Dream, Dream, Dream: A New Definition

Clients will often ask this question: Is this dream something I’m working on from my past? They’ll comment how obscure their dreams are.


Dreams aren’t obscure. Our understanding of the dream is obscure. We feel puzzled and uncertain like we’re contending with an unsolved mystery. Dreams are precise in their own way, using their own special language: Symbolism.

Symbolism isn’t only in our dreams. It is a Universal Language, the language of intuition that can occur any moment — Soul-Speak. Dreaming is no longer confined to sleep or daytime activity. It’s moment-to-moment awareness.

I see dreams as a live feed of wisdom, ongoing communication with the Divine. Your dreams are your muse, life coach, Buddhist teacher, and built-in psychic, all in one.

Words and their implied meaning

Words fascinate me. Words are like potholes in the road, or rocket ships. Language can compress us, or set us free. That’s why I love symbolism, and study symbols everyday. A symbol evokes several layers of meanings, reaches in, and transforms the psyche.

The problem with not understanding our dreams may be in their definition. Let’s take a look at FreeDictionary.com’s definition of dreams (my favorite place to look up words). These are cultural definitions, definitions that we can update.

Take a look at Number 2, 3, and 4 below: Dreams are “a daydream, a reverie; a state of abstraction, a trance; a wild fancy or hope.” Reading these, I’m reminded of a conversation that would go something like this:

An established mountain hiker says to his friend, “I’m going to climb the Himalayas this summer,” and the friend’s response is, “You must be dreaming.”

You must be dreaming, meaning — not to be taken seriously. This is implied in these definitions. What’s implied in a word goes right into the unconscious. Words hypnotize us, especially in repetition. No wonder we question our spiritual experiences.

Although the verb “to dream” can mean “to imagine or to conceive of,” there’s an air of ambiguity, an association with vagueness and abstract notion. To help us believe in our mystical and spiritual experiences, to make them more tangible, we need succinct words to reflect these experiences. I’ve even noticed how computer spell checkers don’t acknowledge the word synchronicity (or I just need to update my spell checker 😉

Now, let’s brainstorm, wordplay, and rework some definitions together.

Dream (noun)

  • 1. A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep ~FreeDictionary.com
  • Redefinition: A series of images and symbols communicated directly from the Divine at any given moment.

  • 2. A daydream; a reverie. ~FreeDictionary.com

    Redefinition: A Divine message.

  • 3. A state of abstraction; a trance. ~FreeDictionary.com
  • Redefinition: Awareness; consciousness.

  • 4. A wild fancy or hope. ~FreeDictionary.com
  • Redefinition: Setting an intention.

  • 5. A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration. ~FreeDictionary.com
  • Redefinition: Fulfilling an intention with action.

  • 6. One that is exceptionally gratifying, excellent, or beautiful:
    involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. ~FreeDictionary.com
  • Redefinition: A profound, lucid dream; a vivid, Divine message.

The word “involuntarily” is used in these definitions. I see dreaming as voluntary action – a union with the Divine. We are receiving Divine messages, even though we may not recognize them. Receiving guidance is part of the gift package of being here – there is a manual.

Since I’m not coming up with a new word for dreams yet, for those of you who use Twitter, how about we start with Universal Tweet, or Divine Tweet? Other ideas?

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