Every time I see a Facebook post, a new article, or something on the news, or a new book that claims to help people interpret their dreams, I get a little bit sad.
Your dreams are the way your subconscious mind is communicating to you a message that it can’t get across to you otherwise. Your subconscious mind communicates to you even when you’re awake when you’re day-dreaming; when you close your eyes and you picture where you want to be in 15 years, through pictures.
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It’s not the logical, verbal processing center. It has to use pictures and ideas, and twist the experiences of your life so far, into something that conveys the message it’s trying to get to you.
And interpretation that’s in a book is a general approach. It’s like the old 12 horoscopes for 7 billion people in the world. Really? That’s some generalization there, huh?
Now, it’s not to say you can’t find useful information in these interpretation books, but it’s more of a crutch than an assistive device, when you really think about it.
If you have a dream about flying, that’s especially vivid after you’ve had a hard day at work, and your co-workers are just getting you down and you feel like they’re backstabbing you… Well, whatever pictures you’re seeing in there are representative of what you mind’s trying to find for you. It’s trying to find the solution for you.
The people in your dreams represent an idea, or a meaning, that your subconscious mind couldn’t otherwise communicate. If you see Bobby in your dream, it doesn’t mean you need to go talk to Bobby. What does Bobby stand for in your mind on first glance? Whatever Bobby stands for is part of the message your subconscious mind was trying to communicate to you.
What’s the setting look like? What does that setting mean to you, in general?
Think about how the symbols, and signs, and the really, really stand-out things that pop up in your dreams, well, stand out to you, in your own personal life, and apply to you, personally.
Don’t think about someone else’s interpretation of a symbol. Like, “Oh, you dreamt of flying, so that means you want to be carefree, and blah, blah, whatever.”
Okay, fine, someone made that interpretation, some PhD psychologist has enough data to say that, in general, this is a good approach. Fine, whatever.
But what if you’re deathly afraid of flying? That interpretation may be in there, but you know best what flying means to you, and that’s what your mind is trying to communicate to you.
It only knows what it’s learned. You only know what you’ve learned and experienced throughout your life, so the meanings of the things that you dream and see in your dreams are based on what you’ve learned and what you know.
Think about your dreams. They’re very useful, and really, if you get to the point where you ask yourself a very important question, and just expect to have the answer later… Like, specifically asking your subconscious mind – not as a different entity, but just having that question up there.
You’ll be surprised that you just might dream, and just might have, that flash of thought pop up into your head that perfectly addresses what you asked.
Think about your dreams, and how they matter to you, and what they mean to you. Forget about those books for a little while. Think about it, try it. I think you’ll be surprised at what you find out.
Dream well, sleep well, and start listening to that brain of yours. Bye.