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Our major discovery is comparable to the unearthing of the Rosetta Stone. Like the system which is the basis for all computer activity, so the inner subconscious communication is based upon a common system, a system SOM researchers refer to as the Universal Language of Mind. The Universal Language of Mind is a language that goes beyond physical limitations. It is symbolic, pictorial. A language of images drawn from mankind’s experiences in the world.

To understand this concept of dreams being meaningful messages conveyed through symbolic pictures consider this: You and I are attending an international gathering. We speak English. We meet someone who only knows the physical language of Chinese. Then we are joined by an Italian who only speaks Italian, and someone who only speaks Spanish. We are all in the same room and if we don’t find some way to exchange our ideas other than the familiar but uncommon physical languages we know then it leaves a lot of room for misunderstanding, misinterpretation, at best a breakdown in the communication. In the absence of a common language is there any doubt of the cause for mankind’s misery and conflict?

When we learn to communicate using a form that can be readily grasped we transcend physical language. Images or pictures provide this. Think about it, don’t we teach our children to read a physical language through the use of pictures or by acting out the meaning of the words? Words are the means of communication for the outer consciousness; images are the means for the inner subconsciousness.

Images bypass the brain and speak directly to the soul. This is one of the reasons why art endures. No matter what your opinion of Picasso’s talent, he created pictures. In fact much of his work resembles many four-year-olds’ efforts. The reason why his pictures endure, the reason why they are famous and the reason why his paintings draw millions of dollars, is because there is that inner recognition in people that responds to the ethereal quality in imagery, that transcends any kind of physicalness of ourselves.

The language of mind is a form of communication built around these kinds of images and built around what they represent to an individual. So if there is a picture of a man and a woman and a child, smiling broadly as they standing in front of some charming house — that Italian and that Spaniard and that Chinese person and you and I as the English-speaking Americans sitting in a room where we can’t communicate physically — we can all look at this same picture and gather a similar attitude from it, the common thought, the essence of the image. This is communication beyond the physical and this is the kind of communication that occurs in our dreams.