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.
It All Starts with the Mission, Itself…..
What Does My Dream Mean?
I had a dream last night about a crazy squirrel. It was running around me in my dream, gathering up cobs of corn and peanuts that were stashed everywhere in my home. It even went upstairs – with me chasing him. Then he went into a store that was suddenly in my house and started eating everything he could find. I was laughing in my dream but also felt frustrated because I wanted to help him. Somehow I knew that him getting as much food as possible meant whether he would live or not and I felt helpless. He started eating cereal out of boxes, jumped on a salad bar and ate everything there and just kept running from one thing to the next. Since I woke up, I have wondered what this dream means.
Why don’t I ever have dreams like that?? I LOVE squirrels! This is one of those dreams where you have to look a little deeper than the surface to find the true meaning. The meaning of the dream, in this case, isn’t as much about the squirrel (though I’m sure he was a hoot) as it is about what the dream symbol was doing – he was frantically grabbing food as fast and hard as he could.
He, himself, didn’t convey to you (through words) that this food mission was life or death – but you KNEW that it was. Since you are, in fact, the author of the dream, you certainly know how important his mission was!
The fact that you mention the words “whether he would live or not,” we know that the dream has a deeper meaning than just an entertaining squirrel. If you had said you laughed at the squirrel and hadn’t mentioned feeling helpless or frustrated, I’d have thought it was just one of those crazy dreams that really don’t have as much MEANING as they have ENTERTAINMENT VALUE. However, your emotions and his eagerness let us know that there is a meaning within the dream.
Many times in dreams, another person (or, yes, a squirrel!) will “act out” our hidden emotions, fears, anxieties, and agendas. If WE, ourselves, did the “acting out,” we wouldn’t be able to be a spectator to the action.
In this case, the squirrel was on a definite mission – it was essential that he complete his mission or he’d suffer consequences. I think this dream means that there is something in your life you feel pretty anxious about. Furthermore, I think it’s something you are trying to “round up, collect, or get enough of.” More likely than not, this would be either money or possibly even groceries – how perfect would the dream symbolism be for that?
In fact, if you’re in an area that has been hit by snow or an ice storm, maybe you’ve been worried about storing enough food in the house.
Thanks for sharing your dream – it’s a perfect example of how fascinating and symbolic dreams can be… even if they’re a little nutty. Sorry.
Usually This Dream Symbolizes Change of Some Sort
What does it mean to dream about Fall? My dream last night really doesn’t hold any interesting actions or occurrences. Nothing strange happened and no one unusual was in the dream. I was wondering what the dream meaning would be if the only thing that really stands out about the dream is autumn trees and colors? Thank you!
Autumn (or Fall) dreams generally are interpreted to dealing with “change” or “changes.” The dreamer could be excited about potential or actual changes or they could be apprehensive about them. The main thing is that a “change” of some sort is on their mind. Only the dreamer can say for certain if it’s a positive or negative dream.
Dreaming about Autumn can also have another meaning – IF the dreamer feels strongly about the season, one way or the other. For example, I love Autumn so much that a dream about Autumn, for me, can simply be interpreted to mean “great happiness” or “joy.”
On the other hand, some people cling so tightly to Summer and warm weather, that dreaming about Autumn, for them, actually indicates that they’re troubled or unhappy about something in particular.
Unless you feel especially strong about the season, your analysis is centered entirely around change – either…
- change you are going through
- change that is ahead of you
- change that you fear
- change that you know needs to take place
Only you can say for certain. I hope this helps!
No One’s Entirely a Stranger in Your Dreams
In addition to the normal dream interpretations and analyses on Dream Prophesy, I’m going to start a series called Fascinating Facts About Dreams. I’ll usually post these on Wednesdays – unless I think of something so fascinating I can’t wait to share it!
The first Fact About Dreams is one that blew me away – in fact, years ago, when I first read about it, I was actually even a little skeptical. But after further research and through personal experience, I’ve found that it’s dead on: There are no total strangers in your dreams.
The faces you see in your dreams are faces you’ve seen at some point in your life. They may be people you’ve seen on television, in movies, in books, or in public. You may or may not have ever talked to these people – all that matters is the fact that your eyes saw them and your brain “acknowledged” them.
When your brain takes notice of a face, it immediately plays casting director. The individual is added to an ever-growing and expansive list of characters that it can draw from for its grand productions called dreams.
That’s why the cashier in your dream may look an awful lot like “Flo” from the Progressive commercials. She (or even what she represents – insurance) may not have anything in the world to do with the dream’s meaning. She may simply be the one that was cast in that particular role!
I have a dream a few nights ago and I kept thinking, “The woman I spoke to looked familiar…” Later I realized the face was that of an English teacher I had in high school. I’m not entirely sure what was up with her hair, though – I’m kind of certain my brain’s hair and makeup department switched up her ‘do a little bit.
