Everybody has had a dream, probably several times each night. Scientists believe that all warm-blooded animals dream during sleep. This includes your pets. That is all very natural.
When we wake up, we very quickly target that we had a dream or what we dreamed about. There does not seem to be anything rational about dreams. There are so many different factors involved. That’s why it is not a good idea to normally seek dream analysis. You can’t guide your conscious rational life by dreams which are so irrational. We are not really in control of our dreams. That is why when people ask if you are morally responsible or can sin during dreaming, the answer is always no. What you dream about is not the same thing as doing what you dream about. Unless of course you actually do these things while you are not sleeping.
There is another aspect of dreams that we hear about in the Bible. The Bible has many references to God and angels speaking to people in dreams. God gives, revelations of Himself, advice, news, warnings, instructions and reassurance, during dreams.
I suspect that this category of dreams is somewhat different to the ordinary daily psychological version of sleep dreams.
What you dream about is not the same thing as doing what you dream about.
When we pray about something quite intensely and are not certain what God wants us to do in some circumstances, you can wake up in the middle of the night with some clear indication of what might be a way forward. Is that a dream? I’m not sure! Is that an example of God talking to us? It could be!
Some people are thoroughly convinced that God has spoken to them and that they were given specific instructions to do something. One has to be reminded that God only does good and does not destroy things or do anything against the laws of love. These types of “dreams” have to be tested. Are they building or destroying?
One has to be reminded that God only does good and does not destroy things or do anything against the laws of love.
Dreams are a method of communication. The best form of communication that God told us about is prayer. When it comes to dreams, it is very wise to surround ourselves with deep and earnest prayer. In that way we are most likely to be open to God talking to us.
Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM
This article was published in The Church and Life Newspaper
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