Edgar Cayce on Dreams
was able to obtain virtually an unlimited amount of knowledge
on an unlimited number of subjects. One of these subjects
Cayce was able to astound people by interpreting their dreams
and giving them insight into their psyche, lives and even
past lives. Cayce revealed that dreams are actually journeys
into the spirit world.
Cayce once said, "Dreams, visions, impressions, to
the entity in the normal sleeping state are the presentations
of the experiences necessary for the development, if the
entity would apply them in the physical life. These may
be taken as warnings, as advice, as conditions to be met,
conditions to be viewed in a way and manner as lessons,
as truths, as they are presented in the various ways and
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The nature of dreams and dreaming
Each night the average
person spends approximately ninety minutes in
REM dream state. Some of us can remember all or
most of our dreams, and others have trouble
remembering even a snippet from one of our
nightly sojourns. Ancient Chinese tradition held
that it is your spiritual soul which creates
your dreams and leaves the body to travel to
other realms and meet other souls. They and
other ancient cultures, including the Greeks,
erected dream temples for seekers to find
guidance about their lives. Many times
purification rituals as well as other rites of
preparation were performed by the seeker prior
to entering the temple and the dream state. Upon
awakening, the seeker consulted with the temple
The dream state is an
experimental playground which gives you a chance
to explore and express emotions without the
usual inhibitions you may display in your waking
life. Dreams provide an avenue of expression for
that part of yourself that knows both your
history and your potential as a spiritual being.
They are another way the universe provides
guidance about relationships, careers, and
health problems. Through dreams you may find
answers to your spiritual questions and even
receive encouragement to some challenge in your
life. While some dreams may allow you to release
bottled emotions from your day's activities,
others can lead to profound insights in a
psychological or spiritual way.
said dreams are "the main source of all of our
knowledge about symbolism." This means that the
messages you receive from your dreams are
expressed symbolically and must be interpreted
to find their true meanings. According to Jung,
rarely do the symbols in dreams have just one
meaning. And when interpreting the messages in
your dreams, he suggests going with your first
hunch, relying on your intuitive abilities,
before applying more rational methods of dream
executive director for
Edgar Cayce's research foundation
and author of the book,
Dreams: Tonight's Answers for
Tomorrow's Questions, says, "A dream
symbol is the very best way for your unconscious
self to communicate to your conscious self. The
particular image chosen - be it an object, a
person, an animal, or whatever - has shades of
meaning and personal associations that make it
the best communicator of some truth about
Cayce believed that
our dreams serve several functions. Somatic
dreams - dreams referring to the body - are
extremely important to be mindful of. Very often
dreams will offer solutions to health problems.
For example, one man was plagued with food
allergies for many years, but was unable to find
the source of his discomfort. Then one night he
went to bed and he dreamed of a can of coffee.
He quit drinking coffee and his symptoms
Cayce also believed
that deceased friends and family members do
occasionally visit us in our dream state. These
occurrences may offer direct communication with
those people or allow us to resolve our feelings
about their death. The person may also represent
some aspect of ourselves.
One man reports that
occasionally he hears a voice in his dreams.
This voice usually is loud and strong and is not
associated with any characters in his dreams.
"Typically, I'm told something very specific to
do or not to do," he relates. "I know this is
God speaking to me - loud and clear. And I know
I'd better listen."
Blumenthal, who received more dream
interpretations from Cayce than anyone else -
often reported dreams of a disembodied voice,
which offered counsel. Cayce usually indicated
this was input from the Creative Forces, God.
For example, in one dream, Blumenthal dreamt of
a figure leading him by the hand, and a voice
which said, "The Lord will lead you - but you
must ..." He had forgotten the rest of what was
said to him, but Cayce interpreted it as
"As in this, as is
seen, again and again, the entity receives that
reassurance of the higher forces guiding,
guarding, and directing the entity in its
actions, as it were, with the cloud by day and
the pillar of fire by night."
Blumenthal also had a
fascinating dream in which God came to visit
him. To the dreamer's surprise, God was a modern
businessman. Cayce's interpretation pointed out
that God was someone with whom we can "do
business." God is not only transcendent but also
actively involved in human affairs. It was a
powerful message and, in a sense, a wonderful
revelation from the divine.
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| 2. Edgar Cayce on
The following is an
excerpt from the excellent book by
Cayce on Dreams.
During the dreaming
state of sleep, we experience the different
levels of consciousness and receive input from
the different realms of the spirit
world. Through dreaming, we have special access
to our spirit within. According to the Cayce
readings, there is not a question we can ask
which cannot be answered from the depths of our
inner consciousness when the proper attunement
A dream may be of a
physical, mental, or spiritual nature and may
deal with all manner of psychic manifestations.
These include telepathy, clairvoyance, prophetic
visions, out of body traveling, remembrance of
past lives, communication with beings in other
realms including deceased friends and relatives,
spirit guides, angels, Christ, and even the
voice of God. Dreams can also give invaluable
information on the status of the body.
subconscious minds are in contact with one
another. Through the subconscious, dreams may
place us in attunement with those in the
physical realm or those in the spiritual realm.
