Dream time or REM sleep cycle is a very odd phenomenon which still begs many questions in the psychology field. The fact of the matter is.. Dreams
will be entirely unique on an individual basis. A dream guides definition of your dream can only be used as a basis for speculation as there are so
many variables to consider.. When trying to understand my own dreams I use the following 'formula'..
1. Emotional symbolisation.. What emotional impact did the people or events in my dreams have on me? Did they scare me, anger me, frustrate me, please
me, fight me or have sex with me? Regardless of how wild the events of the dream may have been try and compare the emotional/physical/mental outcome
of what happened in your dream to any current events you are facing in your waking life. For instance.. say I had a dream where I was with a group of
friends at an event and they ditched me, leaving me at a loss and feeling entirely helpless.. there is the potential that I maybe left a friend in
need.. in need and when they most needed me. This is a rather crude example but hopefully you get the idea.
2. Visual/Kinetic symbolisation.. What was I doing in my dream? What direction was I going in? Was I walking, running, driving, flying, falling,
slipping? Did I feel in control of my travelling method? Was my journey long, short, scary, uncomfortable, easy? Wherever you are heading in your
dreams and however you get there are both crucial elements in the journey of understanding your dreams. For instance.. Say I was driving a car in my
dream and forever crashing and struggling to gain control of the car.. this COULD mean that subconsciously I feel as though my life course is out of
control and I am perhaps not heading in the right direction. Try and compare what is happening in your journey and how it is happening to your waking
3. Setting symbolisation.. Wherever your dream is set is very important! The environment of your dream space could represent any number of things.
Think about how that environment makes you feel, what it represents to you physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. I believe that the
environment of a dream can often represent a state of mind or emotional state in your waking life. For instance.. If when you think of school you
remember feeling oppressed, bored, happy or whatever then being in school in your dream could represent you being stuck in an oppressive or boring
situation in your waking life. If you dream you are in prison then this could represent you feeling emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritual
trapped in a certain situation in your waking life.
I could sit here all night coming up with potential meanings and other examples but the trick is to try and decode the symbolism of your dreams
yourself! A similar dream could mean any number of things to anyone else which is why I despise the knock on effect of online dream dictionaries! They
encourage people to accept the common meaning and not look further into their dreams themselves. It is not always the most obvious answer that is
You need to be forever speculating on the meanings of your dreams and attempting to implement the lessons you have learned into your waking life. If
your subconscious is pissed about something you need to try and listen! We have drifted so far from what we once were.. some people do not even
remember their dreams any more. If you are one of these people who suffer from poor dream recall or poor dream lucidity then attempt the following..
(At your own risk)
1. Set your alarm clock an hour or 2 earlier to when you usually wake up. When it wakes you up stay awake for at least 5-10 minutes or so (20 mins is
better) before drifting back off to sleep. You will dream HARD. (Whether you remember it or not)
2. Keep a dream journal next to your bed. Whenever you wake up jot down as much as you can remember then read through whatever you have a few times
throughout the day to try and spark something you couldn't originally recall.
3. Eat loads of food or drink loads of water before bedtime. This puts your body under 'stress' which increases your dream lucidity and conscious
4. Consume a fair bit of caffeine before drifting off to sleep. (If at all possible..)
5. Think more. Think about stuff that you wouldn't usually think about. Think about other people more and about yourself more. Think about the
universe more or whatever. The more you think the more you have to dream about.
6. Pull yourself out of your comfort zone and face new challenges. This will always bring about more dreams.
7. Aspire more.
8. Have a healthier diet.
9. Meditate more.
10. Exercise more.
11. Socialise more.
12. Watch less T.V.
13. Create more. (Music, literature, art, whatever.)
14. Pray more.
16. LIVE MORE. Grab life by the balls and experience it as much as possible.
Dreams are so much more important than a lot of people recognise. They are our personal shrinks. Our minds more honest half. Our subconscious does not
lie. It observes and responds. We should listen.. I could honestly sit here all night philosophising about dreams, their purpose and their meaning but
this is already a wall of text..
Hopefully I will have helped out at least a few people with this guide!
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