Three tips on understanding your dreams

Your subconscious is your best friend.

Have you ever wanted a friend that will always tell you the truth, give you good advice, and always look after your interests? Your subconscious is that friend.

Your friend

Your subconscious is always in the background talking to you.  In waking life the subconscious is the source of your gut instinct, the body or emotional feeling that you get to a situation, person or thing, which allows you to make a choice on how to deal with it.  The subconscious is the source of inspiration, those connections you make out of the blue, those eureka moments.

Mind traps

Since our attention is captured by the events of waking life we fail to pay attention to the constant feedback from our subconscious.  Authority figures in our life tell us to ignore our subconscious, as a worthless, irrational bad thing, but to listen to the authority figure instead; and most of us do just that,  we make a giant leap to falling asleep in life, giving others power over us.

Dream talk

The subconscious has a third way to speak to us, in our dreams.  When asleep, we are away from the authority figures of life, and the subconscious has a captured audience in which it can dump us into the middle of a problem, making us “live” that problem together with its solutions.

Unless you have a health issue, everyone dreams.  Dreams happen every night, in the REM (rapid eye movement) sleeping stage of the sleeping cycle. Many people have trouble remembering their dreams, so they think they never dream.  Being asleep in life people fail to be aware of so many issues, they also indulge in incredible self deceit, however, our subconscious is always on hand to give us advice, to be brutally honest, to give us an opportunity to change for a better situation in waking life, by talking to us in our dreams.

Dream tips

Here follows three tips on dreaming:

1. Dreams deal with the last 24 hour of waking life.

Every problem, emotional reaction, and event of the last 24 hours of waking life is looked at by the subconscious, which gives its honest insightful opinion to you via dreams.  Knowing this it is easier to compare a dream to what was going on in the last 24 hours to work out the message.

2. Our dream language is unique to us.

Dream translation books are useless.  As you move forwards through life your brain is creating a rich metaphorical language of its own based on your environment, culture, ideas and experiences.  Your subconscious talks to you in a symbolic metaphorical language, that is rarely literal.  It will take weeks to months to get to grips with your dream code, but a cross referencing over time between dream and the waking life of the last 24 hours will result in an understanding of the language code being used.

3. You forget dreams fast.

When you awake you have about 30 seconds to remember and record the dream, for it is in short-term memory, which rapidly is forgotten.  Make it a habit to have a dream journal by your bed, and write down fast as many details of your dreams the moment you wake up.

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13 responses to “Three tips on understanding your dreams

  1. Good post Alex. I too forget dreams fast and some on purpose. 🙂

  2. Great idea to recover on those fragments of scattered threads of the dreams. When I was a child, I used to remember them for a long time as I still remember some nightmares which are stuck in my head and will always be there! Maintaining a dream journal is an awesome idea Alex! Great Post Alex! 🙂
    -Naima.

  3. The voice of the subconscious can help to reveal a great deal if you can access it better in the waking world. Until you can, dreams are the only route that we have an ear for that voice. Excellent post.

    • Thanks, yes, there are many distractions against the subconscious in the fast paced waking world, which needs quiet places, meditation and a slower pace to connect with.

  4. For me, dreams also have 3 layers; I imagine they do for others but like you say in number 2 – our dream language is unique to us! The first (immediate) lever deals with the last 24 hours, even subliminal things that didn’t catch my attention at the time. The 2nd level is slightly deeper and is where my subconscious weaves these events/emotions/whatever from the last 24 hours into some kind of plot, based on current situations that are affecting me in my conscious daily life. Sometimes the way these things are presented in the dream actually make me laugh out loud when I’m remembering the dream, as they can be pretty obvious, then other times they can leave me puzzling about what my subconscious is trying to tell me. It took me 4 years to work out one recurring symbol!! Then there’s a third level, kind of an even deeper level – more like an overview (hard to describe) which is woven very delicately into the plot, and can be revelatory when all 3 levels ‘click’ into place ‘somewhere’ in my consciousness.

  5. Is there a reference somewhere about dreams being related to the last 24 hours of our lives? If that’s so, then our dreams would be reviewed in the next set of dreams? I’m puzzled about the 24 hour time, as we sleep 8 hours, or in my case, 7 hours, of each 24 hours. I’m quite curious about the 24 hours period, and would like to know more.

    • I should start providing references in my blogs, which I shall try to do where time permits. I shall write further blogs listing dream references. In my personal experience of studying my own dreams, they deal with the last waking period of our life, and this is supported by several sources I have come across. In truth it is the last waking period rather than last 24 hours.

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