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Cleaver

(Butcher’s knife) In a dream, a cleaver represents a strong and a courageous man, who distinguishes clearly between right and wrong, easy and difficult and who fosters no enmity, though if someone dares to fight him, he will have the power to disperse him in the land.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Cleaver

Symbol: The cleaver is always a phallic symbol and expresses aggression (conscious or unconscious).... Dreamers Dictionary

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Gold Leaves

To dream of gold leaves, signifies a flattering future is before you. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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Islam

(Religion of Islam; Surrender to God’s will; Submission) To see oneself as a Muslim, praising God Almighty, thanking Him, facing the Ka’aba in one’s prayers, or to see oneselfembracingIslam in a dream means straightening one’s life, or repentance from one’s sins.

If one sees himself renewing his Islam in a dream, it means safety from plagues, sickness, or adversities.

To proclaim the... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Islamic Dream

Islamic Dream Interpretation - The extensive indexes and well organized layout of this valuable site make it a useful dream dictionary of types of dreams and their meaning. It is, moreover, the first Islamic guide in English to authentic dream interpretation.

It is hoped that this dictionary of dream interpretation will prove useful to students of culture and spirituality, but above all to seekers after truth. This is the most comprehensive report on islamic dream interpretation that you will ever read! Not only does it include timely tips and advice understanding how and why you dream, but also clues to help you zero in on and understand common symbols in dreams.


Dreams are messenger to us from the unknown. They are voices from our collective sub-conscious, warners of deep inner disturbance in the individual psyche, bearer of glad tidings of good things to come, or echoes of happy or sad and long hidden memories. As messenger from the unknown, dreams are often prophetic voices of the future. Hence, they have at times directed the course of the history of nations.

The dream of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son, his obedience to the Divine will and his willingness to submit in absolute faith to God made him the first true Muslim and the father of prophets.

The true interpretation of the dreams of the king of Egypt by the prophet Joseph saved both the Egyptians and the children of Israel from famine and death.

The dreams of the Prophet Muhammad, upon him and all the prophets of God be peace and blessings, marked the beginning of his revelation, the noble Qur’fm which changed the face of human history and civilization. Although dreams belong to the domain of personal experience, they are a universal phenomenon, and thus have played a crucial role in the formation of human culture. Throughout recorded human history, dreams and the interpre­tation of dreams have inspired sages and prophets, poets and kings, as well as the most creative psychologist/philosophers of our day.

The science of psycho­analysis of Carl Jung and his school rests on the fact that dreams form the inner diary of every human individual, and hence the need to read and interpret them correctly. This fact has for long been recognized by the sages and prophets of traditional cultures and religions. Not all dreams, however are either true or authentic. Those of the prophets and friends (awliya’s) of God are Divine revelations, true and sacred.

The dreams of pious men and women are almost always true and meaningful. Some dreams come from Satan, and are thus misleading. Others may be caused by physical or psychological problems such as stomach discomfort or emotional disturbance.

It is therefore important to distinguish true dreams from empty fantasies, and inspired dreams from satanic insinuations. This is a Divine gift to inspired prophets, holy persons and insightful sages. ... Dreampedia

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Islamic Festivals

(See Feast of Breaking the Fast; Feast of Immolation)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Laurel / Bay Leaves

1- The laurel or bay tree is less like- ly to appear in dreams nowadays, unless the dreamer is either a gardener or has particular knowledge of symbolism. In former times, it would have represented a particular type of success. Traditionally the laurel or bay is difficult to grow, so it would have symbolised triumph over difficulty.

2- The laurel wreath is often used to indicate triumph and victory, and therefore is an acknowledgement of success. It also suggests immortality.

