Dream Series—Dreaming 101

The language of dreams is a strange one. How do you understand Dreamspeak? Dreams are highly symbolic, much like the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Understand the dream symbol and you will be able to speak the language of dreams. Dreams are a gold mine of information that can help you with your daily life, goals, and much, much more. I am living proof that dreams can help transform your life in a positive and dramatic way.

Each one of us has their personal meaning attached to a dream symbol. For example, let’s say I dream of a black cat. I love cats in real life and I would view this dream as a pleasant experience. But suppose that my brother is frightened of cats. He would view the same dream in an entirely different way. That’s why dreams and their symbols are personal, making it necessary to develop your own dream dictionary.

Dreams have been talked about as far back as humans have been around. The oldest written recording of a dream interpretation comes from Egypt and dates back to 1350 B.C.E. Dreams reveal our beliefs, emotions, habits, fears, desires and more. The subconscious mind (hidden self) stores an enormous amount of information about us. It then releases that information to our conscious mind (known self) in the form of dreams.

The subconscious mind only releases information in small amounts. Not until the dreamer becomes aware of the issue will the information of the hidden parts of your SELF be revealed. This is a safety valve. Only when you are ready to face your fears or ambitions, will the information be released. If not, it will stay hidden until you are willing to know. I also believe that dreams are messages coming from your Highest SELF.

Dreams can provide clues to your interior life as well as future events, and honing your ability to Dreamspeak will increase your proficiency at solving problems of any kind. Dreams can also yield powerful insights, creative ideas, and become a laboratory in which to create any project of your choosing.

The only skill it takes to remember your dreams is to value them. If you make dreaming a priority, and persist, you will not be disappointed. The dreams will come and your ability to remember them will increase as well.

Once you start remembering your dreams, the next step is to record them into a journal that’s kept exclusively for dreaming. Write down the entire dream, date it, and give it a title. It is best to write your dreams down upon waking, even if they are just snippets. You can go back later, and fill in the blanks. I keep a notebook handy and write down things as the come to me throughout the day, recording them later in the journal.

When the dream has been recorded in your journal, the next step is decoding it. What is the strongest emotion in the dream? What image stands out to you? What is happening in your life right now? These questions will help provide clues to the meaning of the dream.

I had a series of dreams involving paper bags once. In one dream, a woman was dressed in a brown paper bag at the doctor’s office. In another dream, I was carrying around a paper bag. At the time, I was in a quandary over whether to pursue the field of children’s books or stick with graphic design. I didn’t have much confidence in pursuing the former.

I then had a dream that I was back at grammar school. I sat at my desk and drew a picture of nine different paper bags, each with a different face and expression. I wrote the initials for paper bag as P. B. in my journal. I stared at the initials P. B. and it struck me that PAPER BAG = PICTURE BOOK! My subconscious was giving me the symbol of a paper bag to represent children’s picture books. It didn’t make sense at first, but dreams are not logical. And that’s an important rule to understand in dream interpretation — use your intuition, not logic.

With practice, you will get quite good at understanding your dream symbols. And watch what happens when you start paying attention to your dreams—the floodgates will open, and your dreams will multiply, giving you rich and miraculous insights. Try it and see.

The following is a list of dreams books that I use:

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Dream Symbols by Klaus Vollmar
A Little Course in Dreams (a Basic Handbook of Jungian Dreamwork) by Robert Bosnak
The Language of Dreams by Patricia Telesco
An Illustrated Encylopaedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C Cooper

“Anyone who wishes to interpret a dream must himself be on approximately the same level as the dream, for nowhere can he see anything more than what he is himself.”

~Carl Jung

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. alma wad

    We are a dream teller family – we often have warning dreams for each other . That is why I love dream interpretation

    1. Shelley Szajner

      That was a wonderful story about your grandmother’s dream. Dreaming is it best!

  2. bjezierski

    Hey, good stuff here. Hope you don’t mind that I linked to you.

    1. Shelley Szajner

      Thanks, Ben!

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