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We covered the three-story elements of dreams. Let’s cover the three narrative components.
1. Action In The Dream
Number one is action; the action of the dream tells the story it moves the plot. Remember, there is a plot to your dreams, which are stories. Where does what makes a plot move in dreams or movies, or fiction? In the plot, the action of a dream defines the symbols and then how they’re used in the story symbolism the action is symbolism. in other words, people tend to think of dream symbols as static. It’s a picture that’s on the wall. But instead, the symbol is really in when you can understand it.
When the dream defines the symbol, it shows some action with the symbol or surrounding it. The action itself is symbolism, and that is a place to focus on when you want to understand the story. Actions in dreams are symbolism, so you can have an action such as falling. There are a variety of ways that can be interpreted, such as you’ve had the rug pulled out from underneath you, or you are in a fallen state of being, or you are between two places in your life you feel like everything is up in the air.
take that idea further
These are a few possibilities you can look up fall in the dream interpretation dictionary to take that idea further. WhatWhat I’m trying to tell you is action is symbolism. I’m going to repeat the phrase metaphor in motion because it is a metaphor that is some symbolic expression that makes a comparison between two things and conveys a deeper meaning. This is really what dreams are doing and through the actions of a dream. What you are seeing is metaphorical symbolism in motion.
Action is often overlooked as a key part of the dream story. This goes back to my earlier example of people thinking of a dream symbol as a picture on the wall when it’s a video.
It is an act,death. It has meaning in motion,and a metaphor in motion.
understand the dream
Please focus on the actions to help you understand the dream, and remember it’s the actions that you see, such as falling, hiding, running, and driving, and the actions that involve dream symbols, such as you know you see a bird.
What is it doing? Birds have a variety of ways they can be interpreted in dreams. What they can mean symbolically, but you’re looking at what the bird is doing is flying. Does it land on your shoulder? Does a drop dead to the ground? Is it in a cage? You know those action-oriented details will tell you what the bird in your dream means.
2. Reaction In The Dream
The second narrative component is a reaction; your reaction while dreaming is based on subconscious knowledge of the meaning. Go back to simple fact number one about dreams. You understand subconsciously everything that happens in a dream, and you react based on that subconscious knowledge, which can help explain when you do things out of character in a dream. You took an ax and chopped it down your favorite tree, eating something you would never do in real life. That is, you are reacting to something or acting following the script.
There could be some reaction in the dream, like, ” Let’s say that you cut the tree down, and then you react by going, ” Oh my god, what did I do? We have a clue that maybe you have done something in your waking life that you reflected on and went, ” Oh my god, what did I do? The reaction to the dream is to connect to yourself in your life.
Choose Your Adventure
I like to think of dreams as a Choose Your Adventure. It’s a story where you reach points in the plot and decide which way it will go. The way that you react in dreams can determine how the story unfolds. A very simple example is the monsters chasing you. Will how do you react? Do you confront the monster, run from it, hide or become sad?
For example, I was listening to my interview with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM. A man shared a dream about every Kering dream about being on a train, and a tornado descended. It ripped the roof off of the train, and there he was exposed to the tornado, and he decided one day that he would not be afraid of the tornado and would allow it to do whatever it was going to do. The tornado sucked him up out of the train and tossed him about. And there’s all this debris and stuff.
You know, normally, that would be very scary imagery. But he said no, I’m not going to be afraid this time. What we see in that is that he is deciding to confront this fear. It could be fear in general or fear of a specific thing. The important thing is that he said for the next few days after that dream that he felt like a new man. What we see is the beginning of something new in him where he finds within himself the ability to confront his fears, and it all begins with his reaction while dreaming. He is choosing his adventure.
Go back to simple fact number one: you subconsciously know everything in a dream and understand the meaning well. Reacting to things in dreams can show what you think and how you feel. The example that I like to use is you see a baby in a dream. You know, cute, cuddly innocent, and you know how you react to that baby.
embracing the idea of being a parent
Let’s say that the underlying idea of the dream is you are thinking about whether to be a parent. If you pick up the baby in the dream and make it yours, you claim; you care for it. That could mean that you are embracing the idea of being a parent, but let’s say in that scenario that you decide you’re right in the other direction. That’s telling you that reaction tells you how you feel. In this stage of life, when you have that dream, how you know what you feel about the idea of being a parent’s reaction shows you what you think and how you feel.
I look for strong reactions in dreams because they stand out and provide a path to follow to the dream. The meaning is there and how you react to it tells you what the underlying symbolism is. When you react, especially strongly, if you analyze that part of the dream, that narrative component, you can go right to the dream’s meaning.
dream about fear
A quick example was a woman who dreamed she was in bed and it was a sex scene. And the partner she’s with stops putting on a condom. Then there’s a drink that spills on the bed and soaks through the sheets into the mattress. How does she react? She flies off in a rage and kicks her lover out of the room. That reaction stands out. It’s because of the underlying symbolism. This dream is about her fear of accidentally getting pregnant, the spilled drink on the mattress, and the drink-soaked sin.
