How to: Dream Interpretation

Do you ever get the feeling that your mind is trying to tell you something? Our subconscious uses sleep-time to filter through our daily lives and determine what’s important. So when it tells us what it’s discovered, we should listen. This article explains how dream interpretation can help you make better decisions continue reading to learn more.

Pay attention

The first step to dream interpretation is self-analysis. That means finding common motifs between what you dream about, or how you feel in your dreams and what you were thinking about or doing while awake. The goal is to discover what general motifs mean to you, specifically.


Try not to get too caught up in specific images because everyone is unique, so something which may symbolize money to one person could symbolize security to someone else. It’s more important to understand your own dream “vocabulary” of images and what they mean to you. Picking up on motif patters help pave the way.

Get started by keeping a dream journal next to your bed. That way, you can write things down before they slip through your fingers. Be sure to record the date and times along with at least one significant event that happened the day prior. Soon you’ll start to see patterns emerge. Trust your gut!


At the end of each week, go through your journal to compare elements from your dreams with waking life. What connections you can draw? If familiar faces appear, think about how their context in your dreams relates to real life. You can to this every-day, but sometimes allowing a little time to pass makes it easier to draw connections.


You may find that a particular person is a symbol. If you associate someone with success or fear, their continued presence may mean more than the relationship you have with them. Make a written note when you see obvious parallels or metaphors for situations. Once you begin to understand this language, you can interpret what your dreams are trying to tell you.


At the end of each month, consider separating metaphors or motifs into columns: those which seem to be negative, and those which seem to be positive. Then you can start looking at the result of how things play out in your life after the dreams, over time.


Repeating motifs are the language of your dreams. They’re an internal code your subconscious uses to communicate with you. If you dream often about going blind, for instance, then you need to find out what that means to you. It may be an expression of anxieties about your health. Or perhaps, it’s a metaphor for feelings of helplessness. Each person is different.


Fears

Do you experience recurring, unpleasant dreams?

There’s a good chance they’re trying to tell you something. Recurring negative dreams are expressions of our fears and anxieties. They’re a clue that there’s a challenge in our life we need to resolve.


Generalized anxiety is a common theme for people. This plays out in a dream as losing something we hold dear. Losing teeth is a good example of this. Such a dream often suggests we’re not in control of our anxieties.

If you dream about other people expressing negativity toward you, it’s a good sign you don’t have control of your own self-image. You need to find ways to gain confidence. It may also indicate that you’re spending too much time around negative people.


Again, refer back to your recurring negative motifs. Do they line up with something you’re seeing in day-to-day life? Frequent arguments in your dreams signal personal anxieties about living up to someone else’s standards, By discovering these recurring fears, you can make changes in your life to address them.


Ambitions

Dreams also assist us in accessing our ambition. How about those dreams, were we can fly? This kind of dreams highlight your deepest desires. Do you dream of scenarios and then wake up wishing they were true? It’s a good chance your body is begging you to take action.


Human potential is nearly limitless –and our imaginations are truly infinite. In your dreams, you’re not burdened by the physical realities of your life. Your imagination runs wild and shows you a liberated life. Try to channel some of this potential while your awake. Find out what the ambitions in your dreams are telling you.


If you dream of money or wealth, find ways to acquire that in real life. Perhaps you dream of happiness or about contentment with what you have. All of these motifs represent points for personal growth. You may not have the ability to realize these dreams straight away. But even taking small steps to bring your reality closer to your dreams could bring a great sense of fulfillment.


Solutions

Have you ever gone to bed with a problem and woken up with a solution? It’s surprising how much heavy lifting your dreams can do. The more control we exercise over dreams, the more they reward us. Keeping a dream journal not only helps us recall specific details in our dreams, it also helps us control the direction our dreams take.


The more you log in your dream journal and analyze common motifs, the better you will become at dream interpretation, and the greater your ability to interpret your dreams the easier it becomes to control the direction of your dreams. Thus, you can exploit them for your benefit. Leaving you more time than most to overcome the problems in your life.


Through dream interpretation, your subconscious can work together with your conscious mind to tap into your mind’s full potential. Once you can train your dreams to follow particular positive thought patterns, you can coordinate your dreaming life with your waking one. Your brain eventually learns to get to the bottom of problems even while you’re sleeping, leaving you with answers to even the most difficult situations.


Self-Mastery

The ability to know one’s self is a true human superpower. Once we understand our capabilities and know what we want, there’s nothing we can’t do. Dream interpretation may be your first step to understanding who you are. After you’ve discovered your true hopes and fears, you can plan to make changes in your waking life.


-Cocoa


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