A Dream Interpretation Tool

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"That Dream Felt So Real!"

Have you ever had a dream and woken up thinking, “That felt really important” or “That seemed so real!” Then it usually fades away and you go throughout your day as normal. But then sometimes something will happen that makes that dream bubble up into your conscious thoughts and you think, “For some reason, this feels connected to that dream.” Or perhaps you’ve had dreams that are even more clearly related to an event. You dream of some impending danger and then it sort of happens. A friend of mine, for example, had a dream that her company was laying people off. She looked and saw her name on the list. She woke up with a very uneasy feeling. Sure enough, she went to work that day and was told that the company would be laying people off. She was on the list! Lucky for her, they were able to transfer her to a new position. But why did she dream that? How did a part of her sense that such a reality was occurring?

I could write numerous Hubs sharing dreams that I’ve had and the strange real-life connections that occurred. The first dream I really remember being “strange” was when I was in 6th grade. Here’s the dream:

I was at school and it was time for recess. I went into the bathroom with my friends to check my hair before going outside. A girl I was friends with karate-kicked the door open and said, “Hi-ya!” I kept fixing my hair. Then she used the bathroom and yelled, “Wait for me!” The end.

Is that dream interesting? No! But what is interesting was that the next day it happened EXACTLY as I had dreamt it. I had actually forgotten about the dream but as soon as she kicked the door open with a “hi-ya!” I thought, “Oh my gosh—I dreamt this!” I began to pay more attention to my dreams. In the many years since then, I’ve had many more “strange” dreams from which I am able to glean relevant and helpful information. I eventually decided to take some classes on dream interpretation and to learn how to best understand my dreams. I’ll be sharing some of those tools in this Hub today.

But let me first say there are many theories on dreams. I believe that possible theories can co-exist at the same time and many can be true. Sometimes dreams are probably just random images—your brain running a “disc defrag.” Other times your dreams may reflect your subconscious thoughts—perhaps fears or worries that you haven’t yet resolved. I would like to suggest, however, that sometimes dreams are something more. I believe that the supernatural realm intersects with our dreams. The focus of this article is not to provide compelling evidence to convince you of this. My purpose for writing is to provide some tools that can be used to help you interpret your dreams if you already believe that your dreams are more than random images or repressed fears. I will be writing from the point of view that one of the ways that God communicates to people is through dreams, and He communicates for multiple purposes, including helping us figure things out, heal, or to teach us.

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What's Beneath the Surface?

Is there a Biblical purpose for dreams? The Bible indicates that God communicates regularly through dreams. Although our dreams in the night can be difficult to understand, there are basic steps, principles and skills that can serve as a guide to assist us. We can come to understand more and more clearly what our dreams mean and what God is seeking to communicate or reveal. There are actually many verses and stories in the Bible about how dreams were used--here is just one verse:

For God does speak--now one way, now another - though man may not perceive it. Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it. In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33:14-16 NASB)

"Dreams bring us to that fuzzy realm between the seen and the unseen--between reality and possibility" - Jenna Ditsch
"Dreams bring us to that fuzzy realm between the seen and the unseen--between reality and possibility" - Jenna Ditsch

Steps to Dream Interpretation

A. Record dreams as soon as possible. Dreams are easily forgotten.

B. Record the date and significant events that occurred prior to the dream.

C. Give your dreams a title. This will serve as a summary of the dream and often will give significant clues to the meaning of the dream.

D. Ask God what the dream means and/or what He is communicating.

E. Ask: What is the central focal point of the dream story?

F. Ask: Where is the dreamer? Is the dreamer in the dream?

G. Determine if the dream is intrinsic or extrinsic.

· Intrinsic – about the dreamer (up to 95% of dreams are about the dreamer)

· Extrinsic – about others (occur frequently; most often for the purpose of prayer and rarely to be shared with a person or group as a warning or a prophetic word)

Principles of Dream Interpretation

1. Develop and nurture an intimate relationship with God through Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit is Our Teacher and Our Guide, Our Counselor and Our Comforter. We can cultivate a personal relationship with Holy Spirit. Communicate with Him regarding everyday issues and concerns in your life. Ask Him to guide you in your daily decisions, whether big or small. Get to know the voice and guidance of Holy Spirit and become comfortable with listening to and recognizing God’s voice. James 1:5 states “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him”. Holy Spirit will use our dreams in the night to communicate with us. He will give us wisdom and understanding regarding what He is communicating when we diligently seek Him.

