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Nor all dreams can be regarded as of any value. Those of which only a part can be recollected are worthless, and signify
nothing. Only those which the memory holds are good and true. So we need not attach a meaning to everything which
flits through our minds during sleep. It is said that good and true dreams often occur about daybreak, and certainly after
Very often dreams are caused by something which we have heard, seen or read, or something which affects the body
during sleep. For instance, a man who dreamt that he was walking on a volcano, to the great discomfort of his feet,
found on waking that they were resting on a hot-water bottle.
People who have studied the mystic meanings of dreams say that there are three main divisions: (1) The dream or vision
which tells us the truth when interpreted by accepted figures or symbols; (2) The oracle, which is supposed to be sent to
us to clear up some doubt; (3) The warning, which is intended to put us on our guard against some danger.
*Plato and Aristotle thought dreams prophetic; Cicero was a skeptic
*There are eight documented cases of people who dreamed of the sinking of the Titanic before it happened.
*The night before it took place Lincoln dreamed he was going to be assassinated.
*In 1929 Edgar Cayce dreamed beforehand that the stock market would crash.
*The renowned psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that dreams foretold the future and put people in touch with “the collective
unconscious of the human species.” Adler emphasized the “anticipatory and compensatory function of dreams.”