Meaning of Religion And Dreams in Dream

What does a Religion And Dreams mean in your dream?

What does dreaming of Religion And Dreams mean? What do Religion And Dreams symbolize in dreams?

In most ancient cultures, consider­ation and even veneration of dreams played a great pan. Some groups felt that dream life was more real and imponant than waking life. Not only were dreams looked to for information about hunting (Eskimo groups), but also for ways of healing physical and psychological ills (Greek dream temples) and insights into the medicinal properties of herbs, barks and clays (African tribal witchdoctors). Common to most of these groups, and evident in the Old Testament, was also the sense that through dreams one had awareness of the transcendental or supersensible. St Peter’s dream of the sheet and unclean animals was a turning point in the history of western socicty —as was Constantine’s dream of his victory if he used the symbol of Christianity.

At its most fundamental, the human religious sense emerges out of several factors. One is the awareness of ex­isting amidst external and internal forces of nature which cause us to feel vulnerable and perhaps powerless. Such natu­ral processes as illness, death, growth and decay, earthquakes, the seasons, confront us with things which are often beyond our ability to control. Considenng the information and re­sources of the times, one of religion’s main functions in the past was the attempted control of the ‘uncertain’ factors in human life, and help towards psychological adjustment to vali­ne rability. Religions were the first social programmes aiding the human need for help and support towards emotional, mental, physical and social health and maturity. Even if prim­itive, such programmes helped groups of people to gain a common identity and live in reasonable harmony together. Like a computer program which is specific to a particular business, such programmes were specific to a particular group, and so are outdated in today’s need for greater integra­tion with other races. Religions also offered some sort of con­cept of and connection with the roots of being.

Example: ‘For two nights running I have dreamt the same nightmare. I am in a chapel walking down the first flight of several flights of steps when I hear loud noises behind me. I am told to run, being warned of the soldiers who ride the cavalry horses nght down the steps, and who run you over if you are in their way.

The horses are fierce and they absolutely race down the steps at the same time every day, and you literally have to lock yourself away in a nearby room which is a long way down the chapel. I ran into the room hearing the pounding of the horses’ hooves. It was a terrible pandemo­nium in that chapel. In the room were school children the same age as me and some perhaps younger’ (Maria H). Maria, who is 16, in describing her dream says she had recently been confronted with whether to have a sexual relationship with her boyfriend. Religion, represented by the chapel, is Maria’s way of locking out her powerful sexual urges. Many dreams show that religion, as a set of beliefs, is used as a way of avoiding anxiety in the face of life’s uncertainties.

For many people, the rigid belief system helps them to avoid uncertainty in making decisions.

Dreams also portray and define the aspect of human expe­rience in which we sense a kinship with all life forms. This is the side of spiritual expenence through which we find a con­nection with the roots of our being. While awake we might see the birth of a colt and feel the wonder of emergence and newness; the struggle to stand up and survive, the miracle of physical and sexual power which can be accepted or feared. In looking in the faces of fellow men and women we see something of what they have done in this strange and painful wonder we call life. We see whether they have been crushed by the forces confronting them; whether they have become ngid; or whether, through some common miracle, they have been able to carry into their mature years the laughter, the crying, the joy, the ability to feel pain, that are the very signs of life within the human soul. These things are sensed by us all, but seldom organised into a comprehensive view of life, and an extraction of meaning. Often it is only in our dreams, through the ability the unconscious has to draw out the signif­icance of such widely divergent expenences, that we glimpse the unity behind phenomena which is an essential of spiritual life, i.e. we all have a life, we breathe, we have come from a mother, so share a universal experience.

Example: To quote J.B. Priestley from his book Rain Upon Godshill: ‘Just before I went to Amenca, dunng the exhausting weeks when I was busy with my Time Plays, I had such a dream, and I think it left a greater impression on my mind than any experience I had ever known before, awake or in dreams, and said more to me about this life than any book I have ever read.

