Dreams are messages from our subconscious regarding
issues we are facing in our lives. They can be
teaching dreams, psychic or precognitive dreams, or just
sorting out dreams. By using the combined gifts of
intuition and empathy you can understand the underlying
messages behind you dreams.
upon a time," said the philosopher Chuang Tzu, "I dreamt
I was a butterfly. I was conscious only of my fancies as
a butterfly, and unconscious of my individuality as a
man. Suddenly I awoke, and was myself again. Now I do
not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a
butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming that
I am a man."
human beings, regardless of race or custom, have similar
thoughts upon arising from a singular dream. We ask
ourselves, "What does it mean?" We wonder if the dream
foretells a coming event, or if we have seen a hidden
aspect of past events. Many of us try to use the dream
creatively, to plumb the unconscious mind. We employ the
dream as inspiration for art or literature, or business
decisions. Some of us are heartened by our dreams. We
feel something lucky is bound to happen. Others view
dreams with trepidation, leading to a vague sense of
fear or unease.
West, the analysis of dreams is a valid part of
psychotherapy; occupying the attentions of practitioners
such as Freud and Jung. Indeed, dream interpretation
occupies a place in the antiquity of Western thought.
See Aristotle's 350 B.C. work On Prophesying By Dreams
In China, dream analysis, or Chan-meng, is likewise
traced to antiquity and has spawned countless numbers of
schools, systems, interpretations and techniques.
early Chinese philosophers believed that dreams are the
wanderings of the soul's conscious immaterial duplicate,
set free by sleep while the actively operating soul
remains in the body. Thus dreams were counted as an
instructive reality, no matter how fanciful they might
be. This idea was hotly contested by later philosophers,
notably Wang Ch'ung in the First Century, who wrote a
lengthy diatribe against Chan-meng, seeking to prove
dreams as mere illusions.
Wang Ch'ung was alone in his opinions. Dream augury
formed an important part of imperial court life and
countless numbers of examples of dreams-as-portents are
included in all histories of all ages. Dreams were taken
as instructions from the divine to rulers of men, and
woe to those rulers who left their dreams unheeded or
interpreted them wrongly.
interpretations set forth in the following link date to
about 1050 B.C., and are generally based on the
dialectical school of Chan-meng. This system of
interpretation relies on the antithetic explanation of
dreams, and is said to have been popularized by the Duke
of Zhou, compiler of the popular dream interpretation
manual Zhou-gong jie meng. We have also included
interpretations dating to a later period; that of the
Chin Dynasty, 265-420 A.D.
Although the interpretations herein date to antiquity,
they are subject to recasting in a modern light. The
interpretations for dreams of cars, for example, are
taken from interpretations for dreams of chariots.
Note On Tibetan Methods
Tibet, there exists a practice known familiarly as
"Dream Yoga," which is of substantial value.
Although instruction in this so-called Dream Yoga is
rarely presented in the West there are a few exceptions
and the interested reader is advised to contact Tibetan
Buddhist centers for further information.
Tibetan doctors are instructed in dream interpretation
as a means of diagnosis. According to one authority:
If the patient dreams of riding on a rat, monkey, lion
or jackal, this signifies death. If he dreams of riding
south on a horse, pig, buffalo, donkey or camel, all
these are bad signs.
If the patient dreams of a tree growing from his
forehead, where a bird's nest has formed; or of falling
from a precipice, or of sleeping on a cremation ground;
if he sees himself surrounded by crows, hungry ghosts,
or drowning, or feasting with the dead, or wearing red
clothes and a red flower necklace, this kind of dream
signifies death. If persons of good health have such a
dream, it is a bad omen.
Dreams to be taken into consideration are those that are
dreamt early in the morning, when they are fresh in
It is good to dream of: images, gods, priests and holy
people, kings and famous men, a big fire, people in
white attire, crossing oceans or big rivers, escaping
from dark places or prison, overcoming enemies, being
praised by parents. To have such dreams is a sign of
prosperity, longevity and wealth.
the Method of Recalling Dreams
best method of recalling dreams is to sleep on your
right side, with a pillow behind the back so that upon
awakening, you will remain lying on the right side.
The dream will remain vivid as long as the body is
motionless. If the body rolls over, the dream will be
Protection Against Bad Dreams
we reproduce a traditional talisman that may be of some
protection against bad dreams. This can be copied and
hung over the bed, or alternately, placed beneath the
pillow. A "coin sword" is also occasionally held to be
of some value, and these may be obtained at curiosity
shops. These are usually hung over the bed. Abstaining
from certain foods and spices, such as garlic, onions or
peppers is sometimes recommended.
Keeping A 'Dream Journal'
is useful to keep a journal of your dreams, noting the
dream and the events which follow. This will assist
you in developing your own personalized set of symbols.
Dream symbolism that is "lucky" for one person may be
"unlucky" for the next, and vice-versa.
Keeping a dream journal will also assist you in
judging the accuracy of the interpretations contained in
the following link.