Dream Interpretation: The Ultimate Guide

Dream Interpretation: The Ultimate Guide
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The idea that dreams are a form of communication from beyond the physical experience is not new. There are historical records and writings that are even filled with accounts of dreaming, and in every case man has searched for a reason for these phenomena.

Dreams have been a part of us even as a fetus inside our mother’s womb. Yet, we still do not fully grasp how they work. It is one life’s biggest mysteries. Most people believe that dreams show snippets from our subconscious mind. It is also a place where we can feel through intuition.

There are many reasons why human beings were gifted with the ability to dream. They are always present within us because they are designed to help us see what we cannot see in our normal perception. Dreams can be a form of divination. They can help you predict or at least get a gist of what will happen. Warnings can also come in the form of dreams. This is our intuition’s way of telling us how we should act on some issues. Dreams can also provide us with insights about our daily endeavors. They can tell us things that we ourselves do not even notice.

Our past lives can also be revealed through dreams according to psychic readings. This is especially true when we come across dreams about different situations that we seem to remember in detail, even if we do not know its origins.

According to psychics, dreams can also be a place where our secret desires can be assessed. It is a place to see and communicate with ourselves and with the spiritual world. Desires can clearly manifest in dream interpretation, whether consciously or subconsciously. Furthermore, spirits and entities can communicate with us through dreams. This is to provide insight and relay messages. Usually, this happens with dead relatives or family members. They may want to give you an important message which you can use in your everyday lives.

It is said that when we sleep, our mind automatically finds a way to fix and solve all of the problems or anxieties we have during the day. This is why it is quite important to get regular dream interpretations from psychics who have had a lot of training in the field.

Correlation between Psychic and Dream Interpretation

Many psychics believe that dream interpretation and psychic readings are linked in a very special way.

Both, psychic reading and dream interpretation, are trying to reveal something important about a person’s inner self or a part of their psyche that is hidden from normal view.

Interpreting one’s dreams can provide us an understanding of ourselves and help us solve problems in similar ways as psychic readings. Dreams are said to provide us warnings to potential danger. Things that trouble us frequently crystallize in a dream. Some dreams are even said to even predict the future.

According to Freud, dreaming is “the royal road to the unconscious” as when an individual is developing their psychic skills, it is very common happenstance for the ‘royal road’ to become laden with colorful and often deep experiences, more so than a person has experienced before. This is often happening due to the fact that during psychic development, the psyche’s energy system will want to clear out the old files of the mind quicker than usual as to increase the energy vibration of the person in order to maintain and build upon the finer frequencies associated with psychic ability and mediumship.

Psychic dreams can lead one towards spiritual growth as these are a healthy indication that one is growing intuitive ability.
Various cultures have believed that our dreams are messages from the subconscious and even beyond the realm of the physical experience.

The ability to comprehend the messages received in dreams is quickly being recognized as the link between the physically visible and invisible universes of man.

Every dream tells a different story about the dreamer often teaching a lesson to be understood and applied by the dreamer. The lesson is learned when it is applied in the dreamer’s life. As you begin to study your own dreams and understand their meaning, you will likewise begin to understand and discover more about yourself.

In similar matter, through the help of a psychic reading, an individual can attain a solid idea of one’s respective strengths and weaknesses as well as acquire appropriate enlightenment and guide for us to become a much better person – more self-aware – than who we are at present.

Psychic readings can provide an individual a good idea of one’s present situation, as well as help delve into the past and the future, where one can learn a whole lot from them. Past mistakes and bad decisions could be broached back and be reevaluated as well as one’s future could be glimpsed at, which can prepare us for whatever challenges that may come our way, allowing us to make a much better decision.

Both, psychic reading and dream interpretation, are tools of self-awareness, self-enlightenment and communication between our psyche and oneself.

Common Dream Characteristics

Here’s a quick list of common dream characteristics:

  • Strong and Powerful Emotions. Dreams often entail extremely intense emotions. Anxiety is the most common emotion experienced in dreams. Other emotions also include abandonment, anger, fear, surprise, joy, happiness, and being in love. However, negative emotions are much more common than positive ones.
  • Bizarre or Unusual Sensory Experiences. Our dreams often entail strange sensory experiences. Some of the few commonly reported sensory experiences that occur during dreams are the impression of falling, the inability to respond or take action quickly and the inability to control body movements.
  • Confusing and Illogical. Generally, the visual nature of dreams is highly surreal and unrealistic, showing a constantly far-fetched sequence of haphazardly changing scenes composed of numerous associative imagery elements. The visuals (including locations, characters/people, objects/artifacts) are believed by a psychic to generally reflect a person’s memories and experiences, but often take on highly exaggerated and bizarre forms.

