Free and Professional Dream Analysis and What Dreams Mean
THE FIVE STEP DREAM TECHNIQUE. Find the meaning of a dream in minutes.
Step 2. STORY LINE.The Story Line is a general statement of the action in a dream without specific details. To find the story line, extract the main actions and restate them using general words like "someone" and "something" to a) make the actions more general and b) restate the actions without describing actual details. 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 sits on the grass and as he sits quietly, the firefly comes near. Moving gently, the young man catches the firefly. The story line is, “Someone fails doing something frantically but succeeds after becoming quiet.” Or, “Someone gets what they want by staying calm and letting it come to them.” Each version describes the overall action yet there is no mention of a young man, a firefly or sitting on the grass. Finding the Story Line is often the most fruitful piece of the puzzle.
EXAMPLE DREAM AND STORY LINE.I dream that I am in a garden and have plans to visit friends. As I watch , I see myself smoking a long, thin cigarette which reminds me of an old ad on t.v. that used to say, "You've come a long way, baby." At first smoking the cigarette feels cool, then I see that I like a bum and look dirty and no matter how I hold the cigarette or what I do with it, I don't look sophisticated or cool. The more I watch, the more unhappy I am. I become disgusted and know I'll have to do something about it.
STORY LINE: Someone sees themselves doing something that at first seems fun but then disturbs them so they want to change it. Keeping your attitude playful, try a second and third version which can help to zero in on the meaning of the dream. In this case, the final theme became, Someone reviews a habit which at first appears okay but then becomes repulsive, so they decide to let it go. Notice that the story line saud nothing about a garden or cigarettes, it just focused on the actions and reactions in the dream.
SUMMARY. By creating a one-sentence summary of the dream’s action using words such as "someone" and "something" and eliminating actual details, you get to see the big picture. Most dream approaches lead you right into the symbols, but symbols are the flavoring and decorations on a cake, but not the substance. Starting with a Story Line prevents you from jumping to conclusions in interpretation which is the most common error in dream analysis. Until you are in synch with your own unconscious mind, an impulsive leap generally brings the wrong interpretation while a story line let you scout the territory. Sifting out the general actions from a dream is the single most important step for a quick understanding of the meaning.
IF YOU HAVE A LONG DREAM. If your dream is long, give each section a separate story line then add up them up. You’ll notice a picture emerge as the first glimpse into the meaning of the dream.
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