Steiner, Rudolf - How to Know Higher Worlds - The importance of symbols in dreams
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Rudolf Steiner – How to Know Higher Worlds
As the initiate proceeds along the path a change which takes place in his dream life. His dreams, hitherto confused and haphazard, now begin to assume a more regular character. Their pictures begin to arrange themselves in an orderly way like the thoughts and ideas of daily life.
The pupil can discern in them law, cause and effect. The content of the dreams also changes.
Whereas previously he discerned only reminiscences of everyday life and transformed impressions of his surroundings or of his own physical condition, there now appear before him pictures of a world previously unknown to him.
The general character of his dream life remains unchanged, in so far as the dream is distinguished from waking mental activity by the fact that it presents in symbol what it wants to express.
No attentive observer of dream life can fail to detect this characteristic.