How to Analyze Your Dreams

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Your dreams are one way that your subconscious mind communicates with you. This means that you can look to your dreams as a tool to uncover fears or negative emotions that you might not be willing to look at during your waking hours. As we go to sleep, we explore issues facing us in the present moment, as well as past traumas that may be unhealed and appear as symbols and images while you sleep.

Here’s why analyzing your dreams is such a powerful tool: It allows you to uncover negative emotions and limiting beliefs that might be keeping you from accomplishing your goals or stepping into your authentic power.

For example: Let’s say you’d like to move to Hawaii, but you have unconscious fears about leaving your hometown and family. While your conscious mind proclaims that you are ready to take the leap, your subconscious mind clings to stories about being a good daughter and staying near your parents. In your life, you find you procrastinate when it comes to applying for jobs, or maybe you even go so far as to apply, but you struggle to manifest a job interview or offer. Because we are only conscious of five percent of our thoughts (the other 95 percent of our thoughts are subconscious), it may be difficult, if not impossible to make a real change without looking at what’s driving us beneath the surface.

The good news is: Once you become aware of your subconscious thoughts, as they surface in dreams, you can release them and learn to reprogram your beliefs and negative thought patterns. So, by paying attention to your dreams, you can learn what’s troubling you under the surface, and that’s the real ticket to manifesting your heart’s desires. 

Here are four simple steps you can follow to analyzing your dreams:

1.Record them.

Get in the habit of remembering your dream the second you wake up, either by texting or telling someone else your dream, or writing it down in a notebook. I’ve found that if I make the decision to think about my dreams the moment I open my eyes, I can remember them, whereas if I wait even a few minutes, it becomes much more challenging to recall specific details.

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2.Look for repeated ideas, images, or places.

After analyzing my dreams for about a year, I noticed that, while dreaming, I often find myself in a big building (similar to the one I lived in as a child), at the beach, or around water (I grew up near a beach, yet I can’t swim). Carl Jung said that water represents the unconscious, and in paying attention to the repeated imagery, I’ve been able to make connections to specific memories, as well as look at different fears I have that my mind communicates to me through the symbol of water. Your dreams will be specific to your past and will contain images that resonate with you. 

The key is to track your dreams and identify the images and settings that are repetitive, as that means that these particulars carry deep meaning for you to explore and make connections to your present life circumstances and relationships.

3.Notice how you feel.

It’s very common for people to forget the details of a dream. Pay attention to how you feel in a dream, particularly over the course of an extended period of time. If you repeatedly experience a negative emotion, it may mean that you have certain memories or parts of your psyche that you haven’t been willing to look at. If you find this is true for you, commit to a spiritual practice, such as meditation, or reading the spiritual text A Course in Miracles, as that is the first step to healing any unresolved issues.

4.Approach your dreams as one continuous narrative.

It’s tempting to want to isolate a dream, particularly a nightmare, when exploring your psyche, but the truth is that one-offs, or random dreams that you have out of the blue, are often the result of a movie you watched before bed, or something else equally as meaningless. The trick is to look at your dreams as one longer narrative, one which tells the story of the deeper feelings you have about your relationships, fears, and the lessons you are still learning in this lifetime. 

With just a little bit of time and attention, you can uncover your deeper fears, issues, and feelings. In doing so, you will discover what you need to release to step into the highest-vibrating version of yourself and accomplish your goals with ease.