Mystical Meaning of Dreams

According to many people Sigmund Freud is the father of psychoanalysis and especially dream interpretation And of course his student Carl Jung also is attributed to the father of dream analysis

But if we really look closely we see that three – three and a half thousand years before Freud and Jung, Yoseph, Jospeh, was the great dream interpreter And if we look in the torah, we see that there are actually ten dreams mentioned in the Chumash, in the 5 books of Moses, which is a lot of dreams for a relatively small book So that tells us how important dreams were in Jewish tradition, and how much honor and importance people put to them Some of these dreams are the most famous stories in the Torah Joseph and his dreams, and Pharaoh and his dreams that Joseph comes and interprets

And perhaps the most famous of them all is the dream of Jacob and the ladder Throughout the prophets more dreams are mentioned, and we're even told that many times the prophets received their prophecy in dreams or in a dream-like state So therefore the idea of dreams is not a modern, meaning dream analysis, is not a modern invention but it has its roots deep in the torah Even more than that, if we look in the Talmud, we see an amazing array of opinions as to what are the meaning of dreams And if we go through the various opinions, and I write about this extensively in my book The Mystical Meaning of Dreams, there seems to be contradicting views of what dreams are

Anywhere from dreams are prophetic to dreams are nonsense, and everything in between So we would ask, well which opinion is right? The way we learn in Judaism in general and especially the Talmud is that these views are not really contradicting each other at all, they are giving us different aspects of what dreams are And so therefore there are certain dreams that are ridiculous, and there are some dreams that are messages from God And there are dreams that tell us about our deepest potential, our deepest fears and hopes Some dreams come from what we eat and drink

And therefore we can actually construct what we'll call a ladder of dreams Just like Jacob's dream, he saw angels going from above to below and below to above, they were going on the rungs of the ladder, if we analyze it carefully, we see that different levels of the soul will manifest different types of dreams Therefore the more animal soul is more connected to if we over eat or drink or if someone take drugs or has gone through an operation and is very drugged up It will affect in a major way the type of dreams we're having In other words the body itself produces the image of the dreams

We have other dreams that the talmud says explicitly just like modern psychology says, that dreams review what happens to us during the day But its the subconscious and the unconscious that is playing back, in symbolic terms, its take of what our life is going through And then there are type of dreams where we try to solve our problems and therefore we dream about what is bothering us and we get messages in our dreams of how we can actually fix this And then there are dreams that connect us to our deepest potential and our mission in life And here we bordering actually on prophecy

And then the highest level of dreams is when God actually sends us a message through sometimes angels or God Himself is giving us a message And many many people have experienced dreaming about something and then it comes true, and this is a very startling thing So we see that dreams emanate from different parts of the soul, from our emotional state, our psychological state, our soul state, our body, and therefore produces all kinds of different dreams And its fascinating to see how modern psychology mirrors the opinions in the Talmud and the various stories in the Torah