People, Places and Things in Dreams

from The Dreamer's Dictionary

As we gain greater Self awareness, we realize that to understand our Self and our world is to know the parts that together create a whole. Using your dreams gives you the advantage of identifying the elements of Self that, when operating as a single unit, compose your whole functioning Self.

The people, places, things, and action in your dreams individually are important elements in comprehending the message your subconscious mind is giving to your conscious mind.

Dream‐people will signify aspects of your Self and will indicate the qualities you are using in each division of mind whether conscious, subconscious, or superconscious.

Dream‐places — a house, a hospital, a church, your hometown, another planet — tell us the level of conscious- ness where those aspects are expressing and often are indicative of a combination of thoughts which comprise an attitude.

The things that are present in our dreams — the food, the telephone, the car, the clothing — will describe what each aspect is using to express itself.

The dream‐action will reveal the point of the dream. It will present to you a type of allegory that is specifically intended for you, about you.

After recording your dream, you can use the dictionary as a reference for identifying the universal meaning of the images appearing in your dream. It will serve as a reference book giving for words of one language, English, equivalents in another, the language of mind. From abbey to zoo, you will find the universal meaning of the most common symbols that are used in dreaming. For instance, an apple in your dream signifies knowledge, a baby represents a new idea, and a house represents your mind.

The dictionary also includes information on how the symbols might be used which will assist you in interpreting the dream message. This gives insight into the meaning of the action in the dream or assists in combining the meaning of several symbols for accurate interpretation.

An example of the first, an action in a dream, would be eating an apple, symbolizing knowledge that you have received and are assimilating.

An example of the second, is a male infant which would signify in which part of mind the new idea has arisen.

This dictionary gives clues to the origin and development of the language used in the inner levels of conscious- ness: the Universal Language of Mind. Every physical word we use has a history, and in almost every case it is a story of action, a story of something happening.

Word-forming activity has been going on for thou- sands of years in response to man’s need to communicate his ideas to others. The English language is a melting pot of previous languages used by man, whether the origin is French, Greek, or Sanskrit. Each word, regardless of its physical language, describes an image or picture. In reality, the thought or image is the point of origin for communica- tion. Physical language came later as a response to man’s desire to be understood.

This dictionary defines the thought beyond the physical word. It reveals the universal essence of the action or happening that is being outwardly described. This universal essence is the nature of the inner mind’s communication to the outer, waking mind in what we call dreams. The language of mind is the language used by the inner, subconscious mind for communication.