When people think about analyzing their dreams, they usually think of psychics with crystal balls, dream dictionaries, or lying on a couch while a Freud-like psychologist tells them precisely what their dreams mean.
But dream analysis is none of these things. And it’s actually a valuable way to better understand yourself.
Why We Dream
Dreaming is the communication between our conscious mind and our unconscious mind.
Dreams let us play out painful or puzzling emotions or experiences in a safe place. They allow us to process information or events that may be painful or confusing in an environment that is emotionally real but physically unreal.
Dreams reveal a person’s “deepest desires and deepest wounds.” So analyzing your dreams helps you gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
How To Analyze Your Dreams
Put down the dream dictionaries. You’ve probably come across dream dictionaries that feature specific meanings for objects. While there may be some universal meaning for these symbols, the key is to figure out what the dream means to you.
In hypnosis we will consider all the elements of a dream. You can show up in your dreams in various ways. We can find ourselves, our personalities, in many elements of a dream, the child, the villian, the victim.
We will identify how you were feeling in the dream. For example, scared, angry, remorseful, guilty, etc.? How comfortable are you with these feelings?”
Do you have recurring thoughts in your dreams,
if so, in what situations have you had these thoughts in your waking life?
There are many types of dreams:
Venting dreams—These are our nightmares where we are being chased, falling, or screaming bloody murder at an intruder.
But, the good news is that they can be therapeutic in that they are helping us to release beliefs
Processing Dreams—These dreams can feel quite annoying, in that they are a rehash of the day’s events, tying up loose ends.
Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams—Dreams of disaster, death, fires, tornados, floods, earthquakes may reflect that you are in the midst of great change, or preparing for a change that might be right around the corner.
Recurring Dreams—Deliver a message to our conscious mind that will enhance our well-being and happiness, and continue until the message is received.
Pre-cognitive Dreams— We dream of people, places and situations that are future extensions of what is currently taking place in our lives, but symbolic (i.e. we dream of baking a cake in an oven, and we find out later that day we are pregnant).
Prophetic Dreams— These are like our own personal psychic and we feel that we’ve been given a gift or taught a life lesson.
Wish Fulfillment Dreams—These dreams might include dreaming about an upcoming vacation, an ideal scene at work, or the resolution of a conflict that we’ve had with a sibling.
Because our subconscious mind cannot discern between actual events and that which is vividly imagined, our wish fulfillment dreams create an energetic map that can lead us from where we are to where we would prefer to be.
Dreams are unique to each person, and the only way to really understand them it to understand what they mean to you.
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