Dream! Whatever do they mean? You might probably recognize some connections between dreams and the real world but did you know you can actually do a few things that would help nurture your dreams.
Whenever people think about analyzing dreams, they think of crystal balls and psychics. But dream analysis has nothing to do with these things. It is actually a very good way of understanding yourself better.
Here, we are going to take a look at why people dream, why its analysis is important, and how you can being interpreting dreams.
Why do you dream?
Dreaming isn’t essential as far as the survival of your body is concerned. But it is important when it comes to the evolution and development of us as metaphysical beings. Dreaming is simply the communication between our mind in the conscious and unconscious state. It helps create a wholeness in people. Dreams are the bridge which allows movement between the things we think we know and the things we actually know.
Dreams allow us to play out puzzling and painful experiences or emotions safely. Dreams also let us process events and information which may be confusing or painful in environments which are emotionally real but unreal.
Dream analysis is a very important component of becoming whole. Dreams can reveal your deepest wounds and desires. So analyzing them will help you better understand yourself.
How do you analyze dreams?
One myth about dream analysis is there are stringent rules which people must follow. But each person is different which means there can be no prescription or formula.
Dreams can be understood in the large context of the self-discovery and unfolding of an individual. But, there are a few guidelines which can help you understand your dreams better and dig into their meaning a little more.
It is very important for you to record them. This is the most important step. Taking notes, even if it is a few sentences can draw the content from the unconscious. If you have trouble remembering your dreams, try keeping a journal by your bedside. If you don’t dream, make sure you mention it in the journal. Within a few weeks, you will start remembering your dreams, and you should be able to start recording them.
Think about how you felt in the dream. Were you angry, scared, remorseful, etc.? Did you feel the same way once you woke up? How comfortable were you with the feelings?
A dream dictionary can come in handy here. It contains possible explanations for a number of different types of dreams. You can go through the list and get a good idea of what your dreams actually mean.
Our unconscious self is constantly calling us to feel into ideas, actions, and thoughts. This helps us get a better understanding of who we are and where we are going.
You also need to identify the recurring thoughts in dreams and in your daily life. This is very important. If you can’t do this on your own, then you could visit online forums for help. Ask every question you have and you should be able to get a decent idea of what you are going through from others who may have experienced something similar.
You should even consider all of the elements of dreams. You can show up in dreams in a number of different ways. On a number of occasions, we could find our personalities, ourselves, in various elements of dreams, even if there are clear distinctions between us and the other characters in our dream. Ask yourself what it’s like to be the villain, the aggressor, etc.?
Even though there might be a trace of collective meaning for few universal symbols which have some bearing on the internal analysis and growth of a person, what’s more interesting is where dreamers go with the symbols and what they connect to because of the dreams.
You need to remember that you are the expert here. There is no one who will be able to understand your psyche better than you can. Even though websites like Kasamba can help you out quite a bit, you should never stop trusting in yourself. Your inner guide is often the best when it comes to your unconscious self.
For therapists, they need to put aside all their information, associations, and tools for dream interpretation and universal symbols with every new client. Each person needs to be treated as a new, unique world which needs to be discovered from the ground up.
You will be able to learn quite a bit from even the most mundane of dreams. You might be thinking of dreams as being more than fascinating, profound, or flashy enough to explore. But even when you are dreaming about having breakfast, you might just be able to yield some pretty thoughtful results.
Dream interpretation is the best way for you to understand your dreams and harness them in order to increase creativity, find life purpose, solve problems, and obtain accurate guidance in your personal life.
By the time you have learned to successful interpret your dreams, you should be able to interpret hidden messages that are being revealed to you while you are sleeping.
You need to see how you can use your dreams in order to solve problems and exploring past lives and looking into the future. For example, you may have a dream where you are on an island. This might just be indicative of you wanting some personal space in life. If you dream about rabbits running through green grass, you should look think of as a good omen. A calm sea or a ship that is docked may be interpreted as the promise of love. If you can decipher the language of dreams, you will be able to achieve much greater awareness spiritually, and this is the perfect way to achieve lasting happiness. So what are you waiting for? It’s time you went online and found the answers you were looking for.
When Your Brain Tries to Tell You Something, Always Listen!
