In the preceding studies about premonitory dreams, we have seen two dreams warning two women, Francis and Patricia, of cancer.
Let’s review the dreams.
Francis’ : (Refer to the text of “Premonitory dreams”, ch.1, of 04 19 2012)
“ One evening, I got home after a routine check-up with my gynecologist.
Everything was fine. Three days later I left on vacation.
During the night I woke up in a sweat.
I had just dreamt that I had cancer in my left breast, in a very precise spot.
It was impossible to fall back to sleep.
At 9 the next morning I immediately requested a mammography.
Verdict : breast cancer, undetectable through palpation.
Three days later I was operated on.
This dream saved my life.”
Francis’ dream prooved to be a true premonitory dream. She did have a breast tumor.
Patricia’s : (Refer to the text “ Patricia’s brain tumor, ch.3, of 05 29 2012)
Last night I dreamt I had a brain tumor.
Patricia dreamt of a brain tumor and the warning was symbolic.
The day before Patricia had been overwhelmed by hate for her husband. She understood that all her resentment, her negative thoughts were the equivalent of malevolent cells, which like a brain tumor were threatening her.
As she said, she was invaded, devoured by destructive thoughts, which were undermining her, ruining her life.”
What is it that allows me to establish the distinction and say whether the warning of Patricia’s dream has a concrete or a symbolic meaning ?
I am able to draw the conclusion thanks to the methodical analysis of the dream.
Working with the dreamer I looked at her dream,
and I established carefully the link between the dream’s image and the previous day’s events.
I would give the following advice in working with this type of dream and say :
"We can consider the dream at face value in the external life and say :
Your dream seems to be clear and would not need any interpretation, as in Francis’ case. It may really be a premonitory dream. In this case you would have to react accordingly.
But we must not exclude the possibility that your dream has a symbolic interior meaning and we have to verify this hypothesis.
In Patricia’s case the dream said :
“Be careful, your situation is alarming, it’s AS IF you had a brain tumor”.
After a careful analysis of the dream, if the symbolic interpretation doesn’t make any sense, come back to the first consideration and take the dream at face value in the external life and choose what you want to do.
It happens most of the time that working seriously with the dreamer, making the link with her interior life permits to establish that the dream has a symbolic meaning.
I think it is important to compare the two preceding dreams using 3 keys :
-1) Ask the question : What happened the day before ?
The day before her dream Francis had just seen her gynecologist who after palpation didn’t notice any anomaly, or tumor. As for Patricia, she did not have any medical examinations.
2 ) Examine the precision of the details given in the dream :
Francis’ premonitory dream establishes an in depth diagnosis and indicates with great precision the location of the tumor that the gynecologist could not detect. There’s no such thing in Patricia’s case where the dream gives only a general indication, without details.
3) Take into consideration the emotional state during and after the dream
The third key is the all important element, which permits us to establish the difference between a premonitory dream and a non premonitory one.
- In Francis’ case the dreamer was overwhelmed by her dream, she awakened in a sweat and could not get back to sleep. She was so tormented that she immediately set up an appointment for a mammography.
- Patricia’s reactions were less intense. The dream intrigued her without causing real anguish. But she nonetheless took her dream very seriously and immediately called me. In such a case, searching for help from a dream interpreter is indispensable. Thanks to the analysis we made, Patricia understood that her dream was talking about her harmful attitude and state of mind.
So 3 characteristics seem to allow us to say that the dream warns us of concrete danger in the exterior world :
1) Nothing in our life on the preceding day justifies the image of the dream.
2)In the case of a premonitory dream the details given are usually very precise.
3) Physical and emotional reactions are intense : sweat, insomnia, anguish and feeling upset.
We must keep these indications in mind because in due time they are the ones that will allow us to say whether the dream is a warning pertaining to the physical world or whether the dream has a symbolic signification pertaining to the psychic world.
But in any case, the seriousness of the situation remains the same.
I thank the artist for their paintings.
Crab : conseilslucbodin.com
Cancer, by Salvador Dali
Cancer illness by Salvator Dali
Forgotten sunglasses by Vladimir Kush
3 keys : ?
Brain : Vladimir Kush: islands of memory
Face : Vladimir Kush
Dream catcher by Vladimir Kush
In the preceding study I talked about Francis’ premonitory dream, which warned her of breast cancer.
Right after putting this dream on my blog, I received an e. mail.
“Hi, Mrs. Riedel
Could we please set up a telephone appointment to interpret my dream?
Last night I dreamt that I had a brain tumor.
Awaiting your call, I thank you.
Gosh ! Was that a premonitory dream ?
It was not to be taken lightly. It was urgent to explore it over the phone to understand its meaning. Here is how we studied this worrisome image with the interview technique. Patricia, answering my questions, gave me her associations.
The dream being very short, I immediately went to the heart of the problem :
- Listen, Patricia, your dream could possibly be premonitory. If that should be the case, you must go for tests immediately.
However, we must not neglect the possibility that your dream is symbolic and so at first we must analyze it from this perspective. If we don’t find a symbolic meaning, then we’ll have to conclude that your dream is to be taken at face value and act accordingly.
After these explanations, I began my interview :
- Patricia, what is a tumor?
- A tumor is a cancer, a serious, deadly illness. Malevolent, destructive cells multiply, causing disturbances, which disrupt life. These cells gnaw at healthy tissues and spread everywhere.
- What is the brain?
-The brain, says Patricia, is the seat of mental activity and consciousness. It is the part of me, which allows me to reflect, reason and understand. I can analyze, make hypothesis and deductions.
The brain also allows me to express myself through words and movements.
The preceding words are the dreamer’s own associations. Of course someone else could say something quite different about the brain. But I work exclusively with the dreamer’s associations.
Establishing the link between the dream and the dreamer’s daily life
Now, we had to put the dream into its context. So for this it was necessary to look at the events that occurred the day prior to the dream.
I went over the associations and, using the dreamer’s own words, I asked :
- Patricia, try to look back on yesterday. What happened? What does it remind you of, if I mention malevolent cells that gnaw at you, wreak mayhem in your mental life and affect your capacity to reflect, to analyze ? What was going on in your head yesterday ?
- What was going on in my head yesterday ?
Oh ! Yesterday, everything went wrong, I had a miserable day. I really hated my husband ! Everything is turning out wrong. I can’t put up with him anymore, our disagreements are amplifying, we have financial problems, he’s always yelling.
Also he doesn’t even look at me and he hasn’t made love to me in a long time. Mrs. Riedel, I’ve had enough, I can’t take it any longer. And yesterday all that came to mind; I imagined a lot of stuff in my head.
I told myself I would be better off without him, that I should leave him. The idea of ending up alone is not that frightful.
What I would really like is to find a man who appreciates me, who tells me I’m beautiful and desires me.
I would like a nice man, who is not a baby that you have to cater to, but one with whom mutual companionship is possible.
Oh ! You know, I’m so sorry to dump all this on you ! I’m embarrassed but sometimes I find my situation unbearable.
Quite moved I said :
- Patricia, don’t worry, listening to all this is part of my job. You know, studying our own dreams leads us to reveal ourselves, and this can only be achieved by being authentic. So you are justified in expressing your feelings.
But let’s get back to your dream.
Considering what you have just told me, how would your capacity to think and reflect (brain) be gnawed at by malevolent and harmful thoughts (cancer) ?
- Oh yes ! I see it clearly : the malevolent cells, that are threatening me, represent all this resentment, all those negative thoughts about my husband.
- So what do you think about the image of cancer ?
- Hum ! I’m invaded, devoured by destructive thoughts, which are undermining me, ruining my life.
- Yes. So your dream is a serious warning. You must understand that this proliferation of negative thoughts concerning your relationship with your husband is as dangerous as a real cancer.
Putting the message into application
So, now we’ve understood the meaning of the dream, which is not premonitory.
But once the interpretation is done, that is not all, the work isn’t over. It is wise to look for ways to put its message into application, to define concrete actions to correct and change the situation.
For our dreamer it means giving up a harmful attitude, choosing to replace it with a more constructive one.
From then on Patricia decided to accept life as it was presenting itself, welcoming the tiniest ordinary delights of everyday life as well as its difficulties.
She admitted that her husband wouldn’t behave according to her expectations ; so she decided to take him as he was without trying to change him.
Following this dream study we discover the surprising paradox of the dream path :
By accepting a loss, Patricia will gain.
By changing her state of mind, from now on she will undergo a transformation process, where she will learn endurance and perseverance.
By giving up her expectations, by accepting that her present life is not as she had thought or wished, she bears her ordeal.
Yes ! Experiencing frustration will lead her to understand its value ; this inner experience will develop the gem of the soul : patience.
