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Discovering the Meaning of Dreams

May 2, 2011 on 9:30 pm | In Dream Types | No Comments

So what do dreams mean? Mankind has been fascinated for centuries by the meaning of dreams. The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed in the importance of dreams to give information about past present and future events.

Since the advent of Dream Psychology in the late 18th C with Sigmund Freud, and more recently the development neural imaging techniques, researchers have come a long way in their understanding of dreams. And although the exact function of dreaming is still unsure, most researchers agree that dreams do provide some necessary function and the benefits of understanding them can help us deal with everyday emotional issues.

The first question anybody ever asks me is what is the meaning of dreams? I had this really strange dream about spiders and insects in my bed….. can you tell me what that means?

And every time I have the same answer.

Only you can figure out the meaning of dreams for you.

You go to bed every night and create your own dreams. Nobody else creates them for you. So it only makes sense that the best person to interpret your dreams…is you.
Our dreams are a compilation of our experiences, thoughts, emotions and memories and therefore are unique to each of us as our experiences in life are totally unique.

For instance, if you dream about a door, it may not necessarily be a door. For one person, the door could mean new opportunities. For another person it could mean something blocking their path.
So only you can figure out what a particular feeling, image, situation or memory means to you. Dream dictionaries are appealing because they offer a quick answer to burning questions. But they are not sufficient.

The difficulty is that our dreams are not necessarily rational or particularly easy to understand. And it is very tempting to simply look up an online dictionary, to get a quick and easy answer to a recent dream image. But do be aware that dream dictionary entries are usually very dated and have very little to do with the meaning of dreams personal to you.

Our dream language is symbolic and metaphoric in nature, accumulated from our personal experiences, memories and feelings throughout our lives. The bizarre, irrational and seemingly nonsensical nature of our dreams is because certain parts of the brain are deactivated during sleep. This means your brain only has access to memories, imagination and feelings to work through daily issues. Which is essentially what dreams are – a way that our brains, during sleep, can visually represent our thoughts and feelings.

So it makes sense that to understand the meaning of dreams is a matter of understanding the particular language of your dreams. You essentially need to learn how to think like your dreaming brain.
Thinking like your dreaming brain might sound like a touch ask. But in reality it is a simple matter of recording the dream, interpreting the images and feelings within the dream and then finding a waking life connection.

Happy Dreaming!

“Alexandra Woolcott is an expert in dream interpretation. She is the author of http://www.realmeaningofdreams.com a successful educational resource providing free information on all aspects of dreaming and sleep as well as an online tutorial on how to interpret your own personal dream symbols.Alexandra has a BA (Psych) and a personal interest in dream interpretation, having found value in interpreting her own dreams since the age of 15.”
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