Our dreams and visions speak to us in the language of symbols, since symbols can communicate profound meanings simply, helping us understand our deepest thoughts and feelings. Interpreting symbols involves figuring out two types of associations: both their universal symbolic meanings and what they represent to us personally through our unique connections to them.
As I continue to cover angelic dreams and miraculous dreams for About.com, I’m learning lots of fascinating information about symbols, such as what different colors and numbers mean. Recently, I visited The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida as part of my research for an upcoming series on shapes in dreams. The museum is dedicated to the work of famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali, who said that his dreams provided the inspiration for his renowned symbolic paintings.
When we receive inspiration from God (or his messengers, the angels) it often comes in the form of symbols designed to help our minds best comprehend what’s happening. For instance, angels often appear to people with wings, even though they don’t actually have wings (they’re purely spirits who can choose to manifest physically in any form) because many people have become culturally conditioned to expect angels to have wings.
What symbols have shown up in your mind lately — either while you’re awake, or while you’re asleep and dreaming — and what do you think they’re trying to tell you?