ON DREAMING, A SEARCH FOR KNOLEDGE OF THE SELF. FIRST PART.

Snorkeling

“God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man”

Ibn Arabi

I wouldn’t even know where to start, this business about dreaming it’s so extensive, let me just say for many years as far back as when I was a child maybe no more than five, or six years of age I was intrigued and interested on dreams, in my natal chart I have a very close conjunction Venus with Mars in Pisces, on the fourth  house, making a trine with Uranus in Cancer on the eight house.

Antique Planisphere Celeste Zodiac Map

Another thing that fascinated me at the time was snorkeling, and diving on the Ocean, did quite a lot of it until of course other prosaic but normal occupations took me away from it, like trying to make a living by working, now I realize that dreaming and diving were connected, you dive to see an underworld beneath the waters, just as you dive within  your subconscious dreams in search of a hidden  treasure.

And there’s a veritable cornucopia of treasures hidden within our Self, and dreams can be a gate to them.

And for that, first we need to be able to decipher symbols, since the language of dreams is not a straightforward language, or very rarely the case. but a tangle of apparently confused images, with a thing of reality, those images lack a coherence, or a logic of our awaken state.

lost-confused-unsure-unclear-perplexed-disoriented-bewildered-signs

Voltaire said: ‘Why do we dream in our sleep if we have no soul? and, if we have one, how is it that dreams are so incoherent and extravagant?’

Voltaire was a clever fellow, but I guess he was not aware we dream on a symbolic language of images, rather than logical phrases, and its for that reason we need to study Symbology, or Symbolism, since some people refuse to give it a status of a science, to the study of the language, or science of dreams. Sorry folks some philologists, or linguistics if you care to split hairs, had evolved to the point they have not reconciled yet, language with symbols in languages, not to speak of dreams, separated now to the study of texts, or mere fussy Grammarians, who of course are not interested in Jungian psychology, or care to dwell on it.

Old Books  My point just because people are too specialized on something it doesn’t mean you cannot be eclectic, and climb to higher point of view, where you can see the connection between symbol, dream, and even language if in need to do so.

In dreams there are no barriers to the expression of the soul through symbols that may be apprehended, to bring light, and coherence, to what may resemble a Picasso on a bad day.

Mural_del_GernikaBut I will not mince words, in order to dwell into the study of dreams you require lot of intuition, and a long time of the study of symbols, I guess its a call, not something that you may be undecided as when its time to go to college, and you may make a compromise on lack of a true vocation, to become a Dentist, or an Engineer, rather than a Lawyer.

We all are attracted to different things according to our temper, character, family history, genetics, proclivities, and what not, so to be a dream interpreter it’s a call. Or you may stumble into it, like Ali Baba into the cave of the 40 thieves.

Ali Baba On The Treasure Cave

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52 Responses to ON DREAMING, A SEARCH FOR KNOLEDGE OF THE SELF. FIRST PART.

  1. B says:

    To learn to interpret, decipher & understand the language of symbolism is to acquire the key which unlocks the universe…

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, indeed, and a little bit of a calling for a higher wisdom, a keen eye connected to a good heart, to observe things, and events, and correlate them.
      Thank you!

  2. I use symbolism as an integral part of my storytelling.

  3. Good to read. I hope that your move has gone well.
    So much I could say here. Alas, this departs into the realms of that which I’m reluctant to write about here. I’m particularly attentive to my own dreams, especially things that diverge from usual patterns, or that which becomes visceral. About five years back, I wrote “Voices” about a particular dream that emerged while ski-touring the Northern Japan Alps with my husband. I think that knowing when dreams are sheltering us from our own egos can result in a better understanding of things, if not some degree of life change.
    As always, good wishes (and good dreams) to you.