3- The laurel or bay tree signifies chastity and cternitv.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Laurel / Bay Leaves

The laurel or bay tree symbolizes chastity and eternity. It also suggests immortality.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Laurel / Bay Leaves

Psychological / emotional perspective: The laurel wreath is often used to indicate triumph and victory and, therefore, is an acknowledgement of success. Traditionally, the laurel or bay is difficult to grow, so it will symbolize triumph over difficulty.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Laurel / Bay Leaves

Material aspects: The laurel or bay tree is less likely to appear in dreams nowadays with a mundane explanation, unless the dreamer is either a gardener or has a particular knowledge of symbolism. In former times, it would have represented a specific type of success.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Leaf (or Leaves)

Green leaves signify abundance, good health, and happiness, but wilted or dry leaves are a warning that you will have to cope with malicious competition.

Falling leaves predict a parting from friends; leaves blowing in the wind forecast family squabbles; leaves on a stem with fruit or blossoms are a sign of approaching money.

See also Foliage and Trees.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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Leaf / Leaves

1- A leaf very often represents a period of growth and can also indicate time. Green leaves can suggest hope and new opportunities, or the Springtime. Dead leaves signify a period of sadness, barrenness or Autumn (see Autumn).

2- When looking at our lives as a whole, leaves can give some indication of a particular period of our lives - perhaps a period that has been meaningful and creative. Following a dream about leaves we may need to assess how to go forward in order to avail ourselves of the opportunities offered.

3- Leaves signify fertility and growth. Since each leaf is completely unique, we may be being alerted to the beauty of crcation.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Leaf / Leaves

Leaves signify fertility and growth. Since each leaf is completely unique, we may be becoming aware of the beauty of creation and the perfection of spiral patterns in nature.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Leaf / Leaves

Psychological / emotional perspective: When looking at our lives as a whole, leaves can signify a particular period of our lives – perhaps a period that has been meaningful and creative, a period of growth. Following a dream about leaves we may need to assess how to go forward in order to avail ourselves of the opportunities offered.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Leaf / Leaves

Material aspects: A leaf very often represents a period of growth and can also give a measurement of time. Green leaves can suggest hope and new opportunities, or the springtime. Dead leaves signify a period of sadness, barrenness or autumn. Also consult the entries for autumn and trees.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Leaf Or Leaves

To see trees in full Leaf in your dream is a very happy omen. Your affairs will prosper; Nature is favourable.

It is a very good dream for lovers, especially if Blossom is seen in addition to the Leaf. With Fruit, it is a sign of a happy marriage. But if the Leaves are withered, or are falling, as in Autumn, it shows loss in business, disappointment in love, and domestic affairs, quarrels with friends.... Mystic Dream Book

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Mystic Dream Book

Leave

1. Feelings of detachment or separation, usually from emo­tional growth.

2. A need or desire for time off, a change in scene. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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New American Dream Dictionary

Leave / Leaving

To leave a situation may suggest conscious rejection of the past in order to create spiritual progression.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Leave / Leaving

Psychological / emotional perspective: To be departing from a known situation, such as leaving home, indicates a breaking away from old or habitual patterns of behaviour. We may need to give ourselves the freedom to be independent.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Leave / Leaving

Material aspects: We may have a strong desire to get away from responsibility or difficulties, but must be careful how we handle it.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Leaven

See “baking powder”... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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Leaven

Symbolic of hypocrisy, slander, or unrighteousness, Matt. 16:6 ... Christian Dream Symbols

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Christian Dream Symbols

Leaves

To dream of leaves, denotes happiness and wonderful improvement in your business. Withered leaves, indicate false hopes and gloomy forebodings will harass your spirit into a whirlpool of despondency and loss.

If a young woman dreams of withered leaves, she will be left lonely on the road to conjugality. Death is sometimes implied.

If the leaves are green and fresh, she will come into a legacy and marry a wealthy and prepossessing husband.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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Leaves

1. Seasons, time periods or phases of life (note the stage of leaves—if they are buds, fully green, or falling, brown or yel­low).

