We’ve spent a fair amount of time on this blog thinking about good ways to think about your dreams and analyze them. I hope by now, many of you are recording your dreams in a dream journal as this is the first step in not only keeping track and analyzing your dreams but also being best able to remember your dreams upon waking.
Record Your Dreams
As noted several times over, recording your dreams in a dream journal will not only help you start to remember your dreams more regularly but is also a way to make sure you have the most relevant thoughts, feelings, notions recorded right off the bat. If you are still having trouble remembering your dreams in the morning, simply keeping the journal at your bedside table will prompt your brain to recall dreams better.
Identify Prominent Feelings
More important than the actions, people, or symbols in a dream is the way that you feel about the dream. Are you scared? Happy? Frightened? Remorseful? Understanding these feelings will help you understand the meaning of the dream to you—and since there is no standard interpretation of dream symbology for everyone, it’s important to understand this.
Check for Recurrence
Many people find that the same themes, symbols, people, or feeling pop up time and time again—this is important to note as it may be your brain telling you something important. Keeping track of these recurrences will help you better understand the messages your dreams are trying to convey.
Consider every part of a Dream
Sometimes strange dreams have many elements to them—let’s say that you dream of a stranger chasing you and then you become the stranger you were running from originally. You may just remember this dream as a common chase dream but in fact if you reflect on the complete picture, you’ll notice something much more interesting.
And finally Put Down the Dream Dictionary
You are the expert on your own dreams and your dreams only have meaning in so much as you derive meaning from them—what could be a wonderful feeling about a puppy may have you reeling in horror. A puppy simple cannot mean the same thing for different people—we’re all made up of different experiences and the symbology of our own lives are as different as our own personalities.
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