- Hi again X-Night,
It sounds like you may not be getting enough sleep or that your sleeping
patterns are all messed up or both due to your work schedule? Also, you
mentioned that you are feeling depressed and it is not my business to pry or
be nosey so I would just suggest getting in touch with your feelings.
Finding out why you are feeling blue and do something to fight it or
overcome it. Maybe try to go out with some friends or pick up a class or
new hobby or anything that will bring you happiness. I think it is great
that you want to learn from your dreams and try to get your dreams started.
I think that is a great start. You WANT to learn. I know for me, I was a
lot like Brandy in that I would remember my dreams every so often and then
go for a period of time where I wouldn't remember and now since I have made
more of a conscious awareness to myself and started a dream journal and
started reading and doing excercises I remember my dreams almost every night
now. And this has all happened in just a very short time. Here is some
info that may help you. I hope it will anyway. Maybe take up yoga or
meditation or both to help you relax. I have been doing yoga for quite a
few years now and I cannot say enough about it. It is just wonderful!
http://members.aol.com/Aarenka/vision.html Here is a great link for tips on
lucid dreaming. That is a dream where you are aware that you are dreaming
and can manipulate your dreams. I have never done it before but alot of
folks on here have. The excercises apply to all dreams though as far as
helping one to remember their dreams.
Dream Central's Unique Method of Dream Analysis
A new approach..
It must be made clear from the start that anyone who is interested in
remembering their dreams, and understanding them, is free to do so. You are
not required to possess any psychic abilities, or prestigious degrees!
Interpreting dreams can be done by anyone willing to simply learn how. It is
not very hard to do and does not require much of your time, nor is there any
really intense study to do. The method I am about to outline for you is
perhaps one of the easiest and effective ways to remember and analyze your
own dreams. As you follow this outline you will grow more effective in time,
as practice increases your success rate rather dramatically. There is
nothing spooky or ritualistic to do, in fact I believe you will find it
Just like learning to drive a car, or tying your shoes hangs with you, this
too will be something that in time you will be able to do quite naturally.
Dreams are a vehicle in which your mind communicates ideas, warnings and
health issues. Sometimes they even communicate the future! By using this
technique and following a few simple rules, even the most stubborn "I never
dream (grumble grumble)" types can do it. Just bear in mind that your own
perceptions take precedence over any definitions in dream dictionaries. The
dream dictionary that I have wrote and is now on line, contains only the
most common generic definitions. Your own perceptions are always better.
Dreams are not a way avoid facing your difficulties, in fact you hit them
head on. You can choose how you want to use this new tool anyway you wish.
You can use your dreams as a passing sort of entertainment, or you can elect
to use them regularly as an aid to you in your journey through life.
The First Step, The Tools You Need...
If you are seasoned at dream interpretation I know you heard this before...
Get a notebook! (groan) Lots of you do not like the idea of writing down
everything you dream about, but unfortunately it is necessary. No this is
not unique, but I have never found a system of remembering or analysing
dreams that did not include this step. There IS an alternative, and it is
what I use. Get a small mini cassette recorder know as a dictaphone. This
you keep by your bed like the notebook, only you speak into it instead of
writing them down. This takes some getting used to, and may disorient users
of notebooks, but it is superior in this regard.
You can speak faster then you can write.
More detail, less work scrawling in the dark, so you can say more.
You can analysis your own tone of voice.
Speaking requires less concentration so your recall is better.
Thought you were going to get out of writing anything down, didn't you? :)
Not a chance! You still need the notebook because later on you need to
transfer the stuff from the tape to the book so you can analysis it and make
notes. But this way is much easier and effective then sticking with the
Keeping a notebook beside your bed, or the handy recorder, is not enough.
You must give yourself the suggestion that you will remember your dreams
when you wake up. I would not be too terribly concerned about recording
unimportant dreams when you occasionally wake up in the middle of the night.
