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Additional Thoughts Concerning Working with Dreams

1. Dreams are reliable messengers. They reveal the condition of one’s heart (Dan. 2:30), as well as the voice of God within one’s heart (Acts 2:17). They may from time to time reveal direct attacks of satan or demons upon the heart. (Job 4:12-21 may be an example of a demon speaking accusation leading toward hopelessness and death - this is the only possible biblical example of a demon speaking through a dream.) In my own life, I have had only one dream which the Lord has told me to ignore because it was satanic. Thus, because of the biblical evidence and because of my own life’s experience, I do not attribute many dreams to satan or demons.

2. In the Bible, when people awakened, they acted upon their dreams. Act on your dreams!

3. Do not pose as an expert on interpreting others’ dreams until you have been interpreting your own for five years. You can offer ideas and advice to others concerning their dreams, however you are not to pose as an expert.

4. As with prophecy, the messages and warnings in dreams are conditioned upon man’s response (Ezek. 33:13-16). The dream is calling you to act or change so some calamity will not befall you. If you respond appropriately, the calamity will not come.

5. Sexual dreams should be viewed symbolically. Sexual intercourse is a symbol of union, so ask the question, “In what way is there a union or joining taking place within me?” This will probably be a union of previously warring parts of yourself (for example - a merging of the workaholic part of yourself with the laid back part of yourself could appear as a dream of sexual intercourse). Or if you needed to incorporate the gift of hospitality into your being, you may have a dream of sexual intercourse between yourself and a person you know whose chief trait is that of hospitality.

6. Repeated dreams occur because you did not hear and act on the message of the dream when it spoke to you the first time. This is the true purpose recurring dreams.

7. Nightmares are the scream of an unhealed heart, asking you to apply the prayer ministries of inner healing and deliverance to the areas of need within you. In my own life, a recurring nightmare of 15 years disappeared immediately and completely when I had a demon cast out which was underlying the fear being portrayed in the nightmare.

8. The most natural interpretation is most likely correct.

9. Successive dreams on the same night are usually dealing with the same issue, presenting various approaches to it and offering the proper solution to the dilemma.

10. The dream calls the dreamer to action.

11. As you approach the dream, recognize that you know nothing about the dream. The dream and the dreamer’s heart will need to tell you what it means.

12. Religion tries to get to God through developing theologies, stirring up emotions, and setting one’s will. God comes to man through directly encountering his heart and spirit with His voice, prophecy, dream, vision and anointing.

13. Dreams release divine creativity. Many discoveries and inventions have come through dreams. The location of the hook of the sewing machine needle came through a dream. The discovery of the round formation of the Benzene molecular structure came through a dream. These are just two of what I am convinced are thousands of examples.

Warnings About Dreams and Visions???

1. There are no warnings in the Bible to beware of your own dreams, with the possible exception of Ecclesiastes 5:3,7, which is probably best understood as a reference to “daydreams” since all other references in the Bible to “dreams” are positive. When one verse contradicts many others, you need to seek to understand that one verse in light of the volume of references on the other side of the topic.

2. The only biblical caution concerning dreams, then, is when you are listening to another’s dream. They may be trying to lead you astray, to go after other gods (Jer. 14:14; 23:16,25- 27,32; Ezek. 13:1,7; 12:24 Deut. 13:1-5; Jer. 27:9-11; Zec. 10:2).

Rules for Interpreting Dreams in a Group

1. Have group members keep journals beside their beds and ask God to give them dreams which they will immediately record upon awakening. Dreams shared in classtime are to be recent ones so that the dreamer knows the setting of the dream, that is, the issues on his heart when he went to bed. Also, it is best in group dream work to be working with shorter dreams rather than longer ones.

2. In a group setting, never go further in interpreting a person’s dream than the dreamer is willing to go. As the meaning of the dream is being drawn out, the dreamer may suddenly realize it is speaking about something he or she is not ready to discuss openly in front of the group. The dreamer therefore always reserves the right to say, “That is as far as I want to go in interpreting this dream.”

