When my dream is not “just a dream”, how do I interpret it?

dream01Scientist are not sure why we dream. Truth is we do, and many times we don’t even remember a thing the next morning (which could be corrected with training). However, every now and then, we wake up with a very vivid image and quite extensive recollection of details. Such dreams cannot be disregarded as a mere function of the brain sorting through the information collected during waking hours, as some scientists would have us believe. Dreams are urgent messages from our Higher Self. Clues to help us overcome obstacles, make decisions we have been postponing, prepare ourselves for changes to come, and so on.

Some of the greatest minds known to mankind admitted to have been illuminated in dreams. Albert Einstein discovered relativity and the E=MC2 equation following a dream where he was hurtling down a mountainside.  Paul McCartney admitted he woke up from a dream with the melody for the 1965 song by the Beatles, “Yesterday” in his head, to a point he couldn’t believe he had written it, because it was practically handed to him. Writer Mary Shelley was inspired to pen “Frankenstein” from a dream she had after being challenged by Lord Byron to write a horror story. Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev discovered the logical way to organize chemical elements, the periodic table, during a dream in which he saw the elements falling into place as required.

dream02What do all these experiences have in common? They have all tapped into the collective unconscious. The term was coined by Carl Jung, father of analytical psychology, and refers to the structures of the unconscious mind shared among the members of the same species. In Jung’s own words, the collective unconscious encompasses the soul of humanity at large.  This is what some of us know as the Akashic Records, a collection of knowledge, located in a non-physical plane of existence, where all information, all experiences and possibilities (past, present and future), every thought, word and action of every being, from all over the cosmos, are stored. The possibility of tapping into these records is not limited to a certain kind of person. All of us can do this, and most actually do, sometimes without even knowing, although we can consciously train to do so.  The easiest way is of course, by analyzing the content of our dreams.

There is not just one way to interpret dreams. Their meaning is very personal, since symbols mean different things to different people. A good place to start though, is a dreams dictionary, which are available in paper, online, and even as apps for your mobile. These will offer you a basic understanding of what individual images or symbols might mean. To better understand the process as I like approaching it, this is what I usually do when asked by a friend for a dream interpretation:

  1. Collect as much details as you can from what you saw. Pay special attention to:
    • Objects – items you saw, how they looked, if some characteristic stood out, such as dimension or color. For example, if you see water in your dream, it does make a huge difference if you saw clean or dirty water.
    • People – if you actually knew them or not, what they wore, what they told you, if there is anything odd about them. For example, it makes a difference if you see your brother, wearing a bathing suit vs a military uniform.
    • Places – Where the dream took place gives you valuable clues for deeper meaning. It means one thing to see yourself in the kitchen, and a very different one, if you stay in the bedroom.
    • Time – The season, the time of day.
  2. Look for the meaning of each individual symbol in a dreams dictionary.
  3. Add any specific meaning you might have for a symbol to your data. For instance, even though bears usually symbolize independence, strength, and the cycle of life, this symbol might have a different meaning to you personally, if you are a Chicago Bears fan.
  4. Think of any references to your everyday life situations, or any lingering questions you may have, or what you were worried about or just thinking about just before going to sleep. The dream might be an answer to any of those.
  5. Listen to you inner voice, to that gut feeling that tells you if what you are thinking is going in the right direction. Be open to possibilities.
  6. Combine all ingredients, and stir. Voila!

Your Higher Self sends you these messages so you can live the life you are meant to. Therefore, the messages your dreams convey, come from a place of love. They will give you a wider view of your reality and help you make wiser choices, and much needed changes.  As with anything else in life, practice makes perfect, and your dream interpretation will become more accurate as you go along. I invite you to try it. You will be taking advantage of valuable information to make your journey through your waking life more significant and satisfying.

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