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This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Istikhara: Dreaming the Divine Will

In Islamic traditions, dreams have been, and continue to be, regarded as a conduit for accessing the divine will. Since the origin of Islam, 1400 years ago, Muslims have used the ritualized form of dreaming called Istikhara to get some indication on whether or not a particular choice in life is worth making. Even today, many people count on Istikhara while taking a decision relating their career, marriage, business, travel, or any other important matter in their life.

Literally, “Istikhara” can be translated variously as “awareness” or “seeking peace”. Religious scholars in Islamic traditions trace its origin back to Hadith, i.e. teachings of Prophet Mohammad. According to these, the process of dreaming for learning the divine will can be performed by any grownup Muslim man or woman, though the dream of pious people will be more reliable a clue to the proper course in one’s life. The process itself consists of offering a particular number/units of prayer in the evening, usually a while before going to bed, followed by recital of certain verses a specified number of times, and then thinking of a question in one’s mind – something for which one is asking the God’s will to guide him/her. With this in mind, the person performing Istikhara goes to bed (alone of course).

The nature of the ensuing dream can vary widely. Two main types of dreams, however, are distinguished by the learned in this topic. First, the dreamer may see actual characters and/or hear their voices, acting in a sequence that leads to the answer sought by the dreamer. In some cases, for example, a dreamer reports seeing the prophet (his persona or silhouette) telling him/her, expressly or through a hint, the proper choice relevant to the matter. Then there is the second type of dreams with more vague and symbolic meanings. One of the more commonly experienced dreams of this kind shows colors flashing on the dreamer. Seeing green or white color, in this context, would mean divine approval (yes, your favorite choice is right) while red would mean negation (no, what you are going for is a threat).

There are also dreams wherein the sequence or content appears confused or unrelated to the dreamer’s purpose. Such dreams are taken as indicative of a freedom of choice left to the dreamer: the divinity is not interested in the issue and/or grants that any choice the dreamer makes will be the proper course to follow. It is worth mentioning that Istikhara needs to be repeated 3 to 7 times for a particular question/issue before making the final choice. The more the number of times an answer is repeated in dream, the greater the confidence of its approval by the almighty. Also, the question chosen for Istikhara needs to relate one’s earthly affairs and not one’s beliefs, faith, or ideology.

Opinion differs on the obligation of the dreamer after he/she is finished with the Istikhara and the answer to his/her question is provided in dream. Some scholars claim that taking the choice indicated in the dream is optional and the dreamer is completely free to make the choice he/she thinks is the best. Others are of the view that the choice approved in the dream must be pursued or else the dreamer will be offending the will of God.

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