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Using Guidance from My Dreams for Spiritual Learning

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Experience submitted by Jon Alswinn

One of the simplest but most effective things I picked up from Belsebuub’s information on astral travel and dreams was to keep a dream diary and record as many dreams as you could remember each morning. By doing this, I found it brought an order to the seemingly random nature of what happened during the nights.

Dream Symbols

Dreams would often take place in a class or school environment. Belsebuub had written this was symbolic of being taught spiritually in life. I could see my behavior in these dreams, and how well I did on tests, how organized I was with my class timetable, etc., as being directly related to how well I was using life for learning.

In one dream I was in a university auditorium and began doing something which was one of my pastimes. The teacher came up to me and said something like, “I know you’re good at that, but you can’t really do that and do this well too” (referring to the activity I was doing and the learning that was going on in the class). I instantly understood what he meant, so not long after that dream I changed that behavior. The long-term effect has been very spiritually beneficial as I know that activity was heading in another direction.

Many school related dreams included other students I had known in high school. Studying these dreams I realized that they represented various aspects within myself, whether it be laziness, bad behavior, and so on.

I actually slowly realized most of the people I saw in dreams represented something within myself. So seeing someone being angry in a dream didn’t necessarily mean that person was angry towards me, but rather it was showing me something I needed to look for in me. And although I often didn’t like to admit it, I could see these things in the way I thought or acted towards others, which were the cause of these dreams in the first place.

Other symbols I began to see in my dreams often included how I was driving my car and whether it needed maintenance, for example the tires going flat, if I was driving erratically (or well), or various parts of the engine needing attention.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

Another interesting symbolic scene I’ve noticed is soccer, which was a significant part of my life for about a dozen years (having played it from the age of 8 and then refereeing from age 12). Again, like cars, I know when I have dreams of soccer it’s referring to my spiritual efforts – if my team is doing well, if I’m handling the ball properly, scoring goals (or having them scored against me), or refereeing and losing/keeping control of the game.

Sometimes I would be moving into a new house, or working on building one. Depending on the condition of the house or construction, I could directly relate it to how things were going for me generally. In a similar way, houseplants, gardens, and crops represented much the same thing – whether they were growing well, not cared for, etc.

Many symbols I first learned by reading Belsebuub’s book A Course on Astral Travel and Dreams, but then used my intuition to apply them personally. And many symbolic things I had to work out for myself, such as the regular soccer dreams I had.

Spiritual Dreams

I also had glimpses into higher realms and past lives. Among everything else this really blew me away. Just by focusing more on dreams, remembering, being aware and doing other simple spiritual practices, the doors to this other plane were being opened. It was way too intriguing!

In a couple of dreams I was dressed in a brown monk’s habit similar to what the Franciscans wear. The dreams took place in a sort of medieval or renaissance style library. I had a teacher in similar clothing, and the situation seemed pretty serious. From those dreams I realized a lot more was going on than I might have first thought.

Being taught by spiritual beings, premonitions, profoundly meaningful symbols, lucid dreams, forewarning, information on relationships, insights into the darkness of the subconscious – these all become regular occurrences. In fact I would expect a mixture of these every night as I practiced more.

Dreams Provide Life Context

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Photo by @dankapeter, on unsplash.

By tuning in to the dream world, it became clear that spiritual guidance was being given in a real and practical way. Dreams became points of action – what I was in dreams was essentially what I was internally, in my thoughts, emotions, and drives.

I changed many aspects of my life that I saw were detrimental in my dreams. Then, I would have a series of clear spiritual dreams, often the very night that I had changed enough or understood something.

I began to look forward to what I was shown so that I could investigate what I needed to do or change. The more spiritual dreams have been one of the greatest motivating factors in bringing about the change.

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  • Thanks for sharing this account Jon. It looks like learning from dreams has become a big source of guidance in your life, with many aspects to it. I can relate to some of the things you mentioned, such as the classroom scenes and seeing friends from school, which seem to be a regular source of guidance on the very things we need to change in our everyday lives.

    What you mentioned about the teacher saying “I know you’re good at that, but you can’t really do that and do this well too” also stood out to me. Although we may receive help at times, it often takes a lot of persistent effort to gain spiritual experiences, whether they are of the mystical or self-knowledge side. And sometimes our hobbies can take away the time we need to dedicate to this, so at some point we may need to make a decision about the direction we want our lives to head in. Although it can be useful to develop skills in certain areas, we need to be aware that these skills are of use for a limited time only. I can imagine that the glimpses of past lives, which you mentioned, must have also put the events of everyday life into a wider context, as they can bring about an understanding of the need to prioritise developing spiritual qualities, which can last beyond this life, rather than dedicating more time than is necessary to transient interests.