Didn’t Christ say :
“In your patience you shall possess your soul” ? (1)
Her dreams will guide her through this transformation.
If we quickly had taken the dream at face value, we would have lost the precious life lesson given by the dream about patience.
Perhaps this dream has also a premonitory aspect : Couldn’t such a lasting negative state of mind sooner or later produce a brain cancer ? Who knows ?
Patricia and I were thankful and appreciative for the dreams guiding and warning us of dangers night after night.
How vigilant! How benevolent! How wise!
Don’t miss chapter 4 !
Next time we will compare the two preceding dreams : Francis’ true premonitory dream indicating a breast cancer and Patricia’s symbolic dream of a brain tumor, which only seems to be premonitory. We will define how to distinguish one from the other.
A question : lulumineuse.com
Brain cancer : faceauxcancers.fr
Yelling : topiro.com
Negative thoughts : « Waiting for the rain”, ladykereska.over-blog.com
Endurance : ladykereska.over-blog.com
Ordeal : ladykerezska.over-blog.com
Patience : “Pick up my Dream” by Insantosa, ladykereska.over-blog.com
It’s Easter Friday.
On this very Friday, Jesus Christ was condemned and crucified.
I would like to bring to the fore a dream concerning the decisive moment of that day, the judgment of Christ, as reported in Matthew, ch. 27, 11-24.
Let’s go over the events :
Jesus is brought to court to be judged by the chief justice, the harsh and cunning Roman governor of Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate.
Before him the governor sees a man, who’s just been beaten by Jews who were lead up to it by their own priests.
They accuse Jesus of being a rebel who affirms to be king, thereby threatening the power of the Roman Emperor. Pilate interrogates the prisoner, whose silence or answers both trouble him. This prisoner is saying that his kingdom is not of this world. The Jews call him the “Messiah”, which means in Greek “Christ”. Pilate knows that Christ means “the one who received divine grace”. Pilate believes in the Divine, in Zeus, the Roman people have the deepest respect for the gods, they honor and fear their different manifestations.
So Pilate uncreasingly feels ill at ease, even more so since he finds no reason to condemn this man. He tries to save him.
He knows about the Jewish custom of liberating a prisoner at Easter time. A criminal named Barrabas has just been sentenced. So Pilate asks the priests who are accusing Christ : “Whom do you want me to release, Barrabas or Jesus who is called Christ ?”
And the text adds: “For he knew the priests had accused Jesus out of jealousy.”
Pilate is sitting on the judge’s seat, he is thinking about the situation.
At that moment, something happens that is unimaginable in our courts, a man comes in, sent by Claudia Procula, Pilate’s wife. The servant asks the governor’s permission to deliver her urgent message to him.
He tells the governor that she begs him not to be involved in this matter. “Let there be nothing between you and this just man.” She explains : she’s just had a dream and she suffered a great deal because of this man in her dream.
Does the servant say this publicly ?... In any case Matthew, the Jew, future Christian evangelist, reports the servant’s intervention as to Claudia Procula’s dream.
Pilate listens to the messenger, then continues with the open court. And what is his reaction ? He, the judge, finds no motive for accusation. He feels indignant, revolted, at seeing the Jews demand the death of an innocent man and at the same time ask for the liberation of a murderer.
He tergiversates, he tries to defend Christ, he asks the near riot crowd :
“- What evil has he done? ”
In response he hears :
“Crucify him! Crucify him !”
And why? Because Christ calls himself the Son of God.
The governor feels increasingly troubled, he becomes frightened : his wife’s dream, Christ’s assertions about his own identity, confirmed by the Jews, all that turns to a nasty business. He feels overwhelmed.
Again Pilate beats around the bush and tries to release Jesus but the crowd sets on killing him. The judge realizes that he won’t get anywhere and must close the case quickly.
It’s Friday. As governor of the Jews, he knows the customs.
Next Sunday is the famous Jewish “Pessah”.This is a huge feast commemorating the day when Moses, about 1200 years earlier, liberated the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Since that time, each year Jerusalem hosts a yearly celebration during which every Jew comes to make a sacrifice in the Temple in a spirit of remembrance and gratitude.
Pilate knows that there’s going to be an enormous gathering in Jerusalem and there could be manifestations and trouble. The governor wants peace and calm. So he asks for a bowl of water. Standing before the multitude, in a symbolic gesture, he washes his hands :
“I am innocent as to the blood of this just person, he says, this is your business. “
The Governor has just publicly shown that he is not responsible for Christ’s death.
What caused Pilate to declare that Christ was a just man ? Aside from his personal conviction isn’t that the expression his wife had used?
“Let there be nothing between you and this just man.”
Could you imagine today a judge interrupting the court proceedings to listen to his wife’s dream ? A judge taking into account a dream’s warning before judging the accused ?
This historical excerpt is a tremendous testimony showing the prevailing conception in Antiquity : all over dreams were recognized and respected by Jews as well as Greeks, Romans and Christians. They were of such paramount importance that the most eminent rulers, before reaching their decisions, took into account their own dreams as well as those of people around them.
I thank the artists and photographers.
Christ crucified by Savator Dali, painted according to a vision of St John of the Cross
Pilate, played by Richard Burton
Antique woman’s head: work of Fayoum
Antique man’s head: work of Fayoum
Pilate and the crowd saying “Ecce Homo” “ by Antonio Ciseri, 19th century
Pilate washes his hands by an unknown painter : tumeke.blogspot.com
Picture of the Nuremberg trial, 1945
Antique woman’s head, work of Fayoum
Dear blog friends
Last year the International Association for the Study of Dreams, IASD chose to have its annual congress in Europe, in Rolduc’s magnificent abbey in the Netherlands.
This year the International Congress will take place in Berkeley, California.
“Everyone dreams every single night. Now you have a special opportunity to understand and explore your dreams at the Sailing on the Sea of Dreams Conference, June 22-26, 2012.
This five day conference offers over 200 workshops, seminars and exhibits on all aspects of dreaming and is open to the public.
Sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Dreams, there are special programs with CE credits for psychotherapists and professionals, as well as many sessions of interest to the general public.
Hear and meet dozens of world-famous authors, researchers, and experts on dreams. Participate in the biggest dream conference ever held!
For information and registration, visit ASDREAMS.ORG.”
The dreams Conference takes place in the splendid Double Tree Hotel in Berkeley, a wonderful setting.
I hope you will have the opportunity to attend the Conference. I wish I could, but because it is so far, I will forego this special time with the other IASD members I was so pleased to meet last year in Rolduc.
Nevertheless my activities regarding dreams continue.
Now here’s some news about my activities in France :
In January I led a seminar on “Meaning of Christian symbols in dreams”.
In February I was in the North of France in Amiens, well known for its marvellous cathedral, miraculously saved during world war 2.
There I held a conference : “Dreams and the Bible”. The Bible actually relates nearly 250 dreams, through which the Divine directly speaks to human.
Over the week-end I held a dream interpretation initiation seminar. For the first time the attendees discovered the wisdom of this inner voice speaking to them during the night. They were so delighted at understanding how to decipher dreams, that some of them immediately signed up for an other seminar at the end of March.
During two five day intensive dream interpretation seminars, I will teach dream interpretation next summer : students will experience practical training on each other’s dreams. That ‘s why I work only with small groups.
From July 23rd –27th, the first will take place in the noble old city St Germain en Laye, famous for its castle.
The other, 6- 11 August, will be held in Provence, Southern France in the antique small village Antonaves.
Would it be that the interest in dreams and dreaming is awakening in France ?
Cathedral in Amiens, ( 1220-1288), recognized by UNESCO as World heritage of Humanity Site.
Once again, a coffee !
Last time I explained how to interpret an object in a dream. In that example the object in question was a coffee.
Today’s dream concerns the same symbol : a coffee.
Easy ! We’ve just covered that ! True, but surprise… surprise…
Loretta, who lives on a farm pays great attention to her inner life, she aspires to dwell in the light and love of Christ who appeared in her dreams several times.
She strives to remain sinless in a life of purity and perfection.
Recently she received this dream :
I am at my mother’s place, sitting in the kitchen. The priest, father Francisco enters, I go off to the bathroom. When I come back he’s no longer there.
I ask my mother :
- Did you offer him a coffee ?
- Sorry, I didn’t think about it.
Such an ordinary and simple scenario !
Let’s go on to the interpretation. Proceeding with the interview technique, I ask the usual questions.
Questions 1 and 2 : ( Refer back to lesson 2 : Who is the other ? 04/ 04/ 2011)
What can you tell us about your mother, what is your mother like?
