To interpret dreams accurately, you need to make your dream interpretation dictionary. This document is a powerful tool for addressing your shadow self and any spiritual and intellectual growth obstacles.
Understanding the symbolism of your dreams is a common quest of the spiritual explorer. All you need is the proper structured psychological method to unravel the typologies of your subconscious mind, and here are the four steps that make this possible.
Dream Interpretations a-z
We are all tempted to take the easy way and buy a dictionary or bestiary containing the traditional meaning of dreams. However, these resources are often inaccurate because they were compiled hundreds of years ago. They reflect symbolism that is not accurate today.
Unfortunately, the modern world has made much of ancient symbolism obsolete, especially when we dealing dreams. Many things exist now that did not exist in the era when animism was man’s way of understanding the world.
The modern metropolis contains cars, planes, trains, cell phones, microwave ovens, and all kinds of “things” that did not exist in the ancient past. The internet makes the world a small place. At the same time, it gives an explosion of images that affect us.
“Freud “interpreted” dreams by treating them as intellectual riddles whose details, once processed through free association, exposed hidden wishes.” — Rodger Kamenetz
Our psychic structures are a composite of memory and imagination. We have a diverse source of information to compile unique significant associations. These memories are the symbolism of these associations that create your shadow self. So, here’s a better, more accurate way to create your dream interpretation dictionary.
“There is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and … if that procedure is employed, every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life.” — Sigmund Freud
The following four steps are such a psychological process:
These four steps will give you a list of accurate dream interpretations from a-z. The longer you keep your dream journal, your interpretations will become more accurate. It will give you the insight you need for addressing your shadow self fears and deficiencies.
You will get the most out of this journey if you apply what you learn. You will find this process useful for interpreting your dreams.
“It is easier to learn to interpret dreams if you have a reason to use them for something constructive. You apply your dream insights to making constructive changes in your life.” — Henry Reed
Creating a Dream Interpretation Dictionary
1) Keep a Dream Journal
The dream journal is often the first and sometimes the only journal many maintain. We recommend a pen and paper journal, not an electronic version, because your handwriting contains information you can decipher later.
When it comes time to interpret dreams, this document is indispensable. Keep a notebook by your bed. The first thing you do after you wake up is to jot down key points of your dreams or dream fragments. The longer you wait to write, the more you will forget.
You need enough data to develop an accurate profile. So, it may take some time to generate enough dreams that you remember. You can speed up the process by using a lucid dreaming technique. It will help you remember and gain control over the experience.
Don’t rely on your memory to retain dreams or dream fragments. Your memory changes over time, and the dream will become less tangible. Even recording fragment is helpful because they will trigger the mind to retrieve the original data. It all links to your handwriting. Your writing is an additional link to the memory of your dreams.
The dream journal is the most critical step in building an accurate dream interpretation dictionary.
2) Look for Patterns and Symbols
Patterns appear in many ways, so we want you to handwrite your journal.
“No dream symbol can be separated from the individual who dreams it, and there is no definite or straightforward interpretation of any dream.” — Carl Jung
First, look at your handwriting itself. Look at how you write when you are recording the dream.
- Look at the size spacing and slant of the letters.
- The pressure of your writing.
- Do you use cursive or print, or do you mix the two?
What does it tell you? There’s a whole science to graphology which is the study of handwriting. You can find some free resources online that explain enough about determining the writer’s mood.
In what order do the symbols in your dreams occur?
- Next, look at the length content of the dream.
- Do the symbols appear in the same order?
- Do the symbols appear in dream fragments?
- Are there different variations of the same symbol? For instance, a teddy bear or a mean grizzly bear?
Do your dreams have a common theme?
For example, are all of your dreams about work situations? Or, do your dreams cycle in patterns between work, living in outer space, and being chased by bears?
Are typologies and symbols combined in some way?
Maybe your dreams start to combine symbols and typologies. So, now you notice that your boss is always a grizzly bear when you have your dreams about work. That’s what we mean by a pattern and symbols.
3) Ask Yourself What the Patterns or Symbols Mean
You can look up the typical or traditional meaning of bears, which may not resonate with you.
For example, in American Native culture, the bear symbolizes strength. If you grew up in the 1950 and 60s, there were cartoons and TV shows that featured bears. The TV show “Gentle Ben” featured a trained bear who protected his friend, a young boy. TV cartoons Huckleberry The Hound and Yogi the Bear portrayed the bear as “carefree and silly.”
But, if you had an experience of a live bear attacking your campsite, you’d have a different association with the symbolism. Likewise, if you have or had a relative that had the nickname bear or reminded you of a bear, then depending on how they treated you, your association with the typology of the bear would be different. If the relative were kind, then the symbolism of the bear would be kindness. But, if they were abusive or harmful, the symbolism would represent fear and anger.
The context in which the bear appears is also important. If the bear appears only in the distance and isn’t aggressive, that would impact the meaning. How does this make you feel? Are you sad because the bear is in the distance, representing the lost relationship? Or are you glad the bear is in the distance because the bear represents someone who treated you poorly?
If the bear was chasing you, that changes the typology. How do these situations make you feel? Are you playing with the bear, and that’s why it’s chasing you? Or are you running in fear?
Let’s say the bear in your dreams appears in everyday social situations. Other people in the dream treat them like another person. If the bear acts like a person, eating using utensils and drinking from a glass, that’s a strong indication that the bear is a symbol for a specific person or a specific type of person.
The question is, how does this situation make you feel? Does it seem normal? Or do you feel trepidation or fear that the bear will attack someone?
Time and experience will change the meaning of the symbols in your dream interpretation dictionary. If you learn how to change them, you can turn them into lessons that help you now and in the future.
You can also directly influence the dream experience by practicing lucid dreaming techniques. Interestingly enough, lucid dreaming does not change the symbolism as much as it helps you control the situation and your emotional reaction. After you practice lucid dreaming, you’ll be able to stop the grizzly bear from attacking you, thus turning a nightmare into an encounter with the bear.
4) Compare Your Meaning with Traditional Typologies
The last step is to compare your meaning with the typical typology. Our example of the bear shows how we explore our psyche’s symbolism. We’ve already mentioned the stereotypical typology of strength. The bear is also seen as wise and protective. Does this symbolism resonate with you, or is it something else?
As you analyze and unravel the messages of your dreams, the dream interpretations a-z will change. As you understand the dream’s meaning, your dreams will likely change. Instead of the bear appearing masked in symbolism, it will become the person or persons the symbol represents.
Comparing your meaning and that of other sources is simply a crosscheck. It may help trigger other aspects of your dreams. It is improbable that the meaning of your dreams will match the traditional meaning of the typology. You are only doing this last step to see if it adds anything to your general interpretation. In some cases, there are vague similarities between the typologies.
“From my personal experience, I can conclude that many dreams are clearly written but there are some in which one meets distortions to decipher. And it is really in knowing when one must prefer the one or the other approach, or a combination of the two, that remains one of the important elements of the art of dream interpretation.” — Erich Fromm
Take your time building your dream interpretation dictionary. Don’t skip steps. The longer you keep a dream journal, the more data you will compile, which adds to the accuracy of your interpretation. Eventually, you’ll have dream interpretations a-z for all the typologies that appear in your dreams’ landscape.
If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.