Dream interpretation suggestion #1
What we can learn from our dreams is highly subjective and uniquely personal; that’s why standard dream symbol books sometimes fail us. Also, those who interpret dreams professionally don’t belong to a single philosophy; their approaches and perceptions vary. I’m not a professional; I was led to pursue knowledge surrounding the subject as a matter of consequence. The way I interpret dreams is strictly intuitive, approaching them from a spiritual viewpoint because I believe they are intended to support our life journeys, and prepare us for returning home after death.
The journey is what you chose to make of it, or not. Opportunities to grow never cease to present themselves; whether or not we chose to recognize or follow their lead is our choice.
To interpret your dreams you’ll need a notebook and pencil /pen to keep bed-side for recording dreams you remember. Please write them down as quickly as possible because they can begin fading from conscious memory almost from the beginning.
Even though a dream interpretation book will not accurately explain each specific symbol in your dreams, it’s good to have one to use as a guideline, (I’ll delve a little deeper into this subject later), but the book I use is The Dream Book, Symbols for Self-Understanding by Betty Bethards. I’ve read hundreds of dream interpretation books; this one works best for me. Unfortunately the author passed away several years ago so I’m not sure how easy it is to get a new copy of her book, but I’ve found them online from time to time, and often in used book stores.
The first step should be done before retiring for the night: you must spiritually clear the space around your bed and your body of heavy, unwanted, or negative energy. Personally, I smudge¹ using sage as I speak out loud saying something like : Only love and light in this space, only equal or higher frequency energy than my own allowed here. I banish anything less from within the safe zone I have created.
After you have cleansed the area of negative energy using a ritual or format you are comfortable with, it’s time for the second step. In order for anything to really work, we must set an intention. Speaking out loud, repeat, for example, “It is my intention to deepen my understanding of the dreams I dream, and to enhance my connection with them, learning how to implement their wisdom into my waking life.” Or perhaps, “It is my intention to live more consciously by understanding my dreams and incorporating their intuitive messages into the realities of my waking life.”
Say whatever feels right to you.
Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while for your subconscious mind to work with you, eventually you should be able to remember your dreams, or parts of them; and the parts you recall may be the most significant messages of all.
Keeping a Dream Notebook will reveal dreaming patterns that may be present. I always see dreams as positive energy, even when, clearly, they address unpleasant aspects of life. Even when they come in the form of nightmares dreams deliver powerful messages that clarify current and/or past challenges, or explain hidden truths lurking within more mundane aspects of waking life.
Dreams are tools, crutches and magnifying glasses readily available to each of us, intended to ease our travel through life. Dreams serve as conduit to deeper depths of ourselves, and sometimes bridges to the other side. Most of all, dreams are knowledge our subconscious minds offer to busy, distracted consciousness in efforts to provide balance, strength and wisdom.
Our dreams are filled with symbols meant to awaken innate knowledge. The colors and numbers we see in our dreams are important, carrying their own meanings. Throughout history dream symbol meanings have generally been assigned by sages and philosophers. Amazingly these definitions are similar or exactly the same in unrelated cultures. But sometimes the accepted meanings of dream symbols differ from what the dreamer feels in his soul. Remember, dreams relate to us individually and sometimes use symbolic language only we can hear. So if a commonly defined dream symbol doesn’t resonate, follow your own interpretation reminding yourself the dream reflects your instinctive inner voice, so who best to understand than you?
1 smudge: “…a traditional Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce a smoke cloud which is used in various cleansing or prayer ceremonies and purification or healing rituals…” www.mwarpaths2peachpipes.com