Tips on How to Interpret Your Dreams
By Sri Harold Klemp
Dreams. Dreams, the stuff of wonder, fear, the unknownbut they are always certain to pique our curiosity.
Dreams. They were the reason for the good fortune of Joseph of the Old Testament. He overcame all oddstreachery by his brothers, slavery, and imprisonmentto rise in stature and power until he was second only to the mighty pharaoh of Egypt.
Dreams hold an aura of mystery. They give power to anyone who canor claims tointerpret them. Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, tried for years to develop his invention, but without success. Until, in a dream, he got orders to finish it or pay with his life. Strong motivation, indeed.
Among the many examples of the influence of dreams, there is the one of Samuel Clemens, the American humorist known as Mark Twain. He foresaw the death of his brother Henry, who also worked on the riverboats of the Mississippi River during the 1850s. One night, Twain awoke from a nightmare in which he saw the metal coffin of his brother. On it lay a bouquet of white flowers, a red rose in the middle. A few weeks later, his brother suffered severe injuries from a boiler explosion on the river. He died shortly after.
Upon his arrival a few days later, Twain found the setting exactly as it had appeared in his dream. Some people had taken pity upon his brother and had collected money to buy an expensive metal coffin, instead of the wooden boxes usually used in river accidents. As Twain paid his last respects, a woman entered the room and placed on the coffin a bouquet of white flowers with a single red rose in the middle.
Dreams touch every level of our life. They may let us glimpse the future, or give suggestions for healing, or share insights into our relationships. Above all, they can and will steer us more directly toward God.
What is this fantasy about dreams?
First, understand that the dream world is anything but a fantasy. A "confused" dream simply shows the inability of our mind to accept truth head-on, so it bends the facts and artfully weaves them into a story line that is less likely to cause us distress. Yes, dreams are real.
A mother listening to her young daughter tell of an inner experience from the night before dismissed it offhand as only a dream. The girl quickly corrected her. "Not just a dream, Mom," she said. "It was real."
So, first, understand that the land of dreams is an actual place. Second, any experience you gain in the dream world is as useful to you spiritually as any of those you may have here in the human body.
To grasp the universal nature of dreams, take a step back and imagine that you are standing at the top of all worlds. The identity that can do that, to command a view even of creation itself, is the real youeternal Soul. Soul is a child of God, and, by nature, godlike. And so It can share in the divine attributes of wisdom, joy, freedom, and divine love.
So why doesn't It? Why don't you?
Your dreams are like a telescope that can give a better view of something that is normally out of reach: your spiritual side. That includes how you act, feel, reflect, think, react, and even love. Most people fear putting the telescope of dreams to their eye, afraid of what they might see.
So what about interpreting dreams? Where do the beginners start? Do they begin in the bookstore, buying volumes of books that supposedly give the inside scoop on dreams?
No. That's not to say they won't learn something by reading books on dreams, because they will. They will learn the many ways that people approach the dream world: through symbols, the emotions, as outer causes, or as riddles. These only give a small part of the picture. If people have the wisdom and insight, and spend enough time at it, they can eventually piece all the odd ends together and come up with their own dream patchwork of sorts.
Yet it will still miss the beauty and wonder of living, in full consciousness, in your heavens of dreams.
Dreams have a meaning at every stepthe human, emotional, causal, mental, subconscious, and spiritual levels. They correspond to the six planes of existence, spoken of so often in the ECK worksthe Physical, Astral, Causal, Mental, Etheric, and Soul Planes. And each deals with a part of us. Each of our dreams comes mainly from one of these areas.
Our task is to keep the interpretation of dreams simple.
Look at each dream in one of three levels. They are about our daily life, our emotions and thoughts, and, less often, about the pure spiritual side. So, simply put, there are dreams about our everyday events, our emotional well-being, and our relationship with God.
The beauty of dreams is that they go with you everywhere, no matter what. They are a portable treasure. You need only recall them, to recognize them as a divine gift to gain insight into your true spiritual nature. Never are you without your dreams.
Is it possible to go somewhere for the weekend and say, "Oh, I forgot to pack my dreams"?
No, they are always with you, because they are a part of you and you of them. They give a broader picture of yourself and the great spiritual potential that lies within you.
I would say that some figures of state, church, and science understate the value of dreams, for they often ridicule or punish those who speak too freely about the dream life. A dreamer is often an independent being. He looks inwardly, instead of outwardly, for the real answers to life.
My plan for this article was to give a sample of dreams and explain them, but there are already many such examples in the ECK dream discourses. This is a chance to speak directly to your heart, to you as Soul.
Here, then, are a few parting thoughts on how to enter a better spiritual life through the doorway of dreams:
1. Dreamget plenty of rest for a few days. Then go to sleep with the intention of remembering some of the places you visit while your human self lies sleeping. (It helps to write the dreams down as soon as you awaken.)
2. Interpret your dreamsask the Dream Master (my inner self) to let you see each dream on three levels: the daily, the emotional/mental, and the spiritual.
3. Realize your dreamstake the dream lessons and apply them to your everyday life.
You can make this study of dreams as easy as you like. However, you need to give the ECK Dream Master permission to help you understand them.
Your consent can be as simple as saying, "Please, Harold, help me remember my dreams and understand them."
It's that easy.
If you want your dreams to lift you into a higher state of awareness and joy, you have only to ask. My task is to help you become mindful of yourself in the real worlds, the dreamlands of God.
I'll see you in your dreams.
Excerpted from the 1994 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 1993 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.