2. God communicates with us. We can follow a process to receive and respond well to what He is saying.

In general, be attentive and receptive whenever you sense God is speaking. Record your dreams and ask God for the interpretation. Faithfully respond to what you believe God is saying. For example, you may want to talk with God in prayer or in your journal about the issues that are surfacing. Ask Him for guidance on how to proceed. Seek to discern what you are to do and what part God will do.

3. Dreams are often symbolic.

The images including people, animals, objects, numbers, etc. in our dreams normally are symbolic. These symbols are God’s creative way of communicating. They often do not represent what they appear to represent. For example, just because you dream about a person that you know, doesn’t mean that the dream is about that person, God may be using that person symbolically to communicate something to you.

4. God often uses dreams to reveal issues of the heart.

You may want to consider what significant issues you have been dealing with, thinking, or praying about recently. Holy Spirit will often address these issues through your dreams. Our dreams may reveal emotions, longings, opinions, issues of the heart or soul, areas where we need freedom or healing, the status of our relationship with God, ourselves or others.

5. Other Potential Sources of Dreams

We acknowledge that some dreams in the night result from our God given mechanism to resolve the daily stimuli that comes from living. Sometimes the enemy seeks to torment us as well.

Skills

1. Familiarize Yourself with Common Dream Symbols and your personal dream language

There are thousands of dream symbols. You cannot memorize them all, but you can become familiar with some of the more common symbols that come up in dreams. For example, “House typically symbolizes the person whose home it is, in other words if you dream about your house, it is symbolic of you or your life. God customizes His communication in a way that is personal to each of us. We can become familiar with our personal dream language.

2. Consider Various Aspects of the Dream

Dreams are often filled with symbols and can be very complex. It can be helpful to consider various aspects of the dream before attempting to interpret it. Consider the setting - where did the dream take place? Consider the people - Who is in your dream and what is their relationship to you? Activities - what are the individuals in your dream doing? Symbols - objects, colors, numbers, animals, etc… What feelings or emotions did you feel during and after the dream?

3. Determine the Focus of the Dream and Look for the Theme or Story Line

4. Follow Basic Steps of Dream interpretation:

· Draw a diagram with the focus of the dream in the center and significant sub-focuses or symbols radiating off of the focus.

· Ask God what the dream means.

· Seek to understand the meaning of the basic symbols and numbers in the dream.

· Seek to understand who or what the people in the dream represent.

· Look up the meaning of significant names when appropriate.

· Look for plays on words – God is often playful, fun and funny in the ways that He communicates, even when the message is serious.

· Summarize the meaning or the “gist” of what God is saying.

GIST: - The main or essential part of a matter- the essential summary of the meaning.

5. Test the Interpretation: Does it Line up with Scripture? Does it Resonate as Correct?

Once you come up with an interpretation, test it. Does it line up with the Word of God? If the dream instructs you to do something, it should line up with God’s Word. Does the interpretation resonate with your spirit? Ask God to confirm that you are understanding the meaning of the dream correctly.

Resources

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For more in depth information about this topic, I recommend this PDF article “Principles of Christian Dream Interpretation.”

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Here is another site that lists some Dream Symbols and possible meanings for them in your dreams.

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Note: Remember that the dreamer is always the best interpreter. If the symbol suggested or another person's interpretation doesn’t really make sense, then don’t force it to fit. You can develop your own “symbols dictionary” based on your own experience with things and what they mean to you, personally. For example, the word “meatball” means something very different to me than it does to you because I have a silly incident and joke with a friend related to meatballs. So when I hear this word, I think of the silly experience and I laugh. For you, it jut may mean a meal!

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There is so much more to say about dreams, but this shall be all for this Hub. Please take note that this Hub is NOT meant to cover every aspect of dreams and dream interpretation—this is simply a slice from a much large pool of information on the topic. Thanks for reading and sweet dreams!

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Information for the tips in this article has been assembled by:

Kingdom Sending Center.


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R9139 4 years ago

Very interesting read


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thank you--dreams have fascinated me since I was a child. Half of my ideas for fiction short stories (which I've yet to move beyond a few page start) come from dreams. My dreams are quite creative and have given me some great things to think/write about!