We may be visited in the night by discarnate
entities for many reasons: they may seek to give
us assurance about their well-being in other
realms of existence; they may come seeking our
aid through prayer; they may come to bring us
information which may be very helpful or
limited; or they may come to influence us with
their own desires or perspectives, which may be
helpful or harmful. For example, there are dream
reports of deceased relatives appearing and
giving instructions about where to find a will
or a lost object.
The events we
experience in the third-dimension are, as it
were, a "past condition" because this dimension
is simply a projection or a reflection of what
is being built at another higher level.
Therefore, when we tune into these higher
levels, as we may in dreams, we become aware of
what is being built, and what may be projected
into the physical in the future. Nothing of
importance happens to us that is not
foreshadowed in our dreams. Which is not to say
that all dreams are precognitive or that the
exact detail of everything we experience is
given earlier in dreams. However, the word
"foreshadowed" suggests that we may glimpse and
be warned of what we are building now which may
come into manifestation later. We call these
dreams "precognitive" or "prophetic."
Just as the angels
spoke to people in dreams in the times of the
Bible, the spirit world still speaks to people
to this day. Some people came to Cayce with
dreams of Christ. None was told that it was
simply his imagination, but all were assured
they were indeed in touch with him.
There is no dimension
of human life, whether social, financial,
emotional or physical, mental or spiritual with
which the dream may not on occasion deal. Dreams
may encourage or reprimand, instruct or deceive,
inspire or seduce, guide or confuse. The
potential for an immense array of experiences in
consciousness is always there. What we actually
receive depends upon our attitudes, motivations,
the measure of our attunement, and the extent to
which we have made applicable what was received
in earlier dreams and in waking experiences.
Many people came to
Cayce to have their dreams interpreted. An
example was the dream of a young man about his
father-in-law, who had recently taken his own
life. In the dream a voice commented: "He is the
most uncomfortable fellow in the world."
Then the dreamer was
shown his own baby crying for food. The image
was to convey the dead man's hunger for guidance
and spiritual sustenance, said Cayce. The next
night the dreamer heard the man's own voice,
together with "a wandering impression of
restlessness." The voice said: "I seek rest. I
want to leave and be with my family down there."
Again Cayce said the
dream contact had been authentic, showing the
dreamer how much his prayers were needed for the
father-in-law, who was still an "earthbound"
discarnate. He added that the reason the
discarnate was turning towards people in earthly
life was that "the lessons are learned from that
realm, see?" It was a point Cayce often made,
that souls who had once entered the Earth had to
learn their final lessons in the Earth, where
will is called into play in a fashion different
from existence on other realms.
Yet contact between
the dead and the living can be joyous. Sometimes
it occurs because the dead want to show the
living what death is like, to take away their
fear and grief. Exploring the possible reality
of such contact, one dreamer had her side
pinched by a discarnate friend, so vividly that
she screamed in fright, while another had his
toe pulled when he asked for it - and did not
One dream took a man
inside the brain of a woman dying of cancer, a
relative, and showed him precisely what a relief
death was, when it finally came. A later dream
also showed him how a soul feels when awakening
to consciousness after death.
Discarnates are not
only rewarded by recognition from the living,
they can experience the joy of teaching the
living. They can also, in relatively unusual
cases, work directly with the living for the
fulfillment of worthy causes. The dead differ
from the living only in this respect: they are
in a permanently subconscious state because the
conscious mind of the physical body no longer
exists. But the body is an expendable shell, and
all else is intact. On the astral level of
existence, the subconscious mind replaces the
conscious mind of the soul, and the
superconscious replaces the subconscious.
Hence, in dreams, we
find that communication with those who have
passed on is more logical than the average
person is able to comprehend. The following are
more excerpts from spirit communications in
dreams as told to Edgar Cayce and interpreted:
One man related to Cayce: "Both my mother and
father [deceased] came to me and were so glad to
see me, but then they told me my sister had
Cayce replied in
trance: "This dream presents to the entity,
through the mother and father both dead, the
thoughts being entertained by the sister because
of dissatisfaction to meet properly the
conditions in her life. And as seen, the father
and mother depend upon you to so instruct, to so
direct, and to so counsel your sister. Give the
sister spiritual counsel so that she may better
understand, thereby enabling her to grow;
otherwise, detrimental experiences will destroy
her. Suicide is in her mind. Remember, too, that
thoughts are deeds in
the mental realm, and they increase or mar the
activities of the higher self." (Cayce
A woman related to
Cayce this dream: "I dreamed my mother told me I
should warn Aunt Helen against an accident
between an automobile and a streetcar. My mother
then became ill."