Dreams are like plays. They go through several rehearsals then in the end
give you a finished product. When a dream is important enough to write down
from a middle of the night awakening, you will feel it in your bones and you
will know to record it. Now, with notebook by the bed, (or recorder) you are
ready for the next step.
The Proper Way To Sleep...
As with everything else in life, there is a right way and wrong way to go
about sleeping in a manner that is productive in dream recall. Relaxation is
a must. And following good, steady sleeping habits is also a must. There is
a thing called "sleep debt" that occurs when you regularly do not get enough
sleep. When you build up your sleep debt, you sleep so deep it is almost
impossible to remember your dreams, so follow regular habits. Before you
leap into bed, hell bent on remembering your dreams, take a moment and
review these preliminary steps:
Relax yourself completely. This can be done with nothing more then peace and
quiet. If you choose, use your favorite relaxation tapes, or just some
peaceful music. (pre-set to turn off)
Pay attention to the main issues on your mind. As you start to go to sleep,
pay attention to the main theme, or train of thought running through your
mind. This will give you a clue as to what your dream may end up being based
on. Also, by keeping your mind on what you want to dream about is a good way
to dream about one particular issue. Don't over concentrate though, or it
will keep you awake.
Give yourself a suggestion to remember your dream. You must want to remember
your dreams in order to do so. Giving yourself a suggestion is simple. Just
keep in mind, and randomly bring to surface a little thought like "I will
remember my dream". Don't just think the words like a child reciting "I will
not write on the wall", but mean it, and feel the conviction.
Plan on waking up slowly and peacefully. Being rocketed out of bed by a big
dog landing in the middle of your chest and licking your face is NOT the
stuff that dreams are made of! (I speak from experience) :) Try to wake up
naturally. Regardless what anyone may have told you, it is a fact that adult
human beings NEED a minimum of eight hours sleep in order to be fully
rested. Some, in fact most really need more. Not getting enough sleep is the
number one reason for not remembering your dreams! Don't overdo it either,
or the reverse will be true. A good rule of thumb is you should wake up
naturally without an alarm clock, and without someone (or something) waking
Your health is very important! Take your vitamins, and chelated minerals
every day! Eat a well balanced diet. Poor nutrition is also an extremely
common cause for failure to recall dreams.
Keeping those steps above in mind (and following them) will kick start you
to remembering your dreams. These steps are the key to remembering your
dreams, if you practice ALL the above, you WILL sooner or later start to
remember them. (I am betting "sooner")
Analyzing the dream: Basic Dream Themes...
Identify the main "theme" or "concept" of the dream. Perhaps the most
important thing about dream analysis, identifying the basic theme sets the
tone for the interpretation. It is done like so: First, write down the dream
(or record it). Look at the dream from a different perspective. Take away
the details and look at it as a whole. Here is an example:
You have a dream of a beautiful hall with shinny marble floors and
incredible works of art on the walls. The pictures are framed in solid gold.
There are flowers in the corner, and they are breathtaking. The ceiling is
cathedral style, with graceful arches with ornate carvings. You get the
distinct impression that you are alone, and in charge of it's upkeep. You
here a faint scratching sound from the other end of the hall. You hurry down
there and zero in on the sound. To your horror a mouse is chewing on the
corner of a magnificent painting. You realize if you do nothing at all, the
work will be rendered worthless and ugly. But you know if you catch the
mouse you can save the painting since little to no damage has been done. You
are uncertain you can get the mouse in time. You wake up feeling
disappointed and remorse, as you do not want to see something so important
to you destroyed.
So here is the theme when you take away the details.
Someone sees something precious being senselessly destroyed. There is a
chance to put an end to it, if acted upon quickly.
If you had this dream wouldn't it be much clearer with a theme? Creating a
theme is very easy and usually only requires common sense.
Lets do one more.