The setting of the dream was quite simple, and owed something to the fact that not long before my wife had visiied the lighthouse here at St Catherine’s to do some bird ringing. I dreamt I was standing at the top of a very high tower, alone, looking down upon myriads of birds all flying in one direction; every kind of bird was there, all the birds in the world. It was a noble sight, this vast aerial river of birds. But now in some mysterious fashion the gear was changed, and time speeded up, so that I saw generations of birds, watched them break their shells, flutter into life, mate, weaken, falter and die. Wings grew only to crumble; bodies were sleek, and then, in a flash bled and shrivelled; and death struck every­where at every second. What was the use of all this blind struggle towards life, this eager trying of wings, this hurried mating, this flight and surge, all this gigantic meaningless ef­fort? As I stared down, seeming to see every creature’s ignoble little history almost at a glance, I felt sick at heart. It would be better if not one of them, if not one of us, had been bom, if the struggle ceased for ever. I stood on my tower, still alone, desperately unhappy. But now the gear was changed again, and the time went faster still, and it was rushing by at such a rate, that the birds could not show any movement, but were like an enormous plain sown with feathers. But along this plain, flickering through the bodies themselves, there now passed a sort of white flame, trembling, dancing, then hurry­ing on; and as soon as I saw it I knew that this white flame was life itself, the very quintessence of being; and then it came to me, in a rocket burst of ecstasy, that nothing mattered, nothing could ever matter, because nothing else was real but this quivering and hurrying lambency of being. Birds, men and creatures not yet shaped and coloured, all were of no account except so far as this flame of life travelled through them. It left nothing to mourn over behind it, what I had thought was tragedy was mere emptiness or a shadow show; for now all real feeling was caught and purified and danced on ecstatically with the white flame of life. I had never before felt such deep happiness as I knew at the end of my dream of the tower and the birds.’

Some Nonh American Indians developed the totem out of similar processes. In one generation a person might learn to plant a seed and eat the results. Later someone might see that through fertilisation more food was produced. Still later some­one found that by irrigating, still more improvement was made. No one individual was responsible for such vital cul­tural information, and the collective information is bigger than any one person, yet individuals can partake of it and add to it.

The totem represented such subtle realities, as it might in a modem dream; as Christ might in today’s unconscious. That older cultures venerated their collective information, and that modem humans seem largely apathetic to it, shows how our ‘religion’ has degenerated. Yet utilising the power of the unconscious to portray the subtle influences which impinge upon us, and building the information gained into our re­sponse to life, is deeply important.

With the growth of authoritarian structures in western reli­gion, and the dominance of the rational mind over feeling values, dreams have been pushed into the background. With this change has developed the sense that visionary dreams were something which ‘superstitious* cultural groups had in the past. Yet thoroughly modem men and women still meet Christ powerfully in dreams and visions. Christ still appears to them as a living being.

The transcendental, the collective or universal enters their life just as frequently as ever before. Sometimes it enters with insistence and power, because a too rational mind has led to an unbalance in the psyche—a bal­ance in which the waking and rational individuality is one pole, and the feeling, connective awareness of the uncon­scious is the other.

Although it is tempting to think of the transcendent as ethereal or unreal, the religious in dreams is nearly always a symbol for the major processes of maturing in human life. We are the hero/ine who meets the dangers of life outside the womb, who faces growth, ageing and death.

The awe and deep emotions we unconsciously feel about such heroic deeds are depicted by religious emotion.

See angel; Christ, rebirth and Devil under archetypes; church; evil; fish, sea creatures; example in whale under fish, sea creatures; heaven, hell; sweets under food; dream as spiritual guide. See also hero/ine; mass; masturbation; old; paralysis; colours; sheep under animals.


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Religion And Dreams

What Does Religion And Dreams Mean In Dream?


My Dream Interpretation

To dream of certain brands/brand names indicates your needs and desires.

If the brands in your dream were luxury or designer ones, they could represent your hidden attempt to buy the attention of others. This dream can also suggest you are feeling envious of something in your waking life.... My Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

In a dream, clapping hands represents pagan customs.

If one hears hands clapping, or if he claps his hands in a dream, it may indicate an illness or it could represent a vacant house or a ghost town.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(See Conformance)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Revealed to prepare one to meet or delete the demanding situation... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To go on errands in your dreams, means congenial associations and mutual agreement in the home circle.

For a young woman to send some person on an errand, denotes she will lose her lover by her indifference to meet his wishes. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

New American Dream Dictionary

1. Willingness to help others.

2. If the dreamer is running the errands, a good marriage. ... New American Dream Dictionary

The Complete Dream Book

A maid who sends someone on an errand in a dream may regard this as an omen that through her indifference she will lose her lover.... The Complete Dream Book

Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams about running errands, either those you’ve completed or those you actually need to do, reflect that you are processing the data of the day. This dream reflects your desire to get it all in, to catch up, and keep your head above water. See Processing Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations

My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are running errands signifies happiness and understanding from your family.