Loretta says :
- My mother died several years ago, she was a devoted woman who did everything for her seven children. She was always very busy taking care of her house and family. She didn’t manifest her affection with cuddles but she puts her heart into everything she did.
I recapitulate :
Loretta’s mother is devoted to her family but doesn’t express her affection with cuddles.
I establish the link with everyday life
I ask Loretta : inside or outside yourself, who does it remind you of : someone who is devoted to her family, who doesn’t express her affection with cuddles?
The dreamer ponders, answers the question and finds the meaning of this symbol “mother”.
Loretta immediately recognises herself.
So Loretta’s mother symbolizes Loretta’s maternal aspect, putting her heart into her family’s care.
But to be sure of it, we must check that Loretta can apply to herself all that she has said about her mother.
Proceeding with the verifications
Loretta recognizes that such is the case. Each detail of the description suits her as well as her mother.
We now continue examining the next symbol : the kitchen
Questions 1 and 2
What is a kitchen and what is it like ?
In a home, the kitchen is the place “par excellence” where the mother prepares good meals for the family. A kitchen is a warm, welcoming place where people are happy to get together.
This is the setting in which
The priest, father Francesco arrives
- What is a priest ?
- He’s a man who helps you with your spiritual life, he guides you towards God.
- And father Francisco, what is he like ?
- Hesimply lives the day to day life ; he knows me well. He’s always telling me that I strain myself uselessly, that I feel guilty about too many things and that my efforts to attain perfection don’t necessarily lead me to God. He says that I’m fine the way I am, that God loves me the way I am, including my imperfections.
Making the recapitulation and establishing the link, I ask :
- Loretta, inside or outside yourself, someone who helps you in your spiritual life, who knows you well, who tells you that God loves you as you are, who does that remind you of ?
Loretta ponders, answers the question and finds the meaning of the symbol “priest” :
- On the exterior it’s father Francesco of course… inside, who would it be, in me ?
And within me,… someone who knows me ?… who tells me God loves me as I am…? Oh !… Could it be God ?
God. That is the meaning that Loretta proposes for the image of the priest :
Proceeding with the verifications
OK ! that’s a first interpretation hypothesis. Let’s do the verifications.
I go over all the associations given by the dreamer and ask :
- For you, is God present in your everyday life ?
- Yes, he’s always present in my thoughts and my heart.
- Does he tell you that you worry too much ?
- Well sometimes, as father Francesco says, I have the feeling that complicating things doesn’t necessarily please God.
- Does God consider that you are fine as you are ?
Loretta exclaims :
- Who loves me as I am ? Only God !
We’ve proceeded with the verifications and can conclude that father Francesco is indeed a symbol of the divine Father.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the divine appearing under a human form. There are examples of that on my French blog :
- in the dream of an American business man in 1926, God was as a business man ( see 30 / 03 / 2008).
- in lawyer Ruben’s dream in 1990, God was a Jewish Capitalist (see 06/ 09/ 2009)
- in Michelle’s dream, God appeared as a man offering her a flower.
To refer to these dreams, you can consult the index of my French blog under the word “Dieu” (God).
Let’s get back to our study :
The priest arrives in the kitchen
This is the very place where the divine father chooses to present himself.
It is important to consider whom he is visiting.
He’s visiting the devoted mother, Loretta in her kitchen, who is expressing her love through repetitive humble daily tasks such as peeling potatoes, baking a cake, doing the dishes … again and again every single day.
And so the divine comes to visit those who serve others with devotion in their humble everyday life. For the dreams, it’s at this level that one can have and feel the experience of His presence.
I go off to the bathroom.
When father Francesco appears, Loretta, instead of welcoming him, leaves him and goes to the bathroom. She is single minded : she wants to be impeccable, her only thought is to purify herself to be worthy of meeting God.
I ask our dreamer :
- Loretta, what does this behavior remind you of ?
Loretta explains that she performs several rituals to purify herself, in preparation for contact with the divine.
She surrounds herself with candles, practices visualisations while concentrating on the image of Virgin Mary or Christ.
When I come back father Francesco is no longer there
But when she comes back to present herself to God…HE IS GONE, his presence is no longer perceptible.
This part of the dream clearly indicates that the divine comes to see her without waiting for her to be pure ; as the priest told her : “God loves you as you are, with your impurities.”
Then Loretta asks her mother
- Did you offer him a coffee ?
- Sorry I didn’t think about it.
Now let’s see
Question 1 :
- What is a coffee ?
- It’s something you offer someone as a greeting, says Loretta.
- And what’s it like ?
- It’s good, it’s hot and makes you feel good.
- Is there anything else ?
- No, I can’t think of anything else.
How to recapitulate ? What can I say, having so few indications ?
As for myself, my mind is still full of the previous study "Lesson 3" I just completed on my blog pertaining to the image of coffee, where I demonstrated that it symbolized dream interpretation.
So now what do I do with that ? Why would dream interpretation come up in the dream of this woman, who is asking for an interpretation for the first time.
I feel uneasy. It’s so pleasant when you already know. Now I’m searching, I’m on the phone, I must find quickly.
I go over my notes, I analyse the scenario and search for it’s logical deductions :
Loretta said that a coffee is a way of greeting someone, that it’s hot and good. But what happens in the dream ? Neither Loretta nor her mother offered the priest a coffee. Neither of them greeted the divine who presented himself in the kitchen, in the ordinary daily life.
Yes, that is the meaning of the image.
The dreamer said it at the offset : a coffee is a way of greeting someone. It would be useless to press on with the interview technique to find out more.
Now let me make a commentary
This little dream contains two lessons .
One lesson concerning dream interpretation :
Refrain from applying a pre-established meaning on an image.
Remenber : always start afresh with an empty mind, to avoid searching in a wrong direction.
Refrain from pressing on with the interview to get additional multiple associations. The first ones are generally sufficient. Overdoing it only leads to confusion.
This little dream also holds a great spiritual lesson
The fashionable purification rituals, the elevated aspirations to reach a higher level of consciousness in contact with the divine or “ascended” Masters, the efforts, the spiritualization exercises proposed by numerous pathways don’t always lead to a contact with the divine as shown in this dream.
Well no, it’s very simple, too simple, the divine accompanies us in our ordinary everyday life, and that is precisely the one we try to escape from, in our wish to have access to celestial spheres.
However when the divine manifests itself within our everyday life, without anything sensational, without miracles or synchronicities, without vibrations in the body or Kundalini experiences, without images or ecstasies, we forget to greet Him. When he comes telling us :
- I love you, as you are in your darkness and your little everyday life, with your errors, your insufficiencies, your weaknesses, that’s where I’m with you…
…we don’t even offer him a coffee.
I thank the artists whose paintings and photos allow me to illustrate my blog :
Christ, painted in the church St Hugues en Chartreuse by the French contemporary painter Arcabas.
Purity : artbible.net
Mother in the kitchen : fr.dreamstime.com
In the kitchen : tribugourmande.com
Priest : Father Louis Blondel, assassinated this year in South Africa : archives.fr.novopress.info
Padre Tortilla, Honduras priest : nospetitsfreresetsoeurs.org
Peeling potatoes : supertoinette.com
Dishes : vieuxdeux.blogspot.com
Candle : everyoneweb.com
Meditation : espaceducalme.canalblog.com
Virgin Mary : rayonaurore.jpg
Mercyful Christ : christroi.overblog.com
Angelus or evening prayer by the French painter Millet, 1857-1859.
Gone : painted in the church St Hugues en Chartreuse by the French contemporary painter Arcabas.
Last time we saw how Sylvia is intrigued by her dreams. They know everything of her life, the past, the future and they protect her night after night against the dangers of the life.
So she finally asks her dreams : What are dreams ? Here is the dream she got :
Driving my car, I arrive in front of a church. Mathilda is there waiting for me out front below the stairs. I step out of the car, she comes towards me with an outreaching hand and having got hold of mine, she takes me into the church.
Driving my car, I arrive
Sylvia has a car, which indicates that she has a fast and comfortable way of going forward in life.
We should note that a car rides on roads built for this purpose, that indicates that the dreamer easily goes forward in life on pre-established pathways same as everyone else. She is not part of those who advance slowly on foot, searching for their own way, surmounting the obstacles of the individual path.
I arrive in front of a church
This young woman is not particularly interested in spirituality. She has vaguely heard about Christ, the crucifixion, mass, communion and the Holy Spirit. For her the church is a building that was erected to greet the divine, to allow everyone to listen within where one can meet Him .
But in her everyday life Sylvia doesn’t go to church, so the church of her dream does not speak about the external church, but about an interior place.
So what does this mean in regards to the question asked : what are dreams?