2. Important, new and exciting events are coming soon.

3. Abundance, prosperity and good health (green leaves).

4. Change for the good is in the offing, likely behavioral (as in “turn over a new leaf”). ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Leaves

Trees covered with fresh leaves signify success in business; blossoms and fruits among leaves, a dream of marriage; withered leaves signify losses and bad crops (Raphael). ... The Fabric of Dream

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Leaves

Emotions and thoughts the dreamer has.

The condition of the leaves is important—what time of year is it? Green leaves mean joy, fun, and growth; dead leaves mean disappointment and failure, but also, in time, maturity and insight.

The interpretation in antiquity was Joy.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

Leaves

If the leaves are green and healthy, your love life will blossom.

If the leaves are brown and falling, your love life will be in the doldrums.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary

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Gypsy Dream Dictionary

Leaves

(see Field, Forest, Plants by type, Tires)

Raking: Cleaning away something that’s old, but not necessarily without a use. Note that old leaves nourish the land, just as your past makes you who you are today.

Budding on a tree: A fresh beginning (see Fruits, Flowers, Gardens).... The Language of Dreams

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Leaves

Green leaves reveal the opportunity for new life and growth whether it is in work, family relationships, or play. Fallen leaves can represent lost opportunities, missed chances, a loss in life, or the falling away of something emotional from the past. Burning leaves can represent transformation of life’s opportunities.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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Leaves

Those who dream of leaves which are green and tender will inherit a legacy from either a relative or a rich friend and they will make a very advantageous marriage.... The Complete Dream Book

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Leaves

Leaves if they are green, are generally a good augury, whether in business, family life or other pursuits.... The Complete Dream Book

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Leaves

Vision: Looking at green leaves: you enjoy emotional balance and are continuing to grow in all areas of your life. Wilted or decaying leaves: your chances for success are zero right now; you are forced to pull out of a job with a loss. Collecting leaves means you are getting or inheriting money. See Leaf.

Depth Psychology: Green leaves are a warning: enjoy your good fortune right now—because leaves wilt and die quickly!... Dreamers Dictionary

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Leaves

Dreams of leaves symbolize the graceful, vulnerable and flowing part of you that demonstrates your dance with the winds of change. Leaves also represent abundance, money and that you feel you are taken care of and protected, shaded from the sun and rain. Leaves are an outer expression of inner work.

If the leaves are brown, falling from a tree, or on the ground, then this represents the completion of a cycle, death, and endings. This dream could also signify a desire to “leave” your relationship or job.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Leaves

To see leaves in your dream signifies new found happiness and an improvement in your school grades or your job situation.

If you see fresh green leaves in your dream, you will marry a rich man.

To see brown or withered leaves in your dream signifies fallen hopes.... My Dream Interpretation

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Leaves

Attributes; leaves on tree represent lessons learned, accomplishments, rewards. Fruit of activities. Many leaves mean great growth and accomplishment. Leaves on ground are things completed, let go.... The Dream Books Symbols

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The Dream Books Symbols

Leaves

Leaves are a plant’s respiratory system and the structure through which they turn sunlight into energy. As such, they are a symbol for the power and abundance associated with the earth’s never-ending supply of life itself. Consider the state and structure of the leaves in your dream. On a plant or a tree, leaves are a symbol of the ability of life to sustain itself and how that lives in you.

If the leaves are in the process of falling, turning colors, or decay, they are more connected to the way in which life unfolds as a series of cycles. Leaves that are compromised in some way are reflecting some breakdown in your ability to take energy in and convert it to proper and productive use for personal gain.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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Complete Dictionary of Dreams

Lemon Leaves

See Flower.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Major Religions And Dream Interpretation

Buddhism and dreams
The principle aim of Buddhism is to achieve liberation from the things that bind consciousness to what Buddhists see as the illusory concepts of the self and the world. This principle or goal is called liberation or Nirvana, and it is sometimes associated with the obliteration of a sense of self or ego. This is not the death of the self but an untangling of the self from the illusions that emotions and thoughts create. Dreams are therefore thought to depict the illusions of the everyday experience of life in that they express a person’s fears, hopes and opinions.