If you dream about sending someone on an errand, it is a warning not to neglect someone you love, or you will surely lose them.... My Dream Interpretation

The Complete Dream Book

To dream you hold firebrands and torches by night is good, especially to young folk.

To whom it often signifieth love with pleasure and effect. But to see another hold a firebrand, is ill to those that would be secret.... The Complete Dream Book

Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of inaction or sluggishness, Prov. 6:10... Christian Dream Symbols

The Fabric of Dream

A dream of triumph (Gypsy). ... The Fabric of Dream

New American Dream Dictionary

Get a better view of something. ... New American Dream Dictionary

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To dream that your hands are covered with hair like that of a beast, signifies you will intrigue against innocent people, and will find that you have alert enemies who are working to forestall your designs. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

Encyclopedia of Dreams

If you see yourself with hairy hands this denotes that you will bear false witness against someone who is guiltless.

The longer the hair the worse the lie.

To see the hair fading away shows there are those who will block you from harming this person.... Encyclopedia of Dreams

The Bedside Dream Dictionary

We express ourselves with our hands, and appropriate reading of body language is a valuable source of information. Likewise, in the dream state the hands may reveal information about emotions, intentions, and overt behaviors.

For example, if in you dream you see clenched fists you may have much repressed anger. Sometimes extended hands suggest a need to develop close friendships.

If the hands in your dreams are stroking you, may be feeling sexy.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

If you dream your fists are clenched, you may have a lot of repressed anger. Extended hands indicate that you are need and willing to develop close friendships.

If the hands in your dreams are stroking, you may be feeling sexy.

If you dream you see blood on your hands this denotes you will feel guilty if you do not aid a person for whom you could help better their life.

If you have an injury to your hand it shows that someone else will garner the rewards that are rightfully yours. Large hands show that you will go far in life towards achieving your goals.

If you see a detached hand then you are destined for a solitary life if you do not change your ways.

If you dream your hands are tied you will have difficulty in completing something that you have begun.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

Ariadne's Book of Dream

Attention to the hands in a dream may comment that help is on the way.

The nght hand represents giving and the left receiving.

A cutoff hand may mcnticn the inability to give or receive, or to work.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

The Complete Dream Book

If a woman admires her own hands tn a dream, it is an omen that she will win the love of the man she admires more than any other.

Admiration of another’s hands mean that a woman will be subject to jealousy of the man she loves.

If she dreams of having a man hold her hands she should regard it as a warning against indiscretions.

If she allows a man to kiss her hands she will be gossiped about by those she considered her friends.... The Complete Dream Book

The Complete Dream Book

If the hands are clean, weil-kept and capable looking, the augury is of happiness and easy living.

It is good luck to dream of shaking hands, especially with someone of a higher station in life. Holding hands with one of the opposite sex foretells financial stability.... The Complete Dream Book

Dream Meanings of Versatile

The hands are one of the most expressive parts of the body and signify power and creativity.

The right hand is the ‘power’ hand, while the left is passive and receptive. Sometimes in dreams the left hand can represent cheating.

If the hands are contrasted with each other and / or have a different object in each, it indicates there may be some conflict in us between our beliefs and feelings.

A hand on the breast signifies submission. Clasped hands indicate union or friendship, while clenched hands suggest a threat. Folded hands suggest deep repose or a state of rest.

The hands covering the eyes generally represent shame or horror, while hands crossed at the wrists suggest that we are being bound, perhaps by our own actions.

The open hand represents justice whilst the laying on of hands signifies healing and blessing, particularly if the hand is placed on the neck. Hands placed together give an indication of defencelessness; if they are placed in someone else’s it suggests a pledge of service or commitment. When the hands are raised this can indicate either adoration, prayer or surrender; if the palms are turned outwards a blessing is being given; when they are raised to the head we should give a great deal of thought and care to our current situation. Washing the hands suggests innocenceor rejection of guilt, while wringing the hands signifies grief.

A huge hand, particularly from the sky, suggests that we have been ‘specially chosen’.

For this reason, advertising that contains such an image has a profound effect.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psycho Dream Interpretation

Beautiful hands promise great distinction to dreamer.

