How to Remember and Interpret Your Dreams

By Sri Harold Klemp

One of the reasons I recommend keeping a dream journal is that if these inner experiences are not recorded when they happen, most of them will be forgotten. Even if an experience doesn’t seem to mean much now, at some point in the future you might look back at it and recognize its spiritual significance.

Another benefit to recording your dreams is that as you study and check your dream journal, you’re going to find that you remember your dreams better and better.

One of the ways to begin working out the inner tangles and knots, where the communication lines between the higher worlds and the physical have been twisted, is to work with the dream journal. And as you write, you will find that the tension in your stomach goes away. If the dream journal can help to do this, it’s done something.

Dream Symbology

The real importance of dream symbology is in how it relates spiritually to your daily life.  A member of Eckankar I’ll call “Tim,” for his privacy, discovered this through a dream about his wife, who is not in Eckankar.

In their outer life, his wife appeared somewhat interested in ECK, but she wasn’t quite sure that she wanted to become a member.  At various times she had also considered either staying in her present religion or looking into some other spiritual teaching.  She often discussed her dilemma with her husband.

One night Tim dreamed that his wife called him at home.  She said, “I’m at a phone booth, but I don’t know where I am.  I’m lost.  Can you help me get home?”

“If you know the name of the road you’re on, or even a nearby crossroad, I can help you find your way home,” Tim said.

“There aren’t any crossroads around here,” she said.  “I don’t know where I am.”

“OK, get in the car and drive down the street very slowly until you come to an intersection.  Then call me back and tell me the names of the two crossroads.  We’ll be able to figure out where you are.”

Tim woke up wondering what the dream was all about.  The experience on the inner planes had been so lifelike that he knew it was trying to tell him something.

Suddenly he realized it was an answer to his fear that he may have been pushing Eckankar on his wife.  At times he thought she seemed truly interested in the teachings of the Holy Spirit.  But he had often wondered, Does she really care, or am I only imagining her interest?

The dream had given him a spiritual understanding of his wife’s position.  She was in the car, and she was lost.  This represents Soul’s journey through the lower worlds as It tries to find Its way home.  But until she had at least some idea of where she was, her husband couldn’t help her.

All he could do in the dream was encourage her to go very slowly down the road until she came to a crossroad.  This gave him the insight to tell her out here, “First you have to find out where you are spiritually.  You have to know where you are before you can figure out where to go.”

He recommended that she examine her own religion, other spiritual paths, Eckankar, and whatever else she wanted to, but to go very slowly.  Eventually she would come to a point in her life that seemed significant.  Then she could stop, take a look around, and see where she was.  Tim could then try to help her figure out her direction home.

Create Your Own Dream Dictionary

During important times in my life, one of the dream symbols I used to see was a field with a regular-sized baseball diamond.  When everything on the field was aligned and in proper order—four bases evenly spaced, a pitcher, a batter, and two opposing teams—it meant that my life was in good order.

But sometimes the bases were at odd distances apart or the base path wasn’t in a perfect square.  Or the ball I’d hit might pop and blow feathers all over the place.  Or I’d have to run into the woods to find first base.  Second base might be closer in than usual; third base might be off in another direction entirely.  In other words, everything about the game was wrong.

When I’d wake up after a dream like that, I’d often notice that something in my outer life wasn’t going right.  The sport had gone out of it.  There wasn’t any fun in it.

This was an indication for me to sit down and work out a plan to reorganize.  In other words, I had to figure out how to get myself a real baseball field again—proper space between bases, correct number of players on each team, and so on.

Tip: The Dream Dictionary

Creating a dream dictionary can help you become familiar with your own dream symbols.

Whether a baseball diamond, a bear, an eagle, or anything else, you’ll know immediately what a particular symbol means to you.

In a section at the back of your dream journal, keep a list of the symbols that occur in your dreams.

As you create your own dream dictionary of symbols, record the date next to the meaning of each symbol.  This way you can keep track as the meaning changes.  As you unfold, your dream symbols are going to take on different meanings, a fact not generally known by people who study dreams.

Tip: Study the Details

What can you do to remember your dreams and other inner experiences?  You could write them down, but that’s a hard thing to do.  Sometimes you don’t feel like writing.  Another way to remember is to study the details of the experience while it’s happening.

For instance, if you’re at a baseball game in your dream, you could study the uniform of one of the players on the other team.  See what kind of shoes he’s got—cleats or whatever—and what color shirt he has on.  Even notice the stitching on parts of the shirt.

Become aware of the little details.  Notice a tree, a cat, and the cat’s ears, how he twitches them.  This will help you remember your dreams.

Tip: How to Interpret Your Dreams

Remember that dreams have a meaning at the human, emotional, causal, mental, subconscious, and spiritual levels.  They correspond to the six planes of existence—the Physical, Astral, Causal, Mental, Etheric, and Soul Planes.  Each deals with a part of you, and each of your dreams comes mainly from one of these areas.

Keep the interpretation simple.  Look at each dream in one of three levels.  Is the dream about your daily life, your emotions and thoughts, or about the pure spiritual side, your relationship with God?

Here, then, are a few tips:

1. Dream—get 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 dreams down as soon as you awaken.)

2. Interpret your dreams—ask 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 dreams—take the dream lessons and apply them to your everyday life.


