In order to understand a dream the first thing you have got to do is to consider the dream to have been a real experience. If what had happened to you in the dream happened to you for real, how would you feel? As far as your subconscious mind is concerned a dream is a real experience. So if for example you have a dream where you are falling you will most likely jump upright in the bed! Your body reacts as if were really happening.
what to do?
Once you have identified and named the particular emotion or feeling that goes with the dream you are halfway to understanding what that dream was about. If the emotion was, lets say, fear, ask yourself where is fear currently been felt in your life? You will very quickly join the dots and connect your dream with your wakening reality.
Many items in your dream represent something unique to you. That is why dream dictionaries are wholly inadequate. They assume the individual things that pop up in your dreams have a universal meaning. This is not the case. Some things do have similar meanings to many people but you do need to explore your own individual dream metaphor.
Strange recurring dreams caused Alison to have trouble sleeping. While she understood that certain dreams can have a meaning she was at a loss to understand hers. This is often the case as the dream mind that you are attempting to examine is your own. Working with me over a series of sessions she uncovered not just the meaning of one or two dreams but that they were all in fact inter-related! When Alisons conscious awareness understood the messages from the subconscious, her mind was able to settle down and sleep without any problems.
The Definitive Books of Dreams
Here is an excerpt from the book
“Lucid dreaming is an example of how the subconscious and the conscious are one.
The dream, being a subconscious experience, continues as the conscious manipulates the dream, the ego being the creator. In order to fully love oneself the ego must love itself. Too often the ego is portrayed as totally self-absorbed, inflated, self-severing, etc.
Which part of the mind is capable of love? The conscious? The subconscious? The ego? Or the ID? Well, what’s love? Is it a feeling? An emotion? Or an energy perhaps? Could it be all three and even more? Does it stand to reason if we consider the “holistic” view of man that we dissect and attribute different domains to a mind that we cannot even see? Which part of the body is the blood in? …”