I am completely and utterly fascinated by dreams. Always have been. And I think I’m so fascinated because I regularly have very vivid dreams and I remember an awful lot of them. So I’ve always been intrigued by what makes us dream and whether they actually have any meaning.
I remember when I was at school I mentioned to one of my friends once that I had weird dreams all the time and I wondered whether they actually meant anything. And for my birthday she bought me a dream interpretation book, which was such a brilliant present! It was so interesting and I took to trying to interpret my dreams whenever I had one that I remembered. And I still do the same now, although I tend to use online dream dictionaries these days to help me interpret what my dreams are trying to tell me.
The older I’ve got and with practise, I’ve got much better at interpreting my dreams for myself. I’m certainly no expert at it though! There are occasions when my dream has been so bizarre that I can’t pick out a theme, or an object, or one particular thing that stood out. But the times that I have been able to, I’ve always found the explanations of those themes/events/objects in a dream to be completely relevant to what’s happening in my waking life.
For example, a few nights ago I had a dream about losing my car in a car park. It wasn’t a scary dream and it wasn’t really all that weird, I just remember wandering around a car park trying to find where I’d parked my car. I couldn’t find it and it wasn’t where I remembered parking it. And it was in the car park of some country style house. The thing that stayed with me though was the losing the car so that’s what I looked up in the dream dictionary the next morning. And here’s what it said:
You could have blown me down with a feather when I read that, because that’s exactly how I’d been feeling in the previous couple of days. Longer than that even, several months. but it had been exacerbated in the previous couple of days. I’d had a lot on my mind and those words I read couldn’t have expressed my feelings any clearer. And funnily enough, after I’d read up about what it meant, I just felt instantly better. It’s almost like having that explanation was almost like me accepting that that’s how I was subconsciously feeling and the dream was my brains way of expressing those feelings.
Then a few days later I had a dream that I was in New York and there was a river flowing through the middle of the city. I was there with one of my friends and we were just getting ready to go home when there was a huge surge of water down the river and we had to run for safety. We got to safety and then it was mostly just raining as we tried to get back to the airport. The very first thing I remembered about the dream when I woke up was the surging river so that was what I looked up and it said:
So this explanation clearly gives alternative meanings, so it’s a bit more difficult to apply it to a real life waking situation. But for me, on this occasion, both the good and the bad apply to me in my waking life. Another quite revealing moment!
Isn’t it a completely wonderful, and slightly bizarre, thing that your brain sorts out all your waking thoughts when you go to sleep, by creating scenarios and moments and replaying them in your dreams in a way that actually has nothing to do with what you’re feeling in real life! That’s what completely fascinates me about dreams.
I know not everyone remembers all their dreams all the time. Some never remember them at all. I consider myself very lucky that I regularly remember mine and they genuinely help me to figure out what I’m actually feeling about something in my waking life. For me it helps me to sort things out and come to terms with certain feelings or situations.
Dream interpretation can be a tricky thing mind you. I suspect that if you get it wrong you can just end up worrying far more about what you’re dreaming as opposed to your dreams helping you with your waking life. And that wouldn’t be right. Especially if you end up panicking so much about going to sleep in case you dream about something that isn’t nice.
Sometimes you just need to take your dreams with a pinch of salt. And sometimes it’s worth paying a bit more attention to them. I’d really like to get my dreams professionally interpreted one day to see if they actually do mean what I think they mean.
It’s a really interesting thing for me, dream interpretation. So intriguing and very revealing. Dreams are wonderful things.
Happy dreaming folks! Much love x