Dreams are her interior church where she can meet the divinity and commune with It.
That’s all ! …
She got an immediate, clear, simple and direct answer.
But for the time, Sylvia has not yet entered this sacred place. She just arrives in front of this opportunity.
Mathilda is waiting for me below the stairs
Mathilda is her dream interpreter. She is aware of this dimension and is waiting for the dreamer to let her discover the interior reality.
I get out of my car
However, before being introduced, initiated, Sylvia must get out of her car, give up her habit of following pre-established ways to go forward.
How that ? She must set her two feet BELOW, DOWN on the ground, be more humble, walk by her own means to meet the dream interpreter.
Only with this humility she will be able to go UPstairs into the sacred place.
Mathilda comes towards me with an outreaching hand
Here the dream insists, it presents to the dreamer the interpreter who offers her help and support. It emphasizes that it is with her, thanks to her that Sylvia will be able to enter the dream path.
Having got hold of my hand she takes me into the church.
Mathilda, the interpreter then brings the young woman into her inner church, into her dreamworld within which the divine resides.
So, Sylvia had asked the incubation question : What are dreams?
Her dream answered:
Dreams are the interior church where the sacred encounter between human and divine unfolds. That’s why dreams are all-knowing, that’s why they are so wise and clairvoyant.
Not really, for what have all the old societies preceding us on earth said ? Didn’t they all declare that the dream is the natural channel through which the human soul meets the divine?
Everywhere one finds the widespread affirmation that dreams give access to another level of consciousness, which surpasses the conscious and grants knowledge that it would not have access to on its own.
Scientifically today we call this other level of consciousness the unconscious.
It is a question of vocabulary of course but we must know how others understand that word. Cultures who differ from ours consider that the unconscious, this other level of consciousness to which dreams give access to, is that of divine forces. That’s how they name it.
In preceding texts I have shown you that in Antiquity, for all, whether they be Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, or Africans the divine spoke through dreams, whether he was called Yahweh, God or Aesculapius, Jupiter… And I didn’t speak yet of the Indians of the Americas and of others throughout the world. For them the unconscious is the expression of the divine dimension.
Sylvia’s dream says the same thing: the dream is the moment of encounter with an interior force, which proves a wisdom beyond our understanding.
What can the rational say? Could scientific reason be brought to recognize that as far as dreams are concerned it finds itself faced with a dimension with its own laws the rational does not know about, and which extends beyond its competency?
Could reason accept that rational means have attained their limits regarding the unconscious? Then, logically and rigorously reason would declare that it can’t say anything except that it finds itself facing a hyper-rational dimension.
That would be honest !
I thank the artists for their illustrations listed in order of their presentation :
Evening at Antiquity, 1908, by the French painter Alphonse Osbert, 1857-1939.
Pilgrim in a Rocky Valley, 1820, by the German artist Carl Gustav Carus
The Cathedral, by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
The Cathedral, by the German artist Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841)
Hand in hand : liloo.citations.skyrock.com
Mystery of the Nignt, by Alphone Osbert
Moonlight, 1896, by the French artist Alphonse Osbert, 1857-1939
Sylvia is lucky, her friend Mathilda is one of the dream interpreters I have trained and so Sylvia often asks her to analyze her dreams…, and following this she has been encountering some intriguing experiences.
For example how could Mathilda know that Sylvia had forgotten to take her pill ? Mathilda didn’t know but the dream she interpreted knew it and came immediately to warn the dreamer of her omission.
Did Mathilda know the future when, following the interpretation of a dream, she suggested that her friend leave her boyfriend Bernard before he leaves her ?
Mathilda does see into the future, but the dream does :
Sylvia dreams :
I see a beautiful blond woman in a swimming pool. I suddenly see her being “take from behind” by her boyfriend and she leaves immediately after.
Mathilda warns Sylvia, represented by the beautiful blond, that Bernard is going to play behind her back, probably dump her for another woman. Sylvia should leave him immediately before he leaves her.
And what happens ?
Sylvia doesn’t listen to her dream, she is in love and wants to stay with her boyfriend. Two weeks later she faces the humiliating fact that he has preferred to share his bed with another girl.
Now let’s again consider the “benevolence” of dreams
Sylvia is unhappy at work and wants to quit her job. She would like to have a dream to guide her, but she knows that Mathilda is absent at that time, so she could not interpret it. Sylvia wonders what she should do. So she asks for a short, clear, simple dream that she can understand on her own.
Her question is :
- Tomorrow, should I tell my boss that I want to quit ?
All night Sylvia hears the famous German singer Lafee singing her disco song “Shut up, shut up, shut up!”
So she understands that she shouldn’t say anything !
So, the next day Sylvia doesn’t say anything. In the afternoon her boss tells her that the company is closing shop for two weeks and the employees will be on put on paid vacation. Having not been with the company long enough to warrant this, Sylvia is nonetheless given a paid vacation like all the others. If she had quit, she would not have gotten this “bonus”. She quit after her vacation.
How about that ! How can dreams know?
It’s “ too much” how they know past and future ! It’s really amazing how they prove to be right !
Sylvia then decides to ask her dreams a question :
- What are dreams?
We will see the answer next time.
Meanwhile do you remember Nathalie’s incubation (Chapter 2; 02/16/ 2011) : She made the same inquiry as Sylvia. She was so astonished by her dreams that she asked them several questions one night.
- My dreams, who are you ?
- Is it God answering in dreams ?
- And even does God exist ?
I thank the artists for their illustrations listed in order of their presentation :
Blond woman : sosuneterrienneendetresse.centerblog.net
Greatly vexed : sosuneterrienneendetresse.centerblog.net
? : lunettesrouge.blog.lemonde.fr
Several months ago we started studying dream incubation. We have examined several aspects of the topic. Now it is time to take the following question into consideration and see what the dream answers :
Does the unconscious always answer an incubation question ?
With the latest dreams we have seen that the unconscious doesn’t like to be asked questions repetitively. It accepts giving the desired information of course, but it will only give what it deems necessary. When we look at the dreams, it appears that the unconscious doesn’t always have the same point of view as us, concerning what we need to know or not.
Today, you will read an answer to an incubation dream, which is much harsher than the preceding one, because the dreamer is trying to exploit the unconscious to his own advantage.
The dreamer Arnaud is very worried because his wife is sick. However, what poses a problem to him is not the state of her health but rather he worries that she may no longer be able to work, and that means a loss of income. He calculates the family finances.
What he’s truly concerned about is not how he can help his wife or what kinds of treatments could cure her, but rather whether she will get money from a “paid” sick leave. He asks his dream to answer this question.
Dream: The Sovereign Cat.
I go into a “café”. There is a black cat in the middle of the hallway. I raise my leg to go over it. The cat lifts its head, glares at me…
I am paralyzed, I can’t put my leg over across the cat, I can’t go into the café.
It is the place where one can drink a black tonic beverage which wakes you up : coffee.
Last time we have seen a frequent meaning of coffee :
The beans of the coffee tree are the fruits representing the dream symbols which appear naturally. The dreamer collects them and the dream interpreter acts as a coffee bean roaster, a blender, a coffee machine, transforming the beans to obtain an universally appreciated drink : this black liquid which awakens is the interpreted dream.
The “café” represents the place, the moment when the dreamer makes contact with the unconscious through dream interpretation.
For Arnaud, in view of the question he asked, the setting, this “café” represents the place where he can geta dream interpreted and the desired information.
So Arnaud would like to get an answer thanks to an interpreted dream.
The black cat in the hallway.
The cat is a domesticated animal, which nonetheless retains a wild side.It lives in the home environment but can’t be trained. It is ferociously independent. It has the very rare ability to see in the dark, in the night.
It’s black color, like that of the coffee, expresses its link with the unconscious.
So what is the cat ?
This black cat is the way the unconscious chooses to present itself to the dreamer. When Arnaud goes into the “café” to get his dream interpreted and to know if his wife will receive a pension, first he comes across the cat, this natural instinct, the unconscious, which sees in the night and can never be trained.
This cat occupies the middle of the passageway, as if it were the master of the place, as if it were guarding its entrance.
I raise my leg to go over it.
Our friend wants to go in. He doesn’t pay any attention to the cat, he could acknowledge it :
- Oh ! Hello cat !
So he could write a letter and say :
- Dear dreams !
He could even bend down, pat the cat and say.
- Wow, you’re so beautiful! Could you let me go by ?
Would you please help me to see clearly our present financial situation ? Your information would allow us to plan ahead. Will my wife get a workman’s compensation ? Thank you very much for answering.
But no, Arnaud ignores the cat and wants to step over him. He wants to get his dream and the information without any consideration for the unconscious, as if Arnaud were master of the cat-unconscious.