A hand detached from the body, misunderstandings with your own people. Hairy hands, sordid imaginings. Hands that are soiled or blood-stained, envy, jealousy. Holding hands, emotional strain. Hands that are tied, too much restraint.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(See Clapping hands)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(See Saw)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

New American Dream Dictionary

1. Completion and renewal, beginnings and endings— often in relationships, sometimes in situations.

2. Having a good reputation, a high social position. ... New American Dream Dictionary

Islamic Dream Interpretation

Shaking hands with someone in a dream means signing an agreement, receiving benefits, a pledge of allegiance, honoring one’s promise, making a commitment, good intention, signing a contract, or cherishing a friendship. Shaking hands with someone then embracing him in a dream means glad tidings, good news, good words to which one’s reply will be the same, or it could represent a knowledge he teaches to others. (Also see Greetings)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Traditionally a handshake symbolizes a welcome into heaven and a farewell to earthly existence. Our spiritual journey contains many welcomes and goodbyes, and today the handshake symbolizes the transitions we make. Equally the handshake can suggest the touch of healers and is also a sign of good faith.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: A handshake is a mark of appreciation and of acknowledgement. In dreams it suggests that an emotional bond has been forged, which cannot easily be broken.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: Agreements are often sealed by a handshake, the idea being that we are not going to attack our opposite number if we have shaken hands. In dreams, shaking hands will represent at least a partial bond with the other person since, from the times of chivalry, we remove our gloves in order to do so.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Gives gender - specific: If the sleeves of the two hands are masculine and feminine in the dream, or the hands are bound by cords, the handshake may symbolize matrimony, the latter by pagan rites. You might like to consult the entries for bonds, cord, gloves and wedding / wedding dress / wedding ring for further information.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

My Dream Interpretation

Shaking hands in a dream is a sign of reconciliation or renewed friendship.... My Dream Interpretation

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

To see yourself handsome-looking in your dreams, you will prove yourself an ingenious flatterer.

To see others appearing handsome, denotes that you will enjoy the confidence of fast people. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

Dream Dictionary Unlimited

At it’s best; pleasing... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of someone who is handsome represents attraction, appeal and that you are receiving an intuitive “yes” to move forward toward the person or situation. This dream is also reflecting that you are connecting with your own inner beauty.

If you see it, you be it.... Strangest Dream Explanations

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(See Elegance)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Christian Dream Symbols

This is a symbol of God’s faithfulness, protection, and love, Ps. 37:24. Holding hands with someone in a dream means being in agreement with them... Christian Dream Symbols

My Dream Interpretation

A dream about holding hands with someone means that you are needing and willing to develop close friendships. It may also mean you are feeling sexy, or want some physical affection. Your dream may also reflect anxieties about losing touch or drifting apart from that person.... My Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Intertwine) In a dream, interlocking one’s hands means a partnership, a contract, marriage, stagnation, stillness of business, 226 delinquency in one’s prayers, negligence of one’s duties, difficulties with one’s family, or a meeting that purports evil.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Little Giant Encyclopedia

Freud saw this image as a symbol for the human body.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of various landscapes symbolizes your current standing in life or relationships. This provides appreciation and recognition for the vital role you play in the community. According to Sigmund Freud, the landscape represents the human body.

To dream of seeing ever-changing landscapes represents psychological transitions or emotional advancement. It stands for different phases in your life. Then again, your dream may be a reminder for you to consider other points of view. Recall the important elements in the landscape and consider their corresponding symbolism and representations.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

Mystic Dream Book

This dream depends upon the circumstances.

If the Landscape is a fine open one, that gives you pleasure, then it is a most fortunate dream. But if the view is shut out or obscured by hills or forests, then you will have to face many troubles and obstacles.... Mystic Dream Book

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Our moods and attitudes, but particularly the set of habitual feelings we meet life with. As we create our surroundings in dreams, landscapes depict what feelings we ourself generate and live in. Gloomy: pessimism; self doubt; depression; a gloomy view of life. Sunny: hopeful; optimistic;

something to look forward to. Recurring scenes: habitual atti­tudes with which you approach situations. Recurring scenes of past residence: a stance you developed from that penod of your life. See countryside. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

The landscape in a dream can be an integral part of the interpretation. It usually mirrors feelings and concepts that we have and therefore reflects our personality.

A rocky landscape would suggest problems, whereas a gloomy landscape might suggest pessimism and self-doubt.

A recurring scene may be one where in childhood we felt safe, or may reflect a feeling or difficulty with which we have not been able to come to terms. Landscapes do tend to reflect habitual feelings rather than momcntarv moods.

Dream landscapes can have a bizarre quality about them in order to highlight a particular message.

For instance, there may be trees made of ice, or rocks made of sugar.

The plot of the dream may be important in arriving at the correct interpretation of these symbols (see Introduction).

The landscape in a dream can also indicate how we relate to other people.

To be in a desert might represent loneliness, whereas to be in a jungle might represent a very fertile imagination.

3- Spiritually, the landscape in a dream can suggest improvements which we can make in handling our own moods and attitudes.

If the landscape changes between the beginning and end of the dream, we perhaps need to make corresponding changes in everyday life.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Spiritually, the landscape in a dream can suggest improvements that we can make in handling our own moods and attitudes.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Psychological / emotional perspective: Dream landscapes can have a bizarre quality about them in order to highlight a particular message.

For instance, there may be trees made of ice, or rocks made of sugar.

The plot of the dream may be important in arriving at the correct interpretation of these symbols.

The landscape in a dream can also indicate how we relate to other people.

To be in a desert might represent loneliness, whereas to be in a jungle might represent a very fertile imagination.

If the landscape changes between the beginning and end of the dream, we perhaps need to make corresponding changes in everyday life.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Material aspects: The landscape in a dream can be an integral part of the interpretation. It usually mirrors feelings and concepts that we have and, therefore, reflects our personality.

A rocky landscape would suggest problems, whereas a gloomy landscape might suggest pessimism and self-doubt.

A recurring scene may be one where in childhood we felt safe, or may reflect a feeling or difficulty with which we have not been able to come to terms. Landscapes do tend to reflect habitual feelings rather than momentary moods.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(See Earth)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Dream Dictionary Unlimited

Warning that one’s livelihood is threatened; see “foundation”... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

New American Dream Dictionary

1. Emotional fortitude and stability give way under pres­sure.

2. Fear of being overwhelmed by change. ... New American Dream Dictionary

The Language of Dreams

(see Disasters, Earth)... The Language of Dreams

Dream Symbols and Analysis

To dream of a landslide symbolizes emotions you have been pushing back for a while. These emotions continue to build up and may soon manifest in an emotional overload. Your pent-up emotions might take the form of a violent outburst.

The landslide in your dream may also represent the anxieties, worries, and responsibilities you carry in life.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

Strangest Dream Explanations

See Mudslide, Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams and Earthquake.... Strangest Dream Explanations

Dream Explanations of Astro Center

If the dreamer is witnessing the landslide as it happens, then sudden and unexpected events, which he really should be prepared for, will take him totally by surprise.

The dream is warning him to be prepared. Other symbols in the dream may reveal exactly what the events will entail, and what he should do about it.

If the landslide has already taken place and the rocks are lying in the middle of the road, then the dreamer faces obstacles ahead that will need to be removed before he or she can move on and accomplish whatever it is that needs to be done.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

Mystic Dream Book

A short and pleasant visit payed to places once well-known to you. ... Mystic Dream Book

Christian Dream Symbols

Powerlessness, Jer. 50:43 ... Christian Dream Symbols

Expansions Dream Dictionary

In current life.... Expansions Dream Dictionary

Islamic Dream Interpretation

Powerful hands symbolise the wielding of great power.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Dream Meanings of Versatile

These figures all hold a special place in the dream hierarchy. Sometimes intermediaries between an ultimate power and man, and sometimes authority figures, their power comes from beyond themselves. There is, therefore, a sense of ‘otherness’ about them, and in dreams it is usually the former function that they perform. Also consult the entries for archetypes in the introduction and authority figures above.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

The Fabric of Dream

A dream warning you of temptations, dangers and weaknesses of which you are unaware (Raphael). ... The Fabric of Dream

Mystic Dream Book

This dream denotes that you are surrounded with many temptations. Do not be imprudent. ... Mystic Dream Book

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

If you dream of discussing religion and feel religiously inclined, you will find much to mar the calmness of your life, and business will turn a disagreeable front to you.

If a young woman imagines that she is over religious, she will disgust her lover with her efforts to act ingenuous innocence and goodness.

If she is irreligious and not a transgressor, it foretells that she will have that independent frankness and kind consideration for others, which wins for women profound respect, and love from the opposite sex as well as her own; but if she is a transgressor in the eyes of religion, she will find that there are moral laws, which, if disregarded, will place her outside the pale of honest recognition. She should look well after her conduct.

