A few ways to understand your dreams
1. Keep a detailed
dream journal in the notebook. Every
time you wake up and you remember a dream no matter how short, write it
down. Some people don’t remember their
dreams at all. Perhaps if you are one of
them, you might remember a feeling or a colour during the dream. Write it down. In time your ability to recall dreams will
2. Observe the
tonality of dream, how you felt in a dream is important. It tells you quite often in the metaphorical
way what is happening in your life.
Everybody has dreams of anxiety and panic when they are going through
new beginnings, or have something stressful in their lives. Quite often we would dream about arriving to
class unprepared for exam or test, or walking down the street stark naked.
3. Some common themes
that run through everybody’s dreams are driving a car, being pregnant or giving
birth, being in the house. These
imageries are common and signify either your direction in life, new beginning
in life or creative projects you’ve started, and a house in a dream signifies
yourself and your mind.
Notice the actions in the dream. What is happening? What are you doing? Where are you going? Does it hold a meaning to the waking life?
4. The dreams that
keep coming up to your consciousness during the day and seem puzzling and are unforgettable
are the most critical for us to understand.
Don’t be shy to seek counsel as to what the dream might mean. Your mind is trying to tell you something important,
or to show you the way out of the problem.
Dreams also show you where your talents, gifts or inner strengths that
you might have forgotten or ignored.
5. If you are dreaming
about a certain individual and you don’t know why – try analyzing what does
this person represent to you? What
characteristics he or she posseses that you don’t like or that you’d like to
emulate? Then try to think whether that
word or a sentence can apply to your life.
For example, if I keep dreaming about a famous person, I might be
secretly harboring a desire to become famous, or perhaps I want to be more in
the limelight, or just more social and accepted than I am now. Maybe that famous person or the character
they portray in a movie is a hidden part of my personality that I need to
Try to see if you can come up with a number of explanations
rather than just one or two. Dream
understanding is like a creative process.
It will show you a true picture of your internal terrain.