Simple to Use Dream Interpretation Formula to Unlock The True Meaning of Dreams

LUCID DREAMING & NIGHTMARES By Mike Leigh (Page 6)

Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost. Wait any longer and your dream is lost forever.

Obviously, remembering your dreams is vital to interpreting them. To remember your dreams the moment you awaken keep a note-book, dream diary or dream journal right next to your bed with a pen or pencil.

Write down everything you remember, even if it doesn't make sense. Most often, the parts that don't make sense or are out of place are the most valuable.

Every detail, even the minutest element in your dream is important and must be considered when analyzing your dreams. Look closely at the characters, animals, objects, places, emotions, and even color and numbers that are depicted in your dreams.

Ask yourself, "What does this remind me of?" Write down the first thing that comes to your mind. This will likely be the real situation in your life that is symbolized in the dream.

What did that real-life situation make you feel like? If this is the same feeling represented in your dream, you're on the right track. Often when there is more than one part to your dream (more than one story line) that usually means there are two things your subconscious is trying to tell you.

Remember that we have between four and seven dreams every night. If you wake up from a dream, write it down. Don't roll over and go back to sleep. If you don't write it down, you'll never remember it in the morning! At the very least, you can jot down the basic premise of the dream and go back in the morning to fill in the rest of the details such as feelings, etc.

Suggest to yourself every night as you fall asleep, "I will remember my dreams." Say this over and over. Your sub-conscious will act on this subtle suggestion. Practice keen observation in your dreams through self-suggestion prior to sleep.

Trust your instincts! If something seems important, it probably is. Try not to let your logical side take over.

Unlocking The True Meaning of Dreams

Interpreting dreams can be a great deal of fun, it can also give you valuable insight. Dreams are like coded messages from your unconscious mind. When you decode them, you gain access to a wealth of intuitive wisdom.

Remember that only you can interpret your dreams. Many people have published "Dream Dictionaries" that describe what each part of the dream symbolizes. Actually, the same dream can have infinite meanings, depending on the person who dreamed it. The important thing is, what does it mean to YOU?

Interpreting dreams isn't something you can learn to do overnight. It takes both time and practice. First, keep the following things in mind:

  • Dreams are the reaction of the inner self to daytime activity, and often show the way out of the dilemma. So relate them to current activity, because dreams may be retrospective as well as prospective.
  • Observe very carefully recurrent dreams as well as the serially progressive ones, these often illustrate progress or failure.
  • Be practical in your interpretations, always look first for a lesson, what have you refused to face or what have you been ignoring?
  • Dreams come to guide and help, they direct your attention to errors of omission (failing to do the right thing) and errors of commission (doing something wrong) and offer encouragement for right endeavors.
  • Look for past-life experiences in your dreams, these manifest themselves not only in color, but in the proper costume and setting of their period - they come to warn you against repeating the same old mistakes; to explain your relationship and reactions to certain people and places; to reduce your confusions; to enable you to better understand life.
  • Dreams that are unchanged through the years indicate the dreamer’s resistance to change.

The difficulty most people have with interpreting their own dreams is that they aren't objective enough. Their familiarity with the people and places in their dreams obscures the dreams meaning. Experts have come up with the "I AM and I NEED" formula, devised to overcome this. Here's how it works.

Once you have your dream written on paper, get two different colored pens. Using one color, underline every negative word or phrase in the dream which indicates limitation, disrespect, containment, avoidance or damage. Using the other color, underline every positive word or phrase. You now make two lists.

  • List the negative words and phrases under a column titled I AM.
  • List the positive words and phrases under a column titled I NEED.

You are almost ready to interpret your dream.

Determine the subject matter of the dream. The location where the dream takes place is one of the best methods for doing this. When you have determined the subject matter take each of the phrases or words in the 'I AM' column and fit them into the following sentence:

  • When it comes to my (subject matter) I AM (phrase or keyword)

Change the phrase or keyword slightly to force the sentence to make sense. If you cannot determine the subject matter apply the keywords to yourself in general. This exercise tells you how you feel or react to the subject matter of the dream.

When you have done this read through the 'I NEED' column to learn what you must do to correct the problem. To get the meaning put each of the phrases or keywords into the sentence:

  • When it comes to my (subject matter) I NEED (phrase or keyword)

Here's an example. Using the sentence "The dead woman lay on the cold hard slab". The negative keywords are; dead, cold and hard. Women, in dreams, can represent emotions so in this case the sentences constructed would be:

  • When it comes to my emotions I am dead.
  • When it comes to my emotions I am cold.
  • When it comes to my emotions I am hard.

The meaning is obvious. With analyzing just one sentence from a dream we have learned a lot about the dreamer. Using this technique you now have all of the information you need to start interpreting your dreams. However, it takes practice to be able to apply what you've learned, so be patient with your efforts.

Not all dream interpretations will be as straightforward as the example given above, but it is a way to remain objective when you are analyzing the meaning of your dreams, and how best to put the messages they are conveying to good use in your life.

Keep in mind that most dreams are NOT precognitive (to have dreams of events or incidents before they happen). Once you learn the subtle differences between a precognitive dream and a regular dream, they are easily discernible and will put your mind at ease.

The first thing everyone should consider is the typical universal symbology of the dream images. For instance, death symbolizes the end of something that's ready for change, and a new beginning. Most people start out highly resistive to changes of any sort, and see any upcoming change in their life as something foreboding and scary. Death dreams are usually about change.

The symbols and what they represent is the most fascinating part of dream interpretation. There are literally hundreds of them. We don't have the space to address ALL of them, but we will touch on some of the most recurring themes in dreams as well as the symbols of those dreams and what they mean.

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