Dreaming is an important aspect of the Oral Tradition. In most world cultures, dreams were considered to be sacred and sent from the world of Spirit to help us better understand ourselves and deepen our processes as human beings. Dreams were sent for healing, guidance on issues of Spirituality and as symbols on how to live and love from the interior psychic space to the outside world.
Dreams are like mirrors, they give us feedback on how we “look” in Psyche’s eyes.  Whatever the dream reflects to us is the truth of that moment in our reality.  Dreams often wake us up to situations or problems which are causing us harm or “affliction”.  When we peer into the reflection of the dream-mirror, we are invited to work with these images in resolving the life potentialities Psyche has shown us.

 
Buddhist Tradition
The Conception of the Buddha-to-be
Queen Māyā and King Suddhodhana did not have children for twenty years into their marriage. According to legend, One full moon night, sleeping in the palace, the queen had a vivid dream. She felt herself being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas. After bathing her in the lake, the devas clothed her in heavenly cloths, anointed her with perfumes, and bedecked her with divine flowers. Soon after a white elephant, holding a white lotus flower in its trunk, appeared and went round her three times, entering her womb through her right side. Finally the elephant disappeared and the queen awoke, knowing she had been delivered an important message, as the elephant is a symbol of greatness in Nepal.

 

Fanny Brewster, Ph.D. Copyright © 2012