Updated: Apr 24, 2022
Understanding our dreams is like peering through at what is just below the surface of one's own consciousness. Those hidden meanings, symbols and metaphors are keys to understanding why we make the decisions we do. They shape our perception of the world and how we see ourselves in it. I believe the Ancient Egyptians knew this because there were many dream manuals for interpretation and many copies made of dream manuals. Many dreams have been recorded and dream interpretation was open to everyone in all levels of society, not just the wealthy.
Understanding dreams was part of medical treatment and mental wellness. The Ramesside Dream Book, P. Chester Beatty, is just one of several dream manuals used by Ancient Egyptian priesthood. Please forgive the use of male pronouns. I kept to the original transliteration as much as possible.
If a man sees himself on the Nile sailing downstream
BAD It means his life is running backwards
Running backwards, losing the gains you worked hard to achieve, sometimes not even being able to get something back you once worked so hard to achieve, is exhausting not to mention frustrating. On the Nile, sailing downstream is going against the flow of the current which leads towards the delta, is a metaphor for one who is losing traction in their life. Work done which has come undone and then some.