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dialogue of the psyche
DREAMS: sequence images, sounds and feelings experienced when sleeping
SEMANTICS: linguistics. the study of meaning.

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/the-wise-old-man/

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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Come to Midrash

Posted By admin on February 8th, 2011

I am alone. Standing in the dark. I don’t feel a sense of emotion.
A dark hand reaches towards me, hands me a thick black book as he pulls me in closer.
“Come to Midrash”, his words are clear. His robed sleeve leaves me.

I wake up wondering what is Midrash. Surely Hebrew but a word I am not yet familiar with. Daylight breaks with a question in mind. What is Midrash? “Where did you hear this word?” “In my dream” I responded. “A Beit Midrash is a house of hebrew bible studies.”
As I retold the dream he smiled and said “it doesn’t surprise me”. Didn’t surprise me either this wasn’t the first time I had dreamed in Hebrew recently but it was the first time I heard a word I did not recognize in my dream. Midrash. I’d been summoned to come to Midrash by an unknown messenger. A subconscious gesture of my curious mind?

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Istikhara: Dreaming the Divine Will

Posted By admin on April 16th, 2010

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).

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Venomous Wisdom: Snakes in Dream Psychology

Posted By admin on March 19th, 2010

In most cultures, a snake is one of the most dreaded creatures in both waking life and in dreams. However, in some traditions, like Hinduism, it is considered divine and is worshiped. Yet other cultures, like the Chinese, associate snakes with wisdom and transformation. Dream psychology, accordingly, interprets the appearance of snakes in dreams differently, according to the culture, traditions, and/or symbolic meanings of subconscious forces.

In western (Judeo-Christian-Islamic) traditions, snake is generally a symbol of evil or Satan – an enemy of mankind. This also holds for dreaming of a snake, though dream interpretations vary according to the actual dreaming sequence or the dreamer’s role in relation to the snake. Watching a snake chasing you would mean an enemy machinating against you, in real life, possibly for inflicting bodily harm. Many snakes together, in a group or pit, indicate bad luck in professional and/or personal life. Similarly, if a dreamer sees him/herself killing a threatening snake, it points to victory or dominance over the enemy or adversary in real life.

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Dreams and Cultures

Posted By admin on February 21st, 2010

Did you know that ancient cultures have been fascinated about dreams even before dream interpretation had been popularized by Sigmund Freud?  It seems that even during the ancient civilizations dreams have had a high reverence in the different cultures all over the world.  Some cultures regarded dreams as messages from the gods while some saw dreams as warnings and omens, and even one culture used dreams in order to cure illnesses and disease.

The Babylonians had a simple take on dreams.  When dreams were good, they were from the gods.  However when one had nightmares or bad dreams then these were generally interpreted as demonic.

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Improving Your Dream Recall

Posted By admin on December 1st, 2009

Now that we have explored the many possibilities of dreams, the only thing left for us to do is actually recalling our dreams! This proves to be a difficult task though especially when half the time, we totally forgot about our dreams. Good news is, our ability to recall dreams can be improved, if we really put some effort into it!

As theorized by dream experts, our “dream memory” is different from our “waking memory”. Must be the reason why we find it hard to remember our dreams by the time we’re fully awake. This can also be associated to how our subconscious and conscious mind operates. Aside from that, dreams usually manifest in fast sequences that maybe the mind finds it hard to keep up with, much less process it to bits.

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Dream Incubation

Posted By admin on November 30th, 2009

Dream incubation is a ritual wherein a person is to sleep in a sacred place in hopes of cultivating a prophetic dream that should be shared with his or her people. This religious practice is usually done when someone seeks messages from higher beings. Dream incubation was popular long ago and nowadays, only a few groups of people are known to do it once in a while such as Greeks.

