[quote="lily20, post:13, topic:274246"]
Well, I looked more into his dream-work related classes and also I asked my husband about it. He said that dream work is mostly for him seeing symbols and interpreting them as a way for spiritual growth and seeing one's "own strength" and finding one's "true self." He said seeing signs is a way to know when to move forward with something. (For instance, he saw a red-tailed hawk and knew he needed to overcome his fear because of the strength of the hawk).
I just think this method is unreliable because it relies on signs, which may or may not present themselves, instead of the absolute authority of God. It can also cause one, ironically, to go down the wrong path because of a "sign."
Basically for the class they light a candle, have a moment of silence, read poetry, and interpret dreams, then read another poem, and blow out the "dream candle."
Sorry to get so specific... I just want to know what to watch out for.
For quite a while I kept a "dream diary". The mind does present it self in dreams thru symbols...signs....images that may have nothing to do on the surface with a dream....paying attention to our dreams can...CAN....assist us in identifying problems, fears, issues, joys, directions we're headed unconsciously with out thought processes.
For millenia people have looked to dreams.....a good therapist can assist us with our "dream work". We dream for a reason....it is the minds way of working out issues...problems that may not on the surface be apparant to us consciously.
It's when we "confuse" dreams with reality that I think the problems surface....is some of the "dream work" hokum? You bet.....is some of it theraputic? You bet.
So often we do not pay attention to our "life symbols and signs" that present themselves in our dreams.
There have been times where I've ignored dreams that was trying to tell me something....an unresolved issue.....an unfaced fear.....OR an unrecognized blessing.
I have a "Dream Diary" my sister gave me for my b-day one year....I've never used it.....it's a very nice book....I keep a note pad next to my bed...and when I have a particularly vivid or troubling dream...I write down the dream....I try to remember the feeling I had....was I happy...fearful...sad....confused....did I laugh...what was I wearing....what were the characters in the dream wearing....was it in color or black and white? These are "clues" to our unconscious mind that is trying to "break thru" to our consciousness.
There are plenty of charlatans who tout dream work with a lot of....and I hate this phrase as it carries with it bad connotations for conservative Christians..."New Age" pop philosophy.
Scripture has quite a few instances when God spoke to people in dreams.....those dreams had meaning....God speaks to our unconscious mind too....listening and using some common sense by simply being reflective about our dreams can be beneficial....not all who engage in "dream work" do so with a therapist motive....be wary of easy answers and don't impart spiritual meaning and guidence for every dream you have.....but sometimes....we do need to listen to our dreams....there are universal/cultural images in our dreams....a person here in the USA may have similar images than a poor peasant in the mountains of Peru...but they mean different things.
Dreams are beneficial.....we would go insane and die without dreaming....dreams can indicate a direction one's life is taking we may not be comfortable with....each of us is different...so paying attention to our dreams can assist us....putting too much empasis on dreams can cripple us...they are tools our mind uses to work out problems and make sense of things that occur and impact us in our daily lives we are not even aware of. at times.