Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Meaning (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge
Dreams have meaning. The meanings of dreams can be straight-forward and simple or they can be highly complicated. Your dreams have a simple surface meaning, but they also have tiers of meanings related to the feelings, the images, and the symbolism presented in the dream. Deciphering all of the meanings of any complex dream can take a great deal of time and analysis in most cases. We rarely afford ourselves the effort of figuring out everything our dreams mean.
You might think of it it terms of thinking. For example, let's say that you are looking out your window and you see a dog. Your mind most likely fills up with thoughts related to that dog and dogs in general. You might react to the dog's appearance and behavior, you wonder whose dog it is, you are reminded of other dogs that you've seen that look like this one, you think of your own dog or a dog you used to have, and so on. The mind races about thinking about things you see in life and free associating thoughts with that seen image. Every thought you have could be attached to some kind of meaning if you really thought deeply enough about it.
Our dreams are mind images, therefore what is evoked in our dreams is related to something in our lives that has a meaning. The meaning might be obvious or it might be highly abstract. If you are seriously attempting to figure out what a dream means then you should write down a list of all the images you can remember from the dream. Then take each image and write down what it makes you think of and how it makes you feel. There are layers of meaning to a highly complex dream. You would have to consider those other meanings as well.
Figuring out what dreams mean can be fun and enlightening. You might get the meaning right or you might be way off base. That should never stop you from figuring out why you dreamed what you did. Much of the time it will be matter of something you did that day or a movie you watched on TV that evening prior to sleeping. Always consider the external factors that might have influenced your dream.
Do make any effort to interpret your own dreams? Do you ever describe your dreams to another person to get their opinion of what a dream might mean? Is there ever a time when you think a dream means absolutely nothing?