If she weeps over religion, she will be disappointed in the desires of her heart.

If she is defiant, but innocent of offence, she will shoulder burdens bravely, and stand firm against deceitful admonitions.

If you are self-reproached in the midst of a religious excitement, you will find that you will be almost induced to give up your own personality to please some one whom you hold in reverent esteem.

To see religion declining in power, denotes that your life will be more in harmony with creation than formerly. Your prejudices will not be so aggressive.

To dream that a minister in a social way tells you that he has given up his work, foretells that you will be the recipient of unexpected tidings of a favorable nature, but if in a professional and warning way, it foretells that you will be overtaken in your deceitful intriguing, or other disappointments will follow. (These dreams are sometimes fulfilled literally in actual life. When this is so, they may have no symbolical meaning. Religion is thrown around men to protect them from vice, so when they propose secretly in their minds to ignore its teachings, they are likely to see a minister or some place of church worship in a dream as a warning against their contemplated action.

If they live pure and correct lives as indicated by the church, they will see little of the solemnity of the church or preachers.) ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

New American Dream Dictionary

1. A possible need or desire for spiritual enlightenment or moral reassessment, especially if it is the dreamer’s religion.

2. So­cial control, restraint.

3. Contentment and serenity.

4. A message is being conveyed from one level of consciousness to another (note type of religion and its tenets). ... New American Dream Dictionary

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(See Rope; Spool; Uncertainty; Veil)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

The Complete Dream Book

(See Church). Dreams of a religious quality should be interpreted according to the items which appear in the dream rather than the emotional side of religion. Thus the meaning of the dream should be ascertained through such references as church, minister, altar, congregation, etc.... The Complete Dream Book

The Complete Dream Book

Misfortune is in store for you after a dream of discussing religion with strange people.... The Complete Dream Book

Mystic Dream Book

It is generally a bad sign to be troubled by Religion in a dream. See CHURCH and CLERGY.... Mystic Dream Book

Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of religion denote that you are receiving a spiritual message, exploring your spiritual beliefs and roots. Perhaps you are grappling with what you authentically believe and feel passionately about versus what you were raised to believe. See Prayer and Prophetic Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations

My Dream Interpretation

To dream that you are deeply religious, foretells of a disruption to your life. Your arrogance may be repelling your love partner or close friends.

To dream that you are questioning your religious beliefs, suggests that you are a deeply spiritual person.... My Dream Interpretation

Psycho Dream Interpretation

Dreams of religion are natural to the devout, though pleas to the clergy take on the meaning of guilt or transgression with a subsequent desire for absolution or punishment. It is the subconscious performing against the willful waking mind of the dreamer, who thinks of breaking a law or has already committed a violation.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

In most ancient cultures, consider­ation and even veneration of dreams played a great pan. Some groups felt that dream life was more real and imponant than waking life. Not only were dreams looked to for information about hunting (Eskimo groups), but also for ways of healing physical and psychological ills (Greek dream temples) and insights into the medicinal properties of herbs, barks and clays (African tribal witchdoctors). Common to most of these groups, and evident in the Old Testament, was also the sense that through dreams one had awareness of the transcendental or supersensible. St Peter’s dream of the sheet and unclean animals was a turning point in the history of western socicty —as was Constantine’s dream of his victory if he used the symbol of Christianity.

At its most fundamental, the human religious sense emerges out of several factors. One is the awareness of ex­isting amidst external and internal forces of nature which cause us to feel vulnerable and perhaps powerless. Such natu­ral processes as illness, death, growth and decay, earthquakes, the seasons, confront us with things which are often beyond our ability to control. Considenng the information and re­sources of the times, one of religion’s main functions in the past was the attempted control of the ‘uncertain’ factors in human life, and help towards psychological adjustment to vali­ne rability. Religions were the first social programmes aiding the human need for help and support towards emotional, mental, physical and social health and maturity. Even if prim­itive, such programmes helped groups of people to gain a common identity and live in reasonable harmony together. Like a computer program which is specific to a particular business, such programmes were specific to a particular group, and so are outdated in today’s need for greater integra­tion with other races. Religions also offered some sort of con­cept of and connection with the roots of being.

Example: ‘For two nights running I have dreamt the same nightmare. I am in a chapel walking down the first flight of several flights of steps when I hear loud noises behind me. I am told to run, being warned of the soldiers who ride the cavalry horses nght down the steps, and who run you over if you are in their way.

