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How To Properly Interpret Your Dreams - Part 1

Not everyone records or analyzes their dreams. It's not for everyone. But, for those who are interested, there is a "right" way to interpret what you're dreaming about. Below, we're going to look at the steps to properly analyzing your dream world. And you guessed it, there's going to be some work on your end!

You're going to need to start keeping a dream journal. This will be a collection of dated entries that you will be able to refer to at different periods of time. Your dream journal is the best way to be able to pick up on themes and reoccuring symbolism. We often forget our dreams as the day goes on, so it's hard to make note of what might have been important. By writing your dreams down as soon as you wake up, you are more likely to retain many of the smaller things. Make sure you're writing down everything you can vividly remember about your dream. Even if it's something as simple as finding a pencil on the ground. Everything might mean something in different context. You want to make sure you're looking for every possible meaning.

When you're writing down your dream, there are a few things to consider:

What is your connection to the objects/people/places/events that you were dreaming about?

If any of the symbolism is from the last day or happened within the last week, it's just your subconscious mixing with memories. There's no sense analyzing when recent events/people/objects appear in your dreams. Although, just in case, make sure to make a note in your dream journal. Most symbolism will be found in the stranger aspects of the dream. People you haven't seen in years, popping up to say hello for no reason. Or items you've long lost appearing might be trying to remind you of a memory or feeling associated with the object.

What was the dream about?
What was the overall tone of the dream?
How did you feel in the dream?
How did you feel when you woke up?

Your emotions are closely tied to your dreams. If you're feeling stressed about a big decision you have to make, you might dream that you're trapped. You might dream that you're walking down a path that keeps changing direction. You might find yourself feeling lost, frustrated, and even afraid. That's why it's important to highlight how you felt while you were in the dream. You can use these emotions to help decide how you're feeling when you're awake. This can provide some clarity to your waking decisions.

Was it easy to understand the message?
Was it strange and hard to follow?

Once you've started to regularly write down your dreams, you can start looking for certain things that might stand out. You may notice you dream of certain people frequently. You may interpret that as a sign that person is going to come back into your life. Or maybe it's a warning to stay away from that person if they try. The context of the dream will tell you more about what the dream meant, which is why it's important for you to jot down everything you can think of!

While there is a right way to interpret your dreams, there is no right message. You will take from the symbolism anything that applies to how you feel about your life, yourself and even those around you. Your dreams are always trying to tell you something that you already know deep down. Trust in the symbolism and use those dreams to guide you to a better place in life.