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Deciphering the mysteries of dreams takes interpretation

2013_COLUMN_KOENIG_B_smallerHoroscopes are a very popular source of advice for many who enjoy astrology. My morning routine includes reading the daily horoscope, and I read two sources to get a broader view. One day recently, the first source said, “Resist being mysterious.” The second source said, “Stay a little mysterious.” A disclaimer at the end of the column said, “The horoscope should be read for entertainment.”

I am not an astrologer. More conflicted than entertained at that point, I was more entertained thinking about my dreams the night before. I had dreamed of seeds, got out the dream books, and read at least two sources to get a broader view. One source said, “Coming matrimony,” (I’m married), and another said, “Misery.”

This time, I was not conflicted. I read dream books for entertainment. I have worked with symbols and interpretation of dreams for more than 40 years. Seeds are one of my personal symbols, and they mean that my current endeavors will reap a good harvest.

The seeds happened to be seeds of grain, and most likely you have intuitively grasped that means prosperity or abundance. Dream interpretation is intuitive. Intuition is a “sixth sense” within that helps us to know how Nature operates. We intuitively know that if we plant good seeds and tend to them well, we will probably enjoy a good harvest (actually and metaphorically). This is because we intuitively know that cause and effect or “causation” (karma) is an always operating fundamental principle, or spiritual law.

Correctly interpreting our own dreams is a way to learn about and gain greater control over our destinies. Learning to interpret our dreams accurately is based upon developing and understanding our own personal symbolism. The best place to begin learning is to keep a journal of your dreams.

The first rule to help remember dreams is to not move upon awakening from sleep. Don’t even open your eyes. Usually, images from the previous night’s dreams come to awareness. If you write down what you remember, subsequent recall becomes easier with routinely keeping a dream journal. Look for repeating symbols. Realize that for correct interpretation, a dream symbol must be correlated with surrounding dream images. Our dreams are trying to tell us something.

“Dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations, but art is required to sort and understand them.” Montaigne, “The Merchant of Venice” – Act II.

Barbara Basia Koenig is an Encinitas artist and personal counselor

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Deciphering the mysteries of dreams takes interpretation