The cat lifts its head and glares at me.
The cat/unconscious is indignant at this lack of consideration. Its anger is expressed by the fury of his glare. Lightning shoots from of its eyes.
Lightning is the attribute of Zeus, the king of gods, it is also that of Yahweh, the God of Jews, also called the god of ire. Lightning bolts are the manifestation of the divine wrath.
So, it’s as if the cat were saying: who is this boor who intends to go over me and acts as though I didn’t exist? This guy is ill-mannered.
I can’t cross over the cat
The anger of the cat paralyzes the dreamer. He won’t be able to enter the “café”: the incubation process won’t work, he won’t get the dream that would give him the information he wants.
This little dream is highly significant. It underlines a recurrent trait in our cultures today : I mean a lack of attention toward the unconscious and ignorance regarding the interior world at large. All the rituals designed to approach this dimension have been neglected, forgotten. We act as boors and consider ourselves as masters of the domain ! The unconscious finding us very casual, becomes contemptuous and reacts vigorously !
The analysis of this little dream shows us that the unconscious manifests itself as an autonomous reality which is not under our power.
It is an independent, sovereign function.
The unconscious is willing to cooperate, to help but we fall prey to a big illusion, if we think we can exploit or abuse it. The unconscious cannot be manipulated and will never be at our ego’s service.
Moreover the last image shows clearly that the unconscious paralyzes the one who tries to exploit it for personal material gain.
You might have noticed that the image of the cat in Arnaud’s dream doesn’t have the same signification as the cat in Irina’s dream posted earlier. The meaning of an image changes according to the dreamer and the circumstances.
In Irina’s dream the cat symbolized a man in the outer world.
Here, in Arnaud’s dream the cat manifests the same mysterious, independent, sovereign dynamism, that the Egyptians adored in cats, in the cat-goddess Bastet.
Truly Arnaud’s cat appears much more powerful than the humans. The cat dominates, it possesses a divine quality.
So, you can see in this contemporary dream the permanence of representations and conceptions which were found in vestiges of the past, some dating as far back as 5000 years old. Carl Gustav Jung called these images “archetypes”. These are not created voluntarily by human minds, they appear by themselves as images in dreams, and represent powerful dynamisms. Our ancestors considered them as the manifestations of divine forces on the earth.
Could this dream invite us to understand that the unconscious is divine ?
I thank the artists for their illustrations listed in order of their presentation :
Calculations : capifrance.fr
Le café du Forum, by the French artiste Vincent van Gogh,19th century.
Black cat : caneton.fr
Egyptian cat : chaosexmachine.info.fr
Last time we saw how my dream brought me to understand how flippant I was with my repeated incubations. I realized that the unconscious is a friend that one should not inconvenience. It gives us the information that it deems necessary and then it’s up to us to make our decisions.
God gave us conscious faculties, the intelligence with the capacity to reflect, analyze and judge and the feelings. Using them, we can make a choice. So it is lazy to prefer to incubate a dream. Help is provided by a dream only when our conscious means are no longer sufficiant to help us because the solution is beyond the conscious’ reach.
Here today is a beautiful dream that illustrates this.
This dream came to Anna at a time in her life when she faced a particularly difficult career decision, a perplexing choice between two completely opposite positions :
I am with the Virgin Mary, whom I know to be my close friend.
Mary asks about what is going on in my life. When I tell her of my pending career decision, Mary insists that we go to see a psychic named Ruth. I am reluctant to see a psychic.
But Mary assures me that this one is so good that years earlier she has predicted the immaculate conception, Mary’s marriage to Joseph, and the resurrection of Jesus.That makes me feel more comfortable.
When we meet Ruth, I am very impressed – Ruth is everything an enlightened being should be.
I pose my career-choice question to the psychic, only to get this response :
- What a wonderful opportunity you have, and I know you’ll make the right decision !
The dream does not give any answer, but it exerts a stimulating effect on the dreamer, who by then has understood that the decision belongs to her. Even the best psychic cannot help her. And why would she do it, since Anna has within her the capacity to make her own decision ?
What a wonderful opportunity to trust one self and take the decision without incubation !
Dreams, Tonight’s Answers for Tomorrow’s Questions, Mark Thurston, Harper and Row, Publishers, San Francisco, p.99
I thank the artists for their illustrations listed in order of their presentation :
Perplexed woman : befully.com
Mary : Sonia Rolland, Miss France, actualite-portail.free.fr
A psychic : love-whoami.blogspot.com
Announce to Mary by the English painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1828-1882
Resurrection by the German painter and engineer Mathias Grünewald
The psychic Ameline: lesmeilleursvoyants.fr
Castle on River, 1820, by the German painter and architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel
As you have seen in the preceding text, seeking advice from one’s dreams has been a universal practice. With Irina’s dreams I have given you examples of answers given by dreams. However it happens sometimes that the answer is ambiguous or that the dream gives no answer at all.
This is what happened to Helena. Here is the dream she received last week. Helena will soon be turning forty, she is a mother and since a few days she knows she is pregnant. She is wondering whether she’ll keep the baby or not. She wants to and she doesn’t want to.
On the one hand she feels a motherly desire, she loves children and family.
But on the other hand she feels like a woman who, arriving at mid-life, would like to realize another type of project in view of self-realization. She feels like going out, living for herself a bit, finding new, pleasant activities and meeting friends.
She is torn between accepting this pregnancy or not.
Once it is yes, and then it is no.
She is tormented and decides to ask her dream if she should keep the baby or not.
A very serious question, an oppressive task for the interpreter…….courageous. Let us see the dream.
I have a son, his father is Sarkozy, the president of France. My son is a young man, strong and sturdy, very interesting and very reasonable.
Between us there is a great understanding and a respectful complicity.
He asks me if I have accomplished what I wanted in my life.
I answer :
- No, it’s not easy. I add that it’s never too late and that maybe I…
He smiles at me and tells me that I can share my thoughts with him.
I feel great strength, a real support emanating from him. I wake up feeling happy.
Here are Helena’s answers during the interview.
I have a strong, sturdy, interesting and reasonable son.
Helena doesn’t have such a son in reality, so this one represents a strength, a way to assert oneself that she has developed over the years. She possesses the qualities underlined by the dream.
He is Sarkozy’s son
It would be ridiculous, absurd to think that Helena fantasizes about the President, no, the dream indicates that this inner strength was the result of adopting the same values as him, as a way of living.
We are talking about Helena’s Sarkozy, of the personal image that she has of this man. This is not political, it concerns an interior dynamism of hers. So we must ask her the “interview” question :
- Helena, what is Sarkozy for you, what is he like?
- I love what Sarkozy says, we share the same values : order, work. I appreciate the fact he wants to sanction the trouble makers. I love his strength and his humanity, he has the courage to say out loud what others think but never express.
So this description defines an aspect of Helena’s nature which has common points with Sarkozy, as she sees him.
He asks me if I have accomplished what I wanted in my life.
Crucial question ! By this the dream asks the young woman to question herself on the meaning of her life and to take stock of it. Following this she could look inside and decide whether or not she will keep the baby.
I answer no, it’s not easy. I add that it’s never too late and that maybe I…
Helena doesn’t complete her sentence, she keeps the rest to herself. This attitude shows that there are aspects in her that she doesn’t want to admit to herself, that she doesn’t want to look at.
My son smiles at me and tells me that I can share my thoughts with him.
This strength which is part of her and also larger than her invites her to be authentic, to do like his father Sarkozy, to “have the courage to say out loud what others think but don’t express.”
What is the dream doing? It’s asking her to dare to be truly herself.
Is that a direct answer to her question?
No, the dream doesn’t answer, it leaves Helena with her own decision, it allows her the freedom of choice. The answer concerning the decision of keeping the baby or not will spring up when she dares to be herself.
I feel great strength, a real support emanating from him.
The dream shows that, whatever the solution, Helena will have the needed strength to face up to it.
I wake up feeling happy.
She feels happy because now she knows that she is free, that whatever the outcome she will live as she wants because she knows that this inner strength will not fail her.
So this dream is an example of the limits of incubation. Yes, the unconscious is benevolent but we must not expect everything from it. We must exercise our own judgment, our will power and our freedom. If we asked the unconscious to dictate our behavior, we would be like machines. To expect all the answers from our dreams would be infantile abdication of our responsibility for our own life. The unconscious guides us toward our independence, it encourages us to exercise our freedom of choice and to live the experiences that our choices have brought forth. Practicing incubation profusely won’t lead to maturity, on the contrary.
I thank the French artist Mrs Anne Marie Volodos who permits me to illustrate our blog with her paintings.