Cayce replied in
trance: "This is a warning. Tell Aunt Helen
about it. If she observes the warning, and stays
out of automobiles and streetcars until the
waning of the moon, it will not happen. Warn
her, then, for this is a direct communication
from one in the spiritual realm to one in the
physical realm. This attunement is made when the
conscious mind is subjugated, as in meditation
or in sleep, and an attunement with the
universal forces is established. This is also an
illustration of the ability of those in the
spiritual realm to see the future." (Cayce
Perhaps the most
common dream experience in spirit communication
according to Cayce is related by the message
which in essence says: "I am fine and happy.
Your grief, however, is holding me back and
making me sad. You can help me greatly by trying
to overcome your sorrow. You must stop
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from Edgar Cayce
Keep a notebook beside the bed. Record your
dreams as soon as possible after waking.
Suggest to yourself every night as you fall
asleep, "I will remember my dreams."
If you wake during the night, write down
the main symbols, and the entire dream will
usually come back in the morning.
Practice keen observation in your dreams
through self-suggestion prior to sleep.
Look for these components in your dreams:
the setting, the people, the action, the
color, the feeling, and the words.
Work on analyzing your dreams every day,
otherwise their progression will be difficult
If dreams are illogical, three reasons are
Only the fragments of the dream
have been recalled.
The dream is reflecting something
illogical in the dreamer's life.
Mental blocks have erased your
If you are unable to decipher an important
dream, suggest to yourself, before your
next sleep, that the dream repeat itself
Nightmares, which bring with them an inability
to move or cry out, usually indicate the
wrong diet. To end the nightmarish dreams
change your diet.
Dreams that are unchanged through the years
indicate the dreamer's resistance to change.
Dreams of ill health can be either literal
or symbolic warnings.
When a problem confronts you, ask by prayer
for guidance to be sent to you through your
Be practical in your interpretations. Always
look first for a lesson. What have you refused
to face or been ignoring?
Observe carefully recurrent dreams, as well
as the serially progressive ones. These
often illustrate progress or failure.
Dreams are the reaction of the inner self
to daytime activity and often show the way
out of the dilemma. So relate them to current
activity, because dreams may be retrospective
as well as prospective.
Dreams come to guide and help, not to amuse.
They direct your attention to errors of
omission and commission and offer encouragement
for right endeavors. They also give us the
opportunity to pray for others and to help
them bear their burdens.
If you receive an unusual message, reduce
it to common terms. See if the symbolism
of the Bible can be of help in interpreting
Look for past-life experiences in your dreams.
These manifest themselves not only in color,
but in the proper costume and setting of
their period. They come to warn you against
repeating the same old mistakes; to explain
your relationship and reactions to certain
people and places; to reduce your confusions;
to enable you to better understand life.
Do not fear conversation with the so-called "dead"
in dreams. If the communication is one-sided,
it denotes telepathy. If both participate,
it may be an actual encounter of bodiless
Dreams are primarily about self. Only a
few dreams relate to family, friends, and
Watch for mental telepathy in dreams.
Remember, persistence is necessary to learn
any new language, and dream symbols are
the forgotten language of the subconscious.
Give daily thanks to God for all things
and use daily prayer to improve the quality
and reception of your dreams.
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interpreting your dreams
would seem that sensory experiences are
permanently recorded by our subconscious mind,
even though we remain consciously unaware of
them. Under hypnosis, eyewitnesses to a crime
are able to recall detailed facts that they had
previously been unable to remember. Asleep or
awake, the subconscious, like the tape recorder,
registers continuously. This is because the
senses are aware of the inner self which never
sleeps. This may also explain why associations
with some symbols appearing in dreams are
difficult to interpret – they are not
Dreams symbols, such
as a house, a bird, or a friend, always
represent much more than that which first meets
the eye. This is why the beginner can benefit
from help received from those who have made a
serious study of dreams. Carl Jung voiced much
the same thought when he said that, if one
understands symbols, one can understand the
dream as much by empathy as by formal analysis.
The ideal, however, is
for the individual himself to learn to
understand his dreams by writing them down.
Dreams are more easily understood in series.
Dream researchers have discovered that three or
even four of the dreams each night often relate
to the same basic problem or subject, but in
It is also helpful not
only to pray for guidance, but also to learn to
meditate. Meditation, which is the art of
listening with the ego subdued, improves the
clarity of dreams, expands the consciousness,
and encourages extrasensory perceptions by
breaking down the barriers between the conscious
mind and the subconscious and superconscious.
Perhaps the most
fundamental aspect of symbology is that it is a
universal language, teaching and preserving
permanent basic truths. What shorthand is to
words, symbology is to ideas. This is especially
true of religious concepts.
According to Edgar
Book of Revelation
is a compilation of the Apostle John's dreams
and visions while he was in exile. It
illustrates his growth in consciousness as he
sought, through meditation and prayer, to fully
comprehend the manifestation of the Holy Spirit
in his life.
The following are many
of the dreams symbols Cayce encountered from all
those who came to him to have their dreams
interpreted. Each dream symbol and its meaning
are given. If you cannot find the dream symbol
in the list below, visit the
Edgar Cayce Dream Dictionary website.
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Dream symbol interpretation index
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