Most of us dream. But but a very little percentage of us understands that dreams have much importance and opportunity for our self growth, improvement and self discovery. But many mystics of both Eastern and Western origins are cognisant of the fact that dreams have a wealth of untapped knowledge. Because of its inherently obscure nature, dreams and the art of construing them ne’er entered mainstream sciences. Jungian psychology is the close mainstream science that took dreams earnestly.
This article is a concise description of the method of dream interpretation that I use. There are several points/guidelines to move note.
1. The dreams are ofttimes symbolical representations of what we are undergoing or are about to experience in the near future. I have found that my dreams ofttimes impart messages of occurrences that will most probable hap within a month or so.
2. Usually the people that we encounter in the dream symbolize the unlike aspects/characteristics of ourselves. For example: a woman may correspond a womanly aspect of oneself still when one is male in the waking hours. Much of our reduced tendencies besides incline to apparent themselves as characters in dreams as good.
Have you e’er wondered why we sometimes seem and do so otherwise in our dreams. Well, my act is that stargazing offers an outlet for us to be ‘somebody else’ that we ne’er had the opportunity to be during our waking hours.
3. Often how we experience and the emotion we snarled during the dream reveals and conveys much about the meaning of the symbols.
Intuition and the willingness to analyze ourselves with cruel honesty are two very significant factors for successful analysis.
Below is a list of normally seen symbols. In my opinion, we should ever move into consideration the fact that symbols give sure semantics and meanings that are specific to individuals. Thus the interpretations of symbols are not generic and hence there can be no difficult and tight 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 a publishing/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.
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.
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 represented that must be attained.
Miss An 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 calmed confused and thus became depressed.
Well, that’s all for a quick lesson in dream interpretation. I hope it is informative and beneficial.