Last time I went into detail about a few of the more commonly reported dreams and explained what they are often saying. In this installment, I’m going to dig deeper and help you learn how to interpret your own dreams, once you know what to look for.
Dreams are basically a narrative between our subconscious and conscious mind. In order to understand these messages, we must first learn to speak the language. So how do we start? It is a good idea to screen our dreams through different layers in order to understand what they are trying to tell us. Let’s explore.
Level One Dreams: Simple Narratives
As a first step, it is important to review what we’ve done the day before. Sometimes, even what we ate, will impact our dreaming life. So initial thought should be: what did I do the day before my dream?
Level Two Dreams: Personal Symbols
Another thing to be aware of is the cultural symbols in your dreams. For instance, the powerful symbol of the Cross has a very deep meaning to Christians all over the world. So explore every symbol in your dreams, both personal and cultural. Consider what they mean to you.
Level Three Dreams: Big Dreams
Jung believed particular recurring motifs were part of the history of the human race, shared by all people. One such recognizable symbol is that of the Mother. Think of goddesses of fertility celebrated in early cultures, like that of Greece and Babylonia. Mother Earth is another aspect of this symbol. These dreams are usually very profound, leaving us feeling as if we’ve had an encounter with a force greater than ourselves.
We usually have such dreams at transitional times in our own lives, like that of divorce, death of a loved one, or extreme crisis. Did any of these symbols occur in your dream? Are you in a period of crisis in your own personal story?
Don’t forget to go over the feelings in your dream. They are paramount. For example, if you are at a wedding and feeling sad, the sadness is what you should be looking at. In addition, the mood we wake up with is closely connected to what issues we were working on in our dreams.
Some more ways to go through the layers of your dreams include:
Remember, all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. Dreams do not tell us what we already know, but manifest to promote further personal development. If you take the time to understand their language, dreams can help guide you through roadblocks, whether from early childhood, current self-deceptions, repressed desires, or other blockages.
Dreams are meant for the goodness of the individual. Their function is to help, unify, and heal the dreamer.
But if you are like a lot of individuals, when you wake up you just can’t remember your dreams. Don’t worry, in the next part, I’ll give you tips to help you overcome this obstacle into your dreaming mind.