do you use dream interpretation? I dont dream.
ou will dream profusely, once you
begin to have some curiosity for your inner psychological experiences. Seeking
insight from your dreams is part of the process of letting go of your
defensive need to keep your own life under
your own control.
Once you accept the fact that
your life is largely governed by social influences through
processes, then your dreams will start to give you some insight into these
processes. And once you wake up to what your dreams tell you,
then you can turn to God for refuge from your
bondage to the
illusions of the social
world around you.
In this sense, you can see that
dreams, when interpreted properly, are a valuable form of psychological guidance. Keep
in mind, however, that dreams are meant to be taken as personal revelations
of the truth of your own present state of mind, not as
predictions of the future. If you misunderstand
dreams and take them for more than personal psychology, then they become
like divination and omens; all these things are unreal; what you already
expect, the mind depicts (Sirach 34:5).
Note that a traditional
Catholic guide such as the Baltimore Catechism claims that dreams are irrational
and meaningless and should be ignored. But note carefully that this Catechism was
written at a time when the psychology of the unconscious was not scientifically
understood. It just goes to show that scientific knowledge—in contrast to Catholic
dogma—is always limited to the current culture. If you want to believe the Baltimore
Catechism about dreams you may as well believe that the world is flat or that the
sun revolves around the earth.
See my website
A guide to Psychology and its Practice
about interpreting dreams, see the web
about the nature of the unconscious,
see the web page called
about how a need to be in control causes
stress, see the web page called
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