As many different people there are on this planet, that is how many ways in which a dream can be interpreted.
When I first started exploring the world of dreams I fell upon Edgar Cayce (1877
-1945). Cayce was known as the "sleeping prophet" because of his ability to
decipher individuals dreams while in a trance state. He had a seventh grade
eduation, was a seer, a clairvoyant and is well-known for predicting such events as
the World Wars and the Great Depression. I studied and used his methods for quite
some time and they were my starting point into the world of dreams. Later, I
became fascinated with the complex works of Carl G. Jung (1875 - 1961) which, for
me, took the meaning of dreams to entirely new and exciting levels. His ideas
about how dreams are the gateway to the individuation process motivated me to
look deeper into their meanings and to hold them in a special place.
If you decide to start your journey with Edgar Cayce you will find that he offered
techniques for deciphering dreams. Carl Jung, on the otherhand, does not offer a set
method of interpretation. Either way, once you start paying attention to your dreams
you will undoubtly come upon your own unique method of deciphering them.
The first thing you should do is start writing down your dreams. It does not matter
whether you remember bits and pieces or whole chunks of information, each part is
important and none should be discarded. You may also want to invest in a dream
interpretation book but always keep in mind that your own interpretation of an
image is just as relevant.
One method I have used to interpret dreams is to first write out the dream, collect
your dream interpretations and then replace each symbol with its meaning. For
example, below is a dream written out and next is the replacement of each symbol
and then a simple interpretation:
1. Dream - "I am driving a car down a bumpy road. Before me are two tunnels and I
have to choose which one to enter. I choose the right tunnel."
2. Replacement - "I am driving a (journey) down a (challenging) (path). Before me
are (choices, conflict) (paths) and I have to choose which one to enter. I choose the
3. Interpretation - From the above you can decipher that you are being asked to
make a decision which up to this point has been challenging for you to get to. But
you have made it. You must choose and your choice was consciouness. This means
you have chosen to become aware of a certain aspect of yourself, your life or
situation, knowledge etc. The next step would be to find out what's at the other end
of the tunnel. That will be revealed in the next dream :)
The more you tackle your dreams the more intuitive you will become about what
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