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What Is the Worth of Dream Interpretation?

Yoga Wellness educator. Hatha yoga, meditation, pilates, Reiki. Oracle card reader. Gateway Dream Guide. Yoga Therapy foundations program.


Gateway Dream Guide

I recently completed my certification as a Gateway Dream Guide with Denise Linn, a spiritual teacher and a best-selling author. I started this training to better understand a vivid dream and a couple of recurring dreams. I do recommend this training with Denise who is a fantastic teacher.

Dreams 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. When we dream, we can be who or what we want to be, even if that is improbable in real life.

What Is Dream Interpretation?

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 psychic development training. It is easier because most of us dream.

Dream interpretation has been used 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 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 having a direct knowledge or perception without obvious rational thought or concluding by assuming. It is an inner knowing, feeling or sensing that is beyond logic and reasoning. Intuition is a real conscious intellectual activity but is 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 provides answers.


Frequently Asked Questions

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 interpreting dreams, you must understand that the stories told in dreams are symbolic. They are not intended to be taken literally. The significance of dreams is an individual matter associated with each person's experiences and emotions.

Why Do Recurring Dreams Happen?

Recurring dreams are common and most often indicate that the dreamers have some issues they are unwilling 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. Because dreams disappear quickly, the sense of color may be the first thing to leave the conscious mind.

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 dream.

Are Dreams Affected by Daily Life?

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. People who have lived a traumatic experience may often be 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.

Can You 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 often mirror a critical issue that the dreamer must face.

Is It Useful to Keep a Dream Journal?

Dreams are a tool. When you interpret your dreams, you are taking the path of self-discovery. 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.

Trying to understand one dream in isolation is like trying to understand a person by spending one day with them. When you record 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 that you will have in the future.

Do Dreams Have a Structure?

Dreams have a structure similar to a movie. Looking for this structure is 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 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 as it is up to you to choose the ending.

In rare instances, dreams can be literal and easy to understand. Find out if the apparent significance of the dream means something to you.

Is the Subconscious Involved?

Most often, dreams are cloaked in symbolism that points beyond the literal image. They can be about communicating a specific message that applies to your waking life, balancing your emotional life, or hinting at some thoughts or emotions in progress without any resolution yet in mind.

Dreams are often messages from our subconscious mind that are resisted by our conscious mind. The subconscious often cloaks the message in symbols, so the dream is not immediately rejected by the conscious mind. Unscrambling these symbols can be difficult, but so rewarding.

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 personal dream dictionary, which can change over time.


Can a Dream Serve as a Premonition?

Based on the dictionary meaning, a premonition is “a feeling that something will or is about to happen”. We have a premonition when we foresee an unfortunate fact of life such as death, disasters, or illnesses through a dream.

A premonition in a dream is a vague forewarning of what will happen in the near future. Many people have had premonitions in varying kinds of situations that have helped them out of danger.

Do dreams serve as a premonition? It depends on the dream itself. We could say that a dream served as a premonition when it predicted something that happened later on in real life. If your dream was something out of a grand anticipation of what you have been thinking, it probably emanated from your subconscious mind.

Ultimately, you must listen closely to your intuition when interpreting your dreams.

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.

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