You need not flee in terror of the devil or his influence at every turn, God in heaven is far greater. If you are afraid of being led astray by a dream or a so called vision, that is good, because you should test everything, but to deny that God speaks in dreams and visions is non-biblical.
Roman catholics are actually not taught to flee from dreams and visions. Quite the opposite actually. Joseph was shown in a dream that his brothers would all bow to him. Now he was proud and told them the dream, which got him thrown down a well, and afterwards God worked on him so that he would be humble and also useful for God’s purposes. That purpose was to save the Jewish people. Joseph later interprets the dream of Pharoah two servants, the holder of the cup and the baker. Joseph interpreted their dreams for them because he had great wisdom, a gift from God. He gave the correct interpretation both times, and one of them later remembered this and this caused Joseph to gain favor in the kings court.
Daniel had a dream where he was shown the dream of the king of Babylon and was given the interpretation of that dream in his dream. This allowed Daniel to not only save his life, but helped him rise to the position of second in the kingdom. If Daniel waited for his confessor or spiritual advisor to bless his interpretation he may have lost his head. Or worse, if he didn’t go forward with his revelation, the Jewish people would not have had Cyrus as a helper to rebuild the temple.
St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary, was told in a dream to take Mary as her spouse and that her pregnancy was the work of the holy spirit. I can imagine what some pharisees would have thought about that if they were asked. St. Joseph was also warned to flee to Egypt to save baby Jesus.
I mean really, it goes on and on and on. You don’t have to be an old testament prophet or a new testament Saint to have a dream or a vision in the night. And there are ways to differentiate a dream from Satan or the fallen angels, your own human soulish desires, or a dream from God.
Freud said that dreams were unconcsious conflicts working themselves out, generally about hostility, sex, or other conflicts. Jeung was a little better and made dreams more spiritual, but he never understood why some dreams gave hidden knowledge or glimpes of the future. That is because God does that.
You see, God can show a thing, it’s beginning and it’s end, before it even starts in your life. Why does he do this? I can’t say for sure I know all the reasons, but it is biblical that God reveals to those he considers a friend a thing or work he is about to do. Also, it helps a soul grow in trust of God, because often prophecy is just about learning to trust in God in your personal walk with him. Also, they are for warnings, to prevent things from happening or issues you need to pray about.
There are people on these forums hungry for spiritual experiences. To them I say go to eucharistic adoration and pray your rosary. Get rid of sin in your life, repent, read the scriptures, and go to confession weekly and take communion regularly. Then if you have a dream, write it down, honor the gift of the dream, and God will send more.
We spend 1/3 of our life asleep. If you live until 60 you will be asleep for 20 years. That sleep is to refresh the mind and the body, but also for God to speak to you. It takes wisdom, discernment, knowledge, experience, and faith to interpret dreams. There are exceedingly few people who can do it. I am just learning, but find it a powerful tool for increasing the love of a soul for their creator and helping him understand his spiritual journey. One day there will be more Catholics with this gift.
So who’s got courage and wants to post a dream. Obviously avoid the sinful dreams or the anxiety dreams. Dream that are dark or grey scale are dreams from Satan or evil angels, because they are devoid of light. God who is pure light, has all color, and dreams with rich color are from him. Dreams with muted color are generally are own soulish dreams. Not all dark dream are necessarily from a demon, but god allowing you to peer into the second heaven realm to reveal to you the plans of the enemy against you.
I’m sure someone is going to say that Satan can appear as an angel of light, but only if God allows it, and if so, only to test you and to refine you. Anyone who runs in terror of the devils is young in spiritual combat and does not have a strong faith in God. Walking in fear is a sure way to weaken your faith walk, and is the opposite of faith. Fear is faith in the thing you are afraid of.
Test all things but believe that God is stronger then Satan and that you are higher then the fallen angels. We are locked in mortal combat for our own souls and the souls of our brethren.
There are scientists, authors, and inventors who got their theorems, stories, and inventions from dreams. Did you know that?
I think one thing Catholic have to shake is their paralytic fear of being wrong or misguided by Satan and their distrust of all christians who are non-catholic. I have met many holy Baptists who are far better christians then many Catholics I know. I am pretty sure God is not stuck on denominations.
Peace and I hope you all have a peaceful and joyful Christmas.