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These ten things to know will help you understand your dreams, why you have them, and how to interpret them.
1. Dreams comes from Subconscious Mind
Subconsciously you know what your dreams mean. This is true because you create your dreams. It’s on another side of your mind, known as the unconscious mind, but that’s where your dreams are created.
That means you create your dreams, which means you know deep down inside of you what they mean. Ninety-five percent or more of your mind is subconscious which means below your conscious awareness and control. If you look at the slide here, the picture in the background is an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg is your conscious mind. Everything below the waterline is subconscious.
It is part of your unconscious mind. You can look up the unconscious mind in your dream interpretation dictionary to learn more about that. The self archetype creates dreams in the unconscious mind. Look up archetypes to discover more about what they are. They are the foundational structures of your psyche. They are usually far outside of your conscious awareness. The self archetype is the main archetype.
There are several of them, which is creating your dreams with a purpose—and many purposes.
And we’ll get into that as we go further into the lecture. I want to tell you something about how you react to dreams. You react based on what you know subconsciously. This is why the reaction is a narrative component of dreams. This is something that you learn about and step one of my D-3 dream interpretation systems. Analyze your reactions because they are subconsciously based on what you know, which can lead you to what the imagery the dream imagery means.
This fact about dreams that you react based on what you know subconsciously can explain what appears to be irrational actions or situations. It can explain reactions that are out of sync with the imagery.
For example, you react casually to seeing someone die. For most people, the whole thought of watching someone die and not helping is abhorrent to them. But let’s say you react by enjoying or being happy to see it happen. It’s because of that reaction; you know what it means. It’s symbolism for something, and it could mean that you are changing as a person. You are maturing; you are growing. You no longer need your old skin.
When you see the person die in the dream, what you’re seeing, perhaps, is the old part of yourself that’s going away.
2. Dreams are like parables
They are little stories that teach and illuminate stories used to convey information, and dreams use stories to convey information. We learn better and pay more attention to stories. Consider the alternative to your dreams. What to teach you things help you digest your life, show you things about yourself, give you insights, and lecture you all night. Well, that’s no fun.
When dreams can give you this information in story form, it’s more fun and engaging, and you learn better from it. You can analyze a dream story. Everything in the story has a reason. Every detail in the dream has a reason. And with this insight, you can pull it all together into a big picture. It will help you to interpret.
The dream will help you verify that your interpretation is correct because all the details of the dream have to fit together. Your dream stories are like a Choose Your Adventure. You create these stories and immerse into them as a participant or observer.
At points, you choose how the plot unfolds; how you react to what’s going on in the dream and the actions you take in response determine where the story goes. You reach these forks in the road, and you go down the fork that leads to the dream responding by telling that story instead of the story that would have happened when you went down the other fork.
Some dreams are scripted from beginning to end, and you have no control, no choice. But most of my dreams and those that I help people analyze are like a Choose Your Own Adventure. Your dream stories are personalized. The dreaming mind knows you inside and out. It knows what resonates with you and the best way to tell you a story.
Your recurring dreams, the ones that seem to continue a story night after night. Why is the dreaming mind choosing to tell the story that way? Because it knows things about you, it knows things about you that you may not know about yourself. Dreams can draw from stories that you have encountered already in novels, movies, video games MID’s legends television shows. Those stories can be used as base material to create the stories that are told to you by your dreams.
Your dream story knows every trick in the book. He is a masterful storyteller. It is like the best author or director that has ever lived, and it will use metaphors and exaggeration. Comparison contrast nested stories which are dreams within dreams, will use back story. Every trick in the storyteller’s book is available to your dreaming mind.
3. Dreams are symbolic
Everything in dreams is symbolic. Well, what is a symbol? It is one thing used to represent another, so you see something in your dream. It’s an image or an action, and it means something else. It’s used to represent an idea or set of ideas.
Symbolism is a language; you can go into my lecture on decoding dream language to go very deep into the subject. Symbolism uses symbols to communicate. Think of symbols as pictures that say a thousand words. When you string those pictures together in a dream, it conveys more complex ideas. That’s known as dream symbolism dream actions are symbolic, also.
