Is Dream Interpretation Hokey Or Holy?
Posted by: Brittney Zellner
Is interpreting a dream legitimate?
Is dream interpretation hokey or holy? I know people who think they can do it and people who are like, “It’s totally bonk!” Sure, as believers in the Messiah, we read about God speaking to humans through dreams in the scriptures but that’s probably just like special circumstance stuff right??
I mean, I’ve had lots of dreams and I don’t ever remember seeing what I imagine God looks like just chatting it up with me while I sleep, although, I imagine some of you have.
Flying cars? Check.
Cartoon people and ufos? Check.
Army tanks emerging from the ground and me and many faceless people held hostage? Check check.
…but no regular old, “You should leave your country, Abraham,” type dreams.
It is likely for this reason that many people think their dreams are meaningless.
And I totally get it.
It also doesn’t help that there is a whole “new age” thing happening out there where people make dream interpretation out to be some kind of mother earth spiritual voodoo psychic-like ability.
Additionally, there’s the “super pseudo, psycho, Jung, Freud strictly science-y approaches that try to break everything down into an evolutionary mistake” explanation that annoys the sugar out of me…but without the truth of our existence and the Holy Spirit in their life what else should they think?
What’s worse are the dream interpreters who are believers out there (no not all of them…but some) that act like it’s a hokey super-spiritual thing that only they can do and because we don’t really have too many other options we just believe them.
After years of wading through all the confusion, I stuck to my belief that God is smarter than all of us and doesn’t do a single thing for no reason, even if we do. I learned to interpret dreams from God but not in some magical way that only a select few have a shot at randomly. I just kept reminding myself, “He wants you to know.” I remembered the scripture in Jeremiah 33:3:
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
and from Proverbs 2:6
“For the Lord gives wisdom: out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”
I kept basing all my logic on the foundation of the Torah, Prophets, Writings, and New Covenant in that order and as long as I built my knowledge up from those, kept my prayer life strong, and read the word daily, the revelations began to flow.
“What kind of revelations?” you ask?
Not the kind of revelations that only special people have about the end of the world. They were simple. The kind that makes you go “Aha! Now that makes sense!”
I had to trust what God was saying and trust that He was in me. That is to say, I had to put myself in a place where I knew that I knew nothing. It’s been hard but the revelations keep flowing and that’s been wonderful.
What purpose is there in knowing?
After figuring out these simple yet mind-shattering truths about dreams, I wanted to use what people told me was a “gift” to really make a difference.
So, after mostly self-interpretation, I went through a phase of guiding one person at a time through their dream. I was doing it quite randomly. Whomever God brought into my life and asked, I would help.
People are surprisingly excited to know what their dreams mean but not so excited to try and figure it out themselves. Therefore, it never even crossed my mind that teaching dream interpretation was what I should do.
Furthermore, dream interpretation takes a surprising amount of time and meditation (the prayerful, not the mother earth kind) and if you don’t know the person’s life and personal story at least a little then it takes even more time. In fact, for me, it started to take up so much of my time that I was urged by friends and family to start some kind of a business in order to make up the money losses I was having by spending more time doing that than keeping up with the bookkeeping business I had in those days.
I thought, “A business of selling dream interpretations??”
“Are you kidding me?”
That sounds familiar and it’s a little too close to the 1-800-psychic channel for me. I see dreams as personal and holy. It’s my creator’s communication with me for Pete’s sake and I didn’t feel like that was the way to really help anyone else.
But then it hit me.
How’s that saying go? “…give a person a fish and feed him for a day…teach a man to fish and feed him for life”…
The Plan to Help
This is where the blog, podcast, discipleship, and courses came into the picture.
I had been praying about this for quite some time. When this idea finally burst into my head I was so overjoyed. I could help people to better hear the guidance of our Father and I could do it full time. Not to charge for single-use dream interpretations or to teach people how to interpret other people’s dreams as an immoral and unsanctified business. A business of how to teach dreams the way they were intended, as personal guidance from the man himself, Yahweh!
So for better or for worse, this blog, podcast, discipleship tools, and the courses will hopefully show you and everyone searching, the truth about dreams that you all can believe in. You will now know, conclusively, that dream interpretation is NOT hokey at all, it’s holy and you can learn to do it for your very own personal spiritual growth!
Dreams mean to guide us and they come directly from the one who wants your whole mind, heart, and soul to have and to hold for all eternity.