In my last blog, I suggested that you use your dreams to help you decide on a correct New Year’s resolution – one that is in alignment with your unconscious so that you are more likely to be successful in keeping it. I also suggested that your dreams can help you keep your resolutions by showing you where you are going astray.
Before you can learn from your dreams, you must remember them. You can check out my blog on Remembering Dreams for techniques to help you remember more details of your dreams. The more you remember, the more insight you can gain from them.
If you aren’t doing so yet, you should start keeping a dream journal – either a hard copy or online at DreamsCloud. Keeping a journal will allow you to review past dreams so you can see patterns in your dreams. What characters, settings, objects, emotions, colors, etc. appear over and over again? To help with this you should consider following the same outline each time you record a dream and include the following:
Time, day and date of the dream
Places or settings
- Dream report
DreamsCloud Tip: You can use the “TAG” feature for recording #s 3-8, so you that can input important keywords and do a search at any time for any specific “theme”, “object” or “character”, etc.
So that you can compare your dreams to your waking life, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes journaling about the day’s events before you go to bed each night. You can choose to write pages and pages of the details of your day, or you may decide to just make note of the especially emotional events (these are the ones that are most likely to appear in your dreams); i.e., “I argued with a co-worker” or “That taxi driver really ticked me off.”
Once you have a number of dreams recorded you can start analyzing them and understanding their true meaning. For example, a search on character, “Sister J.” reveals that she has shown up in 5 of your last 20 dreams.
Now you can look at these five dreams: What similarities are there between them? Are they always in the same place? What other characters are the same in them? Do they share the same theme, emotions, actions, etc.
A look at your “day journal” for the day before each of these dreams might reveal more insight: Did you interact with “Sister J.” that day? What happened? How might that apply to the dream and what can I learn from it?
If you've logged your dreams on DreamsCloud and are seeking more professional 'dream interpretation,' you can easily request a Reflection from one of our Dream Reflectors, who have decades of experience in the field of dream study!
The above is only one way to work with your dreams. In my next blog, I’ll provide some techniques for Working with Dream Symbols.You can also find many tips and techniques for working with your dreams in my book, Notes from a Dreamer … on Dreaming: A Personal Journey in Dream Interpretation.