Like the other night when I dreamt of a friend of mine getting married - his face strangely covered in henna (usually it is limited to the hands!) and being smothered by his family around him. My friend has no plans of marriage looming and he is not a fan of henna! The dream only clicked into place when I met him later that day, realizing it was exactly his state of mind having visited family after a long time.
The details in this quick little dream were not just relevant but also accurate. From henna to family, each offered a window into his mental constitution at the time, as picked up by my intuitive mind. No, this wasn't just idle ramblings or my mind tripping out!
Don’t Become Distracted by Details
Take for instance, a recent dream from a couple of nights ago. I spent hours and days traveling across the mountains. I journeyed by bus, train, and foot. There were vivid adventures, unknown locations and unknown faces I encountered, all the while a lone traveler in a beloved but strange landscape.
I woke up feeling like I had studied for a history test - my head was full of names, places, events and outcomes! But what stood out most was the distinct sense of feeling lost, like I was drifting. That emotion I knew was the key to this dream! All the detail it came with helped induce that feeling, but these details, the names and faces, were secondary to it.
Truth be told, out dreams are just as diverse and individualized as the minds and faces that paint them into being. You may need to sit down and work out your own dream vocabulary to answer this question. But here are a few pointers to keep in mind.
1. Emotion is Key to Interpretation
Did you focus on this detail in the dream, and did it elicit an emotional response from you while you were dreaming? Or is it something that has caught your fancy now that you are awake, maybe because of its visual richness, maybe because an online resource mentions it could be important, or maybe because you have a theory and focusing on the detail helps support it?
If you want to be sure, go back to what and how you experienced the events and images while in dream state. There could be a marked difference in how your mind projects its message when asleep and when awake, and the two may not always concur. Emotion offers a simple map to knowing what is important when asleep and dreaming.
2. Identify the Script
3. Understand and Learn about the Symbols at Play
I would recommend using your own dreams as a lesson plan. Look up the different aspects and symbols your mind is projection to begin mapping out your own dream vocabulary. Also, it is best to not swallow all that you read whole - dreams are highly individualized and often situation specific in their imagery, so not every interpretation you find online or in a book may apply to you. You may have your own way of using a symbol, yet very often there is common ground to explore and these resources help with that.
4. Do Not Give into Your Fears
For instance, dreaming that you are in a house full of tigers may sound harrowing. If your fears get to determine the script, it is an excruciating warning sign. But really the fact that you feel no fear while in this house and among these tigers, is a key into the benign nature of the dream, something that your fears are inclined to wash out.
5. Step Away and Come Back
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