The horses are fierce and they absolutely race down the steps at the same time every day, and you literally have to lock yourself away in a nearby room which is a long way down the chapel. I ran into the room hearing the pounding of the horses’ hooves. It was a terrible pandemo­nium in that chapel. In the room were school children the same age as me and some perhaps younger’ (Maria H). Maria, who is 16, in describing her dream says she had recently been confronted with whether to have a sexual relationship with her boyfriend. Religion, represented by the chapel, is Maria’s way of locking out her powerful sexual urges. Many dreams show that religion, as a set of beliefs, is used as a way of avoiding anxiety in the face of life’s uncertainties.

For many people, the rigid belief system helps them to avoid uncertainty in making decisions.

Dreams also portray and define the aspect of human expe­rience in which we sense a kinship with all life forms. This is the side of spiritual expenence through which we find a con­nection with the roots of our being. While awake we might see the birth of a colt and feel the wonder of emergence and newness; the struggle to stand up and survive, the miracle of physical and sexual power which can be accepted or feared. In looking in the faces of fellow men and women we see something of what they have done in this strange and painful wonder we call life. We see whether they have been crushed by the forces confronting them; whether they have become ngid; or whether, through some common miracle, they have been able to carry into their mature years the laughter, the crying, the joy, the ability to feel pain, that are the very signs of life within the human soul. These things are sensed by us all, but seldom organised into a comprehensive view of life, and an extraction of meaning. Often it is only in our dreams, through the ability the unconscious has to draw out the signif­icance of such widely divergent expenences, that we glimpse the unity behind phenomena which is an essential of spiritual life, i.e. we all have a life, we breathe, we have come from a mother, so share a universal experience.

Example: To quote J.B. Priestley from his book Rain Upon Godshill: ‘Just before I went to Amenca, dunng the exhausting weeks when I was busy with my Time Plays, I had such a dream, and I think it left a greater impression on my mind than any experience I had ever known before, awake or in dreams, and said more to me about this life than any book I have ever read.

The setting of the dream was quite simple, and owed something to the fact that not long before my wife had visiied the lighthouse here at St Catherine’s to do some bird ringing. I dreamt I was standing at the top of a very high tower, alone, looking down upon myriads of birds all flying in one direction; every kind of bird was there, all the birds in the world. It was a noble sight, this vast aerial river of birds. But now in some mysterious fashion the gear was changed, and time speeded up, so that I saw generations of birds, watched them break their shells, flutter into life, mate, weaken, falter and die. Wings grew only to crumble; bodies were sleek, and then, in a flash bled and shrivelled; and death struck every­where at every second. What was the use of all this blind struggle towards life, this eager trying of wings, this hurried mating, this flight and surge, all this gigantic meaningless ef­fort? As I stared down, seeming to see every creature’s ignoble little history almost at a glance, I felt sick at heart. It would be better if not one of them, if not one of us, had been bom, if the struggle ceased for ever. I stood on my tower, still alone, desperately unhappy. But now the gear was changed again, and the time went faster still, and it was rushing by at such a rate, that the birds could not show any movement, but were like an enormous plain sown with feathers. But along this plain, flickering through the bodies themselves, there now passed a sort of white flame, trembling, dancing, then hurry­ing on; and as soon as I saw it I knew that this white flame was life itself, the very quintessence of being; and then it came to me, in a rocket burst of ecstasy, that nothing mattered, nothing could ever matter, because nothing else was real but this quivering and hurrying lambency of being. Birds, men and creatures not yet shaped and coloured, all were of no account except so far as this flame of life travelled through them. It left nothing to mourn over behind it, what I had thought was tragedy was mere emptiness or a shadow show; for now all real feeling was caught and purified and danced on ecstatically with the white flame of life. I had never before felt such deep happiness as I knew at the end of my dream of the tower and the birds.’

Some Nonh American Indians developed the totem out of similar processes. In one generation a person might learn to plant a seed and eat the results. Later someone might see that through fertilisation more food was produced. Still later some­one found that by irrigating, still more improvement was made. No one individual was responsible for such vital cul­tural information, and the collective information is bigger than any one person, yet individuals can partake of it and add to it.

The totem represented such subtle realities, as it might in a modem dream; as Christ might in today’s unconscious. That older cultures venerated their collective information, and that modem humans seem largely apathetic to it, shows how our ‘religion’ has degenerated. Yet utilising the power of the unconscious to portray the subtle influences which impinge upon us, and building the information gained into our re­sponse to life, is deeply important.

