The History of Dreams Interpretation
Interpretation of dreams by dream experts may be almost as old as dreaming itself. Every human being, and many animals included, dream. However, as far as we know, only humans have always been fascinated to uncover what actually causes dreams and their interpretations.
We can historically date ancient interpretation of dreams to least 3000-4000 B.C. We know this, because ideas and writings connected to dreams were recorded on clay tablets. It is thought that many indigenous peoples were unable or unwilling to distinguish between so called 'real world' and dream world. lots of the indigenous peoples around the world looked at the dream realm as merely an extension of their physical reality. In fact, many times they perceived the dream realm as more powerful than conscious reality.
The History of Dreams Interpretation
Dream interpretation was such a relevant skill in ancient Greek and Romans that dream interpreters often accompanied generals and other military leaders into battles. Dreams were placed in high regard and taken very seriously. Greeks and Romans amongst many other nations often viewed dreams as messages sent by their gods.
Dreams also had a spiritual context in ancient Egypt; priests often encompassed dream interpretation. Ancient Egyptians recorded much knowledge and information regarding their dreams; this was enscribed onto hieroglyphics. Those whose dreams were especially vivid or significant were thought to be blessed and were given special status in these ancient societies. Likewise, people who were able to interpret dreams were considered to receive these gifts directly from the gods, and they enjoyed a special status in society as well.
There are over 700 mentions of dreams in the Bible, and people in biblical times saw dreams as very significant. Dreams and their interpretations are mentioned in many of the most significant scriptures and other holy books.
In many cases, dreams were often seen as a form of prophecy. People often interpreted their dreams as omens or warnings and adjusted their activities accordingly. Dreams were often thought of as omens from deities, as messages from spirits, or as messages from departed souls. In some cases, dreams were even seen as the work of demons, meant to confuse and trouble the dreamer.
Dreams were so important that they often dictated actions of political and military leaders, affecting everything from the prosecution of a battle to the outcome of a political decision. Dreams were also thought to provide vital clues to healers, and they were used in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of illness.
Dreaming was often looked upon by indigenous peoples as a way to commune directly with gods and spirits, and dreams are still used in this way by cultures around the world. Many people believed, and some still do, that during dream sleep the soul leaves the body and communes with the spirit world.
The Chinese were one culture who believed that the soul left the body each night during dream sleep. They found that if the dreamer were suddenly awakened the soul may not be able to return to the body. That is why some Chinese are still leery about the use of alarm clocks. This is just one example of how ancient legends can linger into the modern world.
Some Mexican and Native American societies share this ancient view of the importance of dreams, and share the belief in a separate dimension that is visited during dream sleep. These people believed that their departed ancestors lived in their dreams, and that they were able to take forms like animals and plants. Thus dreams were seen as a way for them to commune with their recent and ancient ancestors, and to gather wisdom and knowledge that would serve them in their waking lives. Dreams were also seen as ways to gather information about their purpose or mission in life.
The respect for dreams changed radically early in the 19th century, and dreams in that era were often dismissed as reactions to anxiety, outside noises or even bad food and indigestion. During this period, dreams were thought to have no meaning at all, and interest in dream interpretation all but evaporated. This all changed, however, with the arrival of Sigmund Freud later in the 19th century. Sigmund Freud stunned the world of psychiatry by stressing the importance of dreams, and he revived the once dead art of dream interpretation.
I very much hope you found plenty of value in this article. A quick overview about the History of Dreams Interpretation can open our perspective about this subject. Come to your own conclusions and dream deeply.
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