I am trying something creative out here. Interestingly enough it came to me in a dream.
I am going to post Fact and Fiction.
I have many factual stories and probably just as many dreams.
My all time favorite Dream Movies
2.What Dreams May Come
4.Vanilla Sky (Lucid Dreaming)
6.Avatar (Lucid Dreaming)
8.Eyes Wide Shut
9.Science of Sleep
10.The Wizard of OZ
I love Flying Dreams
Dreams are very efficient. Meaning, they can address multiple issues on multiple topics all in one story line! A dream can warn you of health dangers, predict the future, point out personality flaws (or credits) and solve a current problem all in one dream! Some dreams are worthy of repeated analysis, and just because you can come up with two or three interpretations, does not mean that only one can be right, in fact they could all easily be right.
A new approach..
It must be made clear from the start that anyone who is interested in remembering their dreams, and understanding them, is free to do so. You are not required to possess any psychic abilities, or prestigious degrees!
Interpreting dreams can be done by anyone willing to simply learn how. It is not very hard to do and does not require much of your time, nor is there any really intense study to do. The method I am about to outline for you is perhaps one of the easiest and effective ways to remember and analyze your own dreams. As you follow this outline you will grow more effective in time, as practice increases your success rate rather dramatically.
There is nothing spooky or ritualistic to do, in fact I believe you will find it quite logical!
Just like learning to drive a car, or tying your shoes hangs with you, this too will be something that in time you will be able to do quite naturally. Dreams are a vehicle in which your mind communicates ideas, warnings and health issues. Sometimes they even communicate the future! By using this technique and following a few simple rules, even the most stubborn “I never dream (grumble grumble)” types can do it. Just bear in mind that your own perceptions take precedence over any definitions in dream dictionaries. The dream dictionary that I have written and is now on-line, contains only the most common generic definitions.
Your own perceptions are always better.
Dreams are not a way avoid facing your difficulties, in fact you hit them head on. You can choose how you want to use this new tool anyway you wish.
You can use your dreams as a passing sort of entertainment, or you can elect to use them regularly as an aid to you in your journey through life.
The First Step, The Tools You Need…
If you are seasoned at dream interpretation I know you heard this before… Get a notebook! (groan) Lots of you do not like the idea of writing down everything you dream about, but unfortunately it is necessary. No this is not unique, but I have never found a system of remembering or analyzing dreams that did not include this step.
There IS an alternative, and it is what I use. Get a small mini cassette recorder know as a dictaphone. This you keep by your bed like the notebook, only you speak into it instead of writing them down. This takes some getting used to, and may disorient users of notebooks, but it is superior in this regard.
You can speak faster than you can write. More detail, less work scrawling in the dark, so you can say more.
You can analysis your own tone of voice. Speaking requires less concentration so your recall is better.
Thought you were going to get out of writing anything down, didn’t you? Not a chance! You still need the notebook because later on you need to transfer the stuff from the tape to the book so you can analysis it and make notes. But this way is much easier and effective then sticking with the notebook only.
Keeping a notebook beside your bed, or the handy recorder, is not enough. You must give yourself the suggestion that you will remember your dreams when you wake up. I would not be too terribly concerned about recording unimportant dreams when you occasionally wake up in the middle of the night.
Dreams are like plays.
They go through several rehearsals then in the end give you a finished product. When a dream is important enough to write down from a middle of the night awakening, you will feel it in your bones and you will know to record it. Now, with notebook by the bed, (or recorder) you are ready for the next step.
The Proper Way To Sleep…
As with everything else in life, there is a right way and wrong way to go about sleeping in a manner that is productive in dream recall.
Relaxation is a must. And following good, steady sleeping habits is also a must. There is a thing called “sleep debt” that occurs when you regularly do not get enough sleep. When you build up your sleep debt, you sleep so deep it is almost impossible to remember your dreams, so follow regular habits.
Before you leap into bed, hell bent on remembering your dreams, take a moment and review these preliminary steps:
Relax yourself completely.
This can be done with nothing more then peace and quiet. If you choose, use your favorite relaxation tapes, or just some peaceful music. (pre-set to turn off)
Pay attention to the main issues on your mind. As you start to go to sleep, pay attention to the main theme, or train of thought running through your mind. This will give you a clue as to what your dream may end up being based on. Also, by keeping your mind on what you want to dream about is a good way to dream about one particular issue. Don’t over concentrate though, or it will keep you awake.
Give yourself a suggestion to remember your dream. You must want to remember your dreams in order to do so. Giving yourself a suggestion is simple.
