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What Is the Worth of Dream Interpretation?

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Can dream interpretation be a successful method for developing new skills, behaviors, and attitudes?

A dream is a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.

When we understand our dreams, we access the most direct way into cosmic intelligence. Understanding our dreams is a different and perhaps easier method than clairvoyance and psychic development training. The reason it is easier is because most of us dream.

Dream interpretation has been used magnificently to interpret the symbols of clairvoyant visions while meditating. Understanding the symbology can help you transition to more abstract ways of knowing.

A few skills are important for successful dream interpretation. One such skill is a developed intuition that only you can nurture. Intuition is what binds and creates familiar connections to the seemingly unrelated dream visions and symbols. This in turn structures the connections into a cohesive and meaningful message.

Intuition is the power of attaining direct knowledge or perception without obvious rational thought and extrapolation. It is an inner knowing or feeling or sensing that is beyond logic and reasoning. Intuition is a real conscious intellectual activity but not mental reasoning. Modern life is driven by mental rationalization and is not capable of confirming an incomparable process such as intuition. Simply put, we have been placing too much emphasis on logic, demonstrating, and reasoning.

Most of the time, intuition does not tell you what follows as a consequence of events. It is simply an inner knowing that explains and provides answers.

Caution

If some individuals interpret dreams to imply superiority and self-importance, then they better examine their interpretation closely before getting too carried away. This kind of dream interpretation may not indicate intuition but may be coming from the part of the personality that is linked to body-mind survival.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Although every dream is unique to the person who dreams it, the world of dream interpretation is a rich, captivating, and stimulating one.

Here are some of the commonly asked questions about dreams and their analysis.

What Is the Significance of Dreams?

Dreams are told in a symbolic language, and images in dreams tend to hold hidden meanings and messages. When examining and interpreting dreams, it is essential to understand that the stories told in dreams are symbolic and not intended to be taken exactly. The significance of dreams for each dreamer is an individual matter associated with each person's experiences and emotions.

Why Do Recurring Dreams Happen?

Recurring dreams are some of the most common types of dreams. Most often, recurring dreams indicate that the dreamers have some issues they are not willing to face in their waking life. Exploring these recurring dreams and understanding what triggers them can let the dreamers resolve the underlying issues and bring the recurring dreams to an end.

Do Most People Dream in Color?

Most people dream in color, but many may not notice the colors in the dream world. Color is a natural part of our normal everyday experience and may be discounted in the dream world. Furthermore, because dreams disappear quickly, the sense of color may be the first thing to leave the conscious mind.

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Do Animals Dream?

All mammals that have been studied have shown the same brain activity that humans display during dream sleep. Many scientists see this as proof that animals do in actual fact dream, although what they dream about remains a mystery.

How Are Dreams Affected by Our Daily Lives?

Any feelings or thoughts bottled up during the day are likely to appear in your dreams. For instance, if you could not show your anger to someone during an encounter, you may express it to that person or a similar figure in a dream. Moreover, people who have been through traumatic experiences are often disturbed by nightmares in which they relive that trauma.

Do Men and Women Dream Differently?

Men and women display the same brain wave activity during dream sleep; however, the content of their dreams differs. Studies of dream content have shown that men tend to dream more about other men than about women, while women tend to dream about men and women equally.

Why Do I Remember Only Unpleasant Dreams?

Nightmares are more vivid than pleasant dreams and we tend to remember the most vivid dreams. Dreamers are often awakened by a particularly intense nightmare and waking during dream sleep means that the dream will likely be recalled in its minutest details.

What Does It Mean to Dream About Dreaming?

Having a dream within a dream may be a way to deal with matters from the subconscious mind. A dream within a dream may prevent the dreamer from waking up too soon, and they often mirror a critical issue that the dreamer must face.

Will I Really Die if I Hit the Ground During a Falling Dream?

People who have described hitting the ground during a dream about falling are proof that hitting the ground in a dream is not a mortal experience. It is true though that dreams of falling often wake the dreamer, and that is perhaps how that myth started.

