How to Interpret Your Dreams
April 24, 2011
by China Brooks
Pay attention to your dreams, they are free therapy, here to help you. Dreams are your subconscious mind's way of sending you a message and telling you something. Through your dreams you can see where you are in your life, your strengths, and what you need to work on.
You may wake up only remembering certain parts of your dream. Some details will stand out vividly while others you won't remember at all. By you remembering only certain things, your subconscious mind is trying to bring your attention to those things. The details you remember are the most important ones. If you didn't remember it, it's not important.
Sometimes a dream can be psychic. I have had dreams that actually came true in waking life. One time I had a dream that an acquaintance was on a farm having a spiritual experience. Months later I saw him and he told me that he had been on a farm and it was one of the most enlightening experiences he ever had.
Some dreams are just for release. I have had dreams that were simply for the purpose of letting go or getting something off of my chest so I could feel better. Your subconscious helps let go of toxic people, places, things, habits, and lifestyles. It lets you know that it's not only okay to let go, but that you need to let go. Through release you are more able to embrace new chapters of your life. Release dreams can signify huge life changes you are going through at the moment.
How To Interpret Your Dream
1. What Time Did You Have Your Dream?
Dreams that occur in the beginning of your sleep cycle reveal the present. Middle of the night dreams are predictive. Early morning dreams (right before you wake) are for release.
2. Everything In Your Dream Means Something
Look at everything in your dream (write it down if it helps). Anything in your dream can have meaning; the colors of the walls, the way you felt, where you were, what the place looked like, what time it was, what the weather was like, who you were with, and what color and fabric you and your companions were wearing. Everything means something.
3. Always Pay Attention To Colors, Textures and The Elements
Always pay attention to the colorsof things. White stands for purity and gray stands for uncertainty. If you dream of gray concrete it means you need to gain clarity over an uncertain (gray area) issue in your life. Once you begin to get better at interpreting your dreams, many things (such as colors) become common sense. For example, water...
4. Water Stands For Consciousness
Water stands for consciousness. The condition of the water always says something. Is the water clear? Muddy? Dirty? Clean? Is it calm, choppy, or downright stormy? What color is the water? Is it deep or shallow? Were you scared of the water or was it inviting?
5. What People Mean In Your Dream
When you dream of a certain person or a group of people, you always have to take into account how you feel about them in your waking life, which will tell you a lot. What do these people represent to you, what kind of behaviors were they expressing in the dream and how were they making you feel?
Here is a question from a friend whose dream I interpreted: Do you feel that when another person is in our dream that they are actually “in it” or “connected”? v. the “everyone in our dream is us” philosophy? I personally think it can be both. Depends on the dream or/ situation.
Answer: I agree, it depends on the dream/ situation. However, my dreams are usually intuitive, psychic, and prolific. In dreams, people come to me for a number of reasons. Either they need spiritual support or they are supporting me, or both. People also come to me in dreams to give me an update on how they are doing, especially if I have not seen them in a while. They also show up just to hang out, but this is rare. People can also represent something for the dreamer, such as an old lifestyle coming to an end. When I dream of someone, I can tell by the dream exactly how they are doing in life and what deep issues and desires they are working on.
Flying is always good and points to a high degree of awareness. If you have been flying a lot in your dreams lately, that should tell you something. How high did you fly? Did you feel free or scared when you flew? If you were scared, did you fly any way? What is your flying style? My friend flies like Superman. When I was younger, I used to fly like a frog. Now I just shoot up in to the air, but I can still gain an extra boost of power by doing a quick frog hop (like when you are swimming).
According to Medicine Cards by Sams and Carson, Frog symbolizes healing. “An ability of frog medicine people is to give support where it is needed. A Frog medicine person can clean negativity from any environment. Call to Frog to find peace in the joy of taking time to give to yourself. A part of this giving is cleansing yourself from any person, place, or thing that does not contribute to your new state of serenity and replenishment.” Needless to say, the way you fly in your dreams says a lot about you.
People seem to think that death is a bad thing. I could not disagree more. 20,000 Dreams says, “Death stands for termination; finality. May not specifically point to a physical death. Dead means an absolute conclusion; a final closing.” I know that death signifies the end of an era or time your life. It can be the end of a relationship, a way of life, or a way of thinking; the possibilities are endless.
8. Do You Have Trouble Remembering Your Dreams?
If you normally can't remember your dreams, I suggest you take a look at your daily lifestyle. Do you drink a lot of coffee or smoke a lot of weed? Those things will make you fuzzy and you will not remember you dream life. I had a friend who could never remember his dreams. Then he quit smoking pot and cigarettes for a while and his dreams became very vivid. The healthier I am, the clearer I become and the more intense my dream life becomes. I think this is general rule for life. The healthier you are, the better quality of your life. It's the same with dreams.
9. Dream Books I Use and Recommend
Zolar's Encyclopedia; Dictionary of Dreams
The Dreamer's Dictionary Stearn Robinson; Tom Corbett (This one is sometimes very similar to Zolar's)
20,000 Dreams Mary Summer Rain (My current favorite)