    • theburningheart says:

      We all dream, some may forget dreams easily, or dismiss them as nonsense, I am one of those who pay attention to dreams, like most ancient people do, in English we call them Indigenous people, or Natives, Tribal, etc. Today even Western educated psychologist, or psychoanalyst have being drawn into the study of dreams, still some other educated people with different field of knowledge dismiss them as not reliable, and a sort of studies bordering on the hocus pocus realm.
      In fact a dream I remember vividly now close to thirty years ago, an old man told me, as he pointed to a book on a table: only wise men, and so call primitive indigenous people, understand this book” At the same time he showed me a book with all kind of symbols on it.
      After talking briefly with me he send me on my way, but I got, that he was pointing out we need to rely on symbols to understand dreams.
      I will not elaborate further, but since an early age as a child, dreaming has being an important part of me, and guide me, specially on the most difficult times of my life, and to me, not paying attention to them, or dismiss them as nonsense, well its something I will not do, period.
      I know people are reluctant to talk about it, or admit to give some credit to them, also, and I respect that. Some dreams are totally private, and we do not need to reveal.
      Than you for your comment.

      • A characteristic of my dreams is that, with very few exceptions, they include no living people in them. I’ve always understood that there’s a sort of shield from full access to the subconscious going on… for reasons I won’t say in a public venue. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve also started to wonder if there’s some truth to Jung’s idea of a collective unconscious. I don’t ignore my dreams either. I’d be very interested in this book you mention.

      • theburningheart says:

        As I mentioned some dreams its better to keep private, others we can share specially after the events of the dream in question we have understood, or had explained a situation, or whatever the dream was about, it’s in the past, and we are aware of the correlation between event, and dream.
        Now the book I mention, saw was in the dream itself, not a physical book, however there is many books about dream interpretation, but not all of them are good, Ibn Sirin book its decent, there also many dictionary of dreams, some alright, but dreams require a sharp intuition honed through years of paying attention to them, a dream diary its a good idea, later you re-read it and find astonishing things you may not realize, at the time you wrote them.

      • I used to write my dreams in my journal right after waking up. Doing that for just a few years, I learned that it became both easy to remember them, and to tell when they were important. BTW–This also has an effect on one’s ability to remember events during “twilight” anesthesia. I also recognize that to at least some extent that I generally know that I am dreaming, or at least that the reality has an alternate set of rules. I’ve mentioned in some other conversations here that at times when I had engineering problems loaded into my mind, that I could still recognize general logical relationships, but that I could not perform mathematical calculations ordinarily doable in my head.

        There’s only one important dream that I’ve never understood, dating back probably thirty years. It’s kept me watching for something. Usually, I’ll understand an important dream within a day… more often as soon as I really think about it. I’ve found some essays regarding Ibn Sirin. Very interesting. The limit of my ability to discuss the topic isn’t with regard to the specific subject matter. I shall watch for the other book you mention.

      • theburningheart says:

        For what you said, you are well acquainted to watch over your dreams and gain information of what the dream its all about, few people do that, and most are totally unaware, and dismiss dreams just as nonsense.
        Yes, important dreams you never forget, and some you can tell right away, or need quite sometimes to figure out, but eventually if you care enough, you will figure out.
        Another book its the Oneroicriticon, I am not sure but I believe its based on Ibn Sirin, and maybe other Indian, and Muslim sources, it cost a fortune! Anyway I had read it in the library quite a few years ago.
        Take care dear!

  4. Don Ostertag says:

    As always, you got me thinking. Gave me something to day dream about.

  5. In my book “The clan of the cave bear” I learn what it means for the girl Ayla to have been given a powerful symbol, such as the Cave Lion, as a totem or accompanying spirit!
    Tank you, Mr. Brogido, for your challenging news and for your sign of life:)
    All the best Martina

    • theburningheart says:

      I am glad that you like reading books, and travel all over the glove to bring us nice posts about your adventures.
      I only publish about once a month, but I am regular, and I am always busy reading books, and dealing with the vagaries of life the unexpected, things like moving to a new place, if somewhat unwillingly.
      Best wishes to you Martina!
      Brígido

