Sunday, March 20, 2011

Interpreting Dreams

Some Dream Facts:
  • 80% of the time, we dream in color. We just don't always remember the color.
  • The average person has about 1,000 dreams a year.
  • Sounds you hear while you're sleeping can happen in your dreams, like raining. Same as feelings, like getting shaken.
  • Dreams show the dreamer: How he sees himself, How he thinks others see him, How he sees others, How he sees the world.
  • Being chased in your dream means you are threatened by that person.

Note: The best and easiest time to interpret your dream is right when you wake up. Do not get up and go to the bathroom, or check your phone, or go eat breakfast. Wake up, and lay there in bed and try and remember your dream that you had last night. It is easier to remember if you just woke up and do it first thing in the morning.

First off, write down everything that you can remember from your dream. Write it out like a story. Now underline all of the main things in your dream. Now say that there is a snake in your dream. You want to ask yourself "I'm from another planet, tell me what ___ is." In this case, tell me what a snake is. To me, a snake is intriguing, cool feeling, friendly. etc. Continue throughout your dream with what you feel are the main parts and describe them as much as you can.

Write down your feelings when things happened, or your lack of feelings. Look for clues, songs, names, metaphoors, and look for a theme (frustration, fighting for something, standing up for youself etc). Whatever you think that the dream means, and give your dream a title.

The more you try to figure out what certain things in your dream are, and what your feelings throughout the dream are, you will begin to understand what your dream means, or why you had your dream.

An easier way to do this is to keep a Journal of what you did durring the day. Write in it before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning what you had written the night before will help to interpret your dream and you will have a better sense of why your dream occurred. It could be related to your day.

Keep these thoughts in mind:
  • What are your feelings upon waking up? Joy, Depressed, Fear?
  • Are there any real life memories or other dreams that this dream reminds you of?
  • Is the setting of the dream somewhere familiar?
  • Are there colors? If there is, how do you feel about these colors? (ex: blue to me is a calm and cooling color)
  • What happened the day before your dream that could have caused the dream?