Thursday, February 7, 2013

Interpreting Recurring Dreams

Recurring dreams can be frustrating, especially if it's a recurring nightmare or contains upsetting content.  If you're like me, you also have recurring dreams that are (quite frankly) boring.  Could your subconscious be trying to tell you something?  Here's some tips on how to interpret recurring dreams or nightmares.

Schedule Some Time to Write

You'll need at least ten minutes where you will not be disturbed.  Take your time in scheduling this time.  It's best if you are relaxed when you write about your dreams.  Memories are slippery fish.  One memory soon leads to another.  If you get interrupted while writing, you'll soon forget what you were trying to do.

Write Out the Dream

You can write on your laptop, computer or with a good old pen and paper.  Write down the recurring dream.  Use the present tense to help you relive the dream.  It's a memory recall trick that works for most people.  If it doesn't work for you, don't worry about it.  Write the dream in the way most comfortable for you.

List Associations with Each Major Dream Element

Look at the dream description.  What are the main points, objects or people in the dream?  List them.  Take each item and write down what associations you have with each item.  Don't use a dream dictionary.  They won't help, unless you are absolutely stuck.  You can skip some items and focus on ones that trigger an immediate emotion, memory or reaction.  Each of us has different memories or emotions come up for the same object so you can't get this wrong.

Act on Any Suspected Messages

How do you know if you got the interpretation right?  You can never be 100% sure, but you can test what you think the dream is trying to tell you.  Take the dream's advice and see what happens.  The act of writing about the dream (or going over it over and over in your mind) helps more than what the exact interpretation is.  Many people also feel less helpless about the recurring dream because they have taken action to ponder the dream.

Good luck!

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