Many of our dreams are critical of us. Psychologists say that there is invariably an internal barrier which makes us reject even constructive criticism. Everyone must have noticed this behaviour amongst colleagues at work, relatives, friends and even within oneself. For the subsconscious mind to get through, symbolism is a wonderful recourse. Without direct criticism, which would be rejected as wild imagination or even be forgotten, the inner consciousness cloathes the message in allegory and symbols so that it permeates.
A person in Germany dreamt that people were attacking his friend’s Jonas’s wife. They even try to abduct her. His friend Jonas is in his own house, looking for his favourite cuff-links to wear. Even though Jonas can see the attack scene from his window, he still wants to wear the blue cuff-links before going out. The dreamer wakes up.
In real life, this person Jonas loved his wife a lot and would never allow anyone to say anything to her. He was very protective. However, Jonas was also very lazy. Always postponing things. This dream is very symbolic. As I have often emphasised, the dreamer must be a part of the interpretation. Dreams are personal (mostly) and as such require the background of the dreamer. Here Jonas is a symbol of being indolent. The dreamer is being told that he is behaving like Jonas. In real life, people at work had been plotting against the dreamer. He was of a good heart. He knew of the plots, but never did anything about the situation. His friends had also told him that inaction would harm him. This dream is a wake-up call from the subconscious mind. It shows him the gravity of the situation and how he isn’t understanding it. He must act and not behave like Jonas.
Another reason for dreams using symbolism is that a single symbol conveys a lot more meaning and is easily remembered as compared to many sentences of speech.
A lady dreamt that three white men are beating her and she can’t get up.
This short dream accompanied by emotion of fear is easy to remember as compared to a speech about the issue at hand. The whole of next day, she kept thinking about the dream.
The dream is about her health. She was consuming huge amounts of sugar, white bread and milk. Her health had been going down and even her mental health was being affected very badly. The dream tells her that these three ‘whites’ are the source of her ill health. She must not consume them. It seems that she did heed the counsel of her subconscious mind and gave up these foods. Her health improved dramatically.
In next lessons we will look at universal symbols and later many more personal symbols.
First and foremost, do write down your dreams in a dream diary. Place it next to your bed and write it as soon as you wake up after the dream. Please do not wait until the morning. By that time it may be forgotten.