Christianity and dreams
According to traditional Christianity, the purpose of dreams is to improve communication with God; this can be shown by the constant references in the Bible to communication through the medium of dreams between man and God, man and the angels, and between man and his higher self. The moral standards of the dreamer may be reflected in the clarity and degree of quality of their dreams.

Hinduism and dreams
Hindu dream interpretation puts great importance on individual dream images, and relates them to gods and demons. This belief that dream symbols may be universal as well as individual is similar to the more modern ideas put forward by Carl Jung in his theory of the ’collective unconscious’.

Islam and dreams
Dreams, according to Muslim scholars, are of three types. The first of these are sound dreams that are indicative of glad tidings. These can include premonitions of the future. A second type of dream is said to be evil and the result of Satanic whisperings or inspirations. A third type of dream can be termed as ’idle dreams’, and they are the result of eating unpalatable foods, the over-exercise of one’s imaginations, or experiences in life which might also be reflected in one’s dreams.

Judaism and dreams
Dreams have long been considered a legitimate form of divine revelation in Jewish mysticism and throughout Jewish history—from Hagar, Joseph and King Solomon to Sigmund Freud and beyond— Jews have honored their dreams and searched for their deeper meanings. Judaism takes dreams very seriously. In the Bible, we read of the dreams of the great people of Israel: Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and many of the prophets. Judaism is of the opinion that all prophecy, except for the prophecy of Moses, was transmitted to the prophets when they were in a dreamlike, almost catatonic, trance. The Talmud places heavy emphasis on the interpretation of the dream as the key to its fulfillment.

If a seemingly bad or frightening dream is interpreted positively, no ill effects from that dream will ever actually occur.

Other traditions and dreams
Oriental traditions concerning dreams are comparative and philosophical; the dreamer’s state of mind is thought to be of more importance than the predictive power of the dreams themselves.

Ancient Chinese philosophy holds that the soul is separated from the body whilst dreaming and that several levels of consciousness exist; the dreamer’s horoscope, time of year, and the individual’s physical condition are all taken into consideration when interpreting dreams.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Palm Leaves

(Palm branch; Spadix) In a dream, palm leaves represent an ointment, purification, cleanliness, a nurse, a bridegroom, or a physician who performs circumcision.

(Also see Palm branch)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Priests, Priestesses And Ministers Of All Religions

These figures all hold a special place in the dream hierarchy. Sometimes intermediaries between an ultimate power and man, and sometimes authority figures, their power comes from beyond themselves. There is, therefore, a sense of ‘otherness’ about them, and in dreams it is usually the former function that they perform. Also consult the entries for archetypes in the introduction and authority figures above.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Religion

If you dream of discussing religion and feel religiously inclined, you will find much to mar the calmness of your life, and business will turn a disagreeable front to you.

If a young woman imagines that she is over religious, she will disgust her lover with her efforts to act ingenuous innocence and goodness.

If she is irreligious and not a transgressor, it foretells that she will have that independent frankness and kind consideration for others, which wins for women profound respect, and love from the opposite sex as well as her own; but if she is a transgressor in the eyes of religion, she will find that there are moral laws, which, if disregarded, will place her outside the pale of honest recognition. She should look well after her conduct.

If she weeps over religion, she will be disappointed in the desires of her heart.

If she is defiant, but innocent of offence, she will shoulder burdens bravely, and stand firm against deceitful admonitions.

If you are self-reproached in the midst of a religious excitement, you will find that you will be almost induced to give up your own personality to please some one whom you hold in reverent esteem.

To see religion declining in power, denotes that your life will be more in harmony with creation than formerly. Your prejudices will not be so aggressive.

To dream that a minister in a social way tells you that he has given up his work, foretells that you will be the recipient of unexpected tidings of a favorable nature, but if in a professional and warning way, it foretells that you will be overtaken in your deceitful intriguing, or other disappointments will follow.

