by Rory Colgan, dreamschool staff 04.28.09

Interpreting our dreams depends largely upon our ability to reason. Reasoning is the power in the conscious mind to move consciousness forward, be it answering a question, solving a problem, or understanding an experience. How reasoning is used to interpret the symbols in our dreams is illustrated well in explaining what vehicles in our dreams represent.

Here are dreams from two dreamers on opposite sides of the planet (see side bar). One is from Australia, the other from California in the United States. Both of their dreams contain vehicles, modes of transportation. Both symbolize something important, and different, in the dreamer’s life.

Our Dreamer from Australia finds herself in a small vehicle: an older car driven by a “trusted driver” who she hasn’t seen in years, and in the second dream she finds herself in a car being driven by her friend.

Dream nouns, the people, places, and things that appear in a dream are interpreted based on what they do, what function they perform. Looking at a car’s function illuminates the interpretation of it in the Universal Language of Mind. A car goes from one point to another point and then stops or continues onto another destination. People are direct the vehicle from stop to stop. When one reaches his destination he gets out of the vehicle. It is for this reason that a small vehicle represents the dreamer’s physical body. The physical body is used by the Self to move from place to place in the waking life. When people meditate deeply, practice deep breathing for a period of time, astral project, or sleep, the mind’s attention temporarily leaves the body. This might appear in a dream as the dreamer getting out of the car.

Our Australian Dreamer is having dreams of the body under unproductive circumstances. Water and cars do not mix. Water tends to defeat the purpose of cars. Even small amounts of water cause hazardous conditions like hydroplaning, therefore it becomes important to identity the interpretation of water to see what our dreamer’s dreams are saying about her body.

Water represents conscious life experience because water is essential for sustained life in the physical. It is necessary to have experiences to sustain life in the physical, for if the mind is not used, it begins to fall apart. It is for this reason that water is the way to describe conscious life experiences in dreams. Our dreamer is putting the body into life experiences that are creating mental emergencies where much energy is needed to be exerted in order for her to continue on in daily life. In short, this is an example of a dream describing the health of the dreamer, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

With this in mind, there is something this dreamer can do to experience greater health in her life, mentally, emotionally, and physically. In both dreams, the cars go into water. In both dreams, the vehicles make a U-turn before going into the water. This is the choice, made in the days before her dreams, that leads to health problems for our dreamer. A U-turn is a mental command that changes the direction of the body, and in fact goes in the exact opposite direction one was heading.

It could be as simple as this dreamer forgetting her checkbook on the way to the grocery store and once realizing this feeling overwhelmed by this simple error because she is now thinking about how she is going to be late for picking up her child at school, which she imagines will anger her daughter, and how that then makes dinner late, and the list goes on and on in terms of how one action has a “domino” affect on the rest of her day. This type of action could stimulate a lot of mental stress, hence tax the body like water filling up in a car. As our dreamer takes command of her body by getting into the “driver’s seat” and concentrates on where she wants to go mentally, emotionally, and physically, then she will produce healthier experiences for herself.

The Dreamer from the U.S. also experiences vehicles in her dreams, though they do not represent the physical body. The nature of planes and trains include more seating capacity than that of a car which allows more people to ride them to a common destination. In dreams, these larger vehicles represent organizations because organizations comprise many people with a common mission or goal to reach. This is similar to how a bus or train takes everyone to the next stop.

Our California Dreamer is showing apprehension and anxiety in this organization, feeling that she may lose some of her thoughts or skills that she holds valuable (her bag) because of the unknown related to the organization(hole in the plane). After weathering her ride, aware that she is seeing an opportunity to mature, to grow, to expand, she evaluates her experience afterwards, and hindsight being 20/20 realizes that she was okay the entire time because the nature of organization is more stable and has a clear path or “track.” Her anxiety came from a misinterpretation of the energies with this organization believing she was on a plane when actually she was on a train. Ending with the train station shows the dreamer’s awareness is open the many possible “tracks” she can journey on with this organization.

Identifying facts, self evaluation/coaching and counseling, and being in the present moment with objective and subjective awareness allows anyone to be more accurate with their interpretations of life.

Concentration and meditation are keys for this type of mental command and awareness, allowing one to harmonize with organizations, people, and most importantly one’s inner Self.•