With the growth of authoritarian structures in western reli­gion, and the dominance of the rational mind over feeling values, dreams have been pushed into the background. With this change has developed the sense that visionary dreams were something which ‘superstitious* cultural groups had in the past. Yet thoroughly modem men and women still meet Christ powerfully in dreams and visions. Christ still appears to them as a living being.

The transcendental, the collective or universal enters their life just as frequently as ever before. Sometimes it enters with insistence and power, because a too rational mind has led to an unbalance in the psyche—a bal­ance in which the waking and rational individuality is one pole, and the feeling, connective awareness of the uncon­scious is the other.

Although it is tempting to think of the transcendent as ethereal or unreal, the religious in dreams is nearly always a symbol for the major processes of maturing in human life. We are the hero/ine who meets the dangers of life outside the womb, who faces growth, ageing and death.

The awe and deep emotions we unconsciously feel about such heroic deeds are depicted by religious emotion.

See angel; Christ, rebirth and Devil under archetypes; church; evil; fish, sea creatures; example in whale under fish, sea creatures; heaven, hell; sweets under food; dream as spiritual guide. See also hero/ine; mass; masturbation; old; paralysis; colours; sheep under animals. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(See Islam)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

The Language of Dreams

(see Altai; Church, Monastery, Sanctuary, Sacrifice, Temple)

If the religion depicted is the one you currently practice, this dream reveals your feelings toward that faith, its tenets, and your activities within that organization.

The subconscious or Higher Self expressing a need to reconnect with sacred powers and spiritual ideals.

Different religions appearing in dreams may stem from your exposure to recent articles or documentaries on the subject.

If this is the case, consider this part of the dream situational.

Each faith has a slightly different focus, which may reflect heavily on your current situation.

For example, Buddhism is highly introspective and philosophical, which might reflect too much brooding on your part, or perhaps not enough, depending on the other dream images.... The Language of Dreams

Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of troubles or trials in life, Ps. 83:13-15... Christian Dream Symbols

Dream Symbols and Analysis

A sandstorm in a dream symbolizes overwhelming confusion. You may feel lost in a sea of responsibilities and needs.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Dreaming about a sunny landscape or beautiful scenery: many of your wishes will come true; you can look forward to happy times.

If the scenery is dark and cloudy: conflicts with the world around you. What else do you see— Meadows, Mountains, \ alley, Water?... Dreamers Dictionary

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

For a young woman to dream that she shakes hands with some prominent ruler, foretells she will be surrounded with pleasures and distinction from strangers.

If she avails herself of the opportunity, she will stand in high favor with friends.

If she finds she must reach up to shake hands, she will find rivalry and opposition.

If she has on gloves, she will overcome these obstacles.

To shake hands with those beneath you, denotes you will be loved and honored for your kindness and benevolence.

If you think you or they have soiled hands, you will find enemies among seeming friends.

For a young woman to dream of shaking hands with a decrepit old man, foretells she will find trouble where amusement was sought. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

Christian Dream Symbols

Symbolic of agreement ... Christian Dream Symbols

Ariadne's Book of Dream

Shaking hands may predict a successful contract in business. It may also welcome an important individual who may soon appear in your life. It is a sign of commitment.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

The Complete Dream Book

(See Hands).

If you dream of shaking hands with persons whose social station is beneath yours, it is an indication that your lover will honor you for your kindness and straightforwardness.... The Complete Dream Book

The Complete Dream Book

To shake hands in a dream is a lucky sign if the person with whom you shake hands is better dressed than you are.... The Complete Dream Book

Strangest Dream Explanations

As in real life, dreams of shaking hands with someone symbolize that you are uniting, making an agreement, declaring truce or aligning on a promise.... Strangest Dream Explanations

My Dream Interpretation

Shaking hands in a dream is a sign of reconciliation or renewed friendship.... My Dream Interpretation

Dream Meanings of Versatile

Being at a standstill or blocked in some way indicates we are being prevented, or are preventing ourselves, from moving forward. This needs handling with care, since to stop may be appropriate. Frequently finding ourselves stopping and starting suggests there is conflict between laziness and drive or ambition.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

The Fabric of Dream

To see them denotes idleness; to eat, sickness (Gypsy). ... The Fabric of Dream