Let’s Embark on a Dreamful Journey!
Dream interpretation and dream sharing is my passion. Listening and studying my own dreams has been one of the most powerful and life-changing actions I have taken in my life. When we listen to dreams, we are listening to ourselves in the deepest way. We expand our understanding of our minds, hearts, spirit and body. I believe that only the dreamer truly knows what their dream means and dream sharing is a powerful process that allows the dreamer to receive feedback and possible meanings to their dream that they may not have thought of themselves. Most dreamers may find when others interpret their dreams that they identify with most of the interpretation. Even interpretations that do not resonate allows the dreamer to begin to rule out possible meanings helping them to arrive at the true personal meaning of their dream.
Interpreting Your Own Dreams
There is nothing magical about dream interpretation and analysis. This is something we all have the ability to do. Many dream dictionary books, online resources, dream experts and dream interpretation articles are available to assist and inspire you. It may not always be necessary to consult these resources. Since your dream is your dream with your own personal meaning, it may be beneficial to take these steps before referencing other resources:
- Attempt to remember as much of the dream as possible. Write down your dream including your impressions of the dream, how certain aspects of the dream made you feel, the colors associated with the content of your dream, aspects that confused you, what seemed more vivid than real life, what seemed duller than real life, etc.
- Think of at least 3 different reasons for why you had your dream. This helps you find the best interpretation for your dream and it also helps you explore different meanings that may not be obvious to you but may be the best fit once you consider it. It is important to keep in mind that dreams are often layered and can have more than one meaning.
- Consider what is going on in your current life, your current struggles, subjects and thoughts you may be avoiding, what is evoking feelings in you today or in your past that relates to what you felt in the dream, etc.It is helpful to consider puns, metaphors and sayings. That elephant in your dream may actually be “the elephant in the room” that needs your attention. The list of what you can consider can go on and on but considering these aspects help you find meaning in the dream that would have normally been missed.
- Consider getting feedback on your dream. Outside feedback from either books, articles, or other people help you get outside of your head and consider something new that you may not have thought of yourself. By hearing a new possible meaning, you will feel for yourself what seems to fit and what does not.
The idiom “not seeing the forest for the trees” applies to dream interpretation!
Identifying which interpretation is right for you
Having a dream that is either disturbing, recurring, or leaves you with a sense that you are missing an important message can be overwhelming or frustrating. Receiving many different opinions and contradicting interpretations of your dream can be even more overwhelming and frustrating.
How do you determine which interpretations are correct and which interpretations do not apply to you?
This may sound like a cliche` but you are your most important resource and your gut is your most important tool.
- Consider each perspective. If you don’t think it applies- why? Understanding what does not apply and why helps you then consider either the opposite meaning or other interpretations that do seem to fit. Using process of elimination may help you reach an understanding of your dream.
- Listen to your gut. This means pay attention to your feelings and your reactions about your dream and about the possible interpretations. You may already know the meaning of your dream. Or, you may realize that what you first thought your dream meant is simply what you wish for or hope for.
- Is there something you hope your dream does not mean? One of the biggest obstacles in dream interpretation is repression and denial. When you listen to your gut and realize you are annoyed with or truly bothered an interpretation you do not believe is true, this could be a sign that the interpretation you received is closer to the truth then you realize or would like to admit.
Our dreams have many meanings. If choosing between two different possible meanings- it could mean both!
Dreaming About Something You Want To Avoid, Deny or Repress
As a dream interpreter, there is nothing more frustrating than giving a great reflection of someone’s dream (in my opinion) and being met with an angry and offended reaction from the dreamer. These extreme and uncomfortable reactions tell me I hit a nerve and, since the dreamer is dreaming about this sore spot, a very important nerve.
Dreams of thoughts, feelings and situations that we are avoiding help us face and work out these issues when we are sleeping and less resistant. Our guard is down and our psyche has decided to attempt to face the unfaceable. It becomes somewhat of a catch-22 situation for the dreamer, if you are truly avoiding, repressing and unconscious of something, you will not understand what your dream means or accept an accurate interpretation of this dream unless you become slightly less resistant to the topic of the dream and begin to become more conscious of the issue on some level.
Signs of Denial and Repression:
- Anger, taking great offense to someone else’s interpretation of your dream when you asked for feedback (becoming angry when receiving an unsolicited opinion/interpretation is appropriate).
- Believing all interpretations you received from many different individuals are way off the mark and not understanding why others aren’t seeing it the way you are.
- Receiving a consistent message from interpretations, reflections or feedback from others that you reject and do not see how it connects at all to your dream.
- The dream is recurring and you do not know what it relates to.
- Rejecting a possible interpretation quickly without giving it much thought and not being able to recal the interpretation you rejected.
- You notice a pattern of not understanding the meaning of your dreams and dreams have progressed– your dreams begin to be more troublesome and anxiety-provoking. You may dream of running away from something or you may dream of not being able to see something, being in the dark, or seeing murky water.
Our reactions to our dreams sometimes gives us more information about ourselves than the content of the dream.
Studying Your Dreams is Your Choice!
Studying and interpreting your dreams is your choice. If you are not ready to explore a dream- you don’t have to. If you decide it may be important to understand a dream’s meaning but are not ready right now- you can decide to explore it at a later date, with therapist, or with a friend.