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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 ‘religion and culture’

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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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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Why Dreams Deserve Our Attention

Posted By admin on December 31st, 2009

Dreams are occurrences which present a very special meaning to a person. Although the reason behind dreaming stays unclear, it clearly deserves our attention. They occur every night to almost all of us leaving feelings and emotions that seem too surreal to believe. Due to their very common nature paired with our own objective minds, it’s fairly easy for dreams to obscure their true meaning from seekers like us.

History has it that dreams are to be used for guidance and enlightenment, depending on one’s belief, culture and tradition. Due to this, dreams are deemed important in every aspect of one’s life particularly in their psychological, emotional and spiritual states. It was said that with every action comes a seed to be planted in your subconscious mind. This seed has an effect that is instantaneous and can even grow overtime, affecting even the decisions you make during your waking hours. With that said, it is safe to say that the subconscious mind is a roomful of accumulated perceptions, bound to affect a person psychologically. Dreams, on the other hand, provide the easiest way to reach your subconscious mind.

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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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Angel Therapy

Posted By admin on August 4th, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/08/angel-therapy/

Angels are believed to be messengers of God. Time and again they’re sent to Earth when God needs something to be done by a mortal. They also come when they need to rely messages from God and guide that person to stay on the right path as well. They are God’s right hand, His bodyguard and His overall assistant.

According to the Holy Bible, an angel manifested before Mary, the mother of God’s Son Jesus, to notify her of an anticipated pregnancy even if she’s a virgin. All throughout the history, angels are known to exist in various religions from Islam to Hinduism. Of course, each religion has their own views regarding the existence and value of an angel and how they affect our lives. On the other hand, old wives’ tale has it that angels are assigned each time a baby is born. They’re sent to keep the baby safe and secure until he can fully do things on his own. These angels are then called as our guardian angels.

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Reincarnation

Posted By admin on August 1st, 2009

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

Reincarnation is a popular belief that when the physical body of the person dies, its soul will still stay the same but would be reborn to another physical body to live yet another lifetime. This cycle just goes on and on as one lifetime expires and another one begins. Reincarnation has been prevalent among Indian or Hindu culture then and now. Since it was adapted by various sectors and branches of religion, it also underwent slight variations from one another. Fortunately, the essence of reincarnation stayed pretty much the same as the original form.

The idea of reincarnation has been around for quite some time now. Its presence can be traced as far as ancient times when beliefs were just forming and people were seeking for something to believe in. Even the concept of rebirth is acknowledged by Buddhists although not reincarnation as a whole.

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Out-of-body Experience

Posted By admin on July 22nd, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/07/out-of-body-experience/

Out-of-Body experience or OBE is best described as a sensation in which a person most likely feels going out of his own physical body and observing it from afar. This experience is also referred to as astral projection wherein it was said that one could travel from one place to another without moving the physical body. To better understand out-of-body experience, it is when the soul leaves the body for some time, intentionally and otherwise.

Out-of-body experiences can occur under many different circumstances. Some reported cases were brought forward claiming that OBE can be achieved during deep sleep or in altered state of mind such as under the influence of a drug. Furthermore, cases of OBE were reported alongside NDE or near-death experiences which often go hand-in-hand. Others have already mastered the ability to induce OBE when they want to.

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Horoscope

Posted By admin on June 30th, 2009

http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/06/horoscope/

Horoscopes are predictions of our future based on the positions of planets in relation to other astrological manifestations. It is a Greek word meaning “a look at the hours” while in Latin, it means “observer of the hour”. When used in astrology, it pertains to the chart or diagram which represents the position of astrological bodies. On the other hand, due to the nature of which it is used, the term horoscope now refers to as the astrologers’ prediction itself.

The most common form of horoscope we know today is the one which relies on the sun’s placement in accordance to one’s birthdate. Through which, the astrologer’s predictions are generally based on “star signs” for a certain group of people, or at least the closest estimation of which. In general, there are twelve sets which people are grouped together according to their birthdates. These twelve sets correspond to the twelve Zodiac signs we’re all familiar of. Naturally, every person belongs to one sign but there are some who were born in between signs hence they are considered in cusp. When you’re in a cusp, you enjoy a little bit of both signs or so it seems.

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