Most of us dream. But only a tiny percentage of us understands that dreams hold much importance and chance of our self growth, improvement and self discovery. However some mystics of both Eastern and Western origins understand the fact that dreams hold a wealth of untapped knowledge. Because of its inherently vague nature, dreams along with the art of interpreting them never entered mainstream sciences. Jungian psychology would be the closest mainstream science that took dreams seriously.
This information is a concise description of the method of dream interpretation that I use. There are many points/guidelines to take note.
1. The dreams tend to be symbolic representations of what we have a or are about to example of the near future. I have found that my dreams often convey messages of occurrences that may most likely happen within a month approximately.
2. Usually the people that we encounter in the dream symbolize the several aspects/characteristics of ourselves. For example: women may represent a feminine aspect of oneself even when one is male in the waking hours. Much of our repressed tendencies also have a tendency to manifest themselves as characters in dreams as well. Have you ever wondered why we sometimes appear and behave so differently in our dreams. Well, my take is always that dreaming offers an outlet for many people to be ‘somebody else’ that we never gotten to be during our waking hours.
3. Often how you feel and the emotion we felt through the dream reveals and conveys much in regards to the meaning of the symbols. Intuition and also the willingness to examine ourselves with brutal honesty are two vital factors for successful analysis. Below is a list of commonly encountered symbols. I believe, we should always take into consideration the point that symbols hold certain semantics and meanings which can be specific to individuals. Thus the interpretations of symbols usually are not generic and therefore there can be no cast in stone rules with regards to dream analysis.
Common dream symbolism
Water- connected 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 also
Eating/digesting- Trying to understand an issue/situation
Walking- linked to learning and assimilating.
Path, road or pavement- symbolizes life or spiritual Path/journey
House- symbolizes our self. In the house, the various rooms could represent issues related to self.
Snake- symbolizes knowledge.
Tree and forest – subconscious feelings that governs our emotions
Bridge- a transitional phase or duration of transformation / change
Below can be an example of a dream and its interpretation. Like all other types of skills, dream interpretation is an art in which one’s proficiency improves with experience.
Dream Miss A was visiting a foreign country. She boarded a train that includes 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 in order that she can find her way home. As an alternative to alighting at the intended destination, she alighted with a strange place. She had difficulty progressing to her destination. She contacted her partner (boyfriend). Though they communicated over the phone, she was still stuck and lost in that unfamiliar place. By this time, she was beginning to get depressed. In the moment of depression, she woke up from the dream.
Symbolism involved Foreign country- unknown knowledge, new experience Train- accelerated learning and understanding Through mountains and terrains- pros and cons Find the way home- spiritual path Train-in-charge – guiding aspect Her partner – male/ mental aspect Queen shopping mall station – an intermediate stage that needs to be attained.
Miss A happens to be experiencing and/or learning something that continues to be unknown to her. It can be something that is rather difficult for her to grasp and apply. She is/will be experiencing some feelings starts and stops. However, if understood, the newfound understanding and data could significantly accelerate her self-growth and discovery. However, at the moment, 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 still being confused and thus became depressed.
Well, that’s all for just a quick lesson in dream interpretation. I am hoping it is informative and beneficial.