These days, dream incubation adapts a different meaning. Today, the technique is no longer used for contacting the gods but accessing your inner self, particularly your hidden creativeness. It was believed that due to the stressful lifestyle we are currently living in, our creativeness gets the backseat and eventually gets buried deep. In order to access this once-glowing creativeness, we now need to undergo dream incubation and see it using our dreams while sleeping. Some describes dream incubation as a period when you plant a seed to be harvested during sleep. It is most effective if you only think of one subject at a time during dream incubation. For experienced dream incubators, dreams can now be controlled according to their wants and needs invoking feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

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How Dreams Are Used In Chinese Medicine

Posted By admin on November 11th, 2009

We know that somewhere in between dreaming and reality, there’s bound to be a connection somewhere, although all points seem to be leading to dead-ends. To date, there is no existing, hard evidence or explanation on how dreams really work but indeed different cultures got their own views and beliefs on why they exist and how they can help the dreamer improve their way of living.

That’s one thing I like about dreaming. If you take a look and study how experts conclude the dreaming process, it’s always on the bright and positive side of things. If it is viewed as an omen or portent of bad things to come, it is deemed to be taken as a warning so that the dreamer can prepare for it, if not avoid the threatening danger. Because of these, dreams eventually are valued and appreciated, never shunned.

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Knowing Your Chakras

Posted By admin on November 1st, 2009

Experts say that when your body’s chakras are well-balanced, you are leading a healthy life. In India, chakras are believed to be your body’s energy centers in which all seven should be properly nourished to attain higher level of consciousness. These seven chakras encompass the whole spine in which each chakra is the focal point that transmits, influence and govern energy to various parts of the body. Primarily, chakras are used in traditional Indian medicine but it was also believed to be a contributing factor when dreaming.

When imbalances occur between chakras, the feeling of discomfort and discontentment are instantly present within the person. It was said that when the chakra governing your heart is weak, the person may feel alone and heartbroken without any apparent reason. The same way as it can manifest in his or her dreams in which the chakra is conveying what should be done immediately. In New Age practices, colors represent each of the seven chakras.

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Kabbalah and Dreams

Posted By admin on September 7th, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/09/kabbalah-and-dreams/

Kabbalah has a very interesting interpretation of dreams but one that can also be deemed true by most. According to Kabbalah, our physical life is just a borrowed time. During our waking moments, we function as regular people and do what others can also do in the physical world but when we sleep, we ascend to a higher place where we are properly nourished and guided. This higher level of existence is free from any bonds that hold us down and it can only be achieved when we sleep. Furthermore, it was said that the reason why we need to sleep is for the soul to have time to renew and cleanse itself of the day’s accumulated dirt.

Further explained is how dream works. According to Kabbalah, there are two types of dreams. One is conceived by the subconscious mind while we’re awake. These are physical experiences we had which the mind remembers and carries as we sleep. These can also be sensations, desires, emotions, and just about everything that occupies the mind at the moment. In this kind of dream, one can determine and understand his reactions, habits and traits since it exists in a world that is nonjudgmental. In other words, what you see in this dream is the real you. However, if one has no desire of improving his being, most of your dreams are blocked or blurred because the mind has no intention of recognizing it.

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Ghosts

Posted By admin on August 16th, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/08/ghosts/

Ghosts are believed to be spirits or souls of dead people who are yet to experience heaven or hell. For reasons unknown, experts believe that these souls stayed behind long after the body is laid to rest and they are unable to move forward to where they must belong now. Experts believed that some of the reasons why lost souls stayed behind are:

·    The dead person might not be aware of his current situation and has been living his life still by doing his everyday routine without interference. This usually happens when the person experienced sudden death for which he was not fully aware. An example of sudden death is when a person died while asleep.
·    Unfinished business can also be a reason why a ghost preferred to stay behind. It was believed that every person has his own mission to do in his lifetime. Not finishing it will only make the soul restless and unable to move on.
·    Strong association to the place or things will hinder a ghost’s ability to move on especially if these are their priceless possessions or if the place played a significant role in their once-lived lives. This explains why ghosts manifest in their old houses or even in places of their deaths.
·    Others believed that some ghosts even refuse to move on since they fear they will meet hell due to wrongdoings they committed while alive.
·    Asian cultures have it that ghosts of loved-ones will manifest if a person is nearing death himself. This belief happens when a dying person is supposedly fetched by his loved-one so the dying person’s soul won’t have to be alone during his journey to after life.

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