A Guide To Dream Interpretation

A Guide To Dream Interpretation



Most of​ us dream. But only a​ very small percentage of​ us understands that dreams hold much importance and opportunity for our self growth, improvement and self discovery. But many mystics of​ both Eastern and Western origins are aware of​ the fact that dreams hold a​ wealth of​ untapped knowledge. Because of​ its inherently vague nature, dreams and the art of​ interpreting them never entered mainstream sciences. Jungian psychology is​ the closest mainstream science that took dreams seriously.

This article is​ a​ concise description of​ the method of​ dream interpretation that I use. There are several points/guidelines to​ take note.

1. The dreams are often symbolic representations of​ what we are experiencing or​ are about to​ experience in​ the near future. I have found that my dreams often convey messages of​ occurrences that will most likely happen within a​ month or​ so.

2. Usually the people that we encounter in​ the dream symbolize the different aspects/characteristics of​ ourselves. For example: a​ woman may represent a​ feminine aspect of​ oneself even when one is​ male in​ the waking hours. Much of​ our repressed tendencies also tend to​ manifest themselves as​ characters in​ dreams as​ well.
Have you ever wondered why we sometimes appear and behave so differently in​ our dreams. Well, my take is​ that dreaming offers an​ outlet for us to​ be 'somebody else' that we never had the opportunity to​ be during our waking hours.

3. Often how we feel and the emotion we felt during the dream reveals and conveys much about the meaning of​ the symbols.
Intuition and the willingness to​ examine ourselves with brutal honesty are two very important factors for successful analysis.
Below is​ a​ list of​ commonly encountered symbols. in​ my opinion, we should always take into consideration the fact that symbols hold certain semantics and meanings that are specific to​ individuals. Thus the interpretations of​ symbols are not generic and therefore there can be no hard and fast rules with regards to​ dream analysis.

Common dream symbolism

Water- associated with emotion.
Ocean or​ any large body of​ water - often represents the subconscious mind. The state of​ the sea often is​ an​ indication of​ the emotional state as​ well
Eating/digesting- Trying to​ understand an​ issue/situation
Walking- associated with learning and assimilating.
Path, road or​ pavement- symbolizes life or​ spiritual Path/journey
House- symbolizes our self. Within the house, the various rooms could represent the various aspects of​ self.
Snake- symbolizes knowledge.
Tree and forest - subconscious feelings that governs our emotions
Bridge- a​ transitional phase or​ period of​ transformation / change

Below is​ an​ example of​ a​ dream and its interpretation. Like any other types of​ skills, dream interpretation is​ an​ art in​ which one's proficiency improves with experience.

Dream
Miss a​ was visiting a​ foreign country. She boarded a​ train that has a​ stop in​ a​ shopping complex that meanders through mountains and terrains. She remembered telling the train driver that she wanted to​ alight in​ the shopping centre so that she can find her way home.
Instead of​ alighting at​ the intended destination, she alighted at​ a​ strange place. She had difficulty getting to​ her destination. She contacted her partner (boyfriend). Though they communicated through the phone, she was still stuck and lost in​ that unfamiliar place. By this time, she was starting to​ get depressed. in​ the moment of​ depression, she woke up from the dream.

Symbolism involved
Foreign country- unknown knowledge, new experience Train- accelerated learning and understanding Through mountains and terrains- ups and downs Find the way home- spiritual path Train-in-charge – guiding aspect Her partner – male/ mental aspect Queen shopping center station – an​ intermediate stage that must be attained.

Interpretation
Miss a​ is​ currently experiencing and/or learning something that is​ still unknown to​ her. it​ is​ something that is​ rather difficult for her to​ grasp and apply. She is/will be experiencing some feelings of​ ups and downs. However, if​ understood, the newfound understanding and knowledge could significantly accelerate her self-growth and discovery. However, for the time being, it​ is​ something not within her experience yet (as symbolized by alighting at​ a​ strange place instead of​ the designated station). When she tried contacting her male partner (which symbolizes using her mental reasoning), she was still confused and thus became depressed.

Well, that's all for a​ quick lesson in​ dream interpretation. I hope it​ is​ informative and beneficial.

Happy Dreaming...




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