Are your dreams trying to tell you
In the Greek and Roman eras,
dreams were seen in a religious context. They were believed to be direct
messages from the gods or from the dead. The people of that time look to their
dreams for solutions on what to do or what course of action to take. They
believed dreams forewarned and predicted the future. Special shrines were even
built where people can go there to sleep in hopes that a message could be passed
to them through their dreams. Their belief in the power of a dream was so strong
that it even dictated the actions of political and military leaders. In fact,
dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders into battle to help with
Greek philosopher, Aristotle
believed that dreams were a result of physiological functions. Dreams were able
to diagnose illness and predict onset of diseases.
During the Helllenistic period, the main focus of dreams was centered around its
ability to heal. Temples, called Asclepieions, were built around the healing
power of dreams. It was believed that sick people who slept in these temples
would be sent cures through their dreams. Dream interpreters even aided the
medicine men in their medical diagnosis. It was believed that dreams offered a
vital clue for healers to finding what was wrong with the dreamer.
Dreaming can be seen as an
actual place that your spirit and soul leaves every night to go and visit. The
Chinese believed that the soul leaves the body to go into this world. However,
if they should be suddenly awakened, their soul may fail to return to the body.
For this reason, some Chinese today, are wary of alarm clocks. Some Native
American tribes and Mexican civilizations share this same notion of a distinct
dream dimension. They believed that their ancestors lived in their dreams and
take on non-human forms like plants. They see that dreams as a way of visiting
and having contact with their ancestors. Dreams also helped to point their
mission or role in life.
During the Middle Ages, dreams were seen as evil and its images were temptations
from the devil. In the vulnerable sleep state, the devil was believed to fill
the mind of humans with poisonous thoughts. He did his dirty work though dreams
attempting to mislead us down a wrong path.
In the early 19th century, dreams were dismissed as stemming from anxiety, a
household noise or even indigestion. Hence there was really no meaning to it.
Later on in the 19th century, Sigmund Freud revived the importance of dreams and
its significance and need for interpretation. He revolutionized the study of
Tracing back to these ancient cultures, people had always had an inclination to
interpret dreams The bible alone has over seven hundred references to dreams.