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Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

Yeah, dreams are interesting, possibly important, and most definitely necessary. It is remembering them and controlling 'em, that's secondary. For one, I'd hate to know that my brain died every time I went to sleep, so I couldn't imagine the brain going into hibernation mode, ever - even if in a coma. Basically, I couldn't imagine not dreaming, but that's just me... You could always study REM cycles and whatnot, albeit that lame science bores me, so whatever, but just saying...

Now, if you're linking subconscious thoughts with conscious ones, and trying to separate what is real from what isn't...that is seasoned with a trail of the surreal that leads to the occult, then you go girl; have fun with that stuff! Dang, I'm feeling sleepy right about now... ;)


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ Insane Mundane: Thanks for the comment! Seems I've found another "dreamer" :-) I do believe that there is much to be discovered in the power of thoughts--conscious and subconscious--and there is a reality to certain aspects of dreaming. I like to be in touch with the supernatural realm but not on the occult side but on the side that originated it before the occult got to it. Hope you have some awesome dreams tonight--and happy near year. :-)


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Support Med. 4 years ago from Michigan

Enjoyed reading this hub, truly. Wish it were even longer. I found a few helpful points in this hub regarding dream interpretation - very helpful and will implement them concerning gaining the truthful meaning of a dream. Thanks for sharing.

Have a happy new year. v/r


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Far West 4 years ago from Lapulapu City

Dreams is the fruit of sleep. But today there ere so many dream reader that basing only of what they see but fake. So be aware of it.


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christinekv 4 years ago from Washington

Wonderful hub Jenna! I will be referring back to it in the future. Thanks for the link and attachment too (still have to check out the pdf). The link regarding symbols is helpful.

Within 2-3 years after becoming a believer, one of my first and most vivid prophetic dreams was very revelatory regarding spiritual warfare and is a classic example of how you essentially say we need to respond via prayer. Being so young in the Lord, I realized the connection too late (and to this day, sometimes the light bulb goes on a little late if you know what I mean). I got goose bumps when I did (or as we say in Hawaii, "chicken skin"). Around the corner from my house was a road nearly a mile long I would walk a lot with my dog and my boys (they were basically babies...). I often prayed as I walked this street. One night I had a dream I was in one of the homes located on that street and evicting demons in the name of Jesus. About a month later, I learned that the owners, who owned a restaurant in town, were talking divorce because he was having an affair with one of the waitresses!

Happy New Year and congrats on receiving honorable mention in AEvan's hub on 2011's top ten hubbers!


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Dreamsinger 4 years ago from New Zealand

Wonderful to meet another dreamer using the Ancient Hebraic Method on the Hub Pages! Great information shared to help us dreamers understand the hidden treasures in our dreams and how they can affect our daily lives. Looking forward to reading some of the stories that have been sparked by your dreams!


JinnyMarte 4 years ago

Girl when you get in a roll you get in a roll. This is very informative and interesting. Now I see why you have been so busy. You have been juggling so many things at the time and still come up with this hub... Awesomely done Jenna.

Love you


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks everyone! I'm way past my bedtime so although I want to respond to each of you individually, I'll just have to do it in my dreams for now. :-) Good Night!


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Lady Summerset 4 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

Excellent hub litte Sister! Intriquing and very insightful. This is a realm that I deal in and with quite often and found your hub filled with important information for the believer. Dream and the interpretation of them, are a very useful and powerful tool for the Child of the King! Kudoos!


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ Support med: Thanks so much for the comment! I wanted to write a longer Hub, too. :-) So much to say but then I just run out of time and have to tie it up. Do you know how many drafts i have started and never completed? LOL. I thought better to be shorter and publish than create a bunch of drafts and never get them done! Thanks for stopping by.

@ Christine: What an interesting story! A cool hub would be lots of people's stories of dreams and how God used them. Thanks for the congrats. I'm so glad I've met you on here! You are awesome. :-)

@ Dreamsinger: I'm so excited to look into your works on dreams--it's great to find others to learn from! Thanks for finding me.

@ Jinny: How are you dear? Yes, I've been quite busy. What you said would probably happen when we last talked on the phone--it happened. But I'm back on the up again. Such a season of extreme highs and lows but God is truly at work! Thanks for your encouragement. I always love to hear from you. :-)

@ Lady Summerset: Thank you! I'm meeting more and more people that are utilizing their dreams. They can be quite a powerful tool! I'd like to write on dreams and warfare. I can't tell you how many of my dreams have been fighting the enemy and I've actually received so much training in warfare through my dreams! Be blessed!


thesoulsremedy 4 years ago

Very good perspective on dreams! I’ve always believed dreams had some significant tie with the dreamer and people involved. I vivid dreams of my house, in which I grew up at least once a month yet never getting a clear understanding of the dreams or the people involved. I will incorporate your suggestions along with prayer!


