It’s true that there is are many ideas with regards to the guiding principles of dream interpretation. Essentially, they all boil down to, we should interpret the dreamer (i.e you) and not just the dream itself and this takes time, hence why we should be using a dream journal.
You Are The Dreamer You Are The Dreams
Dreams are pointing us to the moon like a proverbial finger. Don’t focus on the finger or you will miss out on all the celestial magic. Dreams are the finger and they are pointing to the dreamer. Interpretation of your dreams is a way for you to self-reflect and understand yourself better. They are almost always referring to you and every character, image and emotion experienced is usually referring to the various parts of your psyche of your inner world, potentially of you unconscious desires.
The primary purpose of dreams is to attempt to bring balance to your life. Keeping this in mind will help you understand the meaning of your dreams and prevent you from getting way off track in your interpretation.
Trying to understand one dream in isolation is like trying to understand a person by spending one day with them. By recording all of your dreams in a dream journal, you will, over time, find it easier to understand the individual dreams you have in the future and have had in the past. Everything is connected in the meaning of dreams.
Why Using A Dream Journal Matters?
Dreams are like little movies we create in our head every night. Dreams also have a similar structure, and it can be helpful to think about the structure when you’re trying to understand your dreams. Hence why using a dream journal and having one close by, ready to capture the lucid dreams as soon as your eyes open is key. Here are some key questions to note down as soon as you emerge from the rapid eye movement of a vivid dream.
- Location: Where does the dream take place? How do you feel about that place? What emotions arise within you as you think about it? Does it have any relationship with a real place you know?
- Characters: Who are the characters? How are you presented? Who is the antagonist? How do you feel about each of those people (including the presentation of yourself), and how do they relate to parts of your own personality or to people you know?
- Plot: How does the plot unfold? There is usually a beginning (where the story is established and begins to build), a middle (where a crisis peaks), and an end (where the crisis gets resolved though sometimes dreams don’t provide the solution and end in the middle of the story because it is up to you to provide the resolution).
Sometimes (rarely), dreams can be very literal. They’re easy to understand. It’s not wrong to ask whether the face value of your dream might mean something to you.
The Mystery Of Dreams
Most often, however, dreams are shrouded in symbolism that points beyond the literal image. They can try to communicate a very specific message that applies to your waking life, to your real life, they may try to balance your emotional life or they may just be hinting at some thoughts or emotions in progress with no final resolution yet in mind.
Dreams are often messages from our subconscious. Our conscious mind resists these messages, so the subconscious usually disguises them in symbols. This is to ensure that the message is not instantly rejected or avoided by the conscious mind.
It can be quite challenging to unravel these symbols, but it’s also a lot of fun! It’s the ultimate enigma and the most elaborate riddle, but the answer is usually within you.
Sometimes the answers are as simple as consulting a dream dictionary for the meaning of common symbols and archetypes. However, each person is different and has their individual dream dictionary. To make things even more interesting, your personal dream dictionary can change over time.
Dream interpretation can lead to a lifelong quest that goes far beyond the puzzles of popular fiction, like the Da Vinci code, but can also be more rewarding. When your dreams start to make sense, yo will find balance in your life.
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