Consider them as along with your dream symbols. Actions like driving and exploring flying SACs are there. They are symbolic. They are symbolic, and when used in story form and strung together with other symbols, they become symbolism and are deeply meaningful. Your dreams have hidden meaning behind all of that imagery. Do not take the dream imagery literally or at face value. It’s like the picture that you see on the screen.
What do you see first? Do you see the face in the background or the person reading the book with your dream imagery? It would help if you saw through the overt appearance to see the hidden meaning that’s behind it.
4. Dreams parallel your life.
Most dreams are based on your memories from the past day or two dreams. Call this source material. So this helps you in interpreting your dreams because you know that it’s very likely that they are drawn from your recent memories. Dreams can refer to the past and the future. They can show you where things began in your life, and they can show you where things are headed in your life.
They can show you the roots of your personality, attitudes, and beliefs. It can show you formative events and experiences in your life but remember it all comes back to right now.
That’s why the dream shows you where things began to illustrate better what’s going on in the present and help guide you toward the future. You will find many parallels with events and situations in your external or outer life. In your dreams but inner life is the focus of most of your dreams, especially the ones that are the most impactful and the ones that are very highly metaphorical.
Those dreams are likely about what’s going on in your inner world—some more powerful and memorable dreams. Dreaming is a two-part process. You have the daily digestion of memories, events, experiences information, and then your dreams will take that daily experience about once a week. It will take it all and summarize it.
What have you learned and experienced in the past week of your life? Those dreams will be memorable and highly metaphorical but don’t limit yourself to just a week of review. Dreams can review longer periods, such as months or years of your life or your entire life. I like to think of dreams as the story of your life. As it is written, dreams are subjective.
5. Dreams are subjective
Most dreams are subjectively based on your thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, instincts, and so forth. It’s everything in your dreams if you think about it this way. You are the film, and the dream is the projector’s light that shines through the film. It projects out the imagery that is your dream. When you step into the story, you are interacting with your inner world dream characters are particularly likely to represent aspects of your dream characters usually look like people. They can take other forms like animals and robots and stuff.
But the point is that they look like living creatures. And you are a living creature. So what better way of showing you all the various parts of yourself than through your dream characters? These parts include your psyche, mind, body, personality, and even archetypes, which are the foundational structures of the psyche. Most people are far outside their conscious awareness but will take form in your dreams. Dreams can be objective. It is rare for most people that those dreams are rare for most people.
Those dreams can make objective observations and representations. In other words, what you see in the dream is real. It is objective rather than subjective. Sometimes you can even peer into other people’s lives and see the things going on externally and internally in them, especially close ones, friends, and stuff.
It’s an amazing dream phenomenon, and it shows that everyone is connected through their dreams, not just to the people in each other but to the planet itself and the fabric of reality. So dreams are usually subjective, but they can be, at times, objective.
6. Dreams show the ego.
What it doesn’t know.
This was a quote from Dr. Carl Young. He said that dreams show the ego what it doesn’t know or doesn’t understand.
I like to add to Dr. Young’s quote that dreams can show the ego what it does not want to know. The Lifetime purpose and journey of dreaming unite the conscious and unconscious minds. The conscious mind is generally referred to as the ego. You can look up the ego in the dream interpretation dictionary to better understand this part of the psyche.
Then there is the unconscious mind. This is the vast majority of your mind. It is unconscious. It is outside of your conscious awareness and control. It can take form in your dreams as dream figures known as anima or animists, and you can look up those in your dream interpretation dictionary.
I suggest that you do it very soon or now. Dreams are like nightly marriage counseling sessions. This is a great way of conceptualizing the relationship between these two sides of your mind. You have your waking mind that needs to find its way through the daily experience of life, and then you have the unconscious mind, which is in the background observing everything and guiding you towards living the best life you can live. Being the best person you can be in your dreams is like relationship-building between these two sides of the mind.
They are helping you to get to know the unconscious mind and the end. The goal is to unite these two sides of the mind. That’s why I like to call them lightly marriage counseling sessions.
7. Dreams compensate they compensate for one-sidedness in the relationship between the ego and the unconscious.
It can happen when the ego thinks it knows everything. It doesn’t need anybody else’s input or opinion. And the unconscious mind says there is so much that you don’t know. We need first to get back into balance. Think of it as scales.
These scales need to balance the psyche as an automated system, and dreams are the number one tool for regulating that system. It’s a system because there are many parts to it.
