Dreams are windows to our subconscious minds. When we are able to recall our dreams and interpret them, we develop a deeper understanding of ourselves. We can use our interpretation of our dreams to see what is troubling us and what it is we need to be at peace within ourselves.
Our dreams are our subconscious minds’ way of acting out our troubles, working through our fears, resolving problems from our pasts, and alerting us to things we should be aware of in our waking lives. Many believe that dreams are used by those who’ve passed on, as ways to get messages to us or just visit with us.
The laws of physics do not govern dreams, so in dreams we are free to act out whatever needs attention without restriction.
Dreams are necessary to mental health. Without them, we could suffer serious psychological effects.
If dreams are so important, can we find a way to make use of them in the waking world? Is it possible to recall our dreams and examine them to help ourselves work through our issues more quickly?
Dream interpretation is an inexact science. No two people share exactly the same brain or have had exactly the same experiences. To interpret everyone’s dreams the same way would be a mistake.
Our dreams often contain symbols; or items, animals, scenes, even people that are not meant to be taken literally, but are symbolic representations of something else.
This might suggest that dream interpretation dictionaries, books, and websites would be useless; but perhaps not. There do seem to be common themes in our dreams, especially among people with similar backgrounds.
The key is to examine your own dreams with an eye toward common meanings. If you dream you’re driving a car and it suddenly careens out of control, you can probably conclude that you’re feeling as if something in your life is spinning out of control. That basic interpretation would be common for many dreamers who live in a western society.
Beyond that, you should examine the symbols in your dream and consider what they mean to you. If there is a snake on the seat next to you, decide what a snake means to you. A snake is often considered a symbol of evil, or at least of something bad.
Consult dream interpretation materials to get an idea of common interpretations associated with your symbol, then decide what it’s trying to tell you. With the snake, you may conclude that something “bad” or “evil” is affecting your life, sending it careening out of control. With this knowledge, you can examine your life to see who or what you fear is affecting you this way and do something about it.
Your subconscious mind is able to see so much more than your busy waking mind can take in, and those things come out in your dreams. Interpreting your dreams can help you to identify the people and events that are adversely affecting your life so you can work to neutralize their affect on you.