Jason Lewis : Tecmix.aufeminin. com
Sarkozy : backchich.info
Jason Lewis : instyle.com
Jason Lewis : people.plurielles.fr
Le grand Bleu by Mme Anne Marie Volodos
In our last release we saw the importance that dreams and incubation held in Antiquity in the Pagan and Jewish world, until around 300 A.C.
Christians in turn, perpetuating the long Jewish tradition, had exactly the same point of view and practices regarding dreams as members of other religions.
Remember that the Bible recounts over 200 dreams where God indicates the safest way to follow;
for example the dreams in the New Testament received by Joseph concerning the child Jesus, as wel as those received by the Apostles Peter and Paul. You remember how Joseph, a pious Jew, sees an angel several times in his dreams.
The angel tells him to take care of Mary, the pregnant young woman bearing the child Jesus. Also, in another dream the angel tells him to flee to Egypt with her and her child to escape Herod’s massacre. So, through the intervention of dreams, the child Jesus was saved.
He would later become Christ and change the established civilization.
In those days everyone considered dreams as being the natural way of communication between the human and the divine levels. Everyone knew that a man, through his dreams, could get answers to his questions and receive guidance from this information. Incubation was a current universal practice.
For example, around year 200 A.D. one of the most famous sanctuaries was built in the city of Pergame in Asia Minor, the ancient Greece, now located in Turkey, near the city of Izmir.
The temple was dedicated to the god of dreams and healing Asklepios. There priest/doctors practiced their famous dream therapy and interpreted pilgrim’s dreams.
At that same time, in the year 203, a young woman, Perpetua, was living in the part of North Africa, now called Tunisia, in the city of Carthage, not far from Tunis.
Perpetua was thrown in prison for her Christian faith. There, she wrote her life story before her martyrdom. Her story has been presented by Jung’s famous collaborator Marie Louise von Franz who also analyzed her dreams.
In her poignant account Perpetua tells us how she asked God to guide and support her through her dreams and especially to tell her if she should expect liberation or martyrdom. The process of incubation is very simple and furthermore she is in prison.
Perpetua indicates how she proceeds and relates :
“ My brother told me :
- Sister, you now find yourself in a position where you can ask to receive a vision which shows you if you have to expect martyrdom or liberation.
And I, she writes, conscious of the benefits that God had bestowed on me through the dialogues that I was accustomed to having with Him, and filled with trusting faith, I promised :
-Tomorrow I will tell you.
Then, I asked a vision and this is what was shown to me…”
She then tells her dream, which was received the next day and reveals the interpretation :
“We understood that the dream signified imminent martyrdom ; from then on we did not entertain any hope concerning this worldly life.”
Perpetua died in the arena and “she proved steadfast as she guided the death sword to her own throat when a young soldier trembled too violently to dispatch her cleanly.”* (Dan Graves)
Perpetua’s story confirms that dream incubation was widely practiced, by Christian people as people of different religions.
I could give other examples from around the world but my objective here is not to search for more general knowledge. My objective is to awaken a personal interest in you and to inform you as to the possibility of gaining access to a living dialogue with your dreams, should you be interested in trying this new experience for yourself.
The passion of Perpetua, Marie Louise von Franz, Paperback
Great Women in Christian History, Curtis, Kenneth and Dan Graves,
ed. Pennsylvania : Wingspread Publishers and Christian History Institute, 2004.
The Christ of Rio Janeiro
The two portraits are Fayum Portraits, painted in Egypt, from the last century BC to the middle of 3rd century AD
In the preceding pages I showed you how current dreams had come to answer Irina’s recent questions. Incubating a dream still works nowadays as it did in the old times.
I will illustrate this by going back in time and talking about dreams and dream incubation in ancient societies all through Antiquity.
In Asia Minor and throughout the Mediterranean region
We find the same situation. The study and interpretation of dreams go back as far as the early archeological remains bear witness to it. 7000 to 8000 years ago the inhabitants of Mesopotamia interpreted their dreams. The picture here shows the Sumerian cuneiform tablet where is written the Epopy of Gilgamesh, with the dream of the Deluge. 1000 years later this dream inspired the story of Noah’s Ark in the Bible.
The Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Hebrews maintained this way of living in contact with their dreams, as attested to by numerous passages of the Bible.
1700 years B.C. Pharaoh called upon a Jew, Joseph, to interpret his dreams and thereby he averted a famine in Egypt. ( Genesis, Ch. 41)
One thousand years later the king of Mesopotamia, Nabuchodonosor II,( 630-562 B C) asked another Jew, Daniel to tell him the meaning of his dreams. Daniel interpreted the dream and explained to the king that his megalomania would result in a psychotic episode in his life.
However, after several years of madness, he would come out of it with humility, recovering his power and glory. And that’s what happened. ( Daniel, Ch. 4)
In the Greco-Roman world
There existed a very famous dream interpreter. He is better known as the father of Western medicine. His name is Hippocrates who lived 600 years B.C. He came from a family of dream interpreters dedicated to the god Aesklelpios, the god of dreams and healing ; they bore the responsibility of three functions, that of priest, doctor and dream interpreter, as the three were considered inseparable.
The temples/hospitals where people came for treatment were numerous. In Antiquity there were 420 of them. The sanctuary of Kos, where Hippocrates officiated, was very famous, such as the one of Pergame, where 800 years later, at the beginning of the Christian era around year 250, pilgrims still flocked from the whole Mediterranean region.
Incubation and dreams
Praying Aesklepios in Greek, or Aesculapius in Latin, god of dreams and healing.
The pilgrims prepared to dream on a specifically chosen night. They received a very modern, natural and holistic treatment, prescribed by the priest/doctor : they followed a special diet, took baths, received massages and prayed. Then the priests and the pilgrims met in the temple in a sacred place called Aesclepeion, dedicated to Asklepios.
They slept there one or several nights, and the priests collected their dreams the next morning.
What dreamers dreamt and experienced during these nights has been reported. It was very well known that the god intervened in different manners : either he healed immediately, either he manifested his presence in dreams with the image of a snake or a dog.
Western medicine has taken up the symbol of the snake but has forgotten its meaning.
In the dream the god also explained the treatment to be followed in order to heal.
On site, many ex-votos thank Aesklepios for the healing.
You can see here an ex-voto with a hand, showing a kind of abscess , which was cured after the night spent in the Aesclepeion.
Today, I have spoken about dreams and incubation in Antiquity among Sumerians, Jews, Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans. Next time we will see a especialy fascinating dream from Antiquity at the time of Christ.
I thank the artists and photographers, whose works permit me to illustrate my blog.
Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream
Nabuchodonosor who became mad, by Blake
Hippocrates with a patient
Aesclepeion in the sanctuary of the Kos Island in Greece
Aesclepeion in the sanctuary of Pergame, in Turkey
The god Aesklepios, the god of dreams and healing
The grass snake accompanying the god Aesculapios
The caducei of Aesclepios, with snakes, symbol of healing
Ex voto with a hand, showing a kind of abscess
Sphinx under the moon by the German artist Schinkel , 19th century
I am Christiane.
I am a teacher by profession. Dreams are my passion, interpreting them is my pleasure and teaching the art of interpreting them is my vocation.
I spent forty years of my life as a teacher in the Education Nationale. I taught two languages, French and German in France and abroad.
Meanwhile I also learnt to understand and teach the language of dreams.
It first began in 1976, while teaching in Tahiti.
I started to study dreams on my own, guided by books from the Edgar Cayce Foundation, the A R E, where Scott Sparrow, now an IASD Board Member, was involved in researching and writing about dreams. Thanks to this support I acquired a solid base.
This link with the ARE was precious to me, when later on in Turkey (1978-1982) I continued, still alone, to try to understand my dreams.
Nobody in my surroundings understood my passion for dreams and they even told me I was crazy. For your information, it is a sad fact that since Napoleon's time until 1992, dream interpretation was forbidden by a law in France.
From 1982 to 1987, in Berlin, Germany, I studied at the Gestalt Therapy School and at the Freudian School of Psychoanalysis. Then I discovered the “ dream interview method” created by Gayle Delaney. I immediately adopted this efficient tool.
In 1985, I started reading Jung. Then came a dream which showed me a man whom I knew only by name : Etienne Perrot. The dream advised me to work with him. In my search for information about him, I discovered that he was Jung’s spiritual son and translator in France. I worked with him for five years. By analyzing my dreams he transmitted Jung’s spirit to me and lead me to understand the alchemy process.
In 1987, having come back to France, I pursued my teaching career. At the same time I began to transmit what I had learned and I set up dream study groups.