      • You know, I have been thinking of you this last months and I very much hope that you have found a new home!:) I also think that it is amazing that you still had the energy to write a new post, despite your problems! I have to cut down my presence on the computer, because of my eyes!
        By the way, I mentioned “The clan of the cave bear”, because in that novel symbols are very important!
        I wish you a more quiet time and a lot of interesting dreams:)
        Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        Yes, I have found a new place, those are the good news, the bad news, I have not moved yet, since the place its not quite ready, I am living with everything packed already, but on standby, waiting for the place to be finally ready, and its not easy to do things when suddenly you need something, and its already packed in a box!
        The the good thing my current landlord its aware of my problem, and she is related to the new landlord by marriage, he is her brother in-law, so she knows why I am delayed, and she is waiting patiently, and so do myself, so the worst its not over yet. (The actual moving) 😢🤦‍♂️

      • I hope you do not dispair!! We have lived more or less like this until the other day, because of the consequences of the hailstorm and the water we had in the house! At least you get some help from your actual landlord. I keep my fingers crossed for you and the final enery you will need!
        In the meantime I wish you many interesting dreams and I hope that you will find out their meaning:)

      • theburningheart says:

        Thank you Martina, fortunately I do not worry much about things are not on my hands to change.
        And thank you for your best wishes, dreams come and go, some few are important, most are not, we all have a way to recognize the important ones.
        Best regards to you Martina.

  6. You are so right: in dreams there are no barriers to the expression of the soul through symbols!
    Great post

  7. ptero9 says:

    Knowledge of the self, yes!

    It seems though, that as much as I’ve come to understand from dreams, there remains a sense of mystery as to what they are, and specifically, how is it that we dream. While in the dream, and it’s our waking awareness that necessarily speaks from what is remembered, the experience feels as real as waking life.

    But how is this possible! Is the body left behind during sleep? Are dreams happening in the mind? And why does my dreaming self seem to encounter the dream world in ways that often surprise me?

    Those are my questions, but perhaps it is the dream’s mystery that also provides, somewhat insistently and often provocatively, an insistence of the waking self’s limitations of what we can know and understand about the nature of existence.

    • theburningheart says:

      We have all kinds of dreams, and in fact we forget 99% of them, we only remember those who impress us, by their content, beauty, special, scary, mysterious, incomprehensible, foreboding, and any other qualifying adjective you can think off!
      But they can be a great tool to guide us, prepare us for the future, and to gain wisdom, in the process we call existence, or plain living with a Human conscience.
      Thank you Debra for your comment, we appreciate it.😊

  8. katelon says:

    Thanks for following my blog! I appreciate it. We call upon information from our dreams in the work John and I do. I’ve always enjoyed dreaming, while asleep or awake. I’ve had many lucid dreams, too.

    • theburningheart says:

      I believe they had found animals dream too, however there is great wisdom who can be gained through dreams, ancient cultures knew that, today many people are curious about dreams, but most just do not care, or too busy with their life in the awakening state, to pay any attention to them.
      Lucid dreams are cool, but we gain more from symbolic dreams, since they tell us through symbol to things we need to pay attention to, they speak to us in a non linear, or rational language, and therefore the need to interpret them correctly.
      Thank you Katelon!

  9. kethuprofumo says:

    Dreams are the most precious treasures we keep. Just people don’t realize that.

  10. foodinbooks says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I’ve always tried to analyze my own dreams and specifically the people and symbols in them so it is nice to know other people do the same. And I truly hope your move has gone smoothly. Having gone through a similar one, I can completely relate.

    • theburningheart says:

      To be aware of the importance of some dreams its normal for some people, most I am afraid do not pay attention to them until they dream something, and as result of their carelessness they end on big trouble!
      But that its the nature of Mankind, we learn the hard way.
      So keep an eye on your dreams, as you mention.
      My moving has turn into a “mañana” Twilight Zone, common south of the border, but in turn I do no worry either, just waiting until they will come to me and say:
      “Here its the new contract, and here are the keys.”
      Then I will put my engine on gear.
      As for now, I seat comfortably behind my computer and I seep my chai tea, with not a care in the world, later today may go out to chat with friends to a coffee shop.
      Thank you for your comment, and for caring, keep the reading, and the recipes coming.😊

