How to Interpret Dreams

Learning how to interpret dreams can be an important part of lucid dreaming. Sometimes, you may just want to experience your dreams and let the experience stand for itself, but other times, you may want to know what your dreams mean. The thing is that how to interpret dreams isn’t set in stone. It’s not like doing a math problem. There are tons of different ways to interpret dreams, based on your life experiences and beliefs and the actual dream interpretation method you want to use.

I think it’s helpful to learn how to interpret your dreams because dreams can be such a big part of who you are, and they can really tell you a lot about yourself. Learning how to interpret dreams may take time, and it definitely takes work. The first step to learning how to interpret dreams is to record your dreams in as much detail as possible. Even lucid dreams can be quickly forgotten, so recording your dreams gives you more time to think about them and to learn how to interpret dreams.

Here are some other helpful steps for learning how to interpret your dreams:

Use Dream Interpretation Tools

While learning how to interpret your dreams is always a very personal journey, you can also get a lot of benefit from dream manuals and interpretation tools. These are often written by people who have lots of experience with dreams and who believe that similar dream situations and symbols can often be interpreted in similar ways. However, you need to balance relying on dream interpretation tools with learning how to interpret your dreams on a very personal level.

It’s a good idea to look at different dream interpretation books and tools, as they can come at dreams from very different angles. While all can be helpful, knowing what’s out there will help you decide how you’re most likely to learn how to interpret your dreams.

Don’t Make it Hard Unless You Have To

Learning how to interpret your dreams is often about learning to find the obvious. Sometimes it’s really basic and clear what your dreams are telling you, as they often are tied intrinsically to everyday circumstances that are going on in your life. When you’re thinking about your dreams, don’t immediately assume every single part of your dream has some deep, unclear meaning that you have to delve into. Sometimes, the meaning is right on the surface.

Think on an Emotional Level

The above step shouldn’t tell you that dreams are never deeply symbolic, because they often area. However, many times, dreams are symbolic on an emotional level. For instance, naked dreams where you’re embarrassed in front of the class at school often mean you’re feeling unprepared for some test or presentation. It’s not rocket science – it’s an emotional metaphor. Learning how to interpret your dreams often gives you insight into emotions that you may not be feeling on the surface. Try to tie the emotional aspects of your dreams to your daily life, and you may find dream interpretation is quite easy much of the time.

Be Honest With Yourself

Learning how to interpret dreams is all about being honest with yourself. You need to be honest about what you’re feeling, because what you’re feeling and thinking in dreams is already there, latent in your brain or emotions somewhere. Instead of trying to deceive yourself, let your dreams be a key into your true self, increasing your self-awareness by learning how to interpret dreams on a daily basis.

Learning how to interpret dreams can take time and practice, and you need to trust yourself and your intuitions. I love being able to interpret some of my dreams, though, as they often give me unexpected insight into who I am and where I need to be.

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher