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is more to dreaming than we realize. Sometimes they can be such intense
experiences, so vivid and clear that we just KNOW they are signaling
something to us from deep within our subconscious minds. Dreams can
sometimes be so lucid that we remember them for days, yet so often
their meanings are shrouded in symbols that we really have to search
deep to decipher their meanings. LILLIAN TOO shares some of her thoughts on dream interpretations with us.
For dream interpretations to be accurate one needs to focus on the
ONE feature that stands out most while simultaneously recalling other
elements that made the dream vivid or memorable. Seven years ago I had
a special dream. I dreamt of white tigers and upon waking up in the
morning, I knew instantly the dream was a sign of some kind. It stayed
vivid in my mind for days.
In my dream, I was with Jennifer and I said to her, Â“Look darling
Â– a white tiger. Neither of us were afraid and that was strange.
Suddenly the tiger sprung down in front of us, jumping from the branch
of large tree and I said, Â“Wow, he is beautifulÂ”. Then Jennifer said
Â“Look Mummy, there is another one... Â” and she pointed at the tree
again and sure enough there was another white tiger high up on the
No one could tell me the meaning of that dream. It was a year later after I had met my spiritual guru, Lama Zopa Rinpoche
that I discovered the meaning of that dream. He presented me with a
thangka, a Tibetan painting of Buddha. The Buddha was seated on a
throne and in front of the throne I saw were paintings of two white
snow lionsÂ… and I realized my dream had been not of tigers but of snow
lions and they heralded the arrival of my guru into my life.
Since then I have been fascinated by the prophetic nature of dream
symbols and have come to realize that the greater the conviction one
has that a dream is prophetic, the more meaning it conveys. Here are
some dream situations that could be omens of some kind.
Dreaming of accidents indicate a deep-seated worry about something.
It suggests that in your worry you are overlooking something else that
requires your attention so it is your inner most mind shaking you to
look at something you have overlooked or are overlooking. If your dream
has you involved in an accident, it indicates you might be worried
about something being wrong with your body. Do go for a medical check
If you dream of being unfaithful to your spouse, it indicates that
you must be careful about confiding in someone. Be wary of new friends
coming into your life. They could betray your trust. If you dream of
being tempted to have an affair but did not, it means you will allow an
opportunity coming into your life to pass you by.
Dreaming of planes in flight indicate your creative mind working
overtime. If you were the pilot, you are in command of your situation,
and it means you have the freedom and ability to soar upwards and
outwards. It is a good dream. If you were a passenger, it suggests some
news coming into your life that could quite significantly change your
attitude about something or someone.
Dreaming of wild animals heralds good news about your business.
Placid animals are good omens unless they are threatening you or
fighting amongst themselves. Such a scenario suggests misunderstandings
arising within the work place. Dreaming of oneÂ’s pets usually has
little prophetic value. But dreaming of running horses means you will
outpace the competition.
Dreaming of your worries or of situations that occupy your mind
indicate they will soon be resolved, so this is a good sign. Generally,
anxiety dreams are not prophetic in nature. They simply reveal the
anxious state of your mind.
Dreaming of birds is incredibly prophetic and the news is often
beneficial, but how good the good luck coming your way also depends
what kind of birds you dream of. Usually the more beautiful and
spectacular the bird, the better the indications are. There will be
opportunities coming that will make you soar into the skies. Birds in
flight suggest you are already in orbit. Birds are believed to be the
messengers of the Gods or of the higher inner self. They usually bring
good news that in some way prepares you for greater fame and glory.
Birds also suggest recognition and great fame. They herald the
blossoming of your own creative impulses.
Bride / Bridegroom
Dreaming of brides suggest purity of intention. If you were the
bride (or bridegroom) it suggests some hidden wish becoming fulfilled.
If you dream that you kissed a bride, it means an inheritance is coming
your way and if you dream of catching the brideÂ’s bouquet, it suggests
that you should rethink your lifeÂ’s priorities.
