(Health Secrets Newsletter) Dream analysis is a true key to your inner self. This is because dreamland is a vast uncharted place that has none of the boundaries we face in our waking state. The likely reason people do not remember their dreams is because they do not know to do dream analysis and interpretation. Here are a few thoughts that will help open up this aspect of yourself so you may explore this excellent gift — the dream.
I do not record all of my dream analysis, only dreams that have real power or appeal. Yes, there are books that discuss dream symbols and dream analysis, but the mind often creates symbolism specifically individual to the dreamer and her/his current life experience. Always double check your proposed interpretation with your inner knowing. Working with your dreams is a good confidence builder!
I first studied my dreams about twenty five years ago when I attended a workshop at the Adlerian Summer School Institute. The important things I learned were:
*Everything in the dream is an aspect of yourself.
*Dream symbols/metaphors/actions are very rarely literal, (therefore when I dreamed I stuck a spear through my bother’s heart I realized I really did not have murderous intentions).
*One’s dream may have individual, cultural, national, global, and spiritual messages all at the same time and can be interpreted from each perspective.,
*It is possible to dream a dream for someone else and/or dream a dream with someone else.
*The dream may continue in your subconscious while you are awake, if this is needed for your growth and development.
*Do not worry if you cannot write the whole dream down immediately. Note your emotions and anything that seems to hand around in your thoughts — a word or two to help you recall the dream later.
At the International Association for the Study of Dreams, I learned these key ideas about dream analysis:
*The need to pay attention to the emotion you felt during the dream and to write it down when waking
*How to approach and utilize lucid dreaming
*The historical and cultural aspects of dreaming — dreaming is not new age
*Many great inventions were first envisioned in dreams
Let’s apply some of these principles to analyze a dream I had not long ago.
I was on the side of a red desert mountain. My father said to wait for him and he drove off with three other people. I saw they were showing a movie in the park at the base of the mountain. As I walked to the movie I stopped to look at a display table of books, magazines and handmade jewelry. I found a tapestry chair to sit in to watch the movie. A woman and her son came by. The son sat with me in my chair for a while and then left; he was a nice kid. A man came by and flirted with me and I flirted back. The man asked why I trust him. I said I like the way you look (his energy was good).
The ground began to rumble and heave. People on top of the Red Clay Mountain began to run down. I said we have to go. He said it was nothing. The rumble knocked him off his feet onto his back. Two others and I helped him up. His back was covered with leaves and I brushed the leaves off. I said we need to run to the car. He said he didn’t think so. I great crack appeared on the Red Clay Mountain, and I could see it was chasing the people down the mountain. I began to run. The man began to run. Sinkholes started appearing and the man was swallowed up.
Everywhere I went I told the people to run. Some ran and some did not. I ran into a building because every other way was blocked. It was like a maze but kept running. I ran through an apartment. It was beautiful with much artwork. The husband and wife were arguing and seemed oblivious to my being there and the son played video games. I said you have to run because the Red Mountain is crumbling. They looked at me blankly and asked what about their things. I kept running through the house past the artwork. I saw the daughter, in a pink tutu, practicing ballet in the living room. As I ran out the front door, I told her she must run because the Red Mountain was crumbling.
I was out on the street and it was chaos with hundreds of people running. I saw the parking lot with my car. Most of the cars were blue but one or two were red. I get my car. I shouted “go, go, the Red Mountain is cracking”. The cars took off in a line. A few cars turned right down a gravel road, while most people went straight onto the highway. The gravel road went through a dark neighborhood. The highway was lighted. Then I woke up.
This dream is rich in symbolism. For another person to truly understand the dream’s implication for me, one would need to know the current context of my life. The emotions I awoke with were: overwhelmed, thoughtful, purposeful and fatalistic (what will be will be). The following are standard dream analysis interpretations of the notable symbols.
RED — anger, rage, trouble, misunderstanding, human lust/desire, creativity, endocrine center, base chakra, evil, aggression
CLAY — something from which new things spring, can be molded, shaped or formed
MOUNTAIN — high state of mental development, spiritual heights, understanding awareness, where physical and mental world can be viewed clearly and understood, a challenge/obstacle to be overcome, an ambition one has chosen
DESCENDING (the mountain) — close of an experience, obstacle successfully overcome, the end of something
FATHER — authority, leadership, power, energetic, forceful, protective
MOVIE — see from another perspective, opinions, thoughts, world view of others
MAGAZINE — general information, personal insight/intuition
JEWELRY — spiritual truths/gifts, wisdom, mental health, beauty, that which is eternal
TAPESTRY — visual representation of one’s life story, soul journey, higher self, creativity, subconscious, Karmic memory
EARTHQUAKE — warning message, break up of internal forces or situations, shattering of problems/one’s beliefs/stance/values
DEAD LEAVES — things once part of self that now must be discarded
CRACK — potential opening, or potential problems in current directions, belief systems are crumbling
SINK HOLE — dark situation/experience/passage, hidden or concealed trap, hole in one’s plans/ideas/thought process
RUNNING — anxiety, apprehension, inferiority, uneasiness, inability to handle the current experience, inner conflict
NEIGHBORHOOD — subconscious aspects of self one has to accept and live with
BUILDING/APARTMENT — place of residence, one’s physical body, personality/current situation/experience/temporary lodging or condition
MAZE — confusion, uncertainty, loss of direction, disorganized
ARGUMENT — conflict between parts of self, internal struggle
VIDEO GAMES — mental focus/involvement, mental games in which one is involved
BALLET — corresponds to balance and preparedness
Key aspects to understanding this dream and to apply it to my current situation are to:
*Notice the contradictory emotions on waking up
*Notice the conflict between the subconscious/inner/spiritual life vs. conscious/physical/worldly life
*Notice standard symbols such as:
right/future vs. left/past
light vs. dark
mountains vs. sink holes
argument vs. video games/ballet
Also it is important to realize symbols are simultaneously positive and negative. This indicates a need for me as a dreamer to have active discernment and not to make quick judgments of goodness or badness.
This dream is a story meant to empower. Many things can be learned from this dream, but simply put, I am in a period of transitions where I am leaving behind the surface level self that was focused on work and physical daily needs of existence and survival. I am entering a period that requires balance, focus, creativity, courage and determination as I externalize subconscious abilities and set inner sites on a new direction. The dream warns me not to get caught up in inner conflict because my own ruminations can create traps, but instead to brush off inner conflicts just as I would brush dead leaves off my clothes. Actually, there is still more meaning to the dream, but this is enough for now.
Will this dream example encourage you to embrace and understand the power of your dreams as they release healing and motivational energy? Remember that the dream is truly one of the greatest gifts of insight into ourselves that we have been given.