Did you know that your dreams hold coded messages from your higher self and spirit guides? Learn how to decode your dreams with the following simple tools.
What comes to your mind when you hear about dream interpretation? Do you see yourself lying on couch in a psychologist’s office, talking to a Freud-like professor? Sitting before a psychic behind a crystal ball? Using dream dictionaries? Or yourself, alone, in deep mediation reflecting on what the dreams mean?
The last one would gain the least votes, because ever since the medicalization of the western dreams have become a domain for the other.
Dreams have become, or we have allowed them to become, a domain for the certified specialists who can unearth the dream data and systematically recreate the message our unconscious is telling us.
Hence, the general perception is that only someone else, with an expertise and understanding of the intricate details of the dream world can tell us what our dreams mean.
Away with them, I say!
I believe no one can know what your dreams mean better than yourself. I also believe that we, as human beings, have long demonstrated our ability to reflect, understand, and create a world outside of ourselves. Why do we need external aid to understand our own inner worlds?
The Talk of Inner Guides
I believe dreams are both ephemeral and real, they are part of our psyche and, yet, they are linked beyond our beings and when we let our guard off, we allow it the freedom to move beyond the limits that our bias, perceptions, and predetermined metaphors for reality forces it to abide by during the day.
Hence, when our mind dreams, it both emanates from our deep psyche and also becomes in sync with a larger reality (i.e. the universal consciousness that is linking everyone and everything together, in ways that we still don’t comprehend), allowing our ephemeral selves to move beyond our physical constraints and into more universalizing realities and dimensions.
Dreams are great means for our inner selves and spirit guides to communicate with us. We have become so busy in the physical world, and we’re keeping our minds focused with meaningless and stressful activities, that we don’t give our minds the time to relax and be present in the moment.
Hence, dreams become even more essential and of greater consequence for understanding ourselves.
We must listen to what our inner guide is saying by interpreting the message it is trying to communicate to us, and which many of us (because of lack of practice) only hear faintly.
How to Interpret Dreams
There is no formula for analyzing dreams. Interpreting dreams is about thoughtful revision of what you have experienced in your dream and dig deeper into their profound meaning.
Dreams are personal experiences, hence your dreams have to be understood purely in context of your individuality and your journey of self-discovery.
To interpret your dreams, you will have to:
1. Record Your Dreams
This is a crucial step in analyzing and interpreting your dreams. Dreams are a communication from your unconscious and hence have to be first brought into the realm of the concrete, i.e. written and recorded.
Create a dream diary beside your bed where you can record whatever you can remember of your dream.
In case you do not remember the dream, simply write “no dream to record”. Within a few weeks, you will begin to remember the dreams.
2. Reflect and Identify Your State
Your written record of the dream does not show the state of your emotions. Hence, once you have jotted what you remembered from the dream, ask yourself: How was I feeling during the dream? How was I feeling when you woke up?
This means you are informing yourself of the simple emotions that you felt during the dream: were you angry, unhappy, joyous, remorseful, etc.?
Now realize if what you felt during the dream has moved into your conscious: are you feeling the same way after you woke up from the dream? How comfortable are your feelings?
3. Relegate the Dream Dictionary
Do not structure or impose meanings to your dreams. Dictionaries do that. Your dreams need to be understood in the manner they appeared to you and what you make of them.
It is true that collective meanings and universal symbols do exist in dreams; they have little bearing on your self-analysis and growth. You alone can best know what the symbolism means.
I believe each one of us carries very personal histories, each of which is a result of our own specific circumstances and, each, impacting our lives differently.
4. Talk to the expert: yourself
You are the expert when it comes to assessing your dreams. You must trust your inner guide to take you through your unconscious mind. You have a unique world inside you — explore it!
Realize what you have been thinking: your ambitions, your troubles, the aspect about yourself that you unconsciously know it needs to be worked with.
Once you know yourself, you can plan the way you address it.
Now that you have the tools needed for dream interpretation, create a “dream diary” and place it beside your bed. After a while, you will start to see the patterns of your dream world, which will lead you to a better understanding of yourself and, eventually, your spiritual lessons.
What is the best lesson that was sent to you via the dream world?