Spiritual images that show up in our dreams

 

The truth is that any dream can be a spiritual guide. Below I’ve listed a number of images that show up frequently that are the more obvious connections with the spirit.

 

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”

 

Christ: May represent the symbol of the Self, soul, Oversoul, or the god-man.

The image could be a powerful dream symbol not necessarily connected with the historical Jesus. It is a powerful influence on one’s personality. It can also represent one’s universal connection. A Christ figure can also represent the sacrifices you’ve made or that you need to make. The Christ symbol is often a metaphor for the greater self, the self beyond ones ego.

Christ is also the cosmic mystery that each of us has been born as—the essence of who we really are. To seek this is to undertake a powerful journey, not unlike that of Muhammad in the Night Journey.

Muhammad and the Night Journey may very well have been a journey in quest of the Self, the spirit, the Pneuma. This may be the archetypal journey in the search for the Self, our essence; our real self as opposed to the body or soul. This may relate to the process of individuation that Carl Jung referenced.

Individuation according to Jung is the process that the individual self goes through to integrate its disparate aspects and become a well-functioning whole.

Individuation may be the process whereby a person reconciles the spirit with the ego by standing between them. In the book, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene translated by Jean-Yves Leloup, (as told by Mary Magdalene upon meeting Jesus and transcribed into the Gnostic Gospels):

“Lord, when someone meets you in a Moment of vision, is it through the soul [psyche] that they see, or is it through the Spirit [Pneuma]?”

“The Teacher answered:

‘It is neither through the soul nor the Spirit, but the nous between the two which sees the vision…”

The “nous between the two” may thus be the self-actualized being, the fully integrated and individuated self as the balance between Spirit and ego.

Church: This could be a synagogue, cathedral, temple or mosque and is often symbolic of spiritual belief or ones moral codes. What is holy in your life? What do you hold sacred?

The Divine Child: Is Innocence and redemptive with god-like qualities. It often comes to you when you need to transform your traditional and conservative way of thinking and acting in order to transcend a situation or evolve your psycho-spiritual experience.

The divine child is also the wonderful child that deals with the efforts of growing up. It is the symbol of perfection, re-birth and the purity of primal wisdom. This symbol may reflect your own spiritual potential.

This child is always associated with new ideas and emotions coming into our awareness. It is the spirit that is always pushing for increased awareness and consciousness. It is the symbol for the previously unimagined and the antithesis of the conservative.

It is always the creative vs. the conventional side of you wanting to be heard. But be careful here, conventional authority resists creative change, or change of any kind.

Remember it was the traditional mind that saw a threat in Jesus and ordered him to be killed. It was the conservative element that wanted the colonies to remain loyal to the British Empire, and it was the conventional mind that wanted to keep this nation a ‘whites only’ compound. But the spirit is always pressing to bring new light where there is darkness—to actualize spiritual possibility in our psyches.

It is in the state of the Divine Child that political problems are solved and creative inventions are discovered.

Conventionalism and conservatism tends to prematurely close off ideas and images of potential and possibility. This in essence closes off the power of the Divine Child. Actually either extreme ultra conservative to ultra liberal can preempt the power of the divine.

 Ascetic or monk: This is the archetype of the true inner self and represents ones inner teacher or light within.

It is the loner. This person links us with things beyond the personal and unites us. It is also about withdrawal, or the “monk” that lives alone and represents experience to be gained outside the social norms.

The ascetic is an experience of the connection to be found between all people and ones central or core self. It can be about turning away from the everyday and represent a certain mindful discipline.

Ascension: This is any image that goes upward vertically including elevators, climbing stairs, riding helicopters or when flying (with or without an airplane). It represents the going up into the higher self.

This can also represent purification or refinement and becoming more detached and attaining different and wider perspectives. Ascension is often linked with change and transformation e.g. leaving things behind, moving on, and becoming something new.

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Imaginary depiction of the Holy Grail

Cup: Possibly representing the feminine aspect of nourishment. A cup, cauldron or the Holy Grail is a ritual object of feminine gender.

The Celtic warrior Bran’s life-restoring cauldron was considered a Grail symbol. In physical essence the cup in ritual is often crescent shaped. This symbolism links it to the moon, another feminine aspect—the sacred vessel or the womb. There are many symbolic references to the feminine, the Holy Grail being one of them.

Though descriptions of the Last Supper of Jesus speak of a cup in which Jesus poured wine and offered it as his own blood and that his followers should drink it in remembrance, the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci (see image at top) shows no cup on the table, only a plate, or dish. Was the plate, or dish the original Grail?

Whether a dish or cup, both might represent the feminine aspect of nourishment– spiritual nourishment. It has a life restoring quality to it. The dish may also be seen as a sacred vessel that would also have a feminine aspect to it—the womb. In “magik” the symbol for a cup or container is a crescent, that is the shape of the moon, another feminine aspect. The cauldron is the symbol for the goddess.

The Grail is the symbol of rebirth, perhaps even reincarnation—the passage from life to death and beyond.

 

 

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