Do you ever get the feeling that your mind is trying to tell you something?
Our brains undertake huge amounts of activity while we’re dreaming. Our subconscious uses this downtime to sift through our daily lives and find what’s important. So when it tells us what it’s discovered, we should listen.
Read on, and we’ll see how dream interpretation could help you find your path in life.
Study Your Dreams
The first step to dream interpretation is learning to study your dreams. That means finding common motifs and discovering what they mean to you.
Don’t get too caught up in particular images. Each mind is unique, so something which may symbolize money to one person could symbolize security to someone else. It’s more important to understand your own dream “vocabulary” of images and what they mean to you.
Keep a dream journal to record your dreams. Dreams often slip through our fingers after we wake up, so keep your journal next to your bed. That way, you can write things down before they disappear.
Only when you keep a record of your dreams can you start to see patterns emerging.
Add notes to compare elements from your dreams with waking life. Are there connections you can draw? If familiar faces appear, think about how their context in your dreams relates to real life.
Sometimes a particular person may even be a symbol. If you associate someone with success, their continued presence may mean more than the relationship you have with them.
Look for Repeating Motifs
Repeating motifs are the language of your dreams. They’re an internal code your subconscious uses to communicate with you.
If you dream often about going blind, for instance, then you need to find out what that means to you. It may be an expression of anxieties about your health. Or perhaps it’s a metaphor for feelings of helplessness. Each person is different.
Your dream journal should highlight common motifs. Compare them with your daily life.
Can you see obvious parallels or metaphors for situations? Sometimes, these only become obvious when you stop to analyze your dreams.
Once you begin to understand this language, you can interpret what your dreams are trying to tell you.
It’s helpful to keep a log of these in your dream diary. Consider separating these into columns: those which seem to be negative, and those which seem to be positive. Then you can start looking into the results.
Face Your Fears
Do you experience recurring, unpleasant dreams?
There’s a good chance they’re trying to tell you something. Recurring negative dreams are expressions of our fears and anxieties. They’re a clue that there’s a challenge in our life we need to resolve.
Generalized anxiety is a common theme in dreams. This could take the form of losing something precious.
The common dream of losing teeth is a good example of this. These dreams usually suggest we’re not in control of our anxieties.
If you dream about other people expressing negativity toward you, it’s a good sign you don’t have control of your own self-image. You need to find ways to be more certain in yourself and gain a greater degree of confidence. It’s also an indication that you may be spending too much time around negative people.
Again, refer back to your recurring negative motifs. Do they line up with something you’re seeing in day-to-day life? Frequent arguments in your dreams could indicate you have anxieties about meeting someone’s standards, for instance.
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By discovering these recurring fears, you can make changes in your life to address them.
Access Your Ambitions
But dreams aren’t all bad. In our dreams, we can fly.
Dreams may show you your deepest desires. Do you dream of scenarios and then wake up wishing they were true? Well, it’s time to act on them.
Human potential is nearly limitless – and our imaginations are truly infinite. In your dreams, you’re not burdened by the physical realities of your life. Your imagination runs wild and shows you a liberated life.
Try to channel some of this potential in your daily life. Find out what the ambitions in your dreams are telling you. If you dream of money or wealth, find ways to work that into your life.
Or perhaps you dream of happiness with a family. Or about contentment with what you have. All of these offer starting points for your personal growth.
You may not have the ability to realize these dreams straight away. But even taking small steps to bring your reality closer to your dreams could give you a great sense of fulfillment.
Have you ever gone to bed with a problem and woken up with a solution? It’s surprising how much heavy lifting your dreams can do.
The more control we exercise over dreams, the more they reward us. Science shows that keeping a dream journal aids recall and control.
Harness this ability. Dream interpretation can help you understand and exploit your dreams.
That means you have roughly a third more time in a day to overcome the problems in your life.
Through dream interpretation, your subconscious can work together with your conscious mind to tap into your mind’s full potential.
Research even shows that skills you practice in your dreams carry over into real life. That extends to mindsets, too. If you can train your dreams to follow particular positive thought patterns, you can coordinate your dreaming life with your waking one.
Eventually, you can train your brain to get to the bottom of problems even while you’re sleeping.
Use Dream Interpretation to Understand Yourself
The ability to know one’s self is the true human superpower. When we understand everything we’re capable of and we know what we want, there’s very little we can’t do. Interpreting your dreams could be your first step to understanding what it means to be you.
Once you’ve discovered your true hopes and fears, you can chart a course to follow in your waking life.
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