  11. selizabryangmailcom says:

    When it comes to dreaming, my husband and I are complete opposites. I think I might remember a snippet of a PARTIAL dream a few times a year, maybe. That’s it! Otherwise I remember nothing. I never remember my dreams! I feel like that’s sort of unnatural, possibly, haha. But my husband–
    oh my god. Not only does he remember, but he’ll have the WEIRDEST dreams. A few times he’s dreamed up entire ideas for screenplays.
    Well, here’s hoping things smooth out for you in this move of yours. But it’s good that you’re not worried. Worry’s like a rocking chair. You rock and don’t get anywhere! 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, some people are into paying attention to their dreams, most are not, unless they are very impressed by the particular dream, usually you only remember the dream you had just before waking up, and even if you are impressed by it, the details fade with time, sometimes as fast as you got up off bed, you forget. There’s have to be a conscious effort on our part to remember them, a dream diary it’s a good help if you keep it by the side of the bed, and it’s the first thing you do after waking up, your husband may be a good candidate to keep a diary of dreams, and writing screenplays the perfect job for a person to remember his dreams!
      Some people even affirm they do not dream, we all dream, they just do not remember, scientists have proven that, even animals dream, since the 1950s, scientists have found some pretty convincing, though indirect, evidence that many other mammals and birds do indeed dream. Almost all mammals and birds that have been studied – from dogs and cats to duck-billed platypuses, and even reptiles – seem to go into this stage of Rapid Eye Movement sleep, observed when we dream.

      Thank you for your comment!😊

  12. stolzyblog says:

    Occasionally dreams are meetings, encounters with another being. Not always humans. These have a special quality to them which distinguishes them. It is very difficult to describe. We are in an adjacent world or sphere when we sleep, and the mode of consciousness we can normally muster forth in this sphere is what we experience as the dream. Our precision, our reason faculty, is mostly amiss there, though I find we can still calculate and deliberate, but our will is almost entirely asleep to us and so what we strive for does not occur or approach nearer, rather various beings (and our own elusive life memories) fill the empty resulting space with symbolic ‘answers’ to our willed questing.

    These are some of my observations and feeling about dreams of late.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, dreams are messages of the Self, that on each individua manifest different things according to the particular needs of the person in question, and can be as variated as the whole Human experience, and the moment they manifest, most of us remember little of them, if we are not on the habit of paying attention.
      And yes, we can enter dimensions which are not of this World, and have oneiric contact with another being, the way you describe it.
      A particular person will have dreams according to what about is his/her life, and well, the possibilities are infinite.

      Thank you for commenting, we appreciate it.

  13. Thank you. I love being eclectic and I’d never connected diving with dreaming either. Hoping this finds you safe and well.

    • theburningheart says:

      I am glad that you find my two cents of information helpful, being a dreamer, and sort of eclectic all my life, it was no coincidence I took to snorkeling, and diving, it was later that I made the obvious connection.
      Thank you for your comment, and best wishes, likewise to you. So far the only one to comment on the particular diving part, other inclinations, and proclivities, are like love for traveling to foreign countries, being a sailor, Jason and the Argonauts, searching for the Golden Fleece, becoming a pilot to be able to fly, in general traveling, or be fascinated by Astronomy, and becoming an astronaut, to explore other planets, speleology, or mining, Ali Baba’s cave of the treasures, look at all those people searching for hidden treasures, etc.
      Few care to look where it really matters.
      Within ourselves, and our own hearts..!

  14. Dalo 2013 says:

    Dreams are some of the most magical moments in life ~ and attempting to understand or explain the process and reasoning of dreams, I agree is almost impopssible. However, you a pretty good job with this line: “In dreams there are no barriers to the expression of the soul through symbols that may be apprehended, to bring light, and coherence, to what may resemble a Picasso on a bad day.” Amen to that 🙂 Wishing you well, and many exciting dreams yet to live.

