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.


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