How to Interpret Dreams

5 steps to learn what your mind tells you in your sleep

Dreams are whispers from the unconscious mind. Interpreting dreams can be tricky, but if you are able to discern the meaning of your visions and dreams, you are certain to gain more insight into your life. To gain insight into these coded sleep messages, here are a few easy steps to try.

Step 1: Decide to remember your dream

It is not uncommon to have difficulty recalling your dreams. One way to improve your memory is to set the intention to remember your dreams before you go to sleep. By making this conscious decision to recall unconscious activity, you are more likely to remember your dream when you wake up.

Step 2: Write your dream down

Keep a pen and paper by your bed and write what you remember from your dreams as soon as you wake up. Document all you can recall, no matter how bizarre or unorganized it may seem. Initially, it might be only a few words or description of some incident. As you review what you have written, more of the dream may come to you and can be added.

Step 3: Look for symbols

A dream symbol can be anything in your dream that stands out as odd or not quite fitting in with the rest of the dream. As you look through what you've documented, ask yourself what stands out as unusual. A symbol might be any character, figure or item that feels as if it might have a deeper meaning. Ask yourself, “Does this represent something other than what it seems to be?"

When considering your dream, you might wonder, as an example, why you were swimming in a river. A dream dictionary might suggest that water is a spiritual symbol. While water representing spirituality is an archetype, only you will fully understand this symbol by considering what it means to you.

Dream dictionaries can provide you with guidance and you can interpret dreams for free on some online sites. But in the end, you are you are the best interpreter of your dreams.

Step 4: Ask questions of yourself

Because your visions and dreams are your own, knowing how to interpret your dreams is an individual process. After writing down your dream and finding the symbols within it, ask yourself a few questions:

  • How does this dream make me feel?
  • How does this dream represent my life at this time?

The answers to these questions will prove helpful in your dream analysis.

Step 5: Trust your intuition

Dreams don't always have just one meaning, and often your first hunch as to the significance behind a symbol will be right on. This does not mean that you shouldn't access dream interpretation tools, such as dream dictionaries, but keep in mind that relying on your own intuition is equally as, or more, important.

The work of gaining insight to the seemingly complex messages you receive during sleep truly begins when you have made the conscious decision to take an introspective look at your visions and dreams. If you follow the steps above, you can interpret your own dreams and gain the valuable insight that comes with them.

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