By Marjorie Young
Dreams have fascinated us from the beginning. Traditionally, profound importance was attached to them, and any who might successfully interpret their hidden meaning came to be highly regarded. In the Old Testament, Joseph, a prisoner in Egypt, was appointed the Pharaoh’s chief advisor after solving the puzzle of that ruler’s perplexing visions. Abraham Lincoln, it is reported, dreamed of seeing himself in a coffin several days before his assassination. News stories have even told of those who have passed away, returning to loved ones in a dream with winning lottery numbers! But whether harbingers of things to come, or mere ‘noise’ from our subconscious, luminaries from Shakespeare to Freud have been endlessly fascinated by them.
I, like everyone else, dream nightly…while seldom recalling the details. Occasionally, however, I am visited by what I consider profound, ‘teaching dreams’ that allow me to learn something of intrinsic value. One very recent ‘vision’ had a particularly resonant impact.More ›