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You can interpret the meaning of dreams to change your core beliefs, your relationships, your hopes and fears. The more importance you place on your dreams, the more you will remember, and the easier it will be to interpret your dreams every day.
When you dream, the unconscious mind takes over. The unconscious is like an inner child. It thinks in primitive feelings and urges. It doesn't use logic and isn't able to plan ahead like the conscious brain.
That's why dreams are so weird.
The unconscious makes all kinds of strange connections that don't make sense to the logical brain. But you can interpret those connections and apply their resulting insights to everyday waking life...
To begin your dream interpretation, first look for dream symbols. Start a dream journal and aim to write down at least one new dream per day. (This is also excellent practice for lucid dreaming.)
In your dream journal, underline everything you think might be a dream symbol - such as a pig riding a bicycle, or a talking baby. These are illogical symbols that have a deeper meaning inside the unconscious mind.
The basis of dream interpretation is to identify important dream symbols and translate their true meaning in dreams.
Look out for recurring concepts. Breaking a promise is a concept. Running away from something is a concept. These ideas are all based on your past experiences of life and your interactions with the world around you.
Every "rule" or "concept" understood by your unconscious was set by your own life experience. You taught it everything.
In dreams, your unconscious shows you how it perceives the world in this conceptual form. It shows you its fears and its desires - but not necessarily as you would expect to see them! Let's look at the common example of flying dreams.
Flying dreams usually represent your own personal sense of power over yourself or a situation.
The unconscious is taking a concept, and showing it to you masked as a dream symbol. If you are soaring up high and enjoying the landscape below, it is likely that you are in control of your life.
However, if you are faltering or falling, your unconscious is telling you that you lack control or are vulnerable in life. Trees, power lines, buildings or gravity may obstruct your flying dream. Do you see the concept showing through?
If you have recurring flying dreams like this, try to identify who or what is at the root of your fears. What are you afraid of? What can't you control in life? Is someone making you feel worthless or vulnerable?
If so, take charge of the situation! You will soon start to soar in your dreams...
You have a unique understanding of the world around you. As you grew up, your unconscious learned about friendship, love, loneliness and betrayal. It made up rules about every human emotion and how you should feel about life. These "rules" are reflected in your dreams each night. They are yours and yours alone.
So don't rely on dream dictionaries exclusively, because there is no way that your mind conforms to all the same "dream rules" set by the author.
However, dream dictionaries can provide some value based on the fact that we have all grown up in the same culture, the same era, and we are all human. So it's no coincidence that we can make similar conclusions about life, unconsciously, and a dream dictionary makes a good starting point for the translation.
Cloud Nine: A Dreamer's Dictionary is a comprehensive dream dictionary for beginners, which provides thousands of dream symbols and definitions to help you translate your dreams. It also teaches you how to identify dream symbols, remember more dreams, gain insights from nightmares and invoke healing dreams.
Dream interpretation is not essential to lucid dreaming but the two concepts do tend to go hand-in-hand. Getting to know your own unconscious mind better is also a key element of lucid dreaming - and it will help you master trickier aspects of dream control in the sometimes bizarre backyard of your mind.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?