(From the Book of Genesis 40:09-11)In my dream, behold, a vine was before
me; And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and
her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:
And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them
into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
The theme: Something good comes to fruition. This something is refined, and
As anyone who cares to look up this passage can see, the meaning was that
the King would restore the Chief Butler to his former position in three
days. A theme is NOT the whole interpretation, as you can see. But it does
point you into the right direction. For instance, "something good comes to
fruition "IE he gets his job back. This "something is refined, and given
away" does not seem to fit, however we don't really know from the passage
whether or not changes to his job were required, or if held his job long
afterward. Add the symbolism that Joseph used, and you get 3 "day--3 vines"
"pressing grapes into Pharaoh's cup--preparing to serve Pharaoh" "Giving the
cup to Pharaoh--returning to the service of Pharaoh as he had in former
years.". The symbolism Joseph used was very logical! Add to it a theme, and
it fits perfectly! This was a tough example as this dream was a prophetic
dream and they are rare. I only used this to show you two very important
Themes help you find the big picture.
Themes alone are too vague to be useful as a whole interpretation!
TIP: The secret behind themes, are take away all the details, names, things
places etc. and leave ONLY the action. As you can tell, that does give a
great clue, but not the whole. So do not stop on your journey of dream
discovery after you master dream "theme interping", as it will not be
Analyzing The Dream: Theme-to-life...
Match the Theme or Concept to a specific area of your life.
First off, MOST dreams are NOT prophetic. To instantly assume this, will
lead to many mis-interpretations! Your dreams are usually selfish, meaning
that they are about you specifically, a good 90 percent of the time. With
that in mind, you should be able to tie in the theme to some particular area
of your life. Here is a good tip: When you ask yourself, "What specific area
of my life is this dream about? "as opposed to asking "What's this dream
mean?" you will arrive at a conclusion faster. Always assume, at least to
start off with, that the dream is about you, and a message to you. Since you
made the theme, you should be able to place it into some aspect or condition
present in your life. A real good sign that you thought up the right area of
your life it is addressing, is when you get that "Ah HaH, THAT'S IT!"
feeling. Sometimes, if it is a bad dream, the feeling is more like "oh no,
that's it!". Either way, when the connection is made, you feel it and you
If you were indeed correct on finding the theme, then finding the area of
your life it fits into should come quite easily. How exactly though, do you
go about matching the theme to an area of your life? If you had the first
dream (the one about the hall above) and you decided that the theme was:
Someone sees something precious being senselessly destroyed. There is a
chance to put an end to it, if acted upon quickly.
Ask yourself the following questions:
What element in my life seems very precious to me? (search for the ah-hah
Is there a possibility that it could be damaged or hurt in any way?
Note that if you had that dream, found the element in your life that was
precious to you, and you know it could be in danger, yet you do not see a
solution, your mind does! Re-examine the situation and the solution might
just reach out and grab you! If it were hopeless, the dream would have been
different. Sometimes your sleeping mind can arrive at conclusions far better
then our normal thinking processes. As you can tell, theming-to-life is best
done through emotion. Only by examining your own emotions as you try to fit
the theme into a given situation can you know you hit the mark. Our lives
are sometimes so complicated that we many have so many things going on that
could fit the theme, our emotions are our best clue to pin pointing the
exact application. Emotions are a very good clue to the dream itself. Pay
strict attention to "your emotional state" while in the dream. For example
if you were happy through-out the "hall" dream, it would have a far
different meaning then if you were sad!
Analyzing the dream: Universal Symbols...
You've developed good sleeping habits. Then you got on a regular schedule of
taking your vitamins and chelated minerals. You learned how to relax, and
you are dedicated to writing things down or recording them. Giving yourself
the suggestion to remember your dreams, you are now doing so quite
frequently. Themes come easily and you can fit them into your life
accordingly. Are you done? Somehow you don't think so, as you seem to be
missing a large part of the picture. The details. This is where symbols come
in. Symbols in a dream, are actually the elements that make up the details.