    • theburningheart says:

      Hey, meanwhile there’s life, there is hope, we like to say, even as an old man my life its mainly behind of me, we will keep our spirits up. And we will also keep an eye on our dreams, I had gained a lot personally by meditating on my dreams, and writing some of them who at first they did not render their meaning easily, but time, and events bring fort, what the dream was all about.

      We also wish you the best, and thank you for your answer. 😊

      • Dalo 2013 says:

        While I’ve always thought about my dreams growing up, like you I too tend to meditate on the meaning and perhaps most the feeling experienced during the dream. This will always be a fascination for me. Cheers to you and yours, and take care ~ 🙂

      • theburningheart says:

        Yes, every detail in a dream it’s important, as what was the feeling the dream left in you, and many other details, even words spoken, that may not have an obvious connection, if you “chew thoroughly” on a dream the meaning may come suddenly as a revelation, obscure, and seemingly meaningless, at first, but then even very obvious , of course after you have grasped the meaning, not before.😉

      • Dalo 2013 says:

        For me the feeling of the dream is so powerful. There have been times where I cannot remember hardly anything about the dream – but the feeling/emotion being so strong that I think about it all morning 🙂 Thank you – wish you a good week ahead.

      • theburningheart says:

        As I mentioned, dreams are telling us something, especially when they are so strong that even if you forget about the dream, the emotion is there, a good reason to write your dreams the first thing you do after waking up, then even if not that day, or days later, each time you read the dream, the more chances you have to find out what it meant, and sometimes the dream can be prophetic about events that may happen some time later, you will be surprised how prophetic some dreams can be. Or they can reveal all kinds of things you never thought about on daily awake state. We all have a sixth sense, its just a matter to know how to benefit from it. On dream interpretation it’s very important to meditate on the dream, since rarely a dream has a clear, direct meaning, just to give you and example once after a girlfriend of mine broke up with me, I was very saddened by the fact, until she told me just one word in one dream: “Connecticut!”

        On waking up, couldn’t figure out why she will be telling me about the State of Connecticut?
        It took me a few hours to see it clearly, right there, in front of my eyes!🤦‍♂️

      • Dalo 2013 says:

        “We all have a sixth sense, its just a matter to know how to benefit from it.” This is something I’ve grown more interested in especially as we begin to understand the interconnectiveness throughout the natural world (the universe). And you are right, instead of brushing it off, meditate and delve into the why 🙂

      • theburningheart says:

        Absolutely!😊

  15. Thank you for this Mr Anaya – I agree, dream interpretation is something very subjective and personal. Sometimes when I see specific animals vividly in my dreams I look up the symbolism. I have recieved many answers through dreams, but have also learned not to consider all my dreams as signs … 😉 Hope you are well and that you are going to be in yout new place soon.
    Best wishes,
    Jean-Jacques

    • theburningheart says:

      Well there’s many sorts of dreams, but when you meditate on a dream, what I call to chew on a dream, as to digest it thoroughly, you may discover great Spiritual treasures.
      You can say I am in the final steps of moving, just a few more things to move, maybe by tomorrow it will be over, hopefully.
      Thank you for your concern.
      All the best for you, and blessings, Jean-Jacques. 😊

  16. Alessandra says:

    In astrology, sleep and dreams (with their symbolisms) are connected to the Moon, and therefore to the astrological sign of Cancer and to the fourth house. Interesting that you have Uranus in Cancer in the eighth house to the trine of other planets in the fourth house …. the eighth house, then, is particularly linked to the subconscious.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, I am glad you are knowledge on the Magna Science, yes, in fact those aspects made me curious from an early age to start the study of such a great Science, I could not be sixteen years of age, that I start to look for books that will guide me on my first studies, as well as to my irresistibly desire for Ocean diving, and snorkeling.
      And yes I have a Rising in Sagittarius and that put my fourth house in Pisces, where the conjunction of Venus and Mars makes the trine with Uranus, that by the way also made a a triple sextile to my Jupiter in Taurus on my Sixth house.

      Thank you Alessandra for your comment, we appreciate it.

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