When awake, we can kind of imagine the image of a face we’ve never seen. We can think… let’s give her Halle Berry’s eyes, Gwen Stefani’s smile, and Angelina Jolie’s nose. We can come pretty close to picturing the final product (and how lovely would she be?!). However, in our dreams, we simply aren’t able to get that creative.
Think about someone in one of your most recent dreams and see if you can… literally… put a name to the face.
A Frustrating Dream That’s Actually Telling You Something
What does it mean when you dream that you keep trying to get something but can’t quite reach it? I have had several dreams like this. In the first one, I needed to get on the other side of a fence for some reason (I think something was chasing me). All I knew was I had to get to the other side of the fence, but when I ran toward it, it kept moving away. The further I ran, the more it moved away from me. I couldn’t reach it and actually felt the frustration from this dream all day long the next day.
Another dream was similar. I was at someone’s wedding, putting floating candles in a pond. It was a stupid dream, really. I don’t know anyone getting married and I don’t care about floating candles. I’m a guy who loves football, baseball, hockey, and NBA games, I don’t care about candles or weddings! Anyway, one of my candles (can’t believe I’m even typing these words) blew out and I needed to get it back to me to re-light it. No matter which side I approached it from, I couldn’t reach it!
One more dream. I was playing cards with a friend and dropped one of my cards. Even though it was on the floor.. you guessed it… I couldn’t reach it.
What do these frustrating dreams mean and how can I make them stop?
I actually feel frustrated for you – just reading about your dreams. I can imagine how you must feel! Dreams like this often “build upon” one another because we’ll be thinking a lot about the last dream – even using descriptive words like “frustrating,” “recurring,” etc. We sort of invite these annoying dreams to keep coming around merely by thinking about them.
Problem is, how can we not?!
Frustrating dreams always have a message behind them – even if it’s a small one. The original frustrating dream could have been prompted by a number of things:
- A win that was “just out of reach” – either a sport you were playing, yourself, or a favorite team’s frustrating loss.
- A goal that you’re shooting for that always seems just out of reach. The frustration from trying to lose weight, kick a habit, work out, etc can spill into our dreams. The frustration we feel while we’re awake finds us while we’re asleep!
- An issue at work or school that’s frustrating can also “show up” disguised as something else in your dreams.
Each thing in your dream that was “out of reach” represents something in your “real world” that seems out of reach. Once you realize what this thing is, you can (and should) put together a “can’t miss” plan for reaching your goal. This, obviously, only relates to things within your control. If you’re frustration stems from, say, your favorite baseball team’s losses there’s nothing you can do about that… short of picking a new favorite team.
Very often, simply realizing what the dreams are trying to tell you will cause them to think, “My job here is done.” Then, mercifully, you’ll be rid of them.
Never a Fun Combination!
I was recently asked about “Lost Key” dreams – dreams that are obviously frustrating at best! The frustration is multiplied when the dreams are recurring, like this particular dreamer’s were. When a dream puts itself in reruns, it always leaves the dreamer perplexed.
Why is my mind doing this?!
The wonderful thing about “lost key” dreams is the fact that they’re usually pretty easy to interpret and analyze. Simply put… something’s missing! When we dream that we can’t find an object (or person, place…), the symbolism is generally of something we’re “looking” for in our day to day lives. This could refer to any number of things, such as:
- peace of mind
- an answer to a particular problem
- better health
- weight loss
- job or career
- car, house, or furniture
- better relationship(s)
- school or college
- how to find enough time for everything you need to do
It could be absolutely anything that you’re searching for on somewhat of a daily basis.
When you have recurring dreams, you can rest assured that your subconscious mind is trying to tell you something. More importantly, it’s actually trying to “work something” out in the dream(s).
Our minds are amazing and complex things. The mind knows that when you’re asleep, all distractions are gone. The mind sees this scenario as the perfect time to “work out” issues or even hammer things out in an attempt to find a solution or a “best possible answer.”
If you’re experiencing recurring dreams (whether they’re about lost keys or something else), your mind is working hard to come up with an answer that’s eluding it. It may or may not mean that the problem is huge. In fact, if the problem WERE really big, it’d be pretty obvious to you when you were thinking about the dream.
Here’s an exercise that works for analyzing key dreams:
- Write down the first 3 things that come to mind after reading this question: “”What am I looking for that seems to be eluding me lately?” You may very well answer only one thing – if so, you certainly know your answer!
- If you do come up with 3 different answers and each seem to “weigh” the same in your mind, you’ll discover that you’re looking for more than you realized. If this is the case, it’d certainly explain why this dream is recurring. You’re looking for more than one answer.
- When coming up with the 3 (and remember there may only be 1 or 2), DON’T force it. If you have to pause and think, the answer isn’t that important to your subconscious mind. The answer(s) that really matter will come to you almost immediately.
More about Recurring Dreams in the next post.
What Does Honey Mean to You!?!
When I’m not given too many details – which is certainly the case here!! – it makes it a little tough to give a really accurate and thorough dream interpretation and analysis. However, I’m certainly going to try to do just that.