Even specific actions are sometimes symbols (such as falling). In the dream
above about the hall, the pictures, ceiling, arches, paintings and even the
mouse, are all dream symbols. All the little details mean something.
Symbols, for the most part, are a very personal thing. Meaning that a "dream
dictionary" may not necessarily have the correct definition to the symbol in
your particular dream. Why? Because we associate meanings differently from
one another at times. For example, I might associate a candle with pain,
hardship and poverty if I spent enough time with no money living in the dark
and lighting my home with a candle. But, I might associate a candle with
God, if the only time I ever see one is in church! Two dramatically
different definitions of the same thing. When you read a dream dictionary,
it is usually not bogus, it merely gives the most "common" definition for
that particular item. If you were unaffected at all by an item in your life,
then the dream dictionary definition would most likely be valid. However,
there are a certain amount of symbols that seem to always mean the same
thing for people all the time. These you would do well to write down,
memorize or at the very least, bear in mind while interpreting your own
dreams. Why exactly these symbols are universal is a mystery to a certain
extent, though I am sure there is a good reason.
They symbolize our own traits, good and bad. When you see an animal doing
something in your dreams it usually represents a bad trait. As it is far
easier for us to accept and watch an animal doing something negative then to
take the credit for it ourselves. Here is a good example: A woman on a diet
and really wants to loose weight but is prone to binge eating. She has tried
and failed many times, but this time has resolve. That night in a moment of
weakness, she eats a big slice of cake, and a bowl of ice cream. That night
she dreams of being on a farm on a cloudy day, and watching in disgust as a
big manure covered sow eats and sucks non-stop at her sloop. She is
astonished and ashamed when she noticed what the sow was eating! (cake and
ice cream). It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what that
dream means, or what the animal symbolized! Her dream was telling her she
would feel about as good about herself as she felt about the sow if she did
not control her eating.
Automobiles or vehicles
Vehicles that you ride in usually reflect two things; the direction you are
heading in life, and your body. (the thing you travel or "ride" through life
in) This might vary if you are a mechanic or designer of vehicles. Unusually
over exposure to a specific vehicle type may easily change the meaning. The
condition of the vehicle might give you an idea of your health. Driving an
old beat up car down a muddy road on a stormy night would be considered a
pretty bad dream! However flying a Lear jet through blue skies with a song
in your heart and the wind at your tail would be a rather good dream. :)
A child represents to most of us, something new, different and joyous. Using
this logic, it is easy to see why a child represents a new phase in your
life or a new project as well. How well the child gets along and fares in
the dream is an indication as to how well what it represents is doing. Also,
a child symbolizes innocent parts of yourself sometimes, and at other times,
immaturity and childishness. It all depends on the theme and emotions used
in the dream.
When you get into different moods you tend to choose different clothing, so
clothing, for this reason best symbolizes your mood or state of mind. They
also signify attitude. We wear clothing for all sorts of different reasons
including, work, dating, play and social occasions. Attitudes and moods are
similar to clothing in this regard, they are the camouflage we hide behind,
our face we put on for the world in various situations so we can better
cope. Take a look at what you, or other people in your dream are wearing to
get even more clues to the dream's meaning. Also, a commonly overlooked clue
is sometimes you see clothes on a clothes line, or lying around. It would be
a good idea to take note as to what style and condition the clothes you see
Nearly any dream you have that refers to death, dying or attending a
funeral, or the like, pertain to change. Most all the time this change is
very dramatic and major. It can be change in your life attitude or emotional
balance. These types of dreams can also symbolize confronting fear, usually
fear of death or change. Since most of use will agree that death is the
ultimate change, and many people fear it. Death dreams are generally big
changes and should never be ignored. Sometimes they really do signify death!
