Ancient civilisations often treated dreams as divine and mystical interpretations. Some of the most common dreams are falling, being chased, of flying and being unprepared for a test. It has been said that a dream not interpreted is like an “unopened letter.” Sigmund Freud a famous psychoanalyst and major influence in psychology considered dreams to be the “royal road to the unconscious.” Carl Jung was “convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self.”
Isn’t it funny that we say I want to live the life of my dreams and not I want the reality. Billionaire Elon Musk listens to his dreams he has been quoted as saying he did not launch his Falcon rocket because of an ominous dream. Your unconscious communicates with you through the language of symbols and metaphors in your dreams. Dreams give you an oppurtunity to find out how your unconscious mind works and how this impacts on your conscious waking life.
Now some practical advice. How do you use dreams to improve your life? First of all you have to rememeber them. In order to remember your dreams take a glass of water with you to bed. Take a couple of sips before lying down and say “I will remember my dreams upon awakening”. Have a journal with you next to the bed with a pen or something to write on. When you wake take another sip of water and write down what you recall from your sleep (this might take two nights or so if you are new to this).
In order to interpret a dream you must look at your dream and see that everything that happens in the dream world as being an aspect of yourself. You can also talk to the characters in your dream (can do this in meditation or a relaxed state aswel). Imagine the characters from your dreams and talk to them, interact with them. If you find this difficult it is usually best to take the first thing that pops into your head. You can also ask the universe for a sign about your dream. Than what ever message you have obtained this is the important bit. You need to act on the message the dream is telling you. Otherwise your dreams purpose will be lost.
If you have time before going off to work or whatever you have planned that morning take a few moments to go over your dream in your mind. Ask yourself what is the purpose of my dream? Was there an emotion to the dream? Is there something I can relate it to in my life?
Some dreams can be easier than others to decode. They can be direct or random or something that happened from the previous day. It can be helpful to look at a dream dictionary but it is really best to learn to interpret dreams for yourself. The key to unlocking dreams is practice. There are lots of dream books out there that give universal meanings to dreams. I do believe that this applies as we all share a collective unconscious. But it is better to do your own interpretation first and than if you need to reference you can look at a dream dictionary later. Do the exercises above and see how you get on. Comment below and tell me what happens. Do you believe dreams have any meaning? What are your experiences with your dreams?