According to sleep researcher J. Allan Hobson, “illogical content and organization, in which the unities of time, place and person do not apply, and natural laws are disobeyed” is one of the hallmarks of dreams.

  • Difficulty of Recall. The recall of dreams is extremely unreliable and difficult. Though dreaming appears to intensify memories within the context of the dream, the ability to access the information contained within the dream diminishes rapidly once the dreamer wakes. Dreams that are difficult to recall may be characterized by relatively little affect, and factors such as salience, arousal, and interference play a role in dream recall. Often, a person may recall a dream upon viewing or hearing a random trigger or stimulus.

Dream researchers estimate that approximately 95% of all dreams are not remembered. Unless a dream is particularly vivid and if one wakes during or immediately after it, the content of the dream is not remembered.

  • Easily Acceptable Strangeness. Our dreaming mind easily accepts without question the oddities of events and contents of our dreams. According to Hobson, the unquestioning acceptance of dream content is attributed to the potency of our internally generated emotions and perceptions. During a dream, our mind does not see these strange and illogical events, perceptions and objects as being out of place or out of context but are instead taken as a dream reality.

Types of Dreams and Their Interpretations

Here are major classifications of dreams and their meanings:

  • Ordinary Dreams. This type of dream is said to often be a reflection of real life experiences but can also include fantasies. Studies on dreams reveal that about three quarters of dream content or emotions are negative.
  • Daydreams. This type of dream is classified as a visionary fantasy experienced whilst in a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness, as a result of the brain thinking over important, but not immediately relevant, issues when their circumstances do not pose interesting and engaging problems. Studies show that we have the tendency to daydream an average of 70-120 minutes a day. This type of dream occurs during our waking hours, when we allow our imagination to get us carried away that our minds start to wander, resulting in a drop in our level of awareness as we lose ourselves in our imagined scenario and fantasy.
  • Lucid Dreams. This type of dream is a dream during which the dreamer knows they are dreaming. It occurs when you have conscious perception of one’s state while dreaming. In this state of dreaming, you, the dreamer may often, but not always, still possess some degree of control over your own actions within the dream or even the characters and the environment of the dream. It is a well-known fact that dream control could be improved with practiced deliberate lucid dreaming. With practice, a lucid dreamer could actively participate in their own dreams, making decisions and influencing the dream’s outcome without awakening.
  • Nightmares. This type of dream is unpleasant and disturbing, causing you to feel negative emotions when you wake up, typically like fear and/or horror, despair, anxiety and great sadness. A nightmare may contain situations of danger, discomfort, psychological or physical terror, which is said to be your minds negative response to real life trauma and situations. Nightmare sufferers may usually awaken in a state of distress and may be unable to return to sleep for a prolonged period of time.
  • Prophetic Dreams. Also referred to as precognitive or psychic dreams, this type of dream are dreams of events or incidents before they happen and appears to foretell the future. There is one rational theory that attempts to explain this phenomenon. This theory explains that because your dreaming mind has the ability to piece together bits of information and observation that you may normally overlook or that you do not seriously consider, your unconscious mind therefore knows what is coming before you consciously piece together the same information.
  • Recurring Dreams. This type of dream is experienced repeatedly over a long period with little variation in story or theme. Though some may be positive, most often they are nightmarish in content. These dreams tend to recur because a conflict depicted in the dream remains unresolved or ignored. However, once a resolution to the problem is found, these recurring dreams will cease. It is said that up to 70% of females and 65% of males experience recurrent dreams.

How Does Dream Interpretation Work

Dreaming is said to be one of our most intimate experiences. Each of our dreams, every night, is very unique as it reflects our every human emotion and experience. They are said to mirror our deepest desires, hopes, fears, and fantasies as our hidden self, the one we try to keep from the outside world, emerges from our subconscious. While dreaming, we can see ourselves in the raw and it’s this complete exposure that makes our dreams so important.

Dream Interpretation

Dream interpretation can help us understand ourselves and help us solve problems. Dreams are said to provide as warnings to potential danger. Things that trouble us frequently crystallize in a dream. Some dreams are even said to even predict the future.

What Does Our Dreams Tell Us?

Dream interpretation plays a big part in the dream world. There are many ways of interpreting dreams use by many philosophers.

Freud: Dreams as the Road to the Unconscious Mind

According to Sigmund Freud in his book “The Interpretation of Dream”, the content of dreams is related to wish fulfillment. Freud’s belief is that the manifest content of a dream, or the actually imagery and events of the dream, served to disguise the latent content, or the unconscious wishes of the dreamer.

