The language of dreams is mostly that of symbols and images. It is a pictorial language that may not be very precise but compensates by being astonishingly vivid. It is, in fact the oldest language in the world, a universal language in which an image of s a tree, represents not only the tree but everything associated with it in human memory, as well as everything associated with it in your own mind, past and present.
Dreams are stories that matter, and who of us doesn’t connect to stories particularly when they are personal, relevant, sometimes mysterious and illuminating.
Whatever the content the dream images or stories are a mirror of what’s really going on in our lives. They come from the ‘dreaming imagination’ and no matter how much control we believe we have through the day and our waking life, at night we hand over to this vast imagination.
Here we find the information about ourselves not normally available to our conscious mind, a source of new and fresh ideas, authentic and ‘real’ by our personal standards. Dreams may also provide direction as to what is needed as well as what is available to help us find our way in life. Dreams are more than willing helpers on illuminating the current state of our psyche, and also lead us forward. Like an instruction from the divine these images and pictures point to the ‘condition of our condition’ providing benefit in the form of insight into what’s really going on. This might be about issues around illness, true friends, rigid thinking, suitable partners, the right career, for example. They are uncannily specific and truly represent a form of guidance.
Dreams save us from our own blindness and direct us to important things. Like an encrypted message or story that’s not obvious in the light of day they represent an incredible opportunity to listen and unravel what our subconscious self is sending to us, as well participate in a profound and creative journey.
Everything within a dream represents a different aspect of ourselves. Even the people you don't like or detest represent aspects of yourself that you feel similarly about. This is why it takes a great deal of honesty to interpret your dream, just as you cannot see your own back, so it is very difficult to see own weak spots, fears and vulnerabilities.
Dead or dying people may represent similar qualities within you that are in need of attention. Although, the mere fact that you are involved in the process of unraveling the meaning of your dream, shows that that process has already begun.
Today we might say that the language of dreams mirrors the most basic psychological structure of humanity. So called primitive cultures simply referred to the language of dreams as the language of the gods. The highest god for the Aztecs, for instance, was the maker of dreams and guided people through their dreams. In fact in many cultures dreams were honoured as messages from gods, and, in a way they are. Dreams are messages from that all-knowing and divine part of you. They are messages from the heart and the soul. They guide and give understanding through that which cannot be understood by reason. Knowing comes through experience. Whether they be raw and close to ordinary everyday life, or vast and mythic in size they are no less relevant for individuals seeking guidance and self-understanding.
Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you. ~Marsha Norman