Dream meaning is so powerful that one dream can change your life. Discover 11 keys to interpreting your own dreams in this book from the author of The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary. With these practical tips, translation tools, and analysis techniques, you’ll be free to explore your dreams and unlock their transformative power.
Dream Interpretation Process:
Follow a practical 4-step process to interpret and benefit from your dream.
Discover common symbolism patterns pointing to dream meaning.
Intuition as a Dream Translator:
Learn how to recognize intuition and use it as a personal dream translator.
Powerful Dream Analysis Tools:
Choose from step-by-step techniques to explore dream and symbol meaning.
Symbol Categories Defined:
Translate any dream symbol based on clues from its symbol category.
A Concise Dream Dictionary:
Explore meanings of top dream symbols defined for personal growth.
Working with a Dream Expert:
Learn how to select a qualified dream professional and get the best results.
Understanding Subconscious Influences:
Find out what dreams reveal about your subconscious mind and how it works.
Remembering Your Dreams:
Discover tips to enhance dream recall and retrieve subconscious details.
Learn how to interpret and recover from nightmares and avoid certain triggers.
Find tips, answers, and resources to help you understand your dreams and what they reveal about you.
Includes an excerpt from The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary!
Targeted Age Group:: General adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
We all want to be better people and do better in our lives (most of us, anyway). Yet we consistently ignore one of our most powerful sources for personal transformation: our nightly dreams. One dream can change a dreamer's life, so I wrote this new book to show readers how to interpret dreams and then use them to improve themselves and their lives, step by step.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Your dreams speak to you every night. Unless you pay attention to them and learn their language, you'll miss insights into yourself and your life that might otherwise be lost. This book encapsulates the essentials of practical dream interpretation to help you find the value in your dreams.
We'll begin with the foundational dream interpretation process and then explore a range of instructive dream topics that includes symbolism patterns, analysis techniques, dream intuition, the subconscious mind, dream recall, and nightmares – as well as tips, answers, and resources to help you get the most from your dreams. A concise dream dictionary and top symbol categories also prompt you to explore traditional and personal dream symbol meanings.
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From CHAPTER 2: CONSIDER COMMON DREAM SYMBOLISM FIRST
If there's any such thing as a shortcut to finding dream meaning, this is it. The majority of dreams convey meaning using one of just a few forms of symbolism. So, chances are that your dream symbol represents something in your life or mind in one of the following ways, which you'll begin to recognize as you interpret more dreams. When searching for a symbol's meaning, always consider these most common forms of symbolism first.
If the dream symbol (person, event, object, action, setting, etc.) exists in your real life, it might represent that actual element of your waking life. For example, your mother who was hugging you might represent a particular time she hugged you, or her affection toward you in general. Consider whether the dream symbol might represent the same thing in your current life, past, or imagined future, and whether your feelings about the dream symbol remind you of feelings you felt about something in your real life (perhaps recently).
The emotions you feel regarding the dream symbol are probably the same as the emotions you feel about whatever the symbol represents in your real life. For example, if you feel overwhelmed by a swarm of insects in a dream, the swarm might represent your to-do list that feels overwhelming in real life. (See more about emotions in the "Emotions" symbol category on p. 39.)
Abundance or Lack
A dream symbol can represent something that you feel you have too much of, do too much of, or want less of in your real life. Alternatively, your dream symbol could represent something that you feel you lack, do too little of, or want more of. If your dream contained a pleasant experience (such as relaxing on a beach), your subconscious mind could be pointing to your desire for more relaxation in your life. If your dream was unpleasant (such as someone judging you), your subconscious mind may have been focused on trying to avoid that kind of experience in real life…
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From CHAPTER 6: A CONCISE DREAM DICTIONARY
Keep in mind that these descriptions provide possible meanings rather than definitive answers about your dream symbol's meaning. Use these descriptions as a springboard for your own interpretation process.
Driving a vehicle can represent how you "run your life," or did in the past. Driving well can represent taking charge of your life, making good decisions, or staying on track. Crashing can represent a feeling or fear of a disaster or inability to handle things in your life. A driver other than yourself can represent an authority figure or someone you've allowed to make decisions for you; someone who was in charge of a certain process that's represented by the vehicle's movement (such as the leader of your project team, or your friend who took you to dinner).
A feeling or fear of losing a sense of security or control. A sudden lack of foundation in your life, such as a situation in which "the rug is pulled out from under you." Experiencing or fearing abandonment, especially by someone or something that provides critical support (a partner, employer, God, etc.). An object falling can represent: a loss (or loss of control) of whatever that object represents in your life; the idea of "coming back down to Earth" or facing reality; the idea of an unseen force in action (such as a belief that "grounds" your behavior).
Feelings in dreams often represent themselves, meaning that whatever you're feeling about the dream situation is likely the same way you feel about whatever the situation represents in your life. Another person's feelings can represent feelings you've seen that person express, or the way you imagine or fear that person feels. An angry person could represent: a real-life event during which you experienced someone's anger; a feeling that the world is an aggressive or negative place; your own anger.
Help, Calling for
Calling for help (police, a friend, God, etc.) can represent: A particular time you called for or wished for help in real life. A current desire for help. A feeling or fear of a threat, helplessness, confusion, or inability to take action. Not being able to call for help (such as yell or dial the phone) can represent: a feeling or fear of not being able to get help, an overwhelming situation, or an obstacle to getting help (such as feeling too ashamed to ask).
A house, apartment, flat, or any place of residence often represents you or your life, even if it doesn't resemble your current home. The events in the house may represent real or imagined events in your life. Each room may represent a different area of your life (such as your bedroom representing your personal life). Each level may represent a level of your consciousness (such as a basement representing your subconscious mind or attic representing spirituality). A house can also represent security, comfort, protection, familiarity, or belonging (as in the idea of "home"). Also consider the mood and condition of the house and anything that stood out about it (for example, a dreary house might represent sadness, or a house missing its curtains might represent personal boundary issues). Your childhood home might represent you or your current life, or a time in your past. Someone else's home might represent that person or their life, your relationship with that person, or a real-life situation in which you were both involved.
Vulnerability. Feeling under the weather or not your usual self mentally, emotionally, or physically. Someone else being sick can represent your feeling that they're more vulnerable than usual, or that they could benefit from positive attention. Also consider the symbolism of the particular illness (such as an infection representing something invading your personal space, or diabetes representing an inability to enjoy the sweetness of life). Consider also the meaning of the specific illness, symptoms, or the body part involved…
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