I’m only just realizing that this is really a borderline touchy subject. Maybe I’m just nieve, but I thought dreams to be innocent enough. I PM’d a Mod asking for their take on this thread, and I’m waiting on a response. So unless a padlock descends like a lightning bolt from the sky, I think we’re safe.
I posted my two dreams, because they were so powerful to me, and I’ve always remembered them. I only have these two dreams which were significant enough to me (and had significance for me beyond the normal scope of the average dream) to seek out others that may have had similar significant dreams.
With the magic (magik) of Divination, you are not a passive receiver. With magik in general, the “occultist” seeks to command another entity (angels or demons), to do their will, to show them hidden things or knowledge, hidden things that should not be revealed, which God has not revealed. And so a diviner is the enemy of faith, hope and trust in God whom reveals according to His Will and not our will.
But when I had my dreams, I was a receiver of something I didn’t ask for, something I didn’t even know that I wanted to know. There was no pride in it, no desire to circumvent God’s revelation (and on that level I suppose it could be called “private revelation” which the Catechism doesn’t forbid, but does forbid promulgation). What I dreamt about did not go against scripture or the teachings of the Holy Church, but seemed to me a sign from God about my future, about my mission and ministry, and they have consoled me as much as they have puzzled me. I really feel like I’m nearer to understanding them now.
I really don’t take this lightly. I hope no one thinks we’re practicing magik or psychology without a license on this thread. We’re not making a diagnosis on anyone. I made it clear in the OP that I hoped the thread would only include “spiritual dreams” rather than teeth-falling-out dreams. Spiritual dreams usually bring with them a kind of imperative for the receiver, a desire to understand them, a “need” to understand them.
If you have a dream to post, TOP we would love to hear it and pray about it (at least I would). That’s what I’ve been doing. And I’ve read the dreams posted here more as a literary interpretation rather than a divinition. I ponder the symbolism, make connections about the “narrative” of the dream, and offer my take on it back to the dreamer, for as it has already been said, the dreamer is the last word on the significance of a dream.
So remember, none of us here claim to be “experts” (well, I at least am an expert in literary interpretation having taught college writing classes, but that’s it) but we are prayerful, we have tried to offer basic insights or reactions to the dreams, but overall we’ve let the dreamer have the final say. Am I representing this thread well? There are dreams on the thread I’m still thinking and praying about. This isn’t coming as quickly as I thought. But where I fail, someone else chimes in and thus so far it has been a community effort, which is healthy.
I also see this as being like the gift of tongues as St. Paul describes it. One person in the group makes an “utterance” and someone else receives the grace of interpretation. A parallel can be drawn I think. Certainly no one on this thread is forced to believe what another may say about their dream.
I hope I’ve said enough. I didn’t mean for this post to be so long :o.