Explaining why I am currently unable to provide a dream interpretation service.
I am frequently contacted through this website and social media, and asked for help with dream interpretations. Given that I write about dreams, this is hardly surprising.
This post is to clarify my aims for this blog, and explain my current position on dream interpretation requests.
I approach dream interpretation from a biblical perspective. My belief is that our dreams can come from God, and understanding them is best understood within the context of an ongoing relationship with Him.
My position on interpreting dreams
My main aims in writing this blog are:
- To provide solid biblical foundations for interpreting dreams.
- To encourage people on their dream journey.
- To change mindsets in the church surrounding dreams.
It is not currently my aim to engage in dream interpretations or provide training, except through writing blog posts.
I hope that, through my writing, I can encourage others by sharing experiences and insights I have learned from my own dream journey over the past 15 years. I hope these things can be a springboard, so that others can feel confident in making their own journey.
But as a result of my writing, I am frequently contacted by readers about specific dreams. I do enjoy hearing from people but cannot always promise to reply, or to know the answers!
I cannot always promise to reply, or to know the answers!
Therefore, I have written the following points to clarify my position.
1) I do not offer a dream interpretation service
I do not offer a dream interpretation service, nor am I always able to respond to messages / emails.
I do not have my own ministry, nor do I have a team of interpreters like some people do. I am simply a follower of Jesus Christ, who combines a lifelong knowledge of the bible with 15 years’ experience of relating to God though my own dreams.
However, I am widely read on the biblical model of dream interpretation, and have undertaken training courses from some other well-known Christian dream ministries.
I am simply a follower of Jesus Christ, who combines a lifelong love and knowledge of the bible with many years’ experience of relating to God though my own dreams.
Interpreting dreams is a time-consuming activity! In order to give a sensible reply regarding a dream, it requires some serious thought and prayer – and even then, an interpretation is not guaranteed. I do not have the time nor resources to devote to this activity on a regular basis.
Therefore, I do not promise to reply to requests for interpretations, nor do I claim to know the answers.
2) I am happy to help when I can
Having said the above, I do love hearing from people and talking about dreams! I have many years personal experience, and enjoy suggesting potential dream meanings and seeing whether they makes sense to the dreamer.
So, time permitting, I will endeavour to reply to messages unofficially if I can. Even if I don’t have time to fully consider the dream, I may be able to give you some helpful ideas to think about.
If I do have time to consider a dream request, I always pray about the dream and ask for God’s insight. Any advice I give is birthed out of that prayer time, but is ultimately still based on my own experience and is simply an opinion.
Hopefully my ideas will be helpful – and even if it’s not the final interpretation, the suggestions I provide might spur you on to find the true meaning.
3) I take a teacher’s approach to dreams
Many Christian dream interpretation services take a prophetic approach, and aim to come up with a concise, God-inspired interpretation of the dream. That is a great aim, and I certainly aim to be led by God in my interpretations. Any insight from God’s Holy Spirit can greatly reduce the time it takes to understand a dream.
However, my spiritual gifting is more of a teacher than a prophet, and any response you receive from me will reflect that! My heart is always to equip and empower others – and not do all the work for them!
My spiritual gifting is more of a teacher than a prophet.
Dreams are like parables, or illustrations, and I have found that once someone understands the potential symbolism, they can pray and engage with it further themselves.
Therefore, if I reply, you will most probably receive explanations of what the dream elements might mean, and how I came up with any suggested interpretation. This is to help you ‘get inside’ the picture yourself, and further engage with the dream message.
I believe that you are the best person to interpret your own dreams.
I believe that you, the dreamer, are the best person to interpret your own dreams – although there are times when help from others is invaluable. I have written about that in more depth in previous articles.
More about interpreting your own dreams…
So, what sort of reply might you get if you contact me about a dream – and if I have the time to respond?
If someone asks me for help with a dream, I never assume that I have the right answer, even if I am fairly confident of the meaning. I try to keep humble, because I know I can never truly know what that person is going though.
When I have the time to consider a dream and respond, this is what usually happens:
- Someone sends me a dream for consideration.
- I spend some time praying and thinking about the dream.
- I communicate what I think the dream means (if I have a good idea). I also explain some of the key symbols/language, so the dreamer can enter into the illustration and start to engage with it themselves.
- The dreamer considers my feedback, and then hopefully has more understanding of what the dream might be about. Often, they suddenly realise what the dream means – which may or may not be exactly what they or I first thought!
- They give me some feedback.
- I might then give some final input or response.
After that, if there is a sense of having found the God-intended meaning, both of us can celebrate together about what God has done. It is a joint achievement. If not, the dreamer can continue to think and pray about it further if they like.
This is different to the prophetic approach, which focuses on giving the dreamer a finished interpretation. I can’t usually do that – at least not straight away anyway. But I can share from my experience – and help other people to start engaging with their dreams themselves.
There are various other bible-based ministries who do offer official dream interpretation services, so if that is what you are looking for you might want to check them out. Here are a few that I know of:
- Joshua Media Ministries is headed up by David E. Taylor. You can submit a dream to their website for interpretation. Click on the DREAM INTERPRETATION tab at the top of the website and a pop-up box will appear to submit your dream.
- Michael B French, author of Dream Stories, has a website, where you can submit dreams to be interpreted by students.
- Streams training centre, UK offer some dream interpretation (depending on capacity).
My favourite dream resources…
Let me know by leaving a comment below – if you know of other places that offer bible-based dream interpretations.
Dream details to record
If you decide to share a dream for interpretation, whether to me or to another ministry, it is important to include enough details to make a reasonable interpretation attempt possible.
It is not very helpful to consider symbols out of the context – but rather, the whole dream is needed. Other details such as the date, background colour and atmosphere are very important too.
I have written more about what details to write down when recording a dream, and why. You can find it in the following article:
You may want to use this template when you start out, which includes prompts for useful information to write down:
Please note, I cannot guarantee I will reply to your message, even if you use this format.
My main aim through writing this blog is to provide a solid biblical foundation for interpreting dreams, and to change mindsets in the church. I am primarily a writer and bible teacher – who loves dreams. But I also hope you will be inspired to learn to interpret your own dreams – and become less dependent on dream interpretation services.
However, I do enjoy talking about dreams and communicating with those on a similar journey; so, when I can, I am happy to share ideas from my experience, and suggest avenues for you to pursue – and will try to respond to messages and requests if I have the time to do so.
So let’s keep encouraging one another, supporting one another on this dream journey, and pressing on to know God better.
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