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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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Posts Tagged ‘Islamic’

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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