How Can I Interpret My Own Dreams?

How can I interpret my own dreams? Dream expert Craig Webb discusses dream interpretation. On top of the tree, on the floor, on your bed, there are snakes everywhere and one is about to strike you; then,...

On top of the tree, on the floor, on your bed, there are snakes everywhere and one is about to strike you; then, you wake up and realize it was just a bad dream! Have you ever wondered why you have these types of dreams to begin with? What is the meaning behind each dream? Craig Webb, Dream analyst, author, and researcher, is an expert when it comes to finding the meaning behind dreams. He says although every dream means something different for everyone, there's always a way to decode your dream.


"One of the things you can do is join a dream group. Start exploring it with others and start reading various resources because so much been done. The most valuable thing you can do is really share dreams and learn about them in a communal kind of way, because it can be different for each person and you might lose insights that the others have for you. So, joining a dream group would be a really good place to start as well as reading various books. We have a list of suggested books on the web site at www.dreams.ca; Creative Dreaming by Patricia Garfield is a good one," Webb says.


After having a dream there are important steps to take in order to begin interpreting them.

"Learning how to recall dreams is an important part of the process. It's easy and natural to remember dreams. The best method is to wake up really gently and to keep any physical sensory input low. In other words, waking up with an alarm is a bad idea. Waking up and moving around a lot is also a bad idea. Waking up and having somebody talk to us or anything that would disturb our quietness would be limiting to dream recall," Webb says.

You must be consistent about writing your dreams in a journal in order to figure out the meaning behind your dream symbols. You will have several dreams to jot down as soon as you wake up. Keeping a journal by your bed is another good suggestion.

"With the senses kept low, you'll want to record the dream with a tape recorder or by writing it down, even telling your partner - anything that bridges the dream to mental function. In that way you exercise the dream muscle and increase your dream recall. You can also try giving yourself a mental suggestion to remember your dreams before you fall asleep," Webb says.

After a while, you will start seeing themes develop. Deciphering your dreams becomes easier the more you journal. Oftentimes, our dreams try to resolve issues we haven't quite figured out during our waking hours. Part of the magic behind dream interpretations is getting to know your wants and needs better. Dreams are a manifestation of what is going on in your life. For example, if you do have a dream about snakes, jot it down. Then, ask yourself what would be the reason for having this type of dream? You may abhor snakes or have a phobia about them. Your dream may just be reemphasizing this aspect about yourself.

Webb says dream interpretations shouldn't be looked at as premonitions of the future, but more as reflections from your inner mirror. Finding the meaning behind your dreams is a lot like counseling, and you will no longer be fixated on why you had this or that horrible dream. You will know.

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