(These dreams are sometimes fulfilled literally in actual life. When this is so, they may have no symbolical meaning. Religion is thrown around men to protect them from vice, so when they propose secretly in their minds to ignore its teachings, they are likely to see a minister or some place of church worship in a dream as a warning against their contemplated action.

If they live pure and correct lives as indicated by the church, they will see little of the solemnity of the church or preachers.) ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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Religion

1. A possible need or desire for spiritual enlightenment or moral reassessment, especially if it is the dreamer’s religion.

2. So­cial control, restraint.

3. Contentment and serenity.

4. A message is being conveyed from one level of consciousness to another (note type of religion and its tenets). ... New American Dream Dictionary

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Religion

(See Rope; Spool; Uncertainty; Veil)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Religion

(See Church). Dreams of a religious quality should be interpreted according to the items which appear in the dream rather than the emotional side of religion. Thus the meaning of the dream should be ascertained through such references as church, minister, altar, congregation, etc.... The Complete Dream Book

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The Complete Dream Book

Religion

Misfortune is in store for you after a dream of discussing religion with strange people.... The Complete Dream Book

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Religion

It is generally a bad sign to be troubled by Religion in a dream. See CHURCH and CLERGY.... Mystic Dream Book

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Religion

Dreams of religion denote that you are receiving a spiritual message, exploring your spiritual beliefs and roots. Perhaps you are grappling with what you authentically believe and feel passionately about versus what you were raised to believe. See Prayer and Prophetic Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Strangest Dream Explanations

Religion

To dream that you are deeply religious, foretells of a disruption to your life. Your arrogance may be repelling your love partner or close friends.

To dream that you are questioning your religious beliefs, suggests that you are a deeply spiritual person.... My Dream Interpretation

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Religion

Dreams of religion are natural to the devout, though pleas to the clergy take on the meaning of guilt or transgression with a subsequent desire for absolution or punishment.

It is the subconscious performing against the willful waking mind of the dreamer, who thinks of breaking a law or has already committed a violation.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

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Psycho Dream Interpretation

Religion

Small troubles are portended if your dream featured the interior of a church, but to experience a spiritual feeling of religion in your dream augurs contentment and peace of mind.

See also Church, Cathedral, Prayer, Clergy, Rabbi, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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Religion

If you have a dream that features religious or spiritual imagery, it is essential to take your own beliefs into consideration.

If a figure or image of your own personal faith appears in your dream, the most likely interpretation is that your dreaming mind is reminding you of the importance your faith plays in your life; it may also be urging you to make decisions in accordance with your beliefs. If, however, you dream of an aspect of a belief system that is not yours, the meaning is less obvious; the key to its interpretation lies in what the figure or image means to you in waking life. For example, if you associate Christ with humility and self-sacrifice, your dreaming mind may be suggesting that you need to make some kind of personal sacrifice.

Dreams that feature a strong religious factor do not only occur to those who practice a faith. Indeed Jung said that many of his patients who had such dreams had lost their faith and their dreams were referring to their sense of guilt and loss. When an individual neglects the spiritual in waking life, dreams may try to compensate with images that highlight the existence of an inner truth.

It is impossible to include here all the symbols of all religions, but many of the symbols mentioned in this chapter can be applied to other faiths. See also MIND, BODY, SPIRIT; SURREALISM AND FANTASY; SYMBOLS.... The Element Encyclopedia

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Religion And Dreams

In most ancient cultures, consider­ation and even veneration of dreams played a great pan. Some groups felt that dream life was more real and imponant than waking life. Not only were dreams looked to for information about hunting (Eskimo groups), but also for ways of healing physical and psychological ills (Greek dream temples) and insights into the medicinal properties of herbs, barks and clays (African tribal witchdoctors). Common to most of these groups, and evident in the Old Testament, was also the sense that through dreams one had awareness of the transcendental or supersensible. St Peter’s dream of the sheet and unclean animals was a turning point in the history of western socicty —as was Constantine’s dream of his victory if he used the symbol of Christianity.

