Brief History of Dream Interpretation

Dreams have always fascinated humans throughout time. Many civilizations believed dreams were messages from God, Goddess, or their ancestors. Like all history, the history of dream interpretation is fascinating. 

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Ancient History 

Native Americans took their dreams seriously, often going to the medicine man or woman of the tribe looking for interpretation to help them follow the wisdom of the messages of the nighttime.

Besides messages from their Higher Source, people of ancient Egypt felt their souls went on journeys to other realms besides Earth during the dreamtime. Which makes sense to me, how about you?

Even today there are Africans who believe that our dream life are as valuable as our waking life. Once I totally freaked out a woman at a party when I said, “Who knows, maybe we’re dreaming now and our dreams are our real life?” Which by the way turns out to be an important question from ancient China.

The Celtics, Greeks, and Romans were also fascinated by their dreams. Sadly, in the Dark Ages there were some people who viewed dreams as evil because the devil was sending the dreamer messages.

In the Bible, you will find references to dreams and their meanings. One I find practically fascinating is the story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery. Because of his skill with dream interpretation, he interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream. That saved Egypt from starvation; hence, Joseph went from being a slave to the Pharaoh’s trusted adviser.

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Important Dream Experts

There are two important modern dream interpreters that aided the field of dream interpretation; in a nutshell, they were:

The first is Sigmund Freud, who believed that dreams revealed our unconscious as a way to glimpse into our soul and true desires. Freud felt many of those unfulfilled desires were sexual; however, I tend to wonder if those were his own issues with sexuality that were projected onto his patients?

Carl Jung is the second dream interpreter who made his marked in dream interpretation history. Jung was a student of Freud who disagreed with some of his teacher’s theories, thus went in a different direction. His most important theory was that you are every character in your dreams; for example, if you dream about your mother, it really represents your mother within.

Freud and Jung helped bring dream interpretation into psychology and science, thus enriching all of society.


Today the study of dream analysis continues in not only science and therapy, but in religions, metaphysics, and individuals. My own personal knowing about our dreams of the nighttime is it helps us discover who we are, giving insights and solutions to our past, present, and future issues, plus connecting us to our ancestors, guides, and Higher Source.

If you would like to discover more about interpreting your dreams, please check out dream interpretation online courses and the book Learn the Secret Language of Dreams.

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