Sunday, July 8, 2007

The 411 of Dreams -Everything you need to know


Here’s the deal: You wake up to the buzzer of your alarm clock and snooze it off dying to continue that dream you had a few seconds a go, but the more you try to get back to it, the faster you forget what you were dreaming, and in a second it’s all gone. “Damn it” you say, and continue with your day as if nothing happened, whatever, after all, it’s just a dream- Right?
Hmmmm… No. It’s not just a dream. Although most often we are too busy with our every day preoccupations to think about them, there are many things about dreams that we should learn. By understanding why they are so important, how to remember them and finally how to interpret them, we can learn a great deal about ourselves and why we react to certain things they way we do, it’s a knowledge you learn about yourself that will help you better handle situations and there is absolutely nothing like knowing yourself better than anyone.

Why are they so important?

There are two main parts of our mind, the conscious and the subconscious, both of them are equally important, but while one gets all the knowledge (and the credit), the other one can only manifest itself at night, while we dream. In other words, dreams are our psyche speaking up to be heard and acknowledged by our conscious. They are messages in symbols waiting to be decoded. Everything we do, feel or think is in someway or another directly affecting our subconscious, and our subconscious also affects they we react unexpectedly to certain things; it’s what we have buried within ourselves, everything that we have repressed and hidden, which we don’t know, or realize.

The only way we can gain knowledge of our subconscious is by listening to what it has to say, that is at night, through dreams. That’s why they are so important and why we should do everything possible to remember and better yet - to understand them.

Ok, what can I do to remember them?


Remembering dreams may seem very hard, but it is really just a question of acknowledging their importance and really believing in your subconscious and how much you really want to listen to what it has to say. Although for many people this may seem corny or ridiculous, again you have to remember that it is something spiritual within yourself and it might help to try to detach yourself from the materialistic world that makes you belief that these types of things aren’t true or important, I guess what Im trying to say is that it depends on yourself and your faith in dreams.

According to the expert In-Depth Psychologist PHD JD Sosa, the best way to remember your dreams is by ritualizing the process:

1st Find a notebook that has sentimental value to you and to write in it as if you were writing to your subconscious; try to give it a name opposite from your own sex and every night before going to sleep write him how eager you are to connect with your psyche.

2nd We all depend on them, but they are the worst manufactured items that scare dreams away; try to wake up without an alarm clock, and you’d be surprised how you body is so used to waking up at the same time every day that you almost don’t need it unless you need to wake up at a different time. Just think about it, if we get scared when we wake up because of the alarm buzzer, imagine our subconscious; it gets terrified, and that’s partially one of the main reasons why the dream quickly disappears.

3rd
Remember to keep your notebook in your night table, open and with a pen on top of it. If by any chance you wake up from your dream or right after it, you have it still so fresh in your mind that the best thing to do is write down every detail that you can remember of your dream. Keep in mind that if you wait, you will most likely forget.

And now, what’s next?

You are writing your dreams in your notebook, in a regular basis. What’s next is interpreting your dreams by translating the dream symbolism into meaning.

In your notebook, you should have written a clear summary of your dream detailing who, what, when and what was happening. Be sure to note the key symbols, the things or people that were most prominent and the emotions you felt most strongly. Note the action that was prominent in the dream. Were you driving, climbing, running? You may want to start with one dream at a time in the beginning. Analyzing several dreams occurring in a period of time may show a pattern and can help provide a deeper interpretation.

First of all, always remember that "The Dreamer Is The Only True Interpreter of The Dream." Dreams speak to us in symbols. There are hundreds of symbols definitions out there with accurate insights, and we have provided you with a list of the most accurate dream symbolism dictionary texts which you’ll want to refer your symbols to; but really, the ultimate meaning of the symbol is what it represents for you, personally. For instance, a person who is aware of what a Maypole is but has never actually seen one may interpret this as a symbol of spring and nothing more. A person who has danced around the Maypole at a May Day celebration may interpret it as a spring festival but adds meaning connected to the physical experience. A third person who has danced around a Maypole as part of a ritual to celebrate a religious holiday will perceive this symbol with the meaning associated with the spiritual nature of the ritual plus the physical experience. All three of these people will interpret the same symbol differently.
Since dreams come from the depths of your subconscious, you have to keep in mind that no one knows your inner and outer world better than you do. Remember also that some symbols may not be what they appear to be on the surface. For instance, your mother in a dream may not be your mother at all, but an aspect of yourself such as your maternal nature. Death in your dream more likely represents endings and new beginnings. The most intriguing and fun part of dream work lies in interpreting the symbols. It often helps to discuss your dreams with others. It's been my experience that anyone with an interest in interpreting dreams has valuable insights to offer. Several sources of input can be very helpful in learning dream analysis. Others who have been working with dreams for a while can help teach you how to interpret your dreams.
Ana Cristina Sosa Morasso

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