Spiritual Exercise: Create a Brighter World

By Sri Harold Klemp

If you have an uncomfortable experience or dream—or one you don’t understand—take it into contemplation. Begin by singing HU for a few minutes. Then rewind the dream or experience, and run it through your mind. Next, visualize a door that opens into golden sunlight. This is the Light of God.

Now take the uncomfortable experience from the darkness; take it from the silence and solitude through the open doorway where it is dissolved by the Light and Sound of God.

This exercise can get you in the habit of looking for a brighter, more creative world, where you can find more inner satisfaction. With the help of the Inner Master, the Mahanta, you are learning to take charge of your life. You are becoming the aware Soul, the creator of your own worlds.


Practical Benefits of Dreams

By Sri Harold Klemp

Sometimes a lesson derived from the dream state brings a healing.

Healing in Dreams

An ECK initiate, “Helen,” went to see her doctor about a certain health problem.  He gave her two prescriptions which had proven helpful to other patients with the same condition.  She took the medications faithfully for a few days but finally concluded that they were not going to work for her.

One night Helen had a dream—a very simple inner experience.  First she saw a plain black screen.  Then the letters began to appear, one by one, each a different color, spelling out the word Ornade.  She didn’t know exactly what it was, but she had a feeling it was significant for her health.  She woke up in the middle of the night and, while the experience was fresh in her mind, she got out of bed and carefully wrote down the word.

The next day Helen called the pharmacist who filled her prescriptions.  “Is there a drug called Ornade?” she asked.

“Yes, there is,” he said.  “It’s often used as a decongestant.”  As far as he knew, it had never been used as a remedy for her particular condition.

A few days later she went to see her doctor again.  “The drugs you prescribed don’t work for me,” she said.  “I would like to try Ornade.”

“It won’t help you at all,” he said.  “It’s perfectly useless for your condition.”

Helen felt foolish, but she told him about seeing the name in a dream.  She was very persistent about wanting to give it a try, and finally he gave in.  “All right,” he said.  “I don’t recommend it, but it won’t hurt you.”

He wrote her out a prescription.  She went directly to the pharmacy to have it filled and began to use the drug that same day.  In a short time she found that it worked very well for her, even though it was not intended as a treatment for her condition.

Dreams and Diet

When her eldest son was in sixth grade, “Glenda” found that he was often sick on Monday mornings.  The teacher concluded, “He’s got school phobia; just send him to school.”  The doctor said, “Give him these medications, and send him to school.”  But Glenda wanted to find out what the problem really was.

One night in a dream she got a nudge to begin checking her son’s diet.

She recorded what he ate during the week and what he ate on weekends.  And she found out he ate more ice cream on the weekends than at any other time.

Glenda experimented.  She found that when he didn’t have ice cream or other milk products on the weekends, he was fine on Monday, ready to go to school.  She concluded that he was sensitive to dairy products.

She could’ve been intimidated by the school officials, who were highly educated.  They huffed and puffed and said, “Send him to school anyway.”  But she said no; she knew there was something else.  Because the still small voice of the Mahanta was speaking to her and nudging her to look a little bit further, she found the food sensitivity.

Spiritual Exercise: How to Heal Yourself

A way to heal oneself begins with a spiritual exercise.  At bedtime, sing the word HU (pronounced like the word hue, but long and drawn-out).  Softly sing this ancient name for God for five to ten minutes.  Also create a mental picture of your problem.  See it as a simple cartoon.  Beside it, place another image of the condition as you feel it should be.

Keep a record of your dreams.  Make a short note about every dream you recall upon awakening.  Also be alert during the day for clues about your problem from other people.  The Holy Spirit works through them too.

Help in Business

A businessman, “Andrew,” had the responsibility of accounting for the funds of small firms.  He hadn’t kept his books up for a while, and one night he had a dream.  In the dream, two young men came into his room and began examining the accounting books.  Andrew stood off to the side, watching as the accountants sat down and began to audit the books.

When he woke up in the morning, he immediately started catching up on his ledger accounts, straightening everything out.  He worked on this for a couple of mornings, and his wife asked him, “Why are you taking care of the books, when normally you’d be getting ready for work?”

“I don’t know,” he said.  “I just have this strong feeling to do it.”

On the third day, Andrew was at work, when two young men walked in the door.  They were auditors; they had come to audit his books.  And he was ready, all because he had trusted the message he got from his dream.

Dream Help with Finances

In an African country where hyperinflation has taken over, an ECKist, “Peter,” and his wife were having a very hard time making ends meet.  They didn’t know what to do.  Some outstanding bills were about to come due, and the family needed money to pay them.

One night in the dream state the Mahanta came to Peter, and in his hand the Mahanta carried a belt.  Just a belt.  He handed it to the dreamer.

Peter said, “What do you want me to do with this belt?”

The Mahanta said, “Tighten it.”

So when they woke up in the morning, Peter and his wife sat down and made a budget.  They figured out where they were going to tighten their belts and cut expenses.  And because they did this, they were able to cope with the inflation.  They had taken measures to do it.

An inner experience can give us an insight into our outer experience.  The dream becomes like a play with hidden meaning, which gives us a clue about the outcome of our outer life.

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