It’s not enough to dream. If you want to use dreams to improve your life, you have to know how to record and interpret them. Here are some suggestions on how to make dreams more meaningful.
Record them upon awakening
If you wait to record your dreams, you may lose vital details. Get a loose leaf notebook or journal and record your dreams right away.
Who is the dreamer?
We can all see dreams that are our own, someone else’s, or see third person viewings of something. Pay attention to who “you” are. Are you the dreamer or observer? If you are an observer, are you a random bystander or someone that you know? Look around. Are you in your sister’s house? Perhaps you are your sister. Are you somewhere you’ve never been? It could be that you are seeing an unknown event. This is a huge key in making your dream interpretations more accurate and meaningful.
Where are you?
Often in dreams, background information is sketchy. If you can get some details about where you are, this can add lots of context to help make your dreams more meaningful. We might say that we had a flying dream, but flying in your third grade classroom is probably a lot different from flying to an eagle’s nest or to a fairy kingdom.
When is it?
Time is particularly important if your dream is predictive. Let’s say that you are dreaming that you are going to be in an accident or the dream has some kind of warning. Look around you for clues as to when this occurs. What time of day is it? Are there any clocks or numbers of any kind? What season is it? How old are the people around you? If you have a one year old baby and your child is five in the dream, that could be a clue that the event is 4 years away. If it’s your birthday in the dream and that’s only four days way, that’s also good to know.
Look for metaphors
When I first got interested in dream interpretation, I went for themes. This makes sense because I am a big picture person. Don’t overlook the details. These are often important metaphors. Masks may be an obvious metaphor for things that are obscured, but what about babies? Many people talk of knowing babies are coming because they dream “X.” “X” may be fishes, cherubs, seeds, or bees, but they all know it’s their symbol of life. Things may not be what they seem to be.
How does it make you feel?
Let’s say you dream that you are in a field of flowers. Does the message change if it’s terrifying or deeply satisfying? Of course! The emotional climate of the dream matters a lot! A dream about your dead grandfather could be a warning, symbol, replay of today’s events, or rehearsal for something that is coming up. If it leaves you feeling very peaceful, it could be a visitation. How do you know? By how it feels.
If you’re not getting this level of detail in your dreams, set the intention that you will become more aware of the details before you go to sleep. Expect it. Record your dreams in as much detail as you can remember upon awakening. With time, more details will come. When you give your dreams priority, you will get more from them. That’s just how the brain works. We see what we expect to see.
If you have more material to work with, your access to your unconscious increases. That can help you make better decisions, be more aware, and head off problems before they manifest. If you’d like some practice with this, check out my dream group. It’s open to anyone who wants to become better at learning to hear the whisperings of their own soul.