Dreams: An Introduction To The Universal Language of Mind
By: Luke Galutia
originally posted 2013-06-11
Galutia Gallery ( www.galutia.com )
The Universal Language of Mind
As visual artists, we are able to portray the world around us in images. A picture speaks a thousand words, because whenever we have a thought or idea, we first create a picture of the thought before we put words to it. This is the way the Mind works. In the field of Metaphysics we have a saying, “Thoughts are things ~ and they will manifest!” Which means that our thoughts are the cause of the reality around us. The quality of our thought determines the positive or negative experience, as we attract those events into our daily lives. They become a mirror for seeing our inner Self. It is not surprising that a lot of the people I met at the College of Metaphysics in Windyville Missouri, were graphics designers, multimedia artists, and painters.
Artists have a unique subconscious ability to understand how the Mind works. As an artist, we thrive off of images, and use them to effect change in the physical reality around us, and influence the world. But how do we harness this awareness to work for us? What exactly is the Universal Language of Mind?
The Universal Language of Mind, is a system of understanding the dream symbols that each and every person on the face of the earth has. It is universal because it applies to anyone one, anywhere, at any time. The college of Metaphysics has developed and refined the technique of dream interpretation for over 40 years. Their work is based off of Jungian Psychology, and the dream interpretations given by Edgar Casey. They have refined this to a practical art of interpreting dreams at coffee shops, National Dream Hotline events, and their online educational course www.dreamschool.org.
In the realm of the Subconscious Mind, when we dream each night, we see images which are a reflection of the quality of our thoughts from the previous three days. This language of the Mind operates off of symbols by recognising their “Function” instead of their “Form”. In the Subconscious Mind it is the symbols “Function” which is important. Not only can the Universal Language of Mind be applied to dreams, Holy Works and religious texts, it can also be applied to art!
So what are the meanings of some of these symbols? For those who are truly interested in this course of study, I would recommend picking the School of metaphysics “The Dreamer’s Dictionary” which is a wonderful introduction into the Universal Language of Mind. This book can be found on http://www.som.org in their book store. another source to check is http://www.kellysullivanwalden.com who is a dream thearapist, and has wonderful books on dream symbols, and how dreams work. Kelly Walden also provides dream interpretation services as well as the books she writes. I would strongly recommend both her site, and http://www.dreamschool.org . For those who are wanting a quicker answer, I will describe below a few common dream symbols which every one has in their dreams, and what that symbol means.
symbols and their meanings:
A house in our dreams represent our Mind. At the School of Metaphysics they always start off a dream interpretation by saying “Every dream is about the dreamer...” In the waking state, your house contains all your “stuff”. Likewise in the Mind, a house is a symbol of that which contains all your thoughts. The first level of a house symbolizes the Conscious Mind. this represents both the inner and outer expression of your daily life, your external world, and the way you internally experience it though your perspective and attitude towards it. We call this objective and subjective realities, or “Reality” and “Actuality”. The physical events of your daily life are always neutral - how we act or react to them, our perspective and attitude, color the event and give an emotional charge to the circumstances.
A basement or garage in a dream symbolizes becoming unconscious or unaware of ourself. This is where we store things that we don’t want to deal with on a daily bases. The second level of a house will symbolize the Subconscious Mind - which is different from becoming unconscious. The Subconscious Mind deals in truth. It gives to you an unfiltered perspective of your thoughts and daily life. By becoming aware of your thoughts and your dreams, you become more in touch with your “Whole Self”. The Subconscious Mind is also associated with our emotions. The function of our emotions is to point our attention to something in our life that needs changing. Emotions act in the Subconscious Mind and react in the physical waking state. Emotions help by pushing ideas out from the Subconscious Mind out into the physical world. The Subconscious Mind is the realm of desire. It is the desire for learning about the true Self, by gaining Permanent Understandings from the Conscious Mind. The third level of a house or an attic represents the highest level of Mind, called the Super Conscious Mind. This level of Mind works with our “Ideals”, goals, and thought. This is what most people would call our “God-Self” as it accesses the highest level possible. This is the core idea of who we are as a person, what our life goals are, and our plan to manifest them. When we tap into this level of the Mind, we experience enlightenment.