Freud also described “dream work”, the four elements of this process:

Condensation – in this element, information is condensed into a single thought or image. There are many different ideas and concepts that are represented within the span of a single dream

Displacement – In this dream work, the dream disguises the emotional meaning of the latent content by confusing the important and insignificant parts of the dream

Symbolization – In this operation, the dream censors the repressed ideas contained in the dream by including objects that are meant to symbolize the latent content of the dream.

Secondary Revision – During this final stage of the dreaming process, Freud suggested that the bizarre elements of the dream are reorganized in order to make the dream comprehensible, thus generating the manifest content of the dream.

Other Researchers

There are also some researchers who say that there is much more involved in interpreting dreams. Many famous people such as Grant and Zolar have written dream dictionaries, which may help interpret your dreams better.

Do they work? According to some, rather than a dictionary, you need a technique to interpret dreams and rather than an answer, you need an outlook.

Steps and Tools You Need in Analyzing Dreams

Free Association by Sigmund Freud. This, according to Freud, meant creating a chain of associations of meanings to symbols that appear in a dream. It can be started by thinking about one particular dominant symbol you see in your dream. For example, you dream of a bag. Associate one word to this which may possibly be wallet. The next word, wallet, will have to associated with another and so on and so forth. This should be repeated until a generalization is made.

Symbol Amplification by Carl Jung. Though he agreed initially with the suggestion of Freud, he thinks that it is better to amplify a symbol by pairing it with words instead of moving farther and farther from the image itself. For example, he desires one to associate bag with wallet, then bag with make-up, and so one.

Describing it by Gayle Delaney. It is not enough to just associate the images freely with terms. For Delaney, it would be more helpful to describe the image the way you would to a Martian who knows nothing about life on earth. As such, bag would be something that is brought around containing one’s things.

Empty Role Play by Frederick Perls. Founder of the Gestalt psychology movement, Frederick Perls, popularized “encounter” groups. He recommended that, during the process of dream analysis, the dreamer is suggested to have imaginary conversations with dream characters/objects. This is done in order to give them a “voice” to communicate their meaning. The dreamer will sit opposite an empty chair, imagining the dream character/object sitting across from them. Then the dreamer would ask questions of the character, and then would switch chairs to answer them trying to express the attitude of the dream character as much as possible.

Action Plot by Henry Reed. In this method, Reed wants his dreamer to take note of the action in the dream. “An action plot is a short statement of what transpires during the course of the dream. In order to emphasize the structure of the action, all mention of specific symbols is avoided,” he said.

Searching For Archetypes. This is one of the most popular techniques in dream analysis. “Archetypes” or mythic figures Carl Jung believed are present in everyone’s dreams. Classic Jungian archetypes include The Hero, the Wise Old Man, the Shadow (darker side of our own personality), and Anima/Animus (aspects of the opposite sex present in our own personal psychology).

Explain it to a Martian by Gayle Delaney. Along with others, Gayle Delaney advises that the dreamer should amplify the dream symbols in a slightly different way when acting as a dream interpreter. Rather than generating free-floating associations, Delaney et al. suggest that the dreamer should describe each image in simple, powerful terms, as if explaining its purpose and outstanding features to a Martian who knows nothing about life on Earth.

Metaphors and Puns. Many people in the field of the interpretation of dreams agree that the “language” of dreams is visual and metaphorphic. Often, in the interpretation of dreams, one can make use of the same metaphorical analysis techniques that are applied to works of literature. Some psychics even believe that making use of standard literary devices such as setting, dramatic structure, etc. in their dreams is useful. Looking for verbal or visual “puns” may also be useful.

Opposites. In the interpretation of dreams, it might be instructive to try to identify glaring “opposites” in your dreams. Important conflicts, imbalances, or concerns are often highlighted in these oppositional forces. For example: Aggression vs. Passivity, Style vs. Function, and Heaven vs. Earth.

Besides being familiar with the methods above, you’ll also need to do the following to have clearer dreams:

1. Relax completely. Clear your things of the many distractions you have. It would help to listen to soft and mellow music as you sleep.
2. Wake up peacefully. Do not rush yourself into waking up and getting up. Get at least 7 hours of sleep so you will wake up refreshed and revitalized.

6 Easy Ways on How to Define and Interpret Your Dreams

Here are some ways and steps in defining and interpreting dreams.

1. Recall the dream. Upon waking up, immediately review or recall what occurred in the dream. Consider the places that you went to, including details like the color and items that were included in it. Try to examine who the people were in your dream and see what your interaction was with them. And if there were animals, also try to recall what the animal did. For example, if it was a dog, then was it barking, looking at you, howling, or anything like that?

