Your Dreams & You: Why They Are Important, and What They Can Tell You
Everyone has had it. That dream where you find yourself falling thousands of feet without a parachute. Interpreting your dreams can help you in your daily life, and even in your dream world. But the meaning of a certain dream may not be as evident as you may think. Sometimes, you really have to dig to find out what your subconscious mind is telling you. In this article, we will go over the meaning of common dreams, and also how to interpret your own dreams.
Common Dreams and their Meanings
- Being Lost: If you find yourself lost in a dream, you aren't alone. Dreams of being lost in big cities, mazes, and even houses and other buildings are very common and could mean that you are having trouble making a decision in your life. If you have a big decision to make, such as a job opportunity in a new state, you may have dreams similar to this.
- Dying or Severe Illness/Injury: This is a fairly common dream that most likely involves you or a loved one. If it is you that is dying, it may be a sign that you are physically or emotionally hurt. It may also be a sign of psychological insecurity, such as an irrational fear of injury or death. If it is someone that you care about, such as a family member or a close friend, you may fear losing them. On rare occasions, you may be predicting the death of someone close. If you feel that this is the case, talk to someone you can trust, who won't tell that person, or anyone else.
- Being Followed or Chased: If someone or something (such as a criminal or monster) is chasing you in your dreams, than you may be feeling threatened by a person outside of the dream. A lot of the time, the creature or person chasing you may, in some way, closely resemble someone in your waking life. This is a sign that the person is someone you see a lot, or someone you know personally. It may be necessary to confront the person and tell them about the issue
- The Falling Dream: This is one of the most common dreams, and you have probably experienced this dream several times. Usually your brain is trying to tell you that you need to relax. If you are feeling overwhelmed in your daily life, and no one is trying to support you, than this may be the cause of the falling dreams. Try and resolve any situation with work, school, or family, and you should stop having this dream. If the dream recurs, than finding a solution should be one of your top priorities.
Interpreting your own Dreams
Before trying to interpret a dream, you must be able to remember it the after waking up. Sometimes, you may not even realize that you had a dream until you remember it hours after you woke up. You may even have a hard time remembering the most vivid, detailed dreams. One very useful tool to help you keep your dreasm fresh in your mind is a dream journal. Keep a journal next to your bed, and every morning when you wake up, try and record everything you can remember about your dream, even if it makes no sense. A dream journal can also help you look back on previous dreams.
Even though your dream may be common, with a common meaning, the real meaning can be different for you than for someone else. Never rely fully on an online dream dictionary, even if it has helped you in the past. Your brain is unique, and it has a unique way of presenting issues to you.
In many cases, a dream will involve an obvious problem or event in your life. Ask yourself, does this dream relate to any issue in my waking life? If the answer is yes, than you now know what your mind is telling you. Find a solution to the problem and the dream will stop occuring.
Sometimes, the meaning of a dream won't be so obvious. Lots of times, issues will present themselves as metaphors, which require you to analyze the feelings experienced during the dream. For example, in the dream, if you are involved in a car accident, than you may be headed towards an accident in your waking life, such as being fired or laid off from your job. It is important to find the underlying emotions in the dream, then compare them to emotions in your life.
Even after hours of analyzing and digging, some dreams will seem to be devoid of meaning. In dreams like this, symbols may present themselves. If you have a dream where you are jealous of very tall man who has a better pen or pencil than you do, you may feel like you don't stack up against a co-worker, and you are afraid that they might get your hard-earned promotion. The tall man symbolizes the co-worker who you feel is better than you, and the pen or pencil symbolizes the job or promotion. If your dream is in the form of a story or fable, try and find the moral or theme of that story. This may point you to a personal problem involving ethics, accountability, or respect.
Never overlook a dream. If you think that it has meaning, find the meaning. It may solve a big problem in your life. Many times, something that makes no sense on the outside may be rich in menaing on the inside. If you have ongoing issues in your life, look within your dreams for a solution. And remember that your mind is the most unique part of you. Dreams will mean different things for different people, so don't always rely on the advice of others.