We all have access to the greatest psychic resource for learning and
understanding about our lives available: our dreams!
From the beginning, humankind's dreams have played a key role in the
revelation, inspiration, problem solving and comprehending of our existence.
Dreams are your SuperConscious, Higher Self, Guardian Angel,
Spirit Guides, your direct link with God, Goddess, All That Is ... whatever
you choose to call that little voice that speaks up during critical
times in your mind and heart.
Here we find guidance and answers to our questions about life, love
and purpose. Don't worry! Your Higher Self would never do anything
to harm you ... challenge you, yes, but never harm!
Our SuperConscious uses symbols in our dreams so we cannot misunderstand
the message. Once you understand the symbols your SuperConscious uses,
the meanings cannot be mistaken.
Many of the symbol meanings are universal: water symbolizes emotions
or emotional occurances; fire is the spiritual life force within each
of us. But only you can make the final determination of what meaning
a dream symbol holds for you.
Some of the symbols revealed in your dreams may not be included in
my list. If you find a symbol revealed that
you do not understand, meditate on the symbol and your dream. Your SuperConsciousness
will verify or clarify the meaning either through your meditation or
in another dream.
Also, you may find certain symbols hold meanings for you different
than those listed. An apple may mean "health, knowledge, wisdom" to
most, but, if you own an apple orchard, it may represent "success and
material security" to you! BEGINNING YOUR DREAM WORK If
you are just beginning your dream work, you may find it difficult to
remember all, or any, of your dreams. Working with your dreams regularly
over a period of time will increase your dream recall.
Remember, eating shortly before bedtime, pharmaceuticals, alcohol or
distractions such as a radio or television will alter your dream-state
and false symbols may be received.
I suggest you start by just trying to recall one element of your dream.
Awake naturally, if you can, without the assistance of an alarm clock.
The weekend or a holiday is a good time to begin.
As you begin to rouse yourself from your sleep state, lie still a
moment and try to recall your dream, or dreams. (We all have multiple
dreams each night!)
As you remember an element, write it into your journal. You may find
this one symbol or activity you remember will stir your recall of other
portions of the dream. Be sure to record mood(s), or emotion(s) experienced
in the dream.
Then, after you have recorded as many activities, symbols and feelings
from the dream you can remember, you can find their meanings in my list.
(This is a selected list and is not offered as a complete symbol dictionary.
After you have recorded as many symbols, activities and feelings you
remember, write a narrative of your dream. Include the symbol interpretations.
Remember, the feelings or moods of your dreams should be interpreted
as they are. If you feel happy in your dream, then the understanding
you gain from the dream symbology will enhance your happiness.
After working with your dreams on a regular basis you will be able
to recall most, or all of your dreams. You will find they often give
answers to dilemmas in your life and confirmations of decisions that
will further you along the path of enlightenment and fulfillment.
Meditating on a situation for a short period of time prior to going
to sleep and asking your SuperConscious for a dream will often help
you program for an answer dream. Programming your dreams can give you
For more information on dream work and dream symbols, refer to these fine
SAMPLE DREAM JOURNAL ENTRY
- The Dream Book: Symbols for Self Understanding, Betty Behards, Inner
- Understand Your Dreams, Alice Anne Parker, H. J. Kramer, Inc.
At a fair or carnival. Walking along crowded
midway. I am carrying a "Barbie" doll loosly in my hand. I walk to a
field where a small biplane is parked. Get into the plane and take off.
Feel elated as I guide the plane into the air. Begin to do aerial loops.
While the plane is upsidedown, the "Barbie" doll falls out of the cockpit
window. Plane stalls and starts to dive. I am terrified, but am able
to pull the plane out of the stall. I regain control and safely land
the plane in a beautiful meadow.
And here are the symbols from my dream:
||Too much going on;too many alternatives
||Playing role, repressing self
||Potential for growth, spiritual activity
||Beginnings of spiritual learning
||Discarding roleplaying, self repression
||Going wrong way
||Getting back on track
||LAND IN MEADOW
||New level of awareness
So, you can see, after we interpret the symbols, we find this dream
gives a confirmation that even though I was having fun (Carnival), there
were too many self or ego distractions, too much going on (Crowded Midway).
I wanted to stop repressing my inner self and playing roles (Barbie
Doll) and get on with my spiritual development (Getting into the Plane).
But, I am warned of becoming too confident in my journey (Loops) and
sabotaging my goals (Dive) with "stunts".
I have the power to right my course (Regain Control) and achieve new
levels of awareness (Land in a Beautiful Meadow).