culture, religion, science
Religion and Dreams by Mary T. Walker
“Behold the Dreamer cometh!” Genesis 37:19; Old Testament for the Christian or Catholic and first of the Pentateuch of the Torah for the Jewish. Of course for all three of these faiths the words are from long ago. What of other faiths?
Muslims devotedly read the Quaran which was revealed in parts by dream to Mohammed, creating a cohesive Islam religion. The Hindu sacred text is the Baghavad Gita and is an account of the Hindu faith that is in its entirety a Maya (dream). Buddhism is an off-shoot of the Hindu religion that begun with the Prince Siddhartha Guatama who is known as the Buddha. Buddhists follow a faith based on the writings within the Tripitaka (3 baskets) sharing Buddha’s wisdom containing descriptions of dreams of Siddhartha and his parents. Native American Navajo, Ojibwe, or Lakota tribes adorned sleeping quarters with dream catchers. These catchers were meant to filter out the bad dreams but allow the good.
Today's reliance on dreams
Perhaps scientific study has discreetly positioned the human tongue in each respective cheek about all things spiritual because of how immeasurable such matters are, but that does not mean the worth of dreams is lost on today’s populace.
For anyone who has trod near Native tribal areas, running across the displays and sales of dream catchers still hand-woven is familiar…begging the assumption that dreams may still be of value to the crafters.
Buddhists can and do share their dreams and discuss the implications openly on the Global Oneness Community forum. Likewise, Hindus view dreams as they always did: prophetic and messages from the incarnations of god.
Although not as frequently declared in the media, Muslims have recently had various practitioners admit to dream influence on faith-based decisions. In an ironic turn of events, a few Muslims turned against plans to destroy Jews and Christians because of dreams of Jesus.
Jewish followers oft discuss the dreams that influenced the forefathers of their past and never scoff at the relevance of dreams today. The Kabbala actually stresses the role of dreams on multiple levels: dealing with the day, facing what has been avoided, contact with the deceased, and messages from God.
Christians and Catholics are left with as authoritative a message as the one mentioned before, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams,” Acts 2:17. In short, the dreamer still cometh.