Part A. The Meaning of Dreams Everyone dreams, and many people are fascinated in dreams, the difficult part is what do individual dreams mean Ina biblical study that our coauthor Fritz made of the entire Word of God to determine how God communicates with mankind, he found that in an overwhelming percentage of cases, Almighty God used dreams to communicate to mankind. Joseph and Daniel got recognition by interpreting dreams (called oneicromancy) correctly. Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream about seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. On a stone tablet in front of the Great Sphinx, another Pharaoh, Thutmes IV, records a dream he received that his reign would belong and fruitful. This was one of what the ancient Egyptians called "divine dreams from the gods. On the flip side of things, the rational thinkers of the 18th century claimed that dreams were only the result of indigestion or cold drafts, and were meaningless. Obviously, not all dreams area message from God, nor are they all simply the result of poor indigestion of pizza. or an open window at night. The priesthoods of the ancient mystery religions began research into dreams and began using them in various capacities. In the healing temple of Esclepius, the priesthood would place sick people on a couch
in the temple, and would instruct them that a god would give them in a dream the remedy for their illness. The suggestion that the dreamer would learn of his health problem in his dream often worked. Modern researchers would not blame any particular god for this being successful, they would interpret it as the unconscious mind releasing information about the body that wouldn’t normally surface in the waking conscious mind. This ancient practice is similar to modern researchers who have had great success in placing hypnotic commands into people (where the subjects were told not to remember the command) to dream about particular things, with the result that then the researchers have observed that the subjects do indeed create dreams about the suggested subject matter. The resulting dreams are about the suggested matter according to the subject’s mind’s own tastes. It’s been documented that people who have suffered traumas, such as refugees, soldiers, and victims of SRA have nightmares that area direct result of their traumas. Some therapists do dream work with refugees, post-traumatic stress disorder and DID clients. When multiples get memories that surface as dreams, these dreams repeat themselves and they leave the victim with profound feelings, often the strong sense of depersonalization. Several therapists/researchers (see Cushway & Sewell, 1992 and others) have discovered that nightmares can be used as a key indicator of PTSD (which is a problem that DID victims face.) (Non-multiples, of course, also at times experience autobiographical dreams) One dream researcher (Wunder, 1993) Page 441 discovered that siblings of disabled children had many common themes in their dreams, including the desire to be a type of "savior t, dreams of guilt that they were normal, the idea that something or someone (such as a fairy godmother) would change things, and sorrow about their siblings disability. Programmed multiples are also going to have dreams surface that relate to inner concerns. Yes, the imagery of our nightmares and dreams do have relevant information about our deep concerns. The high frequency of nightmares has been directly shown to be linked to unpleasant life experiences, especially recent ones. Commonsense would teach us many of these things, but it helps that people have validated these in studies, so that some of these things go beyond the realm of opinion.