Dreams That Shoud Not Be Interpreted


Numerous psychologists, psychoanalysts and other experts have made a great contribution to the dreaming practice and interpretation of dreams by a profound research of hidden psyche mechanisms and the unconscious language. They have collected a tremendous dream matter, precious and helpful.

Yet the imperfection of the formal psychological approach to dreams is the treatment of dreams as a product of the human consciousness only. The dreams are regarded as a side effect of our vital functions rather than a particular world necessary for the dream magic. The problem of dream interpretation from the formal psychological position lies in symbolic explanation of ALL dreams, whether this way is applicable or not.

The method of symbolic interpretation cannot be used for any dream (see my article "Interpretation of Symbolic Dreams"). Some dreams tell you directly about real events. Moreover, some dreams should not be explained because the important things can be lost. The dreams where a shaman/witch/wizard meets the representatives of the Other World, where a shaman or a witch gain guides and helpers, are precious as they are. If an ancestor comes to the shaman in a dream, a psychologist would tell something about symbolization of some person being emotionally significant for the dreamer, and the problems related to this person. Probably the psychologist is right. Yet the psychologist risks missing one more possible and very important interpretation of this dream: the ancestor did come and bring some important direct message to the dreamer.

The dreams of some teaching and guiding creatures should not always be understood from the position of symbols. Very often such dreams must be interpreted word for word.

Sometimes you can dream of the teachers. If you tell this dream to your psychologist, you will be explained about the "unity with your Shadow". This is true, to some extend. Yet your psychologist misses the essential thing about your dream: your teacher appeared indeed to teach you something real rather than symbolic. The objects you get in your dreams can become real magical instruments than can be copied in your real life (but sometimes it is quite enough that you owe them in your dream, as it is also a reality).

The art of symbol reading includes the skill of following the signs received in the dreams. Such signs are very often symbolic. However, some dreams contain direct messages that should be perceived as they are.

At the beginning of the 20th century Schultz wrote his novels about American Indians basing upon real stories. One of his books tells about an Indian woman whose husband never returned from his trip. She was waiting for him, as she did not believe in his death. After a while the woman had repeating dreams showing her the land of another tribe where she should had search for her husband. One day she went there. The people from another tribe told her that they know nothing about her missing husband. But the Indian woman saw horsemen and recognized the horses belonging to her husband; and she saw bracelets of her husband on the arms of those men. Then she realized was her husband had been killed.

This rather tragic story demonstrates the attitude to dream information characteristic for "dreaming cultures". The woman did not interpret her dream symbolically. She just got up and started for the place pointed in her dream. The North American dreaming tradition considers that in such dreams either a soul leaves the body and travels to the world of spirits or the spirits come to the person.

Sometimes the information is not told by words. In this case a dreamer has a feeling of "another world" and some kind of a "touch". The information cannot be directly transmitted by spoken language.

Hence, I would like to concern the dreams that cannot be interpreted in this section. I am going to provide a description of some distinguishing features of such dreams. You will be able to make rather clear understanding by descriptions and references.

The search for distinguishing features will take us to fairy tales and myths, where the heroes contact the creatures from the Other World.

I would like to repeat, that your first question when interpreting a dream should be: Can this dream mean the real state of things?" (See "Interpretation of Symbolic Dreams").

One girl told me the dream she had the night before September 11, 2001. In her dream she, her husband and her kids were in the aircraft that had to be blown up. This dream cannot be interpreted. This is an image of a real future (luckily, not HER future) that was actually ready at the moment of dreaming, and became inevitable. The spirit of this woman reached the layer of that information and read it. I had a different dream that very night - a great ocean wave took up the people who swam in a lake nearby. I was safe, but they got drowned. I had a feeling of a natural catastrophe and my personal actual safety. The dream of that girl should be understood as it is, but my dream is allegoric.

How to tell the dreams that cannot be interpreted from those that can be? Rely on the dream context, your experience and intuition.


(с) Zau Targiski

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