It is believed that dream interpretation dates as far back as 4000 BCE. Dreams, in fact, have always been a part of human existence. The ancient Greek and Egyptian societies employed people who interpreted the dreams of others and priests were used to interpret dreams on a regular basis. There are records from the Bible of people remembering and acting on the meaning of their dreams. Christians of old believed that dreams were messages from God and they took these messages very seriously. There are ancient hieroglyphics that talked about dreams and their interpretation. Most cultures have put a great deal of weight on dreams and their meaning.
Dream Interpretation in different Cultures
The ancient Greeks built temples for sick people and dream interpretation was used as a form of healing. The dreams that were had while the sick person was in the temple was said to have a great deal of meaning. Books on dream interpretation existed as early as the second century AD. Artemidorus wrote a book in 2 AD on the interpretation and believed that dreams had the ability to foretell the future. Freud believed in dream interpretation and used it as part of his psychoanalysis.
The ancient Chinese cultures believed in the interpretation as well. They posed questions such as how we know we are dreaming as opposed to being awake? Is dreaming real and is real actually dreaming? They ask themselves these questions as a part of dream interpretation.
It became popular in Europe in the latter part of the 19th century and it was used in psychoanalysis as part of the therapeutic process when Freud wrote “The Interpretation of Dreams”.
How to Interpret a Dream
Some people believe they can interpret their own dreams and are careful to write them down and interpret them later. Others can use an interpreter to interpret the images, sensations and thoughts that come to them during their sleep.
Seeing a professional dream interpreter means that you write down a series of your dreams and then tell them or show them to him or her. It is all about symbols and what the symbols tell us about the future and our lives today. Different professionals will not always give the same interpretation of a given dream but they will usually be close. The symbols of analysis don’t vary very much from person to person.
For example, if you dream of a mountain, it means you have many obstacles and challenges to overcome. If, in the dream, you find yourself at the top of the mountain, you have achieved your goals and can be happy about them. It means you have already recognized your full potential. Mountains also stand for spiritual truth and knowledge.
If you dream of “cold” in your dream, it means you are having a breakthrough in an area of your life. It could also mean that you are feeling isolated or restrained emotionally. You could feel cold about a lover or you could really be cold in real life.
Dream interpretation can be tricky as there are a lot of variables and symbols to pay attention to. Some professionals take one or two symbols and put them together to give you an interpretation. Others will put all of the symbology together and will come up with a cohesive explanation of what the dream meant.
You need to put a bunch of dreams together in order to get a complete picture of what is going on in your life. The dream interpreter can throw in some things relating to your future as well, based on the dreams you have given them to interpret.