Honey, like countless other things in life, can actually be symbolic of more than one thing in dreams. A lot of the dream’s interpretation (meaning) has to do with what the dreamer is doing with the honey. For example, if the dreamer is eating the honey and enjoying the sweet taste, the honey is symbolic of pleasure and happiness. If the honey is “sticky” and the dreamer is trying to wash it off of their hands or something else, the honey is symbolic of a “sticky situation” the dreamer has recently experienced OR is symbolic of a situation the dreamer is afraid they’ll be “stuck” in.
Many times, if you see the word HONEY in a dream, it is symbolic of a sweetheart. More likely than not, he or she was on your mind before you went to sleep.
You can also get a pretty accurate dream analysis by asking yourself what honey represents to you. For me, personally, it’s a sweetener. Honey’s one of my favorite things in the world – in fact, I could eat it by the spoonful. To someone else, they may think of honey as something sticky. Naturally, honey would symbolize different things in our dreams.
The Dream Analysis May Not Have Anything to Do with The Holiday
Have you ever had a dream about a holiday that was many months away? You know the dream can’t really have anything to do with the holiday, itself, because you haven’t seen decorations, cards, pictures, or anything to do with this particular holiday.
In fact, you haven’t even thought about the holiday for months! So why are you dreaming about it?
The fact is, the dream interpretation (analysis) doesn’t have anything to do with the holiday – it’s more about how the holiday makes you FEEL…. the emotions you associate with the holiday.
For example, when trying to determine the analysis of a holiday dream, ask yourself the following questions:
- What are the three strongest memories you have of the holiday? Think about these memories – do they “line up” with feelings you’re currently having or could they be feelings that you’re missing in your daily life?
- Does this holiday cause an unusual amount of stress for you? For example, if a particular holiday causes stress because of family relations, money, or loneliness – these bad emotions could be something you’re dealing with in your life.
- Who do you most associate with this holiday? Whether the individuals are alive or not, the dream analysis could simply be that any one of these people (or all of them!) have been on your mind lately. Many times we associate family members we’ve lost with holidays because our most vivid memories of them involve Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. For example, I will always associate Thanksgiving with my father because it was his favorite holiday. He counted the days to Thanksgiving like most people count the days to Christmas! If I were to dream about Thanksgiving, I could pretty much bet that my dad had been on my mind recently.
- Think about specific dream symbols that stand out in the dream. What things, objects, or even colors do you recall most vividly from your dream? If you dream of Christmas Cookies, for example, you are seeking “comfort,” after all, few things are as comforting or as enjoyable as Christmas cookies! You may also strongly associate the person who does most of the baking at Christmas with a Christmas cookie dream.
Most holiday dreams are centered around loved ones, memories, and comfort which makes them some of the best dreams you can have!
The Dream Analysis Can Help Healing Begin
If you dream of being injured, or dream that you are in some type of pain from an injury or wound, the dream analysis (interpretation) could go one of several ways. As with all dreams, the dreamer is the only one who can say for certain which dream analysis is “on the money” for them, so read through each dream interpretation below and see which one seems to apply to you, personally.
An injury dream can be a dream in which the dreamer is injured or in pain or it can be a dream in which the dreamer sees or even inflicts pain in another person. The most important thing about the dream is the fact that an injury or wound has taken place.
The first (and most frequent) analysis for an injury dream has to do with injury or pain that has been done to the dreamer. Because we think of pain in many types of context (physical, mental, emotional..), this injury, harm, or pain can be physical or emotional. The dreamer could have been physically or emotionally injured many years ago or as recent as the day of the dream. The most important symbolism is the fact that the dreamer is attempting to heal, deep inside, from this injury.
If injury dreams that fall under this interpretation continue for any period of time, it’s probably best for the dreamer to find someone to talk to about, because recurring dreams of this nature indicate that, although healing is trying to take place, it isn’t entirely doing so.
This type of injury dream is our brain’s way of trying to figure out questions such as:
- Why did that happen to me?
- Why did this person do this to me?
- How do I know this will never happen again?
Sometimes an individual who has been physically or emotionally injured simply needs a sympathetic shoulder to lean on and an understanding person to confide in.
Another analysis for injury dreams is at the other end of the spectrum. Sometimes people who have inflicted pain on others are haunted by guilt in their dreams. Now, this doesn’t ALWAYS mean they deserve the guilt. For example, if someone accidentally and unwittingly causes pain to another person (or even animal) – they may have injury dreams as a result of the guilt they feel. Sometimes they’ll be the one who is injured in the dream, which is their brain’s way of saying, “I wish it had been me instead” or “I deserve to feel this pain.”
Needless to say, the best remedy for this dream interpretation is to simply apologize from the heart. Don’t make excuses and don’t put if off another minute. Say you’re sorry and even buy something for the individual, if you can. You’ll both feel better and your dreams will be sweeter.