What does my dream mean? Is probably one of the most frequent questions I get asked by clients and students. Dreams are so rich with wisdom, clarity and symbolism there is enormous opportunity in interpreting their messages in a therapeutic way. Unfortunately one of the most common things I then see people do is lose the potency of their dream by looking to someone else, a dream book or Google to give them the answers of what their dream meant.
The best person to interpret your dreams is YOU!!
It is YOUR subconscious and unconscious you are journeying through when you sleep. So who better than to make sense of what they mean, than you! It is only you who knows the real relationship of what different symbols are connected to and how they relate to the rest of your life.
The most important thing to be aware of about your dreams is that EVERY aspect of the dream is YOU. Dreams will often play out like a fable or story, they are more symbolic in nature than literal. So while the content of the dream may not make “sense” to the conscious mind when you start to sit and feel into the energy behind the symbols you can gain deep insights into your inner world and life.
Whenever a person, animal, being, object or energy appears in the dreamscape it is ALL you. You are all the characters, the plot lines and story.
Example. Perhaps you have a dream where you find yourself being attacked by another person. The attacker might even take the form of someone you know. You spend the dream running away from the attacker.
Literally on the surface of that dream you may take it as a prediction of “oh my god that person wants to hurt me”. But what if you could sit with that symbology and dig a bit deeper? Bring it back to the relationship you have with self. Every character in the dream is an aspect of you. How do you attack yourself? Where do you feel conflicted in your life? Is there something you are running away from in your life that you need to attend to? Where do you need to chase after what you want?
See how much more could be happening in the dream than the literal bring chased and attacked?
When working with my soul medicine clients in helping them interpret a particular symbol in a dream I will always prompt them to find their own answers by asking them….
“If that symbol had an emotional quality or energy to it – what would that be?”
“Is there any area of your life you are currently feeling the same emotional state or energy?”
After answering those questions often moments of clarity or understanding will then surface.
I encourage you, rather than looking to google to tell you the answers to your dreams – sit with them and work with their energy yourself.
TIP: How can you work more with your dreams? Do you have trouble even recalling your dreams?
1. As you fall asleep set the intention to remember your dreams.
2. Keep a dream journal or notepad and pen close to your bed. If you wake up after dreaming or remember your dreams in the morning jot down a couple of key points and symbols from the dream.
The more you do this, the stronger your connection to your dream space will grow. Its like a muscle, use it – or lose it!
The more you pay attention to your dreams and work with them, the easier gaining meaning from them will become. In shamanic cultures they value the dream state equally, if not important than waking life. They believe where we travel to in dreams is as real as what we experience in our waking lives.