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Accessing and Decoding your dreams

Mankind has always been facinated by the dreamworld.  Accessing dreams can be helpful to identify or clarify your own state of mind and also ways forward. They can highlight anxieties that you may not be consciously aware of and the ancient mind tries to show us theses things by using pictures- the only way it knows how.

To remember dreams regularly
1... Put a pen and paper by your bed.  Each time you wake try to remember not to move and stay in the dream feeling as you try to capture n remember it. (dont use phones or computers to capture those first memories of dreams)

2... As soon as you notice yourself become conscious, remain still and think about your dream. Try to focus on the feeling of the dream.  Keeping still means youre more likely to remember it.  Once its fixed in your mind quickly scribble notes on the paper.

3... At first you may keep forgetting to rememer your dreams.  Soon you may only get short notes, with practice on remembering to remember the dreams, this will be more often and the dreams become more in depth and elaborate.  Tell yourself when going to sleep that you want to remember your dreams when you wake and keep doing this until you start remembering.  It can sometimes take a while if you dont normally remember dreams.

Ways to Interpret Dreams..

(This idea is based mainly on Jugian Psychoanalysis)

The feeling of the dream is most important. Were you nervous, confused or happy in the dream?  Try to stay with the FEELING of the dream upon waking.
 
The second part to look at is the 'landscape' of the dream. This represents the landscape of your mind. Ie dreaming of houses and rooms is the minds way of describing to you parts of yourself or parts of your mind. A war zone might represent conflict going on within you.

Next is the orientation. Are you the actor, the audience, the director or all of these?  Are you aware that you're in a dream?

The next is the people, objects, places or creatures in the dream. These are representing parts of yourself. Your father might be the fatherly part if yourself. Your friend who's outgoing night be representing the outgoing part of you. A bunch of flowers representing kind part of you. But remember that each one represents a part of you.

The dream Content
The story is the last part of importance. Was there an unstoppable amount of water, foam or other type of stuff - this is often a representation of a rush of emotions. Was there a head on car crash? (You've hit a end in this area of life). Are you unpacking boxes? ( getting out stuff / parts of yourself you've not got out before?) A monster, demon or something gross might be a part of yourself that is scary or that you don't like.

A key point is that only YOU can decide what your dream is telling you. If struggling, reliving the dream in therapy can help. Ie. 'I am a bunch if flowers, I'm fragile and kind. I don't last long, yet joe trod all over me'. I am joe, I stamped on the flowers, they made me angry, they were expensive and insulting'.  This can be a challenging but fun thing to do in therapy.

Replacing each character and object as a part of yourself, can explain how the dream is representing the state of your unconsciousness, your feelings and emotions.