What Dreams May Come
In modern times, these two schools of thought are in competition with one another. Many people seek assistance from mental health professionals such as psychiatrists and psychologists, when they are confronted with a recurring dream or nightmare. Likewise, others seek out modern practitioners of dream meaning and interpretation, as well as astrology and other ancient practices. This article is not meant to condone or condemn either method. For example, one who ascribes to ancient principles of dream meanings might ask you what occurred during the dream. A common one that many people experience is a dream where the person loses their own teeth. According to online research, the dream meanings associated with losing teeth, demonstrates a person’s fear of change and alteration of routine.
The presence of animals such as lions, dragons, snakes, and rams also contain their own individual dream meanings, which are widely associated with and influenced by the person’s culture. For example, a Westerner might include that the presence of the snake in a dream is a warning of bad things to come. Because the association drawn between the serpent and demonic forces by Judeo-Christian belief systems present in the West, Chinese and other Asiatic peoples might believe that the presence of a snake in a dream signifies intellect and wisdom. Dream meanings are difficult to understand because of the various cultural differences and the various dream meanings’ traditions which are present in nearly every culture. For instance, Native Americans have used traditional dream catchers to influence the meanings of their dreams for many years. These protective charms and interpretive techniques will allow you to sleep soundly no matter what dreams may come.
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