“The fact that all persons, or many, suppose dreams to possess a special significance, tends to inspire us with belief in it” –Aristotle, On Prophesying by Dreams
"I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream" -Numbers 12:6
Dream work is probably my absolute favorite form of spiritual work that I regularly perform, both for myself and others. Every single person has access to dreams thus it is something that everyone can do. It only takes a little bit of effort and maybe a dream book to help us understand our dreams.
Some of my very first spiritual experiences involved with dreaming. I come from a family with a very strong belief in the power of dreams as well as mediumship through dreams. When I was young I would be visited in my dreams by good spirits and ancestors that had passed away, particularly my great grandmother. I would tell these dreams to my family and rather than seeing them as whimsical fantasies of a child, they would simply treat it as a visit from a relative and ask questions about what the spirits had to say. My dreams have served me as my main guide throughout my life, more so than even card-reading or scrying have.
There are several different ways that you can better understand your dreams and work with your dreams:
Find a dream book that you are comfortable with:
It’s important to understand that dream books are somewhat like personal dictionaries, there are variations because people (as well as cultures and time periods) differ on meanings. If you look through dream books and find one that clicks with you, you will find that as you understand the symbols in the book your dreams will sync with the meanings. It’s like finding a common language between you and your dreams.
There are several different kinds of dream books available, some are Predictive, that is, telling you things you may need to know for the future; some are Psychological, focusing more on your current inner state of being. Another type, which falls under Predictive, includes Lottery Dream books, where the Predictive meaning of your dream includes lottery numbers.
The dream book that I’ve used the longest is Dreamer’s Dictionary by Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett. I’ve had a copy of this book since I was very young, and this book has resonated with me fairly well over the years. This book is more of the ‘Predictive’ type. I also occasionally will reference The Dream Dictionary From A to Z by Theresa Cheung, which is more of the ‘Psychological’ type.
For those interested in Lottery books, I generally tend to recommend two books to clients: Aunt Sally’s Policy Players’ Dream Book andKansas City Kitty. I’ve found that Aunt Sally’s is more versatile and a better start for those just starting out with Dream Work as it’s a combination of Predictive meanings and numbers (also, here in New York state we have a Lottery very similar to Policy) whereas my clients that are a bit more savvy with gambling and the lottery tend to prefer Kansas City Kitty, as it’s just numbers.
Some of my family members actually use their own system of Lottery dreaming techniques which don’t generally revolve around Lottery books, however, two books that I’ve seen other members of my family use with success (though I personally have not used these books) are the Three Wiseman and Red Devil lottery books.
Record your dreams in a journal:
For some people remembering their dreams can be difficult, and recording important details upon waking can help interpret a dream. These entries don’t need to be poetic or detailed descriptions, in fact just recording a few key words is the most important thing you can do, as most dream books focus on just one or two key words in interpreting a dream.
So for instance, let’s say you had a dream where you are driving a car down a country road. Think to yourself: what is the main subject of this dream to me? the car? the country road? Then look this meaning up in a dream book. If you prefer the Psychological approach, you can look at the dream as a whole, but generally speaking most dream books focus on one or two main details that you feel are the main subject of the dream.
Sometimes you don’t necessarily need a dream book to find a meaning. The way my grandma described how to dream of numbers is simple: “say you have a dream where you’re at a grocery store, and you overhear someone say ‘I’d like three cantaloupes!’ You then would go out and bet the number three.” Now, this is a very simple form, and you can do all sorts of numerology to come up with other numbers, but that’s the gist of how it’s generally done.
By recording your dreams, you not only are essentially building your own dream dictionary, but are keeping a very important account of any guidance that you receive from Spirit.
Encourage prophetic/spiritual dreams:
There are several simple techniques you can do to encourage spiritual dreams:
Before going to bed you can prepare a tea to help you relax while you quietly meditate or pray to open your mind to ensure good, prophetic, or lucky dreams. You can find several ‘sleepy-time’ style teas made in stores. You can also brew a tea with herbs such as Jasmine that are said to have properties that induce dreams and visions.
You can prepare (or have prepared for you) a small sachet, mojo bag, or gris-gris to keep under your pillow or on your person filled with herbs and curios to help gently open your mind to spiritual dreams.
You can use spiritual supplies such as candles and incense that are created specifically for attracting prophetic and lucky dreams. These can be found online or in most Botanicas, Occult Stores, and New Age shops.
You can place a clear glass or bowl of water on your nightstand (some say under the bed as well) to ensure clarity, promote spiritual power, and encourage good dreams.
By incorporating some of these simple activities and tips into your regular routine, you will find that your dreams will begin to be clearer, prophetic, and filled with guiding wisdom that you can use on your own spiritual journey.