Just keep in mind, and randomly bring to surface a little thought like “I will remember my dream”.
Don’t just think the words like a child reciting “I will not write on the wall”, but mean it, and feel the conviction.
Plan on waking up slowly and peacefully. Being rocketed out of bed by a big dog landing in the middle of your chest and licking your face is NOT the stuff that dreams are made of! (I speak from experience)
Try to wake up naturally.
Regardless what anyone may have told you, it is a fact that adult human beings NEED a minimum of eight hours sleep in order to be fully rested. Some, in fact most really need more. Not getting enough sleep is the number one reason for not remembering your dreams! Don’t overdo it either, or the reverse will be true. A good rule of thumb is you should wake up naturally without an alarm clock, and without someone (or something) waking you.
Your health is very important!
Take your vitamins, and chelated minerals every day! Eat a well balanced diet. Poor nutrition is also an extremely common cause for failure to recall dreams.
Keeping those steps above in mind (and following them) will kick start you to remembering your dreams. These steps are the key to remembering your dreams, if you practice ALL the above, you WILL sooner or later start to remember them. (I am betting “sooner”)
Analyzing the dream: Basic Dream Themes…
Identify the main “theme” or “concept” of the dream. Perhaps the most important thing about dream analysis, identifying the basic theme sets the tone for the interpretation.
It is done like so: First, write down the dream (or record it). Look at the dream from a different perspective. Take away the details and look at it as a whole. Here is an example:
The theme: Something good comes to fruition. This something is refined, and given away.
Analyzing The Dream: Theme-to-life…
Match the Theme or Concept to a specific area of your life.
First off, MOST dreams are NOT prophetic. To instantly assume this, will lead to many mis-interpretations! Your dreams are usually selfish, meaning that they are about you specifically, a good 90 percent of the time. With that in mind, you should be able to tie in the theme to some particular area of your life. Here is a good tip:
When you ask yourself, “What specific area of my life is this dream about? “as opposed to asking “What’s this dream mean?” you will arrive at a conclusion faster.
Always assume, at least to start off with, that the dream is about you, and a message to you. Since you made the theme, you should be able to place it into some aspect or condition present in your life. A real good sign that you thought up the right area of your life it is addressing, is when you get that “Ah Ha, THAT’S IT!”feeling.
Sometimes, if it is a bad dream, the feeling is more like “oh no, that’s it!”. Either way, when the connection is made, you feel it and you know.
If you were indeed correct on finding the theme, then finding the area of your life it fits into should come quite easily. How exactly though, do you go about matching the theme to an area of your life? If you had the first dream (the one about the hall above) and you decided that the theme was:
Someone sees something precious being senselessly destroyed.
There is a chance to put an end to it, if acted upon quickly.
Ask yourself the following questions:
What element in my life seems very precious to me?
(search for the ah-hah feeling) Is there a possibility that it could be damaged or hurt in any way?
Note that if you had that dream, found the element in your life that was precious to you, and you know it could be in danger, yet you do not see a solution, your mind does! Re-examine the situation and the solution might just reach out and grab you! If it were hopeless, the dream would have been different. Sometimes your sleeping mind can arrive at conclusions far better then our normal thinking processes. As you can tell, theming-to-life is best done through emotion.
Only by examining your own emotions as you try to fit the theme into a given situation can you know you hit the mark. Our lives are sometimes so complicated that we many have so many things going on that could fit the theme.
Our emotions are our best clue to pin pointing the exact application.
Emotions are a very good clue to the dream itself. Pay strict attention to “your emotional state” while in the dream.
Analyzing the dream:
You’ve developed good sleeping habits. Then you got on a regular schedule of taking your vitamins and chelated minerals. You learned how to relax, and you are dedicated to writing things down or recording them. Giving yourself the suggestion to remember your dreams, you are now doing so quite frequently. Themes come easily and you can fit them into your life accordingly.
Are you done? Somehow you don’t think so, as you seem to be missing a large part of the picture.
This is where symbols come in. Symbols in a dream, are actually the elements that make up the details. Even specific actions are sometimes symbols (such as falling).
When you read a dream dictionary, it is usually not bogus, it merely gives the most “common” definition for that particular item. If you were unaffected at all by an item in your life, then the dream dictionary definition would most likely be valid. However, there are a certain amount of symbols that seem to always mean the same thing for people all the time. These you would do well to write down, memorize or at the very least, bear in mind while interpreting your own dreams. Why exactly these symbols are universal is a mystery to a certain extent, though I am sure there is a good reason.