What Does It Mean To You, Another Dream Interpretation Guide
What Your Dreams Mean To You
Dreams are very powerful gateways through which one’s subconscious mind communicates with you. Should one choose to peruse a library or surf the Internet, you would find countless books and articles by this expert or that specialist defining one’s dreams. Most of them contradict each other. It can all be quite overwhelming and very confusing. It is very easy to find books that make your dreams have definitions that conform to what you want them to mean and there are those that are eerily accurate despite your inclinations.
The first step in trying to decipher your dreams is to determine what kind of dream you just had. In general, there are three types of dreams; first-hand point of view, third-person point of view, and circumstantial. Before analyzing the style of dream, it is an advisable practice to write down as much of the dream as you can remember as soon as you wake. This will help you whether or not you have time to analyze right away or not.
Working backwards from the list is the circumstantial dream. These dreams are generally known as nonsense dreams as they tend to make no sense upon waking. Write down everything you can recall as quick as possible or talk about it with your partner or a friend who will not mind hearing personal details early in the morning. If you discover that the randomness of your dream is in fact revealing a pattern that coincides with various items from the recent past, this dream is doing little more than letting you know what your subconscious mind has been recording.
For example, if you found out a good friend was pregnant, you were turned down for a promotion at work, and watched a documentary on rain forest wildlife then you dreamt that you moved into a mansion and had twin baboons, you could make a case that you were looking forward to homeownership and the promotion loss negates that, you are secretly wishing for children, or reminiscing over the birth of the one(s) you have already, and found the show interesting. There is nothing about these dreams that carries any deep, profound meaning.
Third-Person Point of View
As the name suggests, you are usually ‘watching’ the dream from above or from somebody else’s perspective. While circumstantial dreams are also viewed most frequently from this format, there tends to be a bit more sustenance to them. These dreams tend to zero in on something in your life that needs attention but is not of any great importance. It is through these dreams that our minds have been known to ‘solve’ problems. They are not generally to be taken literally but not lightly either. It would not be a bad thing to pay closer attention to these dreams.
As an example, you may wake up from a dream where you were watching yourself having a hard time trying to paint your childhood bedroom and arguing with your current significant other who, in the dream, was portrayed as an old flame. You may wake up panicking about what it means that you dreamt about your ex. Do not fear. Dreams that are set in your childhood are universally agreed upon to be indicative of a longing for the security of your past. Reflection on this dream will often reveal that are disagreeing with a significant other or person of authority over you, such a boss, and you are unable or unwilling to resolve the situation to your satisfaction. There tends to be meaning to these dreams but none that are critical. Pay attention but do not stress.
First-Person Point of View
These dreams are the kinds in which you see from your eyes, smell everything around you, and feel temperature changes and textures. These are the ones that you wake from and you still feel like you did in your dream. It is this kind of dream that you need to figure out. You might not be able to determine the meaning right away, but you should not forget this dream. If you are not able to figure out the origin of this dream in a reasonable amount of time, you may wind up with the recurring dream.
It is imperative that you remember not just the substance of the dream, but how you felt. If this dream scares you, if it worries you, if you wake up peaceful, it is all relevant. On occasion the dream’s meaning will only be revealed through the phenomena known as deja-vu. Having that dream is usually an indication that you need to prepare for some future event, good or bad.
Should you dream about being trapped in a musty basement with no power and you wake up with your heart beating rapidly and still scared, you may wish to be more careful in your daily routine. If this dream happens again, you need to make some definite changes in the way you care for your personal safety. After recording your dream, it usually helps to discuss it with somebody close to you who can help you sort through it objectively. It may be that your current living arrangement is not conducive to your future growth and failing to alter your path will leave you in a position that you will not be happy with. You can sort through all the written material ever published but in the end you are the only person who can determine your dream’s relevance.