Bright colours in your dreams indicate happiness in general. There
is joyousness in the air. But if any of the following colours dominate,
note the meanings:
indicates you will get out of your difficulties and problems.
suggests triumph over difficulties.
indicates a loss of temper, but can also mean danger.
indicates overseas travel.
suggests situations getting postponed.
indicates unusual success.
suggests happiness in store.
indicates the way ahead.
indicates success in everything.
This is the most famous of the contrary dreams where the meaning is
the exact opposite of what it suggests. Dreaming of death indicates a
letting go and rejuvenation of life. So death suggests a transformation
and the need to be brave, and to revitalize yourself.
Dreaming of funerals always indicate a watershed in oneÂ’s life -
funerals suggest a Â“letting goÂ” of something - perhaps an attitude,
an old relationship or situation. The dream is advising you to walk out
of an old situation. Dreaming of funeral is also a warning against
succumbing to temptation.
Dreaming of a fight often suggests some hidden grievance that must
be resolved - otherwise when it does surface it could explode.
Dreaming of fire always means success if you are looking at the
fire from a distance - then the larger the fire, the brighter will be
your success. Fire also lays bare your deepest emotions suggesting a
release and a letting go of your anger or your hidden passion. This is
a good dream.
Dreaming of flowers is generally a good omen suggesting happiness. Flowers are symbolic of beauty.
Dreaming of frogs is a good omen. In fact dreaming of frogs is
usually prophetic of a sudden windfall of cash coming into your life.
It is the same as dreaming of red bats. Frogs should be green in your
dream as these are the good fortune frogs.
This dream is telling you are dissatisfied with your life and that
something is missing. If you have recurrent dreams about food, you
should give in and indulge yourself. Give yourself a hearty meal and
blow the diet for a day at least.
Dreaming of a killing or of death suggests rejuvenation, a rebirth.
It is prophesizing that you can successfully shrug off an old attitude,
or an old expectation. A negative indication of this dream is that your
lack of courage could well get you into trouble.
If you dream of being kissed by someone, it suggests a romantic
liaison of some kind. Be alert to your feelings. If you see yourself
smiling with pleasure, the omens are favourable. Feelings of
ambivalence usually suggest eventual disenchantment.
Climbing a mountain indicates some sort of quest or project is
coming your way. Successfully reaching the top indicates success.
Mountains also indicate a need to overcome some major obstacles that
stand in your way. Such dreams usually mean you should prepare yourself
for something big thatÂ’s coming into your life. How things work out
depends on you and how you react. Not everyone likes to climb a
Dreaming of being nude suggests you have a secret and you worry
about being discovered. If you dream of catching someone naked it means
you will uncover a plot, or find out about a secret that was not
disclosed to you. Dreaming about it suggests your inner consciousness
somehow suspects some deceit is at hand.
Dreaming of being Â‘frozenÂ” is a common dream. It suggests a
feeling of impotence, of helplessness in the face of some situation.
Maybe it is better to lie low for a while.
When you dream that you are running away from something, it
suggests a deep-seated fear of some kind. It also means being
overwhelmed by a situation or by a person. The best way to overcome
such fears is to try to turn round and confront whatever or whoever you
are running away from.
Dreaming of snakes means a warning of some kind. Snakes are said to
be secret guardians. If the snake gets killed in your dream, it is bad
omen, so you must be wary.
This indicates the tangled web you weave coming back to haunt you.
Spiders generally suggest bad luck and if you dream of spiders being
killed, it means your troubles will be overcome and resolved soon.
Finally, a dream of water is an excellent sign. Dreaming of a
waterfall indicates material wealth coming to you. In fact, any kind of
water flow indicates enhanced income. Dreaming of a calm lake or a
great expanse of water is a good sign especially if the water is clean.
Dirty water suggests danger. If you dream of going fishing, it means
you are about to set out on an important business venture. If you dream
of successfully catching fish, it is a good omen.
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (May/June 2004)". To subscribe, please click here.