An exception to the rule are hotels, shopping malls, or other buildings when groups of people meet. these are areas of the Subconscious Mind where we connect to the Mass Subconscious Mind where we all interact together as souls. Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, and Ashrams also have a special meaning as these are structures of the mind which symbolise your connection with the Superconscious Mind.
Water in our dreams symbolizes our Conscious life experiences. When we see rain, this is usually a sense of life experience, raining down on us from heaven. A river symbolizes a constantly moving life experience. If it is slow and leisurely, there has been a peaceful experience of life which is creating learning. If the river is fast with many rapids and torrents of water, there has been an experience of uncontrollable learning in your daily life.
The ocean would symbolize a wealth and depth of conscious life experience. A beach would symbolize the Emotional Level of Mind, as this is where the Subconscious Mind and Conscious Mind meet, when you start to fall asleep at night. Flooding and drowning in a dream, would symbolize the feeling of drowning or sinking in an uncontrollable torrent of life experiences. There is often an inability to learn from such events as it often feels overwhelming to us.
Cars, and vehicles in our dreams, represent our physical body. When you have a dream about being in a car, pay attention to who is driving. is it you or someone else? Driving along a road, is a symbol for traveling along your life path, in your physical daily life.
Certain vehicles have a greater symbolic meaning. busses planes and boats, all represent groups and organizations. In the field of metaphysics we call these “Group Mind”, “Mass-Consciousness” or “Egregores”. They are constructs of thought in the Subconscious Mind that develop an Ego, or life form of their own when expressed in the physical. A good example of this are corporations, which are business entities. They are accessed by an identification with that group or organization. such as “I am a christian”, “I am Jewish” or “I am an American”... all of these identification are attachments to an organized thought form, they can be so large that they exist beyond lifetimes.
Most often when we see an animal in our dreams, they will be a habit of one form or another. This is not true in all cases but for the most general explanation it is true. If the dream symbols is a dog or a cat, these will usually be our creature comforts. They are habits that make us feel comfortable by doing them. Bugs and insects are usually small routine habits we have each day to get us from point A to point B. An example would be tying our shoes in the morning or brushing our teeth. They can also be associated with pessimistic or negative thinking. Big scary animals will usually be a habit we do not want to face, as doing so would require change in our daily life, which can become uncomfortable.
Here are some exceptions to the general rule. Horses, and beast of burden such as donkeys, oxen, buffaloes, and deer represent our will power. Horses and oxen are are strong and they are able to go great distances and carry stuff. It could be said that it is the development of the habit of using will power. Another symbol which has a different meaning, is reptiles, snakes, and dragons. Throughout time and history, snakes have always been associated with the creative force in human kind. From places like Egypt which had the serpent on the crown of the Pharaoh, and “Sybec” their crocodile deity of prophecy, to India which has the practice of Yoga and the Kundalini serpent, rising up the spine. It is even found in Judaism and Christianity, in the form of Moses putting down his staff which becomes the “Tanin” or crocodile serpent, and after picking it up, it becomes strate. Also the serpent placed on the pole for healing people from the bitter waters. The last symbol which has a different meaning is that of birds. Birds usually symbolize thought forms which are fleeting or come from “above”. The kind of bird will usually determine the quality of thought. Eagles are associated with the thought form of freedom - which incidentally - flying in a dream is a representation of experiencing freedom in the waking state. Crows, blackbirds and vultures would symbolize focusing or experience fleeting negative thoughts during the day. Doves would symbolize a Super Conscious thought form experienced the day before.
Applying the Universal Language of Mind to Art
These are a few examples of dream symbols and their meanings in the Universal Language of Mind. The next time you go to a gallery, or paint a picture, or even watch a movie, try and look for symbols and what they might mean in the Universal Language of Mind. This will create a wealth of richness in experiencing new art, with an eye towards the inner workings of the Subconscious Mind. my bet is, your viewing experience will never be the same.
- Luke Galutia
Luke Galutia has been in the fine arts since 1989, and has won awards for
his art. His artwork has been recognized as being cutting-edge Optical
Illusion Art, and is hosted as part of a permanent collection in the
Washington State Governor's Art Collection in the Olympia Capitol
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