In 1991, I founded an association called "Dreams to Live By," which in 2004 became the Academy for the Interpretation of Dreams. Since then I have continuously been teaching dream interpretation in very small groups, where every one can practice. I also held seminars on symbols. I give interpretations in person over the phone or through Skype.
In 1994 a dream ordered me to write a book. And so, in 1996, twenty years after my first steps in the dream world, "Rêves à Vivre" (Dreams to Live By) was published. This book is a practical and spiritual manual for dream interpretation.
Then ten years later I wrote "Amour et Sexe dans vos Rêves" (Love and Sex in your Dreams), in which I write about what dreams say about love and their explanations about the sacred path of sexuality.
In 2007 I started a blog to give the French public the opportunity to recognize the value of dreams, and the means to understand them.
Lately my Canadian student Judith Saint Laurent has agreed to translate the essays of my French blog into English.
Throughout these years I developed additional activities :
the medias contact me from time to time for newspaper articles and radio and television interviews.
I have just started a dream salon in a small hotel in my neighbourhood, where anyone can come to talk and learn about dreams. Also I often give conferences in France and abroad.
Now a member of IASD,(International Association for the Study of Dreams) it brings me great joy to have the opportunity to exchange with researchers who are exploring and promoting the realm of dreams.
I thank the artists and photographers whose work permit me to illustrate our blog.
1968- 1972 : The first high school where I began to teach with pupils almost as old as me.
Tahiti, 1972-1978, where Elsie Sechrist, ARE International Representative who helped me discover dreams and their interpretation. pressetahiti.com
Sunday in the lagoon : voyage-bons-plans.aufeminin.com
Working during the week in Paul Gauguin high school in Papeete, Tahiti,
The ARE, the Edgar Cayce Foundation
How to interpret your dreams, practical techniques based on the Edgar Cayce readings, by Mark Thurston, ed. ARE.
In Turkey, in Istanbul 1978-1982.
The great basilica Hagia Sophie, built in 325 after J.-C., now a museum.
The dream sanctuary in Pergame.
In Berlin : 1982-1987.
Living your dreams by Gayle Delaney, ed. Harper and Row. I discovered Delaney’s interview method in the ASD Monthly News vol.1 nb.3., 1984, in an article where Gayle Delaney explained it.
Etienne Perrot and his wife, who both have dedicated their lifes to dreams and the path of alchemy, that Jung had rediscovered and explained.
C G Jung and Etienne Perrot's book " Path into the Depths" , ed La Fontaine de Pierre
"Rêves à Vivre", a practical and spiritual manual to dream interpretation by Christiane Riedel, ed. de Mortagne, 1995
"Amour et Sexe dans vos Rêves" Book by Christiane Riedel, ed. Trajectoire, 2006
Judith Saint-Laurent, my Canadian translator.
Exlpoding Raphaelesque Head, by Salvator Dali
French blog : christiane-riedel.blogspirit.com
In the preceding text, we saw how to make an incubation. Now let us see how the dream answers Irina’s question.
Irina is in the habit of asking her dreams for guidance. She is a pretty, single woman in her fifties, who would like to be in a loving relationship. She doesn’t want to live full time with the partner, but wishes to share with him pleasurable week-ends and vacations.
She has just met Julian, whom she likes and asks her dream if he would be a suitable mate.
I bring them back and lay them in my parents’ backyard. They yell out to move them away, for hardly had I laid them on the ground, that ants and other creeping insects came out of them.
This image : Irina flying in the air, is indicating that Irina has merged with the realm of ideas, the domain of thoughts. She is thinking of the possibility of a relationship with Julian.
She takes some branches.
For Irina, what is a branch?
She answers: a branch is connected to a trunk, it is fragile, it is a natural elongated growth.
Keeping in mind the incubation question, I recapitulate her description and ask her :
- Irina, when you are thinking of a relationship with Julian, what does an elongated fragile growth that is connected to a trunk remind you of?
- Oh !You are implying that it corresponds to the male genitals?
- I’m not implying anything, I’m just reformulating your description.
We agree that it follows logically, that the tree branches represent this man’s erections.
So, the dream directly addresses Irina’s question.
It says :
- You want to know if an intimate relationship with Julian would suit you ? Well, let’s look what will happen.
The dream gives indication in the 2 following scenes :
1) I bring the branches back and lay them in my parents’ backyard.
If she enters into a relationship with this man, it will occur within a frame resembling her parents’ relationship :
Irina cried out :
-“Oh! but I don’t want that, my father was sweet but he was a wimp and my mother had to take responsibility for everything. She didn’t have a life of her own. Ok, I understand.
What does the second scene show ?
2 The parents yell out to move the branches away.
Despite this awareness, if Irina decided to live with Julian, she’d immediately have to move aside the branches … that is, remove herself from contact with his penis. That means to give up on sexual relations. Why?
The dream indicates the reason in the following image.
Ants and other creeping insects are coming out of the branches
The ants and creeping insects indicate reactions of the nervous system over which we have no control.
These are physical swarming reactions, vague and unpleasant sensations which disgust and causes one to flee.
With these images the dream describes what Irina will experience in the sexual relation with Julian.
The dream points to a “malaise”, a disgust, an irritation of the senses. A sexual encounter with this man would be ill-advised, the sexual relation would be frustrating for Irina. This man will immediately get on her nerves.
Irina is quite upset. She understands her dream and accepts the warning, but she thought that Julian was not so bad. Whatever, she won’t go further with him.
After this dream, Irina, is very disappointed.
But she has just had another dream, which pertains to the same question.
Next time we will discover what dreams have in store for Irina.
You will find this text on the French Blog :
christinae-riedel.blogspirit.com, 10 May 2007, (05 10 2007)
I thank the artists and photgraphers whose works permit me to illustrate my blog
Is dream incubation only a vestige of absurd and superstitious rituals that only bears meaning for populations who live at the antipodes of the western world?
Since the sixties dream incubation has been brought back to the forefront by American dream researchers. It has convinced and conquered those who have practiced it and it is spreading widely among those who are interested in their dreams and seek a dialogue with their interior world, with their unconscious.
Throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe all researchers recommend its use and recognize its merits.
Incubation is a very simple and efficient venture.
Here, I ‘m offering a summary of the procedure. ( See below* for more explanations)
All that is needed is that you ask your dream for guidance.
For example, writing a letter to your dream you can ask :
- Can you give me explanations about my current life situation ?
- Can you show me how I can better my relationship with my father ?
You can ask whatever you want. Here are the 3 questions Nathalie, one of my friends, asked the dream the first time she made an incubation.
Of course she got an answer ! We will see it an other time.
However, the best is to limit yourself to one question at a time. You can finish your letter by saying, please give me a clear answer.
Slide the envelope under your pillow and sleep tight.
It seems ridiculous? incredible? Try it, you’ll be astounded.
The next day, you’ll have a dream and you might say: this dream has nothing to do with my question!
Please don’t put aside your dream because of this reason. In your bed, concentrate on the dream, don’t move your head otherwise the dream will be lost, dreams being so ephemeral.
If you are in a hurry, first note the main points and powerful images and later on you can write your whole dream including all the details since they are all significant.
Then try to understand your dream in regards to the question you have asked.
Try to train with the interview method to analyze a person in your dream.
Or seek the help of a competent interpreter. You’ll be astonished !
Countless people have been helped in this way.
Next time we will see quite a story, and discover how the dream answers Irina’s question.
* For more detailed explanations I recommend Ryan Hurd’s excellent booklet : “Enhance your dream life”.
Just click on the book cover on our blog, and click again on the same book cover on Scott Sparrow’s website. You can download the booklet for free. Read it, it is easy and efficient.
I thank the artists and photographers whose works permit me to illustrate my blog
Dream incubation is asking the dream to give you a solution to a problem. It is a timeless practice all over the world.
Let’s start with some contemporary examples.
Lately on ARTE TV*, I was watching a very interesting program on ginseng (jin shen) meaning “root man” because of its’ vaguely human shape. The value of this beneficial root constitutes a growing source of income for the South Korean economy.
It is increasingly known and imported by the western world for its numerous health benefits, and it is very expensive! The real ginseng is harvested primarily in Korea, ( Jinan) making it an important asset for their economy.
The wild ginseng is very rare and more expensive than gold, however it is not easily found. These roots develop totally hidden underground with nothing showing on the surface.
What is the link with the dream incubation ?
The peasants, thanks to a dream incubation, know how to find these roots in a secret location in the mountain.
They put their tents up on a spot for a week or more. The day before beginning their search, with respect they repeat their ancestors’ ritual of purification by bathing in the river. Then at a chosen location they erect an altar and light candles. There they deposit offerings to the “god of the mountain”: cloth to dress him, a pig’s head, beautiful fruit and other appetizing foods.
