Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions. –Edgar Cayce
OM Times Magazine online published an article recently, called “Getting Answers from Your Angels During Dreamtime.” It was a good article, and I agree with the main point of the article, which is that 1) it’s possible to get answers to our questions and solutions to our problems from waking life in our dreams, and 2) that in order to do this we must consciously ask for the answers. In other words, we must give permission for anyone, whether they are in this world or in the worlds of spirit, to assist us.
Not all of us get the information from “our angels,” however. We do get help from whichever spiritual beings are in charge of our welfare. But many times, the characters in our dream are disguised as people we know in daily life. If you follow a particular spiritual teacher, that teacher will be with you in your dreams, even if you can’t see him.
I feel the article did a bit of a disservice to readers by assuring them, “Immediately, after you wake up you will remember your dream just like if you were watching a movie…” While this is most definitely possible, I can assure you that it doesn’t generally happen that way without some effort on the part of the dreamer.
First of all, you will probably have to ask more than just once in order to get a dream that might be useful to you. Second, you will have to make an effort each day to write down as much as you can remember of your dreams. At first you may not remember much at all, and even when you get better at it, your dreams will very likely seem like so much gibberish. Your dreams will have a lot of symbolism, and only after time (I’m talking months and years, here) will your dreams begin to clarify to the point where the meaning seems much more out in the open.
When you have begun to remember your dreams, that’s not any guarantee that you will be any good at interpreting the meaning. It’s not that you can’t. It’s that you will need practice with this, just as with everything else. It’s not such a big deal if you don’t get the meaning right off the bat. Everyone has a learning curve. Just know that there is a learning curve and don’t expect to be able to interpret everything effortlessly right away. As well, some dreams will require additional information in order to be interpreted. In other words, they may only be one part of a message that you will have to add to information from other sources (literature, self-help books, life experiences, something that somebody says to you, an image that you come across in waking life, etc.) The other parts of the message will come in their own time – and in my own experience, they can come years, even decades later!
The author of the article said that you can get emotional healing from dreams, as well as solutions to problems and answers to questions, and that’s true. You can also get clues to physical healing that you can use in waking life. But that’s not all. Dreams can also give you a glimpse into past lives and let you know how far along you are on your spiritual journey. Dreams can give you a chance to balance negative karma and face your fears, as well.
One of the best and most complete books I have ever read about the power of your dreams is The Art of Spiritual Dreaming, by Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar. You don’t have to be an ECKist to read and benefit from it, however. I urge you to give it a try. 🙂