Today I wanted to touch on, what I feel, is an important subject. It has been brought up a few times and I thought it would be a good idea if we all had a clearer understanding on Dreams and Dream Interpretation. Growing up, we are instilled either a simple belief, religion, mysticism, or no religion at all. However, as we journey throughout our lives, our views, for most of us, begin to change. As a little girl, I grew up in the Catholic belief and practice. I did all of the classes that are required of you, following all of the symbolic ceremonies, such as Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. It was a wonderful and beautiful way to begin my journey with Christ. However, there were certain things in me that began to change; and one of those was my view on God.
I began to dream! They were constant and almost every night. They are vivid with color and you I would feel like I was actually there. Sometimes it became difficult to decipher if I was just dreaming or did that really happen. I kept my dreams to myself for a few reasons. The first one was fear of what others would say (Ex. “Your crazy that doesn’t exist, or maybe it was something you ate.”) Second, I wasn’t sure if dreaming these things went against my religion or family beliefs; I felt kind of alone in this, even though my parents have always been open to listening. But, summer before I began my seventh grade year, I had a vivid dream with my grandfather Reuben and Jesus himself. I knew that morning and everyday after that, that no one can ever tell me what I should or shouldn’t believe. This is something that is so deeply felt, an integral connection that cannot be broken.
Here are just a few of the questions that have come up:
- “Are Dreams even real?”
- “Don’t dreams come from the Devil?”
- “If you look too much into your dreams, isn’t that drawing away from God?”
- “Is it witchcraft if you are involved in dream interpretations?
Below I’ve attached just a few Bible verses where you can find passages about dreams and their dreamers. Dreams have been around since the beginning of time probably. (I say probably because I was clearly not around in the beginning of time.) Dreams and Visions were ways in which God and his angels would communicate their messages to others. They would inform them, as well as guide their paths. Why should we think that this was only in Jesus time? Is it not crazy to think that Idols do not exist when they’ve been around since before Jesus’ time and still today?
(Genesis 42:2) 2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
1. Are Dreams real?
Yes, dreams are very real. There are times where they may not be as vivid, or you do not remember all of the details clearly, but real they are. According to Psychologist and Therapist, Gregg Levoy, he wrote: “Dreams tell you what you really know about something, what you really feel. They point you toward what you need for growth, integration, expression, and the health of your relationships to person, place and thing. They can help you fine-tune your direction and show you your unfinished business. They’re meaning machines. And they never lie.” He went on describing dreams in this way: “To ignore dreams is to tear out pages from your own unfolding story, which winds right on through the night-shift, and cut yourself off from that place from which passions and callings emanate. Most spiritual traditions clearly regard dreams as revelations from the gods and goddesses, and consider the act of separating the waking life from the dreaming, the conscious from the unconscious, as not unlike separating a plant from its roots.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/passion/201604/dreams-dont-come-true-they-are-true)
2. Do dreams come from the devil?
They can! Throughout the day we have all sorts of thoughts that come to mind depending on how the day is evolving. Did you have a great day, or a rough day? Maybe you received bad news that has left you feeling sad and alone. From a scientific stand point, ones nightmares may be caused by a scary movie or even bad indigestion. However, there are ways to tell if your dreams are coming from a loving place, or from the Negative source itself. In dreams, there are many symbols that may describe this and one of them is how you feel at that very moment. Notice your thoughts and feelings. Everything that has to do with Love, Hope, courage, inspiration and goodness come from God, but things such as fear, worry, lack of trust, lust and uncleanliness come from the negative source.
3. Does looking into your dreams cause you to drift away from God?
Absolutely NOT! If God is sending us a dream, then there is an underlying message that he wants us to find out. We are given these dreams to explore and expand our minds. It is God’s way of communicating with his children and creating a deeper relationship with them.
( Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.
4. Is dream interpretation considered witchcraft?
Again, absolutely NOT! The bible itself speaks of righteous people of their time interpreting dreams. Witchcraft is the practice of magical skills that are done by groups of people and that sort of thing. Dreams helped many in biblical times see into the near future and warn others of what was coming. ( Ex. Job 33:13) Dreams help us access those parts of ourselves that are either hidden or are dormant. They allow us to see a mirror image and self-reflect. They can inspire us or bring us hope in a difficult time. They can allow loved ones to come through with messages or calm our hearts worries.
As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire. Within it there were figures resembling four living beings And this was their appearance: they had human form. Each of them had four faces and four wings.
My view on God as an adult has not only evolved, but has strengthened in a way I would have never imagined. It has led me towards many interesting facets in my life; it has tested me in ways I never thought; it has risen more questions after each answer; it has lead me to meet and integrate with the most amazing people; and I would not change that for anything in the world. Dreaming is a part of me. It is here where I access those part of myself that God has created, so that I may come to a better understanding of them and HIM. It is because of my parents and my dreams that I have developed a relationship with and towards Christ, and that is something very special that I will always hold as true!