Why is analyzing dreams important from a personal and spiritual perspective? What might people gather from being able to interoperate their dreams and how can you prepare yourself to improve your...

Why is analyzing dreams important from a personal and spiritual perspective? What might people gather from being able to interoperate their dreams and how can you prepare yourself to improve your recollections of dreaming? How can I use my knowledge of dream recollection to improve my vocational or personal life?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is an interesting question. First, I should say that not all religious people believe in the importance of dreams. So, not all will believe that analyzing dreams is a spiritual activity.

For those who believe that dreams are important, they come to this conclusion because they believe that God speaks through various media - dreams being one of them. There are plenty of instances of this within the Jewish and Christian traditions. For example, God speaks to Abraham in a dream to sojourn to another land. Joseph is also a dream interpreter, which allows his to rise to a very powerful level in Egypt. From the perspective of the New Testament, Paul interprets dreams and sees visions.

Just from these examples, there is a belief that dreams are important to discern the "will of God."  

Now if you are one who is open to dreams, then I suggest you write them down. Most importantly, all traditions will say that you have to test these dreams, usually with some authoritative source. For the major religions, it will be a bible of sorts. 

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jssomers4 | eNotes Newbie

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Indeed dreams have been a rather facinating subject for countless ages. It is possible for God to speak during dreams, however more often than not the subconscience mind is processing the events of the day or an unprocessed issue from previous days. 

It is vital to have something close by to write down the dream when you wake, otherwise the day progresses and the concious mind takes over. Being able to re-read what you had written allows for you to start to recollect the dreams more and more.

As you become more proficient with jotting down the dreams you are able to write down less and recount what you dreamt about and process it even deeper throughout the day. This allows you to have a deeper understanding of yourself.

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