The Mystical Meaning of Dreams - Part Two
There are many planes of conscious experience, each plane having its own set
of laws. (the way things behave).
Behind every experience is a more primary, abstract experience of that
'thing'. Whether the experience is 'REAL' or Symbolic depends on whether you
experience it directly or indirectly.
Our Symbols can be categorized into three major types: Personal, cultural ,
and Universal. Personal symbols are those which are unique for each individual,
depending upon our psychology and previous experiences. The jet airplane is an
exhilarating thought to some, but terrifying to others. A juicy steak is a
positive symbol for the cattle rancher, but to the organic vegetarian?
Cultural symbols are those which are common to a country or ethnic group, but
which have no meaning, or a totally different meaning in another culture. The
Stars & Stripes represent freedom for the American. The spinning wheel
represents freedom for the Indian. Snakes are a symbol of spiritual potency in
some parts of the world, but demonic to others.
Universal symbols, or Archetypes, are those which transcend the other two
categories. They are basic ideas, shapes, or force fields, where the details
aren't filled in yet. The circle, the square, and the triangle, light and
darkness, up and down are such symbols.
Our goal is to discover where we're at, personally, culturally, and
symbolically. When we know our personal symbols, we can improve our daily life.
When we know our cultural symbols, we can transcend our biases. When we have
understood and balanced on personal and cultural levels, we will be able to
obtain reliable information from the 'higher', more Universal levels.
Start two journals - a daily journal and a dream journal. For the next few
weeks, make notes about the people, places and things you experience most often
in waking life and in your dreams. Next to each, classify it as basically a
Personal, Cultural, or Universal. Which type is most prevalent in your
dreams? Again, are there themes?