Another possible symbol of a death dream is threat. Whichever suits the
dream depends on how well the theme was arrived at. Most death dreams are
about major change and not about literal death though, so don't panic if you
have one. Just patiently go through the analysis process, and make sense of
The building in a dream usually points directly to a specific area of your
life. Dreaming of being in an office complex, or factory can pertain to your
working environment. It does not need to specifically pertain to your exact
line of work. In other words, an office worker dreaming of a loading dock
still can relate the dock to work, because that's the association made in
his mind. A bathroom, may pertain to your general health and hygiene habits,
and a kitchen might be about your eating and nutrition. What you associate
different locations to mean in general, usually points to what the dream was
getting at specifically. To dream of your childhood house, tends to be a
reflection of your life today though. A dream of mass chaos in your
childhood home can indicate great disturbances in your life either now, or
coming shortly. These kinds of dreams are often prophetic. You should always
write down and deeply analyze dreams of your childhood dwelling. Dreams of
great buildings like cathedrals and large churches usually indicate the
dream has a great meaning, and should be taken seriously, as well as any
People most often portrayed in dreams are actually reflections of your own
personality traits, provided the dream is not prophetic.These traits are
ones that you need to enhance or develop, or if negative, work on
eliminating or reducing. You should immediately ask of yourself, what traits
do I like, and what traits do I dislike in the characters I dream about?
Then look for those traits in yourself. You may be very surprised to find a
match up! People in dreams work most commonly to reflect, or mirror
important aspects of your personality. You do well to always make this
IMPORTANT NOTE Dreams are very efficient. Meaning, they can address multiple
issues on multiple topics all in one story line! A dream can warn you of
health dangers, predict the future, point out personality flaws (or credits)
and solve a current problem all in one dream! Some dreams are worthy of
repeated analysis, and just because you can come up with two or three
interpretations, does not mean that only one can be right, in fact they
could all easily be right.
Analyzing the Dream: Personal Symbols...
All symbols in a dream create some sort of reaction in you. Look for the
symbols that get the most reaction, they are usually keys. Since all symbols
are not universal, in fact most aren't, before you pull out your dream
dictionary, you need to decide if the symbol has a personal meaning or not.
Here is an example: A knife might symbolize happiness to a woman who dropped
the knife on her wedding day, and if was a big joke because it stuck handle
up in the floor. This is associated with joy because it was humorous at the
time and was a fond memory she shared with her husband. However, the next
woman might cringe in fear over dreaming of a knife because she was attacked
by a knife wielding thug in her teens. There are countless examples that
could be given, but I think you get the picture. But how does one know what
something means in a dream? How do we readily decode the symbols? There are
several methods, lets explore:
A traditional psychological method of looking at something and taking note
of the first thing it reminds you of. After you think of something it
reminds you of, do it again with the next association. Example I say "Cat",
you associate "dog". Then I say "dog", and you associate "fire hydrant". I
say "fire hydrant", you say "Fire". You see how this works? You have been
lead in this example from cat, all the way to fire, two unrelated subjects!
You can play this game with yourself with your dream symbols until something
"clicks" and you get the ah-hah feeling.
Instead of associating, you list what each symbol means to you. Different
from the association method, amplification can sometimes work were
association falls short. For instance, I dream of a candle, intstead of
associating I make a list of what a candle means to me personally. Example:
candle means happiness, love, romance, mysticism and light. Though it seems
similar to association, it varies because you are approaching it from a
different point of view.
Symbol defining is very easy, and you know when you hit the mark by the
ah-hah feeling. There is one factor you should also keep in mind, and that
is the laziness factor. You must devote some time and thought to the
analysis of your dream to get a clear picture. If you go about it in a half
hearted way, you will get bad results and feel disappointed. If you relay
solely on dream dictionaries to do your symbol defining you will have lost
quite a bit of the meaning your dreams were trying to share. I am putting a
dream dictionary online in the future, but it is only to be used when no
personal symbolisms can be found. It is my hope that you will try to define
as many of your own symbols as possible.
Good luck, gal!