  • A very good relaying of how dreams help us to understand ourselves and use them to learn in what way we exist and how we relate to the world from within us. I really appreciate the examples you gave to convey how the small and yet personal things about ourselves through life reflect back at us an aspect of who we are and in what way.

    I think there are many people who share a sincere interest in dreams, but there is a lot of misinformation about there about dream meanings. While ancient cultures, like my own which is Assyrian and also others like Greece hold some common meaningful meanings of dreams, the best dream learning I’ve found has come from learning Belsebuub’s information about self knowledge. Once I started looking to observe myself, than I could see how life teaches in all planes and the very mundane takes on such an amazing purpose for self exploration.

    Great sharing Jon, I really got a lot from it.

  • Thanks Jon, that’s a really good overview of how dreams can be such a source of guidance. Your soccer example has made me realise something about a symbol that I get a lot; I had wondered if I dream about this activity a lot because it was such a big part of my life or because it’s a universal symbol for something particular.

  • Great lessons you picked up on John using your dreams, I enjoyed reading it. It’s such an advantage to remember dreams and use them as a guide, spiritually but also practically at work or with family and friends. I feel handicapped when I can’t remember them in the morning as if I’m sailing into the day without any direction on what to look out for.

  • This post wonderfully put into perspective the magic of dream guidance. Thank you Jon, its interesting how dreams are really tailored to the individual. For example I have had countless dreams driving a car, and I have seen so many ways these dreams differ based on their meaning and the message it wants to relay. But I don’t think I’ll be getting grease on my hands trying to fix the engine any time soon, as that’s something I am just not very familiar with 🙂

  • Yes, it’s interesting but makes sense that certain things are ‘tailored’ to us personally. The divine really does know how to teach us effectively!

  • Wow, Jon, those are some inspiring experiences with dreams you’ve had, and I really got a lot out of reading that. Your soccer dreams, given that was a big part of your life, and the symbolic teachings you had reminds me very much of dreams I’ve had that are based on past activities more particular to my own life.

    I think it’s so amazing how there can be both universal symbols, but also personal symbols based on our present life’s experiences. There is such intelligence in how the higher beings teach us. It’s like they made a special curriculum just for us 🙂

  • Great topic and article Jon. I can relate to how wonderful it is to be able to learn from dreams. Dream experiences can range so much – from chaotic to lucid and to spiritual. And so much of it depends on my psychological state during the day.

    I find it wonderful to be at a state where I am receptive to learning from dreams, regardless of what they are. I have felt real joy when I was able to learn from dreams what I needed to do and be able to apply it in my daily life.

  • I’ve experienced the process of tuning into dreams, their symbols and guidance, in virtually the same way you have described it here. 🙂

    And ever since it has been such a huge source of instruction and learning, a part of my way of life.

    The soccer example is an interesting one. I’ve personally not been shown the way ‘things’ are going through the form of that particular example. However other subjects have been used for this that I can personally relate to and understand better.

    The beauty and intelligence of given symbols and situations have at times really taken me aback. Where every nuance of a situation/symbol has a meaning that relates to our life. This is also one of the things that at first helped me to know they presented by a higher source which influences our dreams.

    I feel there’s so much to say about this wonderful subject, you put this introduction to it together really well. Thanks.

  • Thanks for sharing about some of your dream symbolism in such detail Jon. It helped me to reflect on some recurring dreams I’ve had from a new perspective, which was very helpful. It’s inspiring to read how you were able to establish a communication with the higher forces through studying your dreams and acting upon them.

  • Thanks Jon, I use to play ruby league and cricket as kid and I see these in my dreams just like you mentioned and you can feel that the dream is more than a game as the scene in the dream is telling you someting that relates to you and your internal work.

  • Thank you very much for sharing your experience with dream symbols Jon! I also find them fascinating… Thanks to Belsebuub’s classes and teachings, I also learned to pay more attention to these symbols and while taking the symbols decribed in his books as a base to start from, it was nice and adventurous for me to discover the meaning of some other symbols not written in the book. These symbols can indeed communicate things to us in such a deep way that reaches us to the core, something the words are incapable of doing. Interesting about the soccer – it seems it has been tailored especially for you, since you used to play it a lot and can relate to its symbology.

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