I don’t know much about dreams and how we ultimately view them through our Hashkafah, but I wanted to share a dream I just had which was very inspirational to me and may inspire others as well. I found myself walking along a street in a prominent Jewish neighborhood and saw an Israeli fellow walking a very old, Biblical-looking woman (think Sarah Imeinu). He said to me, this woman can grant anyone’s wish and it will come true. Of course I was skeptical, but after a minute I said okay, what could it hurt? I thought and thought and was really stumped what to ask for. One wish!! He let me approach her and ask. Time was moving fast.
I finally said, “Bless me please with mastery over my inner-emotional worlds (i.e. happiness, anger, contempt, jealousy, etc.).” She said fine, but then added, “Remember, though, if I grant your wish you’ll be depriving yourself of one of the greatest possible human feats this world offers of personal self-mastery and growing your Middos through your own hard work, plus the ensuing joy and reward of doing this yourself over your lifetime!” In my dream I pondered this and found myself agreeing with her, it made lots of sense. I said fine, let me keep that work for myself — it’s what living is all about anyway.
She then promptly disappeared, leaving me to ponder this lesson and appreciate the gift that Hashem has given us — our innate ability for personal growth. The gift that differentiates us humans from all the other creatures of the world, allowing us to approach and emulate Hashem Himself if we just put in the effort.