Free and Professional Dream Analysis and What Dreams Mean
THE FIVE STEP DREAM TECHNIQUE. Getting a dream message is as easy as learning to ride a bike. Five easy steps bring a precise meaning that is better than the general hint you find in a dream dictionary. Use the Five Steps on a dozen dreams and be on your way to a lifetime of dream messages.
1.Emotions. Note your feelings during the dream and as you wake up.Your reaction is the first clue to the meaning of the dream and sometimes the most important. If you see yourself dying but wake up feeling happy, the dream is not a prediction of your demise.
2.Story Line. The story line is a generalize re-statement of the action in the dream, as a general action summary without actual details. Extract the main actions and restate them using general words. For example, a young man dreams of trying to catch a firefly on a warm summer night. He keeps swatting yet missing, chasing after the firefly frantically but it gets away. Out of frustration, he plunks himself onto the grass and sits quietly. As he sits, the firefly comes near and moving gently, he catches it. The story line is, “Doing something frantically fails but succeeds after becoming quiet.” Or, “Someone gets what they want by staying calm and letting it come to them”. Each story line describes the overall action yet there is no mention of a young man, a firefly or sitting on the grass. Use words like “someone” and “something” to describe the action and dream outcome.
3.Match Story Line to Real Life. The question is not "What does the dream mean?" The question is, "To what in my life or in me as attitudes or emotions, does the dream refer?” Take the story line from step two and decide what area of life, trait or attitude that the story points to. For example, if you dream of running a in a race and winning a gold medal, the race might be about career advancement, fitting into a special dress, or winning respect for new skills. The story line should fit an actual question, problem, anxiety or issue and when you recognize it, the dream message clicks.
4. SYMBOLS. If you ever played a game of Charades, the parlor game where one person silently mimes and acts out a word or phrase to others who guess what the phrase is, then you know how to understand dream symbols. As a visual language, a symbol is a pantomime that uses one image to convey a second, related meaning. Three main ways to work with symbols are:
Freud’s Association Method: Go backward in your experience to find an association with a symbol. For example, if you see a red rose, remember the last time you saw roses or received them. If the event was a happy one, like an anniversary, the rose relates to a happy memory and feeling loved. If the event was a tragic one like a funeral, then the rose is a symbol of sadness or loss.
Jung’s Parallel Association Method: List all your current associations with a symbol. For example, what does a rose mean to you in general? It could symbolize beauty, springtime and renewal, or special events.
Pictures as Word Play: Visual images are often a play on words. For example, "lettuce" can be “Let us”, a circle can indicate “going around in circles”, or a broken window can be a metaphor for "seeing in a distorted way" as an attitude that needs fixing, or "something distorted or broken" like a relationship that has been injured due to sharp words, and needs repairing.
5. WHAT THE DREAM MEANS. As you add up feelings, match the story line to a real-life situation and notice the symbol associations, an Aha emerges into a dream message. Does the dream invite you to work on an attitude or a talent, take a step in career or a relationship, or provide an insight that helps you solve a problem? Note what you get as, “I will take steps to reach out to co-workers” or “I will investigate studies to advance my career.” Like building a house one brick at a time, applying a dream message transforms your life and brings happiness.
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