Although there are a few beliefs or behaviours that are endorsed by cultures in all parts of the world – such as the taboo against incest and certain forms of murder – there are no beliefs which we can call essentially human. Our dreams tend to reflect the cultural and personal beliefs we have accepted from our upbringing, or that we have discovered for ourselves. One must therefore be careful of looking to dreams for endorsement of our personal beliefs.
However, what is important to understand, is that our dreams can graphically illustrate our beliefs and what influence they have upon our decision making, responses and relationships. The importance lies in the fact that many of our beliefs are unconscious. They were absorbed in childhood and often remain without any conscious evaluation. Dreams also tend to explore where such beliefs lead us, and what the outcome of holding them may be in certain circumstances. For instance see the first example under people. In such dreams we may be defining personal beliefs rather than culturally held ones.
Another aspect is that occasionally a dream occurs that directly questions our beliefs, or even gives us experience of a completely different belief system or paradigm. See: the first example under religion and dreams. If we remember that dreams might be a sort of virtual reality we create ourselves, formed out of unconscious fears, hopes, intuitions, attitudes, beliefs, and the mass of our experience, then it seems likely that in this virtual world there are boundaries to the landscape, people and things we create. Not only do we spend time within the graphically projected beliefs, formed as they are into events and situations, but we might also at times venture beyond the creation of our own imagery into discovery of fresh worlds. In doing this we may realise that there are no boundaries except what we create. Please see Archetype of the paradigm, as it takes the insights into beliefs into a new dimension.
Useful Questions and Hints:
What belief is shown in my dream, and what is the dream commenting about it?
Is this a belief I accept without re-evaluation?
Would it be difficult for me to question this belief?
What beliefs do I live by and control my actions?
If I imagine world which is my beliefs, and then imagine myself gong beyond it, what do I experience?