At its most fundamental, the human religious sense emerges out of several factors. One is the awareness of ex­isting amidst external and internal forces of nature which cause us to feel vulnerable and perhaps powerless. Such natu­ral processes as illness, death, growth and decay, earthquakes, the seasons, confront us with things which are often beyond our ability to control. Considenng the information and re­sources of the times, one of religion’s main functions in the past was the attempted control of the ‘uncertain’ factors in human life, and help towards psychological adjustment to vali­ne rability. Religions were the first social programmes aiding the human need for help and support towards emotional, mental, physical and social health and maturity. Even if prim­itive, such programmes helped groups of people to gain a common identity and live in reasonable harmony together. Like a computer program which is specific to a particular business, such programmes were specific to a particular group, and so are outdated in today’s need for greater integra­tion with other races. Religions also offered some sort of con­cept of and connection with the roots of being.

Example: ‘For two nights running I have dreamt the same nightmare. I am in a chapel walking down the first flight of several flights of steps when I hear loud noises behind me. I am told to run, being warned of the soldiers who ride the cavalry horses nght down the steps, and who run you over if you are in their way.

The horses are fierce and they absolutely race down the steps at the same time every day, and you literally have to lock yourself away in a nearby room which is a long way down the chapel. I ran into the room hearing the pounding of the horses’ hooves. It was a terrible pandemo­nium in that chapel. In the room were school children the same age as me and some perhaps younger’ (Maria H). Maria, who is 16, in describing her dream says she had recently been confronted with whether to have a sexual relationship with her boyfriend. Religion, represented by the chapel, is Maria’s way of locking out her powerful sexual urges. Many dreams show that religion, as a set of beliefs, is used as a way of avoiding anxiety in the face of life’s uncertainties.

For many people, the rigid belief system helps them to avoid uncertainty in making decisions.

Dreams also portray and define the aspect of human expe­rience in which we sense a kinship with all life forms. This is the side of spiritual expenence through which we find a con­nection with the roots of our being. While awake we might see the birth of a colt and feel the wonder of emergence and newness; the struggle to stand up and survive, the miracle of physical and sexual power which can be accepted or feared. In looking in the faces of fellow men and women we see something of what they have done in this strange and painful wonder we call life. We see whether they have been crushed by the forces confronting them; whether they have become ngid; or whether, through some common miracle, they have been able to carry into their mature years the laughter, the crying, the joy, the ability to feel pain, that are the very signs of life within the human soul. These things are sensed by us all, but seldom organised into a comprehensive view of life, and an extraction of meaning. Often it is only in our dreams, through the ability the unconscious has to draw out the signif­icance of such widely divergent expenences, that we glimpse the unity behind phenomena which is an essential of spiritual life, i.e. we all have a life, we breathe, we have come from a mother, so share a universal experience.

Example: To quote J.B. Priestley from his book Rain Upon Godshill: ‘Just before I went to Amenca, dunng the exhausting weeks when I was busy with my Time Plays, I had such a dream, and I think it left a greater impression on my mind than any experience I had ever known before, awake or in dreams, and said more to me about this life than any book I have ever read.

