Unfortunately, I don’t think many people realize just how beneficial dreams are. That is understandable considering how strange dreams can be. Who hasn’t had a dream of losing all their teeth or falling? Dreams like that are bizarre & seem to have no meaning & can be upsetting.
Dreams really can be beneficial though! In the past few years, I have started paying more attention to my dreams. They have taught me a great deal about the state of my mental health, helped me to figure out causes of my anxiety & work through trauma.
When I first started paying more attention to my dreams, I wondered if I was doing something wrong. Many so called psychics have claimed to have dreams about upcoming events or clues for solving crimes. Being a Christian, I didn’t want to engage in any behavior that would go against God’s word, & I believe that any dabbling in the occult does just that. To figure this out, I prayed & looked into the Bible for answers. What I learned was very interesting!
There are a lot of Scriptures about dreams in the Bible! In the book of Matthew, God speaks to Joseph in dreams. In the first chapter, Joseph has a dream where he is told that his fiancée Mary, is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. In the second chapter of Matthew, God uses a dream to tell Joseph to take Jesus & his mother away to Egypt. Later, he had another dream telling him it was safe to take them back to Israel.
There are also many examples in the Old Testament of God speaking to people in dreams. Daniel had dreams & Joseph interpreted dreams. In Numbers 12:6, God said that He speaks to prophets in dreams.
I’m pretty sure all this means dreams have value & shouldn’t be ignored!
If you are interested in learning from your dreams, then I encourage you to do it!
To do this, start paying attention to your dreams. Remember everything you can about them. What you were doing, who was in the dream, colors, objects, locations… everything can be important so it’s smart to remember every detail you can. These things may symbolize something important or be vital pieces to a puzzle.
It often helps to write things down, too. Writing can bring clarity that considering or talking about things doesn’t, so why not utilize that?
Find a good dream dictionary, too. I like dreammoods.com, but there are other websites & countless books available. No doubt you can find a dictionary that you really like either in print or online.
Remember that dreams aren’t always significant, so you probably won’t remember every dream you have. The brain is constantly processing information, no matter if the information is good, bad or indifferent. If you don’t remember a dream, then chances are it had no real significance for you at this time. It is simply your brain processing some type of information.
The most important thing I have found to do to help understand dreams is to pray. God will help you to understand & get the most benefit from your dreams. When they are nightmares rather than dreams, He will comfort you as well as teach you what they mean. Let Him help you!