Her reaction is what then leads to the meaning of the dream. Because we can understand the bedroom, the partner the condom, it all makes sense in the big picture by the reaction of kicking her lover out. Always ask why you react the way you do in a dream, like in the last example; it can lead to the meaning of the dream especially asking why you react out of character when you react out of character in a dream.
The example I gave before was chopping down a tree. I use another example to show how the reaction can lead you to the meaning. A woman dreamed that her mom convinced her to poison her beloved pet dog, so she poisons the dog. The dog dies, and she freaks out, screaming at her family and punching her mom. Why did you make me do that? She would never poison her pet dog. We look at that, and we go Well, that must be symbolism.
connect with your life
Look at your reaction. This is something that you feel very, very strongly about. How does it connect with your life? We figured it out by looking at the dog as a best friend. That’s man’s best friend. She was being pushed and manipulated by her mom into asking her best friend to marry her. she knew it would poison the relationship. Always ask why you react the way you do in a dream. Why do you react out of character or out of sync with the story? Also, know the reactions of your dream characters.
For example, there was a woman who dreamed about finding a fish bowl full of smelly yellow water, and there was a poor fish in the bowl that was like kill me, you know. She tries to change the water, knowing you can’t do it all at once. She’s balancing the water, and she’s doing all of this stuff, and she thinks I need to call my friend, the animal lover who can help me with this. She has a friend like that, so you know the friend appears there. He is in the dream, and she tells him about the problem, and he walks into the kitchen, grabs a box of red Jell-O, and starts drinking or eating it.
I guess if it’s a powder form, that reaction of the dream character is really out of sync with the story unless you understand the underlying symbolism is that the dreamer is detecting that she has a bladder or either a bladder infection or a urinary tract infection that is developing and she’s got the first signs of it in the dream. She said, though, that she had been having some of the early symptoms and was aware of it before she had the dream. What is the friend doing in the dream by, you know, eating red Jell-O? Gelatin is known to help with urinary tract issues. What you see is the dream suggestion for helping the dreamer, and it’s acted out through the dream character.
I can’t say enough that the dream is a story. Now you were an X factor in that story. Remember, everything else is scripted, but you have an opportunity to react. You could take the story in a completely different direction from where it had been going before you react the way you do and influence the story,y how it progressed,s and what it presents to you. There is going to be like if you react in a way that is perhaps unexpected or you’ve kind of broken new ground in the dream, suddenly, you know, the dream switches scenes, and now you it’s gone in a place that was unexpected in a way. But the dream was hoping that you would make the right decision in the dream so that it could then take you to the next part of the story. It could close one chapter and go to the next.
3. Resolution In The Dream
The resolution of a dream is the last narrative component. It’s the third one we’ve discussed here, and remember, there are three story elements and three steps in a dream one-two. Three, you might notice a pattern here. In fiction, movies, and dreams, a narrative arc has some resolution, or it should have some resolution, or there is an implied resolution, even if it’s not shown directly.
Resolution is needed for good storytelling. This is fiction 101. You have to have a resolution for the plot and the characters. You can’t just leave things dangling. The dream story will bring the story or part of the story to some point. In dreams, the resolution is the needed answer or perspective. If you are dreaming about solving a problem at work, well, does that dream present an answer perhaps, or is it just helping you to fit everything together so that the next time you know that you pick up what that is thinking about that problem, you are going to be able to make those sort of intuitive cross-references that might lead you to the answer?
change in your feelings
Some perspective you need might come from a change in your feelings or something like that. I’ve seen this in dreams, where they help people with breakups. You know, they go through all that grief and loss of the love of the relationship, and then they come to a point where they dream about resolving it. You know, being able to let go of their acts or something like that, Wolf. That dream is bringing about a resolution that way.
Resolution is how you take action in response to what you learn from your dreams. Dreams can offer resolutions within the story or give you a way of thinking about something in your life to come to your resolution. Resolution is often the hardest part of a dream to interpret or even find in the story. Sometimes, it’s not in the story, but if it is in the story, sometimes the detail doesn’t fit.
figured out everything
Something stands out in the dream where you’ve figured out everything. All the details of this big picture of the dream connect, and then you get to the one part where you talk about how this fits into it. As I mentioned, that is often where the resolution is found; sometimes, the resolution is left up to you.
The dream summarizes the personal and situational dynamics. It tells you a story. It’s up to you to think things through. Acting upon it is very important. This is where everything you make all of the efforts you put into your dreams and understand them into remembering them.
The resolution is where the rubber meets the road. It’s where you apply what you learn from your dreams. This is why it’s very important and could be the most important thing from your dreams because, in the end, and in some way, they are supposed to benefit you.