Dreams are like letters from the unconscious mind. If only they were written in the same language we use in waking reality.
Fortunately, we do have the ability to study our dreams and interpret the common dream symbols they contain.
Although there aren't always hard-and-fast universal definitions, the following dream meanings offer a sound starting point to understand your own personal dream meanings.
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Now before we dive into the actual dream symbols - let's build some context around symbolism, dreams and symbollism in dreams.
If dreams were movies, you could get up and walk out. I mean, you dream you're at school, but suddenly your desk is on the pitching mound at Yankee Stadium., and your second-grade teacher becomes batman's mother. Then you're back in the supermarket lying on the floor eating cereal.
How is the waking mind supposed to understand all this? The ancient Egyptians thought dreams were just a different way of seeing, with trained dreamers used to plan battles and make the critical decisions of the state.
The Greeks and Romans thought that dreams were windows into the future or visitations from the dead.
Neuroscientist Antti Revonuso of Sweden's University of Skövde has a different theory. He believes that dreams are the brain responding to potential future danger. It is the brain keeping us sharp by running a few drills.
A century of talk theory has shown that we benefit greatly by reflecting on our dreams and searching for their meaning. The 90's idea that we dream to forget, basically as an information dump by the brain, is viewed as far too simplistic by today's dream experts.
Sigmund Freud had the theory that dreams were about wish fulfillment. Dreams about flying were about wish fulfillment. Or, more specifically, he thought they represented repressed wishes bubbling their way to the surface. Dreams about finding new rooms in your home were about searching for opportunity. Of course, when talking about Freud, he also had something to say about sex. A sex dream is often about, well, sex. Sometimes the brain is straightforward.
Our nights would likely be more peaceful and sleep more restful if we didn't dream. But our imaginations would not be as rich, or our brains as nimble. We would not know ourselves so well or be able to tap into our true desires.
When we dream, our wishes can be fulfilled, if only in fantasy. The giant screening room inside our heads can alternate between joy and completely exhausting us. It is, however, a journey into our psyche and into ourselves. They cannot simply be explained by mixtures of chemicals and brain synapses firing. As complex beings, the symbols (Christian symbols ?) in our dreams have meaning, and their meaning is intertwined with our lives. Dreams are a conversation with the self about the self.
At World of Lucid Dreaming, we are always learning, investigating, studying and analysing this mystical but very real field of Dream Symbolism.
Not every single element of your dream has an unconscious meaning. Sometimes, it's just background noise.
To identify the important symbols in your dreams, keep a dream journal. Write in the present tense as if you're re-living the dream, and underline any unusual or poignant aspects which are central to the story, or which instinctively attract your attention.
Next, refer these dream symbols to the list above. If they're not on the list, you can find more definitions in a dream dictionary such as Cloud Nine: A Dreamer's Dictionary.
Remember, even these definitions require your interpretation - within the context of your dream, your personal psychological attachments to the symbols, and your current life circumstances.
Recognizing common dream symbols tells me you have an interest in the dreaming mind!
But have you ever considered experiencing lucid dreams ?
In fact dream symbols can be even more meaningful when encountered in your own private, lucid playground .
Using this learnable skill, we are able to take control of our dreams and direct the action ourselves!
It’s like having your own vivid and controllable alternate reality .
For example: you're being chased in a dream – you turn lucid – and then spin around and confront the enemy!
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