an experience we have that is closest to dying, and some would say that the act of falling asleep is a good practice for death and its stages.
If we can work with our dreaming state in a meaningful way, we can potentially learn how to make even more out of the short time we have here on earth and to surpass what may be our biggest challenge, “attachment to form.”
Scientific studies and ancient beliefs have shown us that awareness or consciousness isn’t restricted to the body and brain and therefore lives on somehow after our physical form ends. If we learn to engage with our dream state more confidently and meaningfully it can turn our entire perspective on life into something very grand.
Working with dreams enables us to experience the multidimensional, to heal through restful expression, to learn through symbols and, above all, to rise as a whole and divine being.
A Broad Tradition
Oneiromancy has been part of Greek culture since age-old times. To that culture we owe one of the most significant books about dreams ever written: the Oneirocritica (Interpretation of Dreams), attributed to Artemidorus, who believed that dreams predict the future. His work is the basis for many contemporary approaches to dreams. There is also a powerful Hermetic tradition of Dream Interpretation.
Aristotle is said to have taught that human beings are capable of achieving the pure form of wisdom only during sleep, when our minds are liberated.
In the belief systems of Ancient India and in many Buddhist teachings there are active traditions connected to Lucid Dreaming, Dreamwork and Dream Yoga.
The Sufis consider that the function of our dreams is to provide an opening between the world of the spirit and the waking world. Energetic information moves from the spiritual world into the waking world through the dream state, and then the communication reverses back from this world to the spiritual one. In dreams, these two impulses meet; our dreams manifest the mixing of the spiritual and the worldly.
Shamans, traditionally, were those members of a community who experienced vivid and powerful dreams; it is in the language of the dreamtime that the Shaman receives his or her power. These men and women are said to “die” and return to life many times, and to know how to orient themselves in the unknown regions they enter during their dream journeys.
The word Shaman comes from the Tungus language of Siberia and is usually translated as “one who knows” or “one who can see in the dark.” In Europe, those who were once the most knowledgeable about herbs and healing were practicing some aspects of shamanism, and were known as Witches or Wise Women. The healing power of female Shamans was occasionally stated to have been so far-reaching that they could restore life to the dead.
The indigenous Chontal of the Mexican state of Oaxaca use Calea zacatechichi, a flowering plant, for Oneiromancy by placing it under the pillow of the dreamer. Similarly, Entada rheedii is used in various African cultures.
Shamanic principles are so universally part of the human experience purely because they are based on spiritual and healing practices that have been passed down from our ancestors, facilitating personal experiences that are authentic and give tangible results. Dream journeys and dream interpretations are a key expression of such ancestral blessings.
What I do
When I divine through dreams, I combine shamanism, divination and symbolism as principal mediums.
Some ways I can work with Dream Interpretations are
- soul retrieval
- divination and prophecy
- prescience into past lives
- dream protection
A popular method is receiving a Delian Divination
“This form of divination helps the Querent interpret their dreams using the Tarot and symbolism. The complete dream does not need to be remembered; recalling a few key points is enough to gain guidance related to the dream.”
You can also request a Delian Divination to receive advice connected to your spiritual practice, how it is developing, the karmas at play, as well as ways to work with current energies hidden and obvious.
Our modern lives are mostly spent in conceptualization, and this habit of mind can filter out much of the true and sincere communication that the universe likes to make known to us in subtle, indirect ways.
With the right awareness and intention, our dream life allows us to flush out the daily conceptualization, which in itself can often stand in the way of what we truly are or are to become as realised people.
Consciously deep and healthy rest allows us to check in with more delicate layers of reality, and ultimately with the Truth itself!
Our waking lives are often bound in conventional form; in dreams, we go beyond the physical, relative time and space, and are opened to a vast world that can be lived as “beyond ego”. In this world, we are open to communications from the most sincere and serene parts.
In the magic space of dreams, change is possible. Dreaming and divination go hand in hand on SO many levels.
Dreaming opens us to an alchemical process—transforming what we discover via divination into tools to become alchemists of our own making. Dreams allow us to heal, to decode, and to transcend. Our nightmares can be redirected and, when worked with correctly, their energy (if trapped) will find ways to be released.
Our creative potential expressed in dreams can also be released, thus giving permission for many wonderful things to happen.
When the depths have been understood and transformed, our exterior life and whatever lives in-between is automatically transformed.
I like to encourage people to say aspirations and prayers before falling asleep, beneficial ones for all beings and our universe.
Upon waking, if we can awake aware, with good intentions, this too assists the overall Dreamwork routine.
With awareness and gentleness upon waking we will be able to remember more of what happened during the course of the night. Keeping a journal near ones bed, to write about our experiences is a popular tracking method and recommended.
One very important piece of advice: Please do not think that what happens in dreaming is the same as what comes from the use of hallucinogens and other chemicals—which if ever used should be used with impeccable intention and never abused. I, myself, feel that such substances are definitely NOT needed and tend to do more damage than benefit. The natural process of dreaming is what should be trusted as what is natural never fails.
If you can, please do not treat the act of falling asleep and entering the dream state, whether you remember dreams or not, as something ordinary, basic, or as an ignorant act. Please pay attention, and when you make the act of falling asleep sacred, you will see just how much your life changes.
We are NOT simply what we think we are. There is so much more brewing, shifting, churning, burning inside us, and this dreaming state can draw a clearer picture of all that dwells beyond what we call form, and of all that can empower us from the profundities of our most sincere nature. This magic is there, swimming within us and what a great way to explore this abundant kingdom. To dream: what a great great way!