This one-sidedness can also come on the other end of the scale, where the unconscious is too powerful. It has too much weight, and it can overwhelm the conscious mind. In that case, dreaming dreams might be there to build up the ego to make it stronger so that it can stand an equal relationship with the unconscious mind. You can also have one-sidedness in personality or attitude that needs to be regulated and balanced in
Your dreams will do it for you. Dreams can compensate for what is missing in yourself and your life. Say, for example, you have someone who is feeling very lonely and in need of a friend. Your dreaming mind could send them an experience a dream experience of having the best friend in the world, or you have a dream about meeting and falling in love with the love of your life. Some people wake up from a dream like that and are disappointed because the dream reality is not part of their waking reality.
But appreciates your dreams for the experiences there, giving you something you need. They can also show you what is possible in the future. Your dreams do want you to make your dreams come true. To live your dreams, but it’s a process.
This fact that dreams compensate can explain why some dream imagery is exaggerated or distorted when dreams need to compensate, for example, for a big ego. They can show opposite imagery, such as humble people, people down on their luck, beggars and homeless, and stuff like that. This is so that the ego will realize something about itself. So when something is out of proportion in your dreams. Use this insight because it can lead you to the interpretation and meaning of dream number eight.
8. Dreams Shine a light into the back of your mind.
They bring forward everything important that doesn’t get your full attention. You take in a lot of information during the average day. Your senses bring in much more information than consciously processed, but it is all registering. Deep down inside of you, it is registering subconsciously. If there is something that you missed and it’s important you need to know it, then it is very likely that you’re going to dream about its dreams.
Focus first on what you have overlooked, ignored, or repressed. They also tell or show you what you need to know and help you see what you can’t see. Dreams reveal rather than conceal. This goes back to a debate that began in the early days of dream psychology. Dr. Sigmund Freud said that dreams hide meaning behind symbolic imagery because they don’t want to disturb your sleep. Some of the dream content can be so disturbing that it has to be hidden or censored. Otherwise, you will not sleep very well. Your dream imagery will shock you awake. Will Dr. Carl Young came along and said the dream imagery isn’t really to conceal anything. It’s to reveal.
Yes, it is shown to you as symbolism, but the symbolism is the language of the unconscious mind where dreams are created. Also, dreams will reveal to you what you need to know over time as you are ready to accept and absorb. They will reveal things to you. It’s hidden behind this imagery, but that imagery is revealing rather than concealing.
9. Dreams are big on learning.
This is agreed upon this fact about dreams by almost everyone who studies the subject. When you look at what dreams are doing and what they are for, the neuroscientists, the researchers. Why dream? What’s their purpose of them?
It’s to learn you take in all these daily life experiences, new memories, information, and experiences. It needs to be sorted, correlated, processed, and fit into the picture. The existing structure of who and what you already are. There is this deeper learning process that’s going on. Dreams can help you cross-reference this new information, like if you study a subject and you’re going to have a test.
Make sure that you sleep between the time you have the study session and take the tests because this deeper processing can go on as part of the learning process of dreams is known in neuroscience as neuroplasticity. There is this amazing activity going on inside of your brain as you are dreaming and only as you are
10. dreaming are forming Your neural networks
They are strengthening, and some are being pruned, meaning they are no longer needed. So the dreaming mind tells the brain to free up those resources. You can think of this learning process through dreams as psychological digestion. This term comes from Dr. Rubin’s name and at the University of Arizona. I love how it summarizes in two words the basic point of dreaming, especially when it comes to learning to dream, is to digest your daily experience. It can also help you to cross-reference new information and even areas and centers of the brain. You can learn how to play an instrument.
There are many different areas of the brain that can come into play with learning the instrument and playing it. Your dreaming mind is cross-referencing its inside of the brain. To help you improve and absorb OK, number 10 is the most important point that I have to make. You are the best interpreter of your dreams. You need to know how to do it. You already know what your dreams mean.
Subconsciously you know what your dreams mean. That means no one else can tell you what they mean. They can help lead you to the truth that resonates inside you, but you need to keep this power for yourself. It’s OK to seek guidance. There’s a lot to know about dreams, and as you absorb what you learn from me at Dream School, it will open up the meaning and understanding of your dreams for you, but you are the one who truly knows what your dreams mean.