Most dreams are simply “materialized” subconscious thoughts, or projections of the subconscious mind. So in general dreams are not really fantasy, but they are not much more important than that. What happens is that in sleep our life force withdraws inside and makes subconscious impressions come alive.

Yogananda says it much better: “In sleep, life energy is released from various bodily demands and retires to the brain cells, in which are stored the thought films of all past experiences. The enlivening action of the energy on the stored-up thought films in the subconscious mind results in the projection of the mental motion pictures we call dreams.”

It is possible to have a dream that comes from the superconsious mind rather than the subconsious. An indication of a superconscious dream is that, when you wake up, you feel joy and upliftment. If you feel that the dream has a significance, you can take time, first to meditate, then at the end of your meditation, to hold the dream up and try to feel whether there is any message for you. (1)

  • Paramhansa Yogananda has a lot to say about the meaning of dreams. But it is important to understand that this is YOUR dream and no one can interpret it better than you can.
  • If you want to learn more about regular and superconsious dreams, you can read the book: The Meaning of Dreaming
  • One of the major themes of Yogananda’s teachings is the importance of cognizing the dream nature of the universe. He explains that the way we dream mimics the mechanism that produces all of life: life is like a movie projected on the cosmic screen of space; our nightly dreams are like little movies within the big movie of life.Dreams come to us to strongly hint that what we call reality or life is not as real as it may seem. This is the primary reason we dream! Other theories for why we dream may have some validity, but they are not nearly as important as this central concept: we dream to help us understand a basic reality of life: Life itself is a dream.
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Wanting to Induce Lucid Dreams

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from SpirituallyInterested: Hello,I would like to ask if there is a special meditation or kriya technique which could help developing the ability to lucid dreaming?I’m a beginner in all things spiritual and I only used western techniques to induce lucid dreams but it doesn’t work. Are there any eastern yoga techniques to achieve full consciousness in the dream state? If so, please…

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Dreaming of the Spiritual Eye

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Vaibhav: I had a dream in which I was sleeping, and I was concentrating on my spiritual eye. Suddenly I felt a bright white light (too dense) in which I was completely absorbed. I found my body was being uplifted, and I could hear an unusual sound (bell type) and feel a sensation in my 3rd eye. I felt so much…

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A Dream of a Ghost/Spirit

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Patricia: I have a question and only because I believe in the spiritual and my husband does not, I found it strange. He said he had a dream (we were in Mexico) that a ghost/spirit had come and grabbed my arm and put its mark on me. I found that a little unsettling. Is there some sort of significance or am…

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Your Light Will Be His Blessing

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from SRIVIDYA: My Father passed away last month. Now he comes in our dreams but appears very weak. I would like to know what he wants to communicate to us by appearing weak in our dreams. please let me know what I have to do right now to make him HAPPY…..

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The Meaning of Dreams

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from AB: Hello! Are dreams a window into parallel universes, or is it your astral body traveling in an astral plane? Or is it just fantasy?

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I Saw God in a Dream

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from ruchit: I had a dream which was so good that it felt real. I’ll not forget that dream for my whole life. What I saw was God. Yes, I saw God. He was in a child’s form and he had an ‘AUM’ symbol on his forehead. He said something to me from inside of me. I believe he was trying to…

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When I started meditating, I stopped dreaming

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Anna: Hi, I realized after I started meditation, I completely stopped dreaming or if I am dreaming I no longer recall my dreams. Prior to meditation, I constantly dream every night and remember multiple dreams within one night. What do you think this could mean?

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Dreams, Space Travel, Food

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Truthseeker: 1. If we are the “mini creators, like God, at night”, like Master said, how do I create my dreams at night when I never willed to dream? 2. The current Mars One project is fascinating to me (whether it’s realistic or not). But did Master say anything about such space travel projects coming true? 3. Someone offers me food…

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What causes bad dreams?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Karen Lawrence: Hello. Recently I’ve been having dreams that are not scary but have me in a situation e.g. wanting to find or do something and just keep getting stopped or lost and becoming frustrated and upset. I have recently come out of a bad time at work and am a new Kriya Yoga initiate. I understand these images come from my…