I had a dream about a woman. I have no idea who she was, she didn’t look familiar to me. I saw her working in an outdoor market in a foreign city. I believe we were in an Asian city and she appeared to be Japanese. All I know for sure about her is her name was HOPE. She was dressed colorfully and was smiling. I just really remember her being colorful and happy. I’m curious what this means because it seems out of the blue and it was so vivid and colorful. I remember all the beautiful colors and her happiness. Thank you.
This is a beautiful dream – not because of the specifics, so much, but because of what they mean. The dream is about one thing, and that’s the smiling lady’s name: HOPE. The fact that you even capitalized each letter of the name leads me to believe that, deep inside, you realize this as well.
Your subconscious, dreaming mind would find it almost impossible to translate HOPE in any way other than a woman’s name. To use a lady’s name is very clever and creative!
The fact that she was outside and represented a far away, exotic location says this to me: When you have HOPE, the wide world is ahead of you and absolutely anything is possible. It speaks to limitless potential and living without boundaries.
A colorful and beautiful world of happiness lies before you when your heart is filled with hope.
Maybe, in your daily life, you have recently thought about HOPE – possibly you were hopeful for something (or someone). The beautiful feeling simply found its way into your dream.
On the other hand, you may have recently begun to lose HOPE over a particular matter. This would be your brain’s way of telling you that, more than anything else, you need to get HOPE back. This dream is a perfect reminder of how important it is to listen to your dreams. They are almost always trying to tell you something.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful dream. I hope all of your days will be filled with HOPE and unlimited happiness.
Alligator Dreams Symbolize an Enemy or Foe…
Below is a Dream Submitted for Analysis:
I recently had a dream that I was at someplace like an auditorium. I was with a group of people I’ve never seen but have dreamt of before. We used to play a game and I forgot how, but I needed to battle someone. I left my cards in the back of my moms car on the floor so I sat outside to look at the cards i would duel with instead. While out there my dog and a skinny stray greyhound appeared and my friend and her mom and little brother touched it. A book from a friend I actually know is suddenly next to me and he’s texting me a secret about it. “The first few verses of my bible…” were all I got to see because the bible refused to open for me as if someone were turning the pages back. An alligator with red eyes appears where the greyhound was and squeezes through the bars in an attempt to kill my dog and my friends brother. I make it inside but have to throw my dog to the alligator. I get my dog out the gators mouth and tell her to hold it so I can take her to the vet though she looks dead. I mount the gator forcing it flat on the floor and rip its head off while telling someone to look up animal exorcisms and demonic animals. The alligator reattaches it’s head and my dream ends. But I see a google page of animals doing magic.
Please help me understand what this means because my friend has never given me a book and the other people I’ve had dreams with before along with the game.
This dream definitely falls under the categories disturbing and creative! On the one hand, you can feel how troubling it must have been for the dreamer, but you also kind of have to appreciate the creativity of this dreamer’s subconscious mind. Many people who have such creative minds are some of the most talented artists, authors, and creators in the world.
Of course, when you’ve had a disturbing dream like this, all of that means very little. You just want answers. That’s what we’ll try to get at below as we look at the different dream symbols.
Alligator. (Also Crocodile) Alligators and crocodiles represent very imposing enemies – this could be another individual or even a situation or goal. Some people “animalize” situations in life, such as disappointments, broken promises, lost dreams, lost jobs, money problems, etc. An alligator or crocodile usually represent something pretty large that the dreamer feels has attacked him/her or could possibly attack.
These animals could also appear in the dreams of people who frequently watch shows such as Swamp People or other shows/movies/games involving these animals.
Dog or other pet – dreaming of a dog or pet is very common. We feel protective of our pets and often think of them as family. It’s perfectly natural for them to appear in dreams. When a pet appears along with something dangerous or threatening, it often indicates that the dreamer wants to protect someone from something. In their daily life, there may be an individual they care about that they’re concerned for and wish to protect from harm.
Game – dreaming of the game (and even the cards) implies something that the dreamer needs to do… but, more importantly, needs to do well. A game in our dream suggests that our brain believes we have “one shot” to get it right. That we will, in essence, either win or lose. The fact that “battle” and “duel” are also mentioned adds to the weight of this burden. This dreamer obviously had something pretty heavy on their mind – something that probably involved trying to protect someone from something devastating.