2. List things down. After having the recall, it is best and most helpful to write these details down on a paper or journal. Try to establish any connection between you, the people and things involved in the dream, as well as the place or environment where it occurred.

3 .Refer to the dream dictionary. The beauty of the internet today is that you no longer have to seek a psychic personally to have a glimpse at the dream dictionary. The internet has it and with just a few clicks, you will be able to look up the meaning of the words and some items in your dream that do not seem to have any meaning at all.

4. Know the generic meanings of dreams. Some people find it difficult to analyze the meanings of their dreams because they ignore the generic meanings. For example, hope may be represented by a white flower in a dream, love with red flowers, or fear with anything that is black.

5. Take note of prophetic dreams and ordinary dreams. Ordinary dreams are usually just an extension of something that we have been thinking of for a long time. Prophetic dreams, on the other hand, are those which try to remind us of something or those which serve as a warning to a forthcoming event.

6. Keep a bedside lamp and some writing materials. What can be more frustrating than forgetting entirely in the morning all of your night’s dreams? So to avoid this, always be ready with a bedside lamp for immediate illumination and a piece of paper and pencil for writing your notes.

Quick And Easy Ways To Control Your Dreams

1. The Commitment
Everything begins with a commitment. If you want to control your dreams, you must be committed to doing it every day. You may slip every now and then, but this will affect your overall progress. To keep your commitment strong, buy a small notebook that will act as your dream journal. Start writing your commitment on the page and do not forget your end goal. Why do you want to control your dreams? How do you want your dreams to affect your life? Are you going to consult a professional? These are some of the basic questions that you have to answer about your dream.

2. The Dream Journal
It does not have to be big or grandiose—the dream journal can be small and handy so you can pick it right away once you wake up. Serious dreamers prefer blank notebooks since they can scribble as often as they want. If you are a wordy type of person, you can go for the traditional type of notebook, with lines and all. Basically, it all depends on your post-recording style.

3. Remembering Your Dreams
This is the actual start of controlling your dreams. All dream interpretation experts would suggest this basic technique. Remembering your dreams is easier said than done, however. Since the dreaming phase happens in the subconscious mind, you will forget about it once your conscious mind takes over. This is the reason why you forget large details of your dreams upon waking up. The best way to counter this is the usage of your dream journal. Once you wake up, grab your dream journal and start scribbling away the details of your dreams. At first, your scribbles would not make sense, but as you do this continuously, the dreams will eventually reveal something.

4. Become Mentally Prepared
Taking control of your dreams is considered a rebellious step against your subconscious. The subconscious mind will resist your determination, but you must not give up. Before going to sleep, you need to prepare your mind. Think of a certain dream that has baffled you for a long time. You can refer to the dreams you have jotted down in your dream journal. Once your mind is conditioned, your persistent dream may recur. Alternatively, you can also think about a certain life situation. Through practice, you will realise that these dreams are controllable if your mind is completely prepared.

5. Keep A Consistent Sleep Pattern
Aside from obvious health benefits, a regular sleep pattern will help you track down your dreams with ease. If your mind is also not stressed from lack of sleep, you can remember your dreams fervently. You can also set off a specific time to wake up—this is where your alarm clock plays a very important role. With a persistent schedule, your mind and body will become conditioned to your dream-controlling activity.

6. Placement of Unique Symbols
You can dream about anything that you have encountered throughout your waking hours. Every object can represent something in your dream, albeit their versions are different and, sometimes, unfathomable. Dream professionals advise that you place unique symbols in special portions of your room. These can be eccentric statues, dream-catchers, tribal tokens, tiki masks, complex art sculptures, colourful lava lamps, and many more. The trick is that your conscious mind will recognise these symbols, while your subconscious mind will do its best in creating alterations. This flurry of a process will help you become more aware, thus you can gain control of your dream.

7. Checking Reality
This is one of the habits that you can do in your dream-control skirmish. It is important to question yourself if the things that you are experiencing every day are real. The effect is imminent; once you can recognize your existence properly, you have better chances of doing it in your dream. Now, you can become in control of your dream more than you will ever be.

8. Problem-solving Inside The Dream
To solve imminent problems in your dream, you should already have a consistent mental practice. For example, a certain situation creates a large wildfire in your dream. Step by step, you can put out the wildfire using the projected dream materials. It takes time to master this technique, but this is one of the primary arcs of dream control.

