There's no doubt about it, our dreams hold profound messages for us. Providing a window into our soul, our dreams act as a communication channel between our conscious and subconscious minds.
You may or may not be aware that our dreams can have a much deeper meaning. At times, however, you may be left wondering about a bizarre dream that seemingly had no connection to anything.
Back in the mid 1990s when I studied numerous human development subjects, dreams analysis was one of them. It was fascinating. Learning about exactly what impacts what we dream about was eye-opening and insightful.
Our day-to-day life experiences are all captured by our subconscious mind. The things we see, the things we hear, and the things we think and feel in response. This is why our dreams often do not seem logical. But, when we look at our dreams, and then at what has happened in the preceding hours, days, or weeks, it all falls into place.
What happens is, it's all sitting there in our subconscious mind, and that is why often our dreams can seem very mixed up—e.g. you might dream about a boat that's driving along the road and the feeling you have in that dream is fear. You may have been out driving that day, and perhaps you saw a boat fall off a trailer in front of you.
The key to tapping into the underlying messages our dreams have for us is catching and analysing what comes in our dream state, but that is not always easy. Often when we wake in the morning we either only have snippets that seem to make no sense at all or there's nothing. Sometimes though, we do remember a lot of detail. Whatever happens, there are ways we can delve into this information we are given during our sleep.
Our dreams are incredibly powerful conduits for finding meaning in our lives. Here's how you can access their essence.
1. Become aware. Start to become aware that your dreams are powerful, and that they have profound messages for you. You may wish to learn about dreams. This Dreams Dictionary has an array of insightful videos and blogs.
2. Recall your dreams. When you wake in the morning (or in the night) see if you can recall your dreams. It's often immediately after we wake up that we have memories of our dreams, particularly if we are woken from a dream.
3. Make a note. Keeping a pen and paper beside your bed (or your phone) is a great way to record a dream you have had. Making a quick note will remind you of the dream and in the morning you should be able to reconnect with it.
4. Analyse your dream. Take some time to sit quietly with your notes, thoughts, and feelings about your dream, close your eyes, take a big full deep breath and ask yourself this question: What is this dream really about for me?
5. Journal. Spend time writing about your response to the above question to see if you can uncover why you had this dream. What had happened in the preceding days or weeks? What are you going through in your life right now?
Dreams really are intriguing and I believe we do know what they are about. If you become more aware of them, allow yourself the time and space to tune into them, and ask the right questions, you can uncover the valuable information they have for you. Then you can process our feelings in safe ways in order to move through them to release old patterns.