The presence of a Bible and “demonic” animals is the perfect (make that PERFECT) example of conflict. These are such powerful opposites that you can literally feel the conflict the dreamer is under. While it’s not 100 percent certain, this implies that the dreamer isn’t sure how to approach their real-life dilemna. There’s someone they want to protect, but this conflict implies that they aren’t sure which way to go. They know very well that one way would be the right way (the Bible) – where everything is good and perfect but the other way (the demonic animals) would be disaster – in fact, it would be “hell.” The phrase “hell to pay” may even come into play.
Google is symbolic of searching – which goes along with this dream beautifully, as the dreamer is searching for answers. Animals doing magic somewhat suggests that the dreamer has even thought of their dilemma (wanting to protect someone) in terms of needing a “magic key” or a “miracle.”
Red. I’m also not the least bit surprised that red comes into play in this dream. As pointed out on our Dream Colors Page, red usually means something along the lines of “Alert!” or “Pay Attention!” in dreams. It is in keeping with the urgency the dreamer feels.
It’s also worth mentioning that people who are fans of “The Hunger Game” books or movies will often dream of large crowds, auditoriums, and “games.” Dreams are, in many ways, movies our subconscious mind creates while we’re sleeping. Fans of a particular type of entertainment will often see a recurring theme in their dreams – it simply means that their subconscious mind prefers this setting to the rest.
The crowd of people are probably just part of the scene, however, if they “feel” important to you, they could indicate that you feel everyone is watching you or that “all eyes are on” you.
The fact that the alligator reattaches its head simply means that the dreamer feels what they are up against is uncommonly powerful and fears that even their best efforts may not be enough.
While troubling dreams like this can rock our emotional world, it helps to think of them as helpful messengers. This type of dream can be used to help you step up in life and do whatever needs to be done. After all, whatever you fight today… at least it will NOT be a demonic alligator!
Thanks for sharing your dream and I hope your next dream is much more agreeable!
See our growing Dream Dictionary for more dream symbols, meanings, and interpretations.
Dreams From A to Z, as Well as Colors in Dreams and Dream Numbers
What do Dracula Dreams Mean? Find out in the Dream Dictionary!
As you can tell, there have been a lot of changes at Dream Prophesy. I tried several different looks and themes until I found one that works perfectly for my dreamers. I’m trying to make it easier for you to find the meaning or meanings behind your dreams. On the front page of the website, midway down, you’ll find a huge search box that’ll allow you to enter a dream symbol and retrieve results that’ll help you interpret your dream.
There is also a search box on the side of each page of the website.
Dream Dictionary and A- Z Dream Guide
I’ve been working a lot (make that A LOT) on the dream dictionary (A – Z guide) on Dream Prophesy. New entries have been added, along with beautiful pictures. You can find the Dream Dictionary pages by hovering over Dream Dictionary in the Menu Bar at the top of each page. Simply click on the alphabetical page that best describes symbols and/or emotions pertaining to your dream.
For the best dream analysis and interpretation, be sure to look up each word you can think of that’s associated with your dream. The dream guide is growing, daily, so if you’re unable to find a word you’re looking for today, be sure to check tomorrow!
What Colors Mean in Dreams
I’ve also added a page entirely devoted to colors in dreams. Different colors actually mean different things and this page will sort it all out for you. I’ll let you in on a little secret… very often the dream’s analysis and/or interpretation has more to do with the colors in your dream than with the symbols or even emotions. You can find the link to the color guide in the menu bar at the top of each page.
What Numbers Mean in Dreams
Like colors, numbers also can carry a lot of meaning when it comes to dreams. The reason for this is simple, if you REMEMBER a particular number from your dream, it is an important piece to the puzzle. If the fact that you saw, say, 3 cats on a swing, and the number sticks with you, it is important.
If, however, you simply recall “cats on a swing,” the number isn’t important. The numbers in dreams link is also found at the top of each page.
Why Ancient Dream Guides Aren’t as Relevant Today
There are a lot of ancient, outdated dream guides and dictionaries online and in bookstores and, while I don’t want to be rude, they will not serve you as well as a very up to date dream dictionary and dream guide, such as the one on Dream Prophesy. Don’t get me wrong, they’re entertaining and I even own a few myself. They’re just kind of fun, let’s be honest.
