Dreams provide valuable insight across many aspects of life, and can deepen our knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the challenges we face each day. One of the most effective ways to understand what your dreams mean is to learn how to interpret dreams on your own. Since dreams are so highly personal in nature, you are the best interpreter of your dreams.
In this simple guide, we will share the basics of learning to understand your own dreams.
Step 1: Write the dream down with as much detail as possible.
The more details you can provide about your dream, the easier it will be to make associations and connections in defining your own symbols and meanings.
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Step 2: Go back and read the dream you just wrote down.
Say it out loud if that helps. Look for any words or symbols that stand out to you. Make a list of these words.
While reading the dream, determine what type of dream it might be - whether a simple release dream, a message dream, etc. If you're not sure what type of dream it was, see our article: Types of Dreams.
Step 3: Start Making Associations With the Symbols
While we offer dream symbol look-up here for a number of popular dream symbols, the best way to truly understand what a dream means is to come to your own conclusions on how the symbol relates to you and your life.
Ask yourself some basic questions about the symbols:
- What personal experience do I have this symbol?
- What emotions or thoughts do I have about this symbol?
- How did this dream make me feel?
Once you have answered these questions about the symbols, you will have a greater understanding of what they mean and will likely be able to make a connection on how this dream relates to your waking life.
Tips for Interpreting Your Own Dreams:
Don't get discouraged: It can take much practice to be able to interpret a dream - and some dreams it may even be a few days before it finally makes sense to you. Make it a regular practice to write down your dreams and what they may mean to you and you will start having more and more success in understanding their meanings.
Consider Waking Life Events/Triggers: Many dreams are based on what you think about right before falling asleep, or can be caused by events or stress in your daily waking life. Ask yourself - what is happening in your life right now that might be influencing or causing this dream to occur?
Do you have any questions on how to interpret your dreams? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!