A Method for Interpreting Dreams in a Group

1. With the group leader presiding over the interaction, interpret two or three dreams using the following approach.

The Key Question Approach Leading to Heart Revelation (guided self-discovery):

a) Write the dreamer’s name on the top right corner of the blackboard so everyone can address him or her by name. Have the dreamer standing or sitting in the front of the room, available to answer questions from the group.

b) The dreamer reads the dream aloud twice. While the dream is being read, someone writes on a blackboard the key elements and events of the dream, leaving space between each. If no blackboard is present, each member of the group should create a list on a paper for their own reference.

c) Ask the dreamer:
“What was the key feeling in the dream?”
“What was the key action in the dream?”
“In what area of your life are you experi- encing these?”

This will give the dreamer and the group a reference point as to the setting of the dream, and what issue is likely being discussed. The answers to these questions can be listed across the top of the blackboard after the phrases “Key Feeling” and “Key Action.”

d) Beginning with the first event/element of the dream and continuing to the last one, listeners then ask questions like the following:
What is the dominant trait of that person?
What emotion does that animal represent to you? ??In what way are you experiencing (the event described in the dream) in your life at this time?

e) If the dreamer cannot come up with an answer to any of the above questions: ??Remind him to relax and tune to flowing thoughts, rather than analytical thoughts, thus moving from his mind to his heart.

Have the group brainstorm (“heart storm”), offering suggestions of what the item in the dream might mean. These are listed on the board.

The dreamer then comes to the board and draws a line through the ones that definitely do not ring true in his heart, and circles the ones which his heart leaps to, offering any interpretation God is revealing to him.

2. Break the class into groups of four to six and have them work for two to three hours on dreams of individuals within their groups. Follow the “Rules for Interpreting Dreams in a Group” given above. Instruct the groups to use “The Key Question Approach.” If they need help, they should raise their hand to attract the attention of the classroom leader to come and work with their group.

When the seminar/classroom leader is not as- sisting a specific group, he should rotate from group to group making sure things are progressing well in each.

A Method for Interpreting Dreams in a Group

1. With the group leader presiding over the interaction, interpret two or three dreams using the following approach.

The Key Question Approach Leading to Heart Revelation (guided self-discovery):

a) Write the dreamer’s name on the top right corner of the blackboard so everyone can address him or her by name. Have the dreamer standing or sitting in the front of the room, available to answer questions from the group.

b) The dreamer reads the dream aloud twice. While the dream is being read, someone writes on a blackboard the key elements and events of the dream, leaving space between each. If no blackboard is present, each member of the group should create a list on a paper for their own reference.

c) Ask the dreamer:
“What was the key feeling in the dream?”
“What was the key action in the dream?”
“In what area of your life are you experi- encing these?”

This will give the dreamer and the group a reference point as to the setting of the dream, and what issue is likely being discussed. The answers to these questions can be listed across the top of the blackboard after the phrases “Key Feeling” and “Key Action.”

d) Beginning with the first event/element of the dream and continuing to the last one, listeners then ask questions like the following:
What is the dominant trait of that person?
What emotion does that animal represent to you? ??In what way are you experiencing (the event described in the dream) in your life at this time?

e) If the dreamer cannot come up with an answer to any of the above questions: ??Remind him to relax and tune to flowing thoughts, rather than analytical thoughts, thus moving from his mind to his heart.

Have the group brainstorm (“heart storm”), offering suggestions of what the item in the dream might mean. These are listed on the board.

The dreamer then comes to the board and draws a line through the ones that definitely do not ring true in his heart, and circles the ones which his heart leaps to, offering any interpretation God is revealing to him.

2. Break the class into groups of four to six and have them work for two to three hours on dreams of individuals within their groups. Follow the “Rules for Interpreting Dreams in a Group” given above. Instruct the groups to use “The Key Question Approach.” If they need help, they should raise their hand to attract the attention of the classroom leader to come and work with their group.

When the seminar/classroom leader is not as- sisting a specific group, he should rotate from group to group making sure things are progressing well in each.

Taken from Principles of Dream Interpretation by Mark and Patti Virkler CWGMinistries.org

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