9. Lucid Dreaming Techniques
Lucid dreaming is the advanced, fluid state wherein you are the master of your dreams. You control every aspect, every detail, and all outcomes known in your waking life. Common lucid dreaming techniques are Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) and Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILD). These techniques differ in nature, but they can hack your subconscious mind to help you control your dreams.

10. Dream Devices
If you have a budget for your dream-control mission, you can try purchasing a dream device. There are many available apparatuses in the market—all have varying functionalities and options. Commonly, a dream device measures the rate of your REM sleep and helps your conscious mind to “kick in” while you are still in the dreaming state. Before buying, it is advisable to have a detailed research about these devices.

Controlling your dreams is a major feat in your life. You can explore the deep recesses of your mind and help your mind to become more creative. Additionally, dream control can help you combat lingering sadness and depression.

Simple Steps in Creating Your Personal Dream Dictionary

It can be tough for people to make sense of dreams. Some barely remember what happens in them, and some encounter situations and symbols that are too bizarre or vague to interpret with any accuracy.

The easiest thing to do would be to get a dream dictionary from the nearest bookstore, or maybe to even look up the meaning online. While those may be the most convenient options, they are not exactly the best methods if you really want to get a relevant and accurate interpretation. That said, you might want to consider creating your very own dream dictionary.

Why Make Your Own?

A personalised version of the booklets available at the bookstore would suit your needs better, as it is tailor-fit for your own life. Remember that any symbol likely has a different meaning in your dream as it does in another person’s dream.

For one, there are cultural factors that affect how one might view a particular symbol. Going from one community to another could mean a world of difference as far as a dream meaning is concerned. Second, our personal ideologies can affect how we see the movies that play out as we sleep, as well as the kind of meanings we associate with particular elements within them.

Step-by-step Guide on Making a Dream Dictionary

Here are some easy-to-follow steps so you can make a custom dictionary:

1. Get a notebook – This could be anything you want; whether it is a notebook, a blank journal, maybe even a sketchpad or a phonebook, as long as you can effectively log your dreams, then it should be fine. It is important to accumulate several entries so you can also see patterns or recurring elements, and maybe even how these change over time.

2. Get a second notebook – This one is dedicated to logging the different symbols and imagery you encounter. If you use your first notebook, it might be hard to organise the symbols and it would become a bit more inconvenient when you need to look back at previous entries.

3. Start logging – After you have noted down the events within a particular dream in your first journal, you should identify the elements or symbols that are more prominent than the rest, or those that you deem have a substantial impact upon your life. You then log these into your personalised dictionary. For new elements, you can just jot them down on a separate page. Be careful to note the circumstances and situations involving that element. Recurring symbols will of course be noted on their existing pages.

4. Review your entries – From time to time, look back on the entries to review them. This could give you new insight as to how the elements connect, or how different versions of the same element point to a particular interpretation.

5. Work on understanding the symbols – Spend time reading up on different approaches of interpretation so you can have multiple perspectives when building up your understanding of each symbol. This way, you will also enhance the way you perceive and comprehend your dreams.

False Beliefs About Dream Interpretation

Here are some of the most common false beliefs that we have.

1. Dream symbols have universal meanings. When we talk about a dream analysis, we automatically pick out the dominant symbols in our dreams and then refer immediately to the common dream symbols for meaning. This is not a good thing to do as no universal meaning exists among dreams. Your dreams are a product of your thoughts and the everyday happenings of your life which are unique to you alone. Therefore, it is only you who can truly give a meaning to each symbol.

2. You can draw a meaning of the person’s dream even without his input on it. This is wrong. In connection to the first statement, only the dreamer himself can truly give a meaning to his dream. Therefore, he has to also add his inputs in order that the dream symbols may be associated to his situation.

3. We don’t have dreams. The truth is we are only not able to remember our dreams. Even if your body is asleep, your mind and spirit are very active and are still in the processing mode.

4. Your dreams are random and they mean nothing. For us, our dreams may oftentimes not mean anything. However, if we take a closer look and seek a good dream interpretation, we will realize that some of our dreams have messages in them.

5. Dreams are to be interpreted literally. This is not how to interpret your dreams. When we dream, they are vivid sometimes and they can also be quite unclear. For this reason, you have to associate meanings to your dream symbols. Car crashes or any particular situations may not mean these are going to happen exactly as they appear.

6. Dreams do not have meanings. What is the point of getting a dream interpretation if, in the first place, these have no meanings or sense? You just have to practice analyzing your dreams and getting acquainted with the language of dreams to be able to interpret them.

7. Only psychics can interpret dreams. Remember that your dream can be ultimately interpreted by you since you are the one who is aware of what the symbols in them mean. This means that you can try learning that.

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