Understanding dreams is no easy task, but if you take a common sense approach, it doesn't have to be so hard - and the benefits are enormous.
People have been trying to understand their dreams since the beginning of time. The dreams of the ancients foretold coming events, warned of impending danger, and helped dreamers to better understand their friends and enemies. Dreams of Joseph and Jacob are recorded in the Hebrew scriptures, and the dreams of Gilgamesh go back 2,000 years before Christ. People used to go to dream temples to find a cure for disease. And many saw dreams as the voice of God.
But how can you use your dreams to your best advantage?
Carl Jung, the great Swiss psychoanalyst, saw dreams as "psychic facts." He realized that dreams can help us to expand our self-knowledge, help us to work on our problems, and offer insight into spiritual matters. Dreaming helps with our survival and provides opportunities for creative discovery, so understanding our dreams is important business!
There are many kinds of dreams, but most dreams can be viewed as an attempt on the part of the unconscious to communicate important material to the dreamer. Everyone dreams, but some may not remember their dreams or realize they've been dreaming. Ever wonder about the significance of dreams? Well, dreaming performs various regulatory functions, such as consolidating memory.
Many of my clients have found that working with dreams can lead to career advancements, better relationships, and greater happiness.
Yes, dreams can be complicated, but there are a few simple steps you can take in understanding dreams and making sense of yours.
Now that you've assembled information about the setting, characters, symbols, and action of your dream, you are ready to think in terms of the dream's meaning and what the dream could be trying to say to you.
Again, just trust yourself and follow a few simple steps:
One of my clients came to me with a disturbing dream. A married man, said he had a dream about a female friend of his who is single. In the dream, they met at a hotel or banquet, talked in the lobby and went to a shower by the pool. They both got in the shower together and washed each other's body.
My client told me he awakened in a sweat, fearful that they were going to go further. He was disturbed by the sexual implications and thought he might be having an affair in the dream!
Sexual content in dreams is nothing new, and could mean many things. I encouraged him to think about the dream symbolically, not literally. Most dreams should be evaluated for their figurative meaning. Eventually, my client decided that the dream was about his secret desire to know this person better, and to conduct a more productive relationship with her. She was a business colleague and friend, but he had ignored her attempts to get to know him better. He had always been too busy for her.
We determined the dream was an apparent attempt to prompt my client to re-establish a working relationship with this woman. As it turns out, he did just that and, she responded very favorably. Before long, it paid off for him in a professional way. Our dreams often help us to understand and enhance our relationships.
When we have dreams about people we know, we at least have them on our mind, although we may not be aware of thinking about them! I have made it a practice to contact anyone I dream about within a few days of dreaming about them, especially if it's someone I know. Over the years, I have found this practice to be a good one, and the other person is always amused to learn he or she was in my dreams.
Don't be afraid of your dreams. The more familiar you become with them, the easier it will be to understand dreams and use them to your advantage.
In thinking about the significance of dreams, keep in mind dreams can act to warn us of a problem that needs our attention and, in some cases, have alerted people of serious problems and saved their lives.
Remember to establish a close relationship with your inner mind by writing your dreams down every morning. Follow common sense steps in interpreting your dreams. You'll find yourself understanding dreams better, and soon, you'll be on the verge of making many exciting discoveries and improving your relationships in marvelous ways.