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voice of one 4 years ago from Illinois

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: Good Hub


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

this is a very interesting way to view dreams. I never really thought to write down a dream, but think this is worth something. Well said!


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ thesoulsremedy: I hope this Hub does, indeed, provide help! I'd love to hear if you start getting a better understanding as to the meaning of your dreams. Thanks for the comment.

@ voice of one: Yes!!! I love that verse. We are in it. Thank you for the comment.

@ Rebecca E: I'd love to know if you write down your dreams and if you use these strategies, what you find. Thank you for stopping by!


Harsheen K. 4 years ago

Amazing hub...I really started keeping a check on my dreams after reading ur hub!!

Voted it up and bookmarked it too;)


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ Harsheen K: Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you found this to be useful. :-) Thanks for the comment!


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

I realized many years ago when I was still a student taking my undergrad studies that my dreams are just continuation of my brain preoccupation when am awake. I had this experience where I was trying to come out with the solution to a discrete math problem whose answer was given. I was into it for more than 10 hours and fell asleep probably because of 'brain drain'. I dreamed that I was in front of a stage doing some talking and there behind my back was the solution to the problem ... series of equations, shown just like a film or a powerpoint presentation. I woke up with the dream still very clear on my mind, so I wrote down the equations and lo and behold! I got the answer.

It's because of this experience and my belief that what I dreamed is true that helped me overcome my grief when my sister died. Few minutes before my brother called me about the death (it was 10 in the evening), I was dreaming of angels happily surrounding my sister's bed, all so happy, sort of welcoming her to something, beautiful light surrounded them and then the ringing phone woke me up.

There are dreams that are easily forgotten though in the light of the day. I guess these are just continuation of the emotions I felt during the day or immediately before going to sleep.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for sharing on the interpretation of dreams. I agree that sometimes they're from God, sometimes not. Having an intimate relationship with Him will help us know when He's communicating, and when He's not.


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wynnestudios 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

I would love to experience lucid dreaming on a regular basis. I think it would make life more interesting if you had complete control. My friend and I would also like to experience astral projection. Wouldn't it be great to go on vacation while sleeping and wake up feeling revived and like you were actually there? It would be amazing! Thank you so much for this great article. I love reading about dreams.


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ wynnestudios: I think that in each person is a desire for the "more" of life...it's like we have this question of "is this all there is?" There is a supernatural realm all around us and there is so much more available to people than they know--especially in the West where many believe only what can be observed with the five senses. There is the light side and the dark side of the supernatural realm. The dark is the counterfeit of the light--but unfortunately the majority church for quite some time has denied the supernatural while the occult has delved in. Astral projection is something on the dark side, but it is a counterfeit which means the original is even better! There are people who have translated from one location to another--both in spirit and physically. Remember the story of Elijah from the Bible? He would often times get caught up in like a whirlwind or something like that and just appear somewhere else. People tend to think that kind of thing was for then and not now--I don't think that is the case. You may be interested to study some of the stories of current day people who have been translated in the Spirit. Also a lot of spirit travel happens during sleep, too. Again, you have the dark and the light side. I'm writing a book right now and part of my research is studying NDE's and also people who have claimed to travel in the spirit to other dimensions--namely heaven. It's quite compelling to see that people from different times, different backgrounds, training, etc. have very similar threads in their stories. You might want to check out James Goll--he has a book about dream interpretation that is VERY good! Thanks for your comment. :-)


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wynnestudios 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Great response Seek-n-Find. I didn't think Astral Projection was from the dark side. Wow, very interesting. I know there is more to life and I want to experience what I can and learn more about the spirit. Thanks for the information.


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@wynnestudios: My husband has a plethora of bookmarks tagged to sites/teachings/videos on the Internet that are free and have this kind of information. Let me ask him for a few recommendations and I'll send some your way! :-)


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curious dreamer 3 years ago from India

interesting one.........


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Seek-n-Find 3 years ago from Illinois Author

@ curious dreamer: Thank you for your comment!

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