Interpretation of Dreams and Using a Dream Journal

Edgar Cayce advised, “to interpret the dreamer and not just the dream.”

Dreams are a tool. When you interpret your dreams, you are taking the path of self-discovery and self-development. Most of the time, dreams refer back to you. Every character, image, and emotion usually refer to various parts of your personality. The key purpose of dreams is to balance the mind. Taking this into account will help you understand the meaning of your dreams and prevent you from misinterpreting their meanings.

Trying to understand one dream in isolation is like trying to understand a person by spending one day with them. When you write down all the dreams you can remember in a dream journal you will find it easier, over time, to understand the hidden message and the individual dreams you will have in the future.

Structure

Dreams have a structure similar to a theater play or a movie. Looking for this structure can be useful when you want to interpret your dreams.

Location: Where does the dream take place? How do you feel about that place? What emotions do you feel as you think about it? Does it have any link to a familiar place?

Characters: A character is a person, animal, being, creature, or thing in a story. In the dream that you want to interpret, think of the characters. How are you presented? Who is the adversary? How do you feel about each of those people and about the way you are being presented? How do they relate to parts of your own character or to people you know?

Plot: How does the plot unfold? There is usually a beginning where the story is established, a middle where a crisis peaks, and an end where the crisis gets resolved. Sometimes dreams do not provide the solution and might end in the middle of the story because it is up to you to choose the ending.

In rare instances, dreams can be literal, and easy to understand. There is nothing wrong with finding out if the apparent significance of the dream means something to you.

Subconscious

Most often, however, dreams are cloaked in symbolism that points beyond the literal image. They can be trying to communicate a specific message that applies to your waking life, to balance your emotional life, or to hint at some thoughts or emotions in progress without any final resolution yet in mind.

Dreams are often messages from our subconscious mind that are resisted by our conscious mind. For this reason, the subconscious often cloaks the message in symbols, so the dream is not immediately rejected or avoided by the conscious mind. Unscrambling these symbols can be difficult, but also a lot of fun. It is the ultimate mystery, but the answer is always within you.

Sometimes the answers are as simple as consulting a dream dictionary for the meaning of common symbols and archetypes. However, people are different and have their own personal dream dictionary, which can change over time.

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Can a Dream Serve as a Premonition?

Being able to foresee an unfortunate fact of life like death, disasters, or illnesses through a dream is common. Anyone may dream of something good or bad happening to someone else or to themselves.

Do dreams serve as a premonition? Based on the dictionary meaning, a premonition is “a feeling that something will or is about to happen,” or a warning in advance.

Let us first talk about dreams. Dreams do play a role in our daily lives, but the majority of people pay little attention to them. Dreams can help us find solutions to our daily problems and view things from a distinct perspective. When we dream, we can be who or what we want to be, even if that is impossible in real life. Dreams have their own interpretation. You can learn the meaning of your dreams through referencing a Dream Dictionary.

As for premonitions, they may be a warning in advance. Many people have had premonitions in diverse kinds of situations. A premonition in a dream is a forewarning of what will happen in the near future, but in a vague sense. Many cases of premonitions are documented before a disaster, such as the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 where dozens of premonitions were recorded before it happened. Some of the passengers who had a premonition canceled their tickets before boarding the Titanic and were saved from that disaster.

Do dreams serve as a premonition? The answer is, “It depends.” It depends on the dream itself. If a person dreams about the whole scenario of an event, it can or may happen in the future. Yet it can be just a dream that has a different meaning.

We could say that a dream served as a premonition when the dream itself predicted something that could happen in real life. But, if your dream was something out of a grand anticipation of what you have been thinking of, it may be from your subconscious mind. It may be hard to decipher if your dream has something to do with what could happen or instead it is the subconscious mind revealed through a dream. Ultimately, you must access and listen closely to your intuition when interpreting your dreams.

Glossary

Clairvoyance

The ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception. (per Merriam-Webster)

Symbology

The study or interpretation of symbols.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Liliane Najm

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