Our ability to dream—while one of the most important functions we have as humans—is also highly contested for what it means and how it applies to our lives. Psychologists have their ways of applying meaning and within their realm are many approaches. Meta-physicians and other spiritual traditions, on the other hand, have their methods and philosophies. It’s fair to say that neither one is better than the other, but a balanced approach which considers the wisdom of both schools of thought makes the most sense.
In psychology Carl Jung was famous for introducing the concept of the collective unconscious. In the realm of the collective unconscious are certain archetypes that we tap into when we dream. Examples of these are the archetypes of the hero, the great mother, and the wise old man but these don’t even begin to scratch the surface. The point is that archetypes are symbols of common human experiences and how they manifest can vary from culture to culture. Dreams speak to us in the language of symbols; it is a type of code that we must learn to unlock for ourselves if we are to understand their meaning and be able to apply it in a useful way to our lives.
Meta-physicians would say the same thing, that symbology is the language of the dream scape. But it goes further than that; dreams can be direct communication from other realms of existence where dis-incarnate beings are there using the language of dreams to send messages through. They can be spirit guides, ancestors or other people who we knew in life that crossed to the other side. Some of these latter type dreams are very simple and speak for themselves. Sometimes we need no interpretation. But for the more complex type of dreams it’s very useful to seek out a psychic with expertise in dream interpretation.