However, if you want an accurate dream interpretation for a modern dream, you MUST have a modern dream dictionary.
Here are a few reasons:
- Ancient and Outdated Dream Guides Rely Way too Much on Luck! One of the more entertaining ancient dream guides in my collection attaches “omens,” “good luck,” and “bad luck” to just about every dream. We know, today, that that’s all a bunch of nonsense. Dreams do not tell fortunes. Do dreams sometimes seem to come true? Yes. But the reason is simple – some people are incredibly intuitive. They perceive danger, not by hocus pocus, but by keen judgement and a supremely trained knowledge of their surroundings. Some people are more dialed in to their surroundings and the world around them than others and these people can often “sense” trouble. They may detect that another individual’s actions are dangerous and could lead to trouble. If they happen to dream that this individual gets in trouble, the dream didn’t foretell the future, their own keen intuition did. Many people give their dreams far too much credit and themselves far too little credit. Dreams are not good or bad luck and they certainly are not omens.
- Outdated Dream Guides and Dictionaries Have Outdated Words. Our lingo is different than it was 10 years ago, let alone 50 years ago. It only stands to reason that if terminology changes, so do meanings and interpretations. Our dictionary is… and will continue to be… updated frequently to include new terminology and changing interpretations.
- Times Change, Period. Here’s an example I use frequently when explaining the importance of an updated, up to the minute dream dictionary: In the 1950’s, if an individual had a dream about a television, it would have carried a lot more weight than you or me dreaming about one today. Most of us, today, have more than one television, whereas in the 50’s a tv set was quite a luxury item! Here’s another favorite example – Women. Years ago, we females were viewed a lot differently than today. Thank God things have changed! Outdated dream dictionaries can be pretty condescending toward females – without really meaning to be, of course. The same is true for different races and nationalities. Think about it – we simply know so much more today than we knew then. So, if this much has changed, how can anyone think for one minute that dream interpretations don’t change?!
Finally – a reminder: Dreams are fascinating, dreams are fun, dreams are cool. They are, however, not omens and they do not determine your future. If you have a troubling dream, try to determine what’s behind it if you choose to, then walk away from it and wait for the next dream.
A Few Things Coming Up on Dream Prophesy:
In addition to diving into more dreams and dream meanings, we’re also going to start having a lot of articles and information about sleep problems, improving your sleep, overcoming things such as night terrors and recurring nightmares, etc.
Big plans! I hope you’ll help spread the word about Dream Prophesy by sharing links on social media, forums, your blog – basically everywhere you can. The more people involved in the comments, the funner it is for everyone. Plus, very often, I learn from your dreams and experiences – so keep sharing!
Hoping your dreams are nothing but sweet! ~ Joi (“Joy”)
The dream analysis for dreaming about a honeysuckle vine is actually a little more complicated than you’d think. A honeysuckle vine is one of those dream symbols that can mean a lot of different things for a lot of different people.
The following dream scenarios are just a few:
- If someone with a severe allergy to honeysuckle dreams about a honeysuckle vine, they could be dealing with fear in their day to day life. They could also be struggling with a feeling of being “left out of” something. For example, someone with an allergy to this plant may sometimes feel “cheated” or left out by having to deal with allergies. The more allergies an individual has, the more likely they are to feel this way. In this case, dreaming about something they are allergic to could indicate that they feel they’ve been wronged, overlooked, or even cheated.
- If someone is a gardener and loves to grow beautiful plants, dreaming of a honeysuckle vine could be symbolic of goals, hopes, and dream. There is, most likely, something they are dreaming about – something they want to “grow,” so to speak.
- For many people (I’d say well over half), dreaming about a honeysuckle vine is a “return to childhood” type of nostalgic dream. Most of us remember enjoying the nectar from honeysuckle vines when we were kids. In fact, the smell of a honeysuckle vine takes me right back to being a little girl in western Kentucky! Understandably, we often long for the carefree, careless, fun days of our childhood and, in our dreams, our subconscious mind often allows us to visit sweet memories of our childhood.
Another thing to consider with a dream such as this is the surroundings. Was fear involved? Did you awaken from the dream feeling stressed, anxious, or relaxed? Each of these emotional details factor into the dream interpretation and analysis.