In prayer, they bow before the god and they ask to be given a dream that will show them where the roots are located underground. Then after bowing repetitively they retire to their tents to sleep and dream.
What a pleasant surprise !
There they were, filmed by an ethnologist and the ARTE crew, people who to this day still practice what men have been doing for thousands of years… incubating a dream or showing how one prepares himself to dream.
This is not only the case in Korea ; in China also incubating dreams is still practiced today as it was in the old days. Then the Chinese used to go to temples where they asked and received inspirations and instructions. It was even considered an obligation for the dignitaries and rulers to go there officially to seek advice from dreams as to the affairs of the state.
Hardly imaginable nowadays. Can you imagine our politicians incubating a dream?
In China today, a pilgrimage to get counseling from dreams still exists. This reputable place is called « The Stones and Bamboos Mountain ».
An individual comes to ask and receive a message from the gods as to the appropriate behavior to adopt in his situation; another comes for a diagnosis or even seeking information on the appropriate treatment for his ailment. All come with the intention of following their true destiny, wishing to add breadth to their lives. So, pilgrims still come to consult dreams on all kinds of subjects.
Does that practice still only exist there, at the other end of the world ?
Soon I will tell you.
You will find this article on the French blog : 06 May 2007
* Arte TV : French and German channel specialized in Art and Culture
“ The Stones and Bamboos Mountains», article in “Terrain 26”, March 1996, edited by the French Culture Ministry.
This article is written by Brigitte BAPTANDIER, Research Director in the Laboratory of Ethnology and Sociology at the National Center of Scientific Research in France.
Mountain-Spirits and Korean Ginseng : www.rjkoehler.com
The Stone Bamboo Temple : www.chinatourme.com
The Stone Bamboo Mountain : : www.chinatourme.com
Let us begin today, and first:
Most of the time the people in our dreams represent facets of ourselves (We will see later that it is not always the case).
We all, men and women, have two opposite and complementary aspects in our psyche, a masculine and a feminine one.
Thus a man in dreams speaks of masculine aspects of the male dreamer himself or of masculine aspects of the woman herself.
Some general features characterizing a man
Most of people will agree with the following description:
Because of his sexual morphology, the man represents a dynamism of affirmation in the outside, concrete, material world.
This force manifests itself primarily through creativity.
The man corresponds to the ability to think, to live in the world of thoughts and ideas.
He is at ease with logical thinking, reflections and analysis.
It corresponds to the ability to organize and build projects.
This force manifests itself in action
It represents the capacity to act, to persevere, to defend a project in order to bring it to its realization.
So, generally speaking, the man represents the conscious world.
These general assertions are useful, when the man in the dream is unknown.
However when the man is somebody that the dreamer knows, then it is necessary to also take into consideration the personal features of the man appearing in the dream.
How to understand the image of a particular man in a dream ?
Following the successive steps of the Interview Technique will help you :
When you have a man in a dream, you always must ask two questions about him :
The first question is: “Who is he ?”
Note down 3 or 4 answers describing him.
The second question is : “How is this man ?”
Again note 3 or 4 traits describing him.
That way you have gathered the necessary information.
Reword this information in one or two sentences, using the dreamer’s own words, and then invite the dreamer to think about it.
Note : Give preference to the use of the abstract attributes and explanations :
Example : in Miki’s particular case I have chosen to say : “someone who has a problem making choices”, rather than an “old buddy”.
Careful ! To recapitulate does not mean to summarize :
Doing the recapitulation, you must use the dreamer’s exact expressions. You must use his words and never add your own.
Doing the recapitulation, you must use the dreamer’s exact expressions. You must use his words and never add your own.
Establish a link between the image of the dream and the dreamer’s life
The appropriate question is :
- At the time, when you had this dream, does this attitude “ problem with making a choice" remind you of a similar situation in your own life, in your external or internal world ?
After a time of reflection the dreamer becomes aware of the link existing between the man in the dream and his own way of being in his everyday life. In this way the dreamer finds the meaning of his image and bridges the unconscious and the conscious
To verify that the meaning found is exact, you have to ask the dreamer for additional explanations.
For example, Miki must explain in what way she has acted like her buddy. What she ‘s said about him must also correspond to her in detail.Only then can you be sure that the image has been correctly understood.
This verification step is indispensable. Perform it being rigorous and honest.
I wish you much fun. Take time, and enjoy the surprises !
The interview method used above was developed by the American psychologist Gayle Delaney.
On my blog you will find the link and some of her books.
I thank all the artists and photographers whose works permit me to illustrate my blog.
Chris Noth, Big in “ Sex and the City”.
Painting on a hill near Dorchester in England, dated probably before the middle age.
Newton by the English artist William Blake :
Pasteur, a famous scientific French researcher in the 19th century, inventor of pasteurization
Recapitulate : http://thetoltecpath.files. wordpress.com
Summarize : http://www.corporatelandingsms.vbschools.com
The 2000 years old bridge constructed by the Romans in Gard, Southern France, recognized by the UNESCO as World heritage of Humanity Site. http://fr.academic.ru
Hello ! I am Christiane
Today, at the dawn of the New Year, I am very happy to get in touch with you, and I invite you to discover
“The Blog of Dreams by Christiane”.
Allow me an introduction.
I entered the dream world in 1976, thanks to members and researchers of the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach, USA the ARE. Dreams and their interpretation became my passion.
After 30 years of working with dreams, I began my French blog four years ago, in January 2007.
Since then, I have presented more than 150 dream interpretations. I have explained how to decipher the message of dreams, in this way teaching dream interpretation on the web because experience has taught me how helpful dreams can be to guide and counsel us in our daily lives.
However, until now all the work I have done to promote the value of the dream realm and dream interpretation was available only in French.
Then, two years ago, I gave several conferences in Montreal, Canada, one of which I presented at the Congress of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
There I met Judith Saint Laurent who attended my conferences. Since then, she has been a student of mine, working with me by phone or through Skype, and she attended my dream seminars in France.
Wanting to participate inthe next IASD Congress in the Netherlands in June 2011, I asked her if she would translate my conferences into English and she accepted.
By the way, throug the IASD I have again come across Scott Sparrow, now Board Member of the Association, who 35 years ago, was involved in researching and writing about dreams at the Edgar Cayce Fondation.
Our paths cross again. What a small world !
Shortly after I asked Judith if she would also translate my Blog into English, and generously again, she accepted this huge workload !
Dear “dream friendly” readers, along the dream path, I came across your e-mail addresses. If you enjoy my blog, please let your friends know or send me their e-mail address, so that they can also receive my newsletter. The free subscription can be deleted at any time : just click “unsubscribe” under the heading “ Newsletter”.
I am very happy to communicate with you through these pages. If, while reading the text you feel that you could comment on the interpretation or improve on the translation, I would be delighted to hear from you.
Scroll down and click on the word “ Comments “ in the grey part at the bottom of the text and you are at the right place to write your comment.
I hope you will have as much pleasure reading my blog as I have had while writing this research on dreams and their interpretations.
Welcome to my blog . I hope you’ll enjoy it and benefit from it. I wish you much fun and wonder.
P.S. I welcome your feedback.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FIND HERE SOON...
First I will explain how to proceed to interpret your dream images by yourself, and this through dream examples. From time to time I will give you a “lesson” in dream interpretation. This way you will be better equipped to understand how I proceed to interpret dreams. Gradually you will also be able to start understanding the images of your dreams.
At first you find :
The dream “Miki and her old buddy” followed by :
Lesson # 1 : “How to interpret the image of a man in a dream
Then you will find :
The little book on dream incubation:
Ch. 1: What is dream incubation ?
Ch. 2: How to proceed for dream incubation ?
Ch. 3: What answer is given to Irina, by her dream, after the incubation ?
Ch. 4: Irina’s new incubation and her new dream’s answer.
Ch. 5: Incubation in the ancient civilisations of Antiquity.
Ch. 6: Incubation among the early Christian people.
Ch. 7: Helena’s dream on the limit of the incubation.
Ch. 8: Without incubation what can Helena do ? Such a useless dream !
Ch. 9: What does the unconscious think about dream incubation ?
Ch 10: When the unconscious refuses to answer a dream incubation…
Ch 11: A question addressed to the dreams themselves : What are the dreams ?
Ch 12: Tonight a dream has come to me…
All kinds of topics and images, which have already been analyzed and explained in the French blog, will gradually be presented to you in English.
Moon by Patrick Pendalis : wallpaperweb.org
The star Moncerotis V8 38, photographed by the US naval Observatory