The setting of the dream was quite simple, and owed something to the fact that not long before my wife had visiied the lighthouse here at St Catherine’s to do some bird ringing. I dreamt I was standing at the top of a very high tower, alone, looking down upon myriads of birds all flying in one direction; every kind of bird was there, all the birds in the world. It was a noble sight, this vast aerial river of birds. But now in some mysterious fashion the gear was changed, and time speeded up, so that I saw generations of birds, watched them break their shells, flutter into life, mate, weaken, falter and die. Wings grew only to crumble; bodies were sleek, and then, in a flash bled and shrivelled; and death struck every­where at every second. What was the use of all this blind struggle towards life, this eager trying of wings, this hurried mating, this flight and surge, all this gigantic meaningless ef­fort? As I stared down, seeming to see every creature’s ignoble little history almost at a glance, I felt sick at heart. It would be better if not one of them, if not one of us, had been bom, if the struggle ceased for ever. I stood on my tower, still alone, desperately unhappy. But now the gear was changed again, and the time went faster still, and it was rushing by at such a rate, that the birds could not show any movement, but were like an enormous plain sown with feathers. But along this plain, flickering through the bodies themselves, there now passed a sort of white flame, trembling, dancing, then hurry­ing on; and as soon as I saw it I knew that this white flame was life itself, the very quintessence of being; and then it came to me, in a rocket burst of ecstasy, that nothing mattered, nothing could ever matter, because nothing else was real but this quivering and hurrying lambency of being. Birds, men and creatures not yet shaped and coloured, all were of no account except so far as this flame of life travelled through them. It left nothing to mourn over behind it, what I had thought was tragedy was mere emptiness or a shadow show; for now all real feeling was caught and purified and danced on ecstatically with the white flame of life. I had never before felt such deep happiness as I knew at the end of my dream of the tower and the birds.’

Some Nonh American Indians developed the totem out of similar processes. In one generation a person might learn to plant a seed and eat the results. Later someone might see that through fertilisation more food was produced. Still later some­one found that by irrigating, still more improvement was made. No one individual was responsible for such vital cul­tural information, and the collective information is bigger than any one person, yet individuals can partake of it and add to it.

The totem represented such subtle realities, as it might in a modem dream; as Christ might in today’s unconscious. That older cultures venerated their collective information, and that modem humans seem largely apathetic to it, shows how our ‘religion’ has degenerated. Yet utilising the power of the unconscious to portray the subtle influences which impinge upon us, and building the information gained into our re­sponse to life, is deeply important.

With the growth of authoritarian structures in western reli­gion, and the dominance of the rational mind over feeling values, dreams have been pushed into the background. With this change has developed the sense that visionary dreams were something which ‘superstitious* cultural groups had in the past. Yet thoroughly modem men and women still meet Christ powerfully in dreams and visions. Christ still appears to them as a living being.

The transcendental, the collective or universal enters their life just as frequently as ever before. Sometimes it enters with insistence and power, because a too rational mind has led to an unbalance in the psyche—a bal­ance in which the waking and rational individuality is one pole, and the feeling, connective awareness of the uncon­scious is the other.

Although it is tempting to think of the transcendent as ethereal or unreal, the religious in dreams is nearly always a symbol for the major processes of maturing in human life. We are the hero/ine who meets the dangers of life outside the womb, who faces growth, ageing and death.

The awe and deep emotions we unconsciously feel about such heroic deeds are depicted by religious emotion.

See angel; Christ, rebirth and Devil under archetypes; church; evil; fish, sea creatures; example in whale under fish, sea creatures; heaven, hell; sweets under food; dream as spiritual guide. See also hero/ine; mass; masturbation; old; paralysis; colours; sheep under animals. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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Religion Of Islam

(See Islam)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Religions

(see Altai; Church, Monastery, Sanctuary, Sacrifice, Temple)

If the religion depicted is the one you currently practice, this dream reveals your feelings toward that faith, its tenets, and your activities within that organization.

The subconscious or Higher Self expressing a need to reconnect with sacred powers and spiritual ideals.

Different religions appearing in dreams may stem from your exposure to recent articles or documentaries on the subject.

If this is the case, consider this part of the dream situational.

Each faith has a slightly different focus, which may reflect heavily on your current situation.

For example, Buddhism is highly introspective and philosophical, which might reflect too much brooding on your part, or perhaps not enough, depending on the other dream images.... The Language of Dreams

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The Language of Dreams

Tree Leaves

(Leaf) In a dream, tree leaves represent clothing, except for the leaves of a fig tree for they represent sorrow.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Islamic Dream Interpretation