Dreaming is a product of our "unconscious" mind, and is propelled into consciousness by the creative "right brain," which few have had training to use let alone understand. The dream is our personal teacher. The only thing that keeps us from learning "her" lessons is that we usually don't understand her language. This, however, is not at all difficult if we are willing to give attention and credence to the science of symbolism. The main purpose of the dream, after all, is to give us information. This kind of information is usually the most sought-after of anything we seek to know — it is information about ourselves. Even the ego gets satisfaction from this kind of linguistic education.
I see the dream process as a kind of compass to guide our path in life. I see the dream itself as an inner guide taking us on diverse, mysterious and yet very practical journeys.
Yet dreams are also diverse in intent: Dreams can be pre-cognitive, giving us clear pictures of what is about to happen; Dreams can be post-cognitive, telling myths to show us what we have projected outward in the past; Dreams can be metaphorical to make a point that has immediate analogous significance.
Those who pay active attention to their dreams on a regular basis and learn to translate their own personal dream "language" will increase their intuitive and creative potential by at least 100 percent.
To begin your dream work you will need to keep a dream journal. You can buy or make your own as creative and colorful as you wish. Or just start with an ordinary three-ring notebook filled with lined and some unlined paper. Your dreams will make it both creative and colorful as you record them with your personal notes and comments.
1. Just before going to sleep, write in your journal, "I will remember my dreams tonight and I will write them down in my journal when I wake up in the morning." Do this each night. This process sometimes takes off slowly. Be patient.
2. In the morning before you start your day, preferably right after waking, note what you recall of any dream you've had that night. As you become accustomed to doing this, you will begin to remember more and more of your dreams. It takes practice.
Write the dream in first person, present tense. This helps you to relive and remember the dream.
3. Then, write in your journal what this dream reminds you of in your present life and what it reminds you of in your past. List all these associations; they are the metaphors that are telling you the secrets in the dream.
4 Now write down any emotions you felt while in the dream. Then write down all the associations to these emotions that you remember in your life.
Example: "I felt afraid of the growling dog (a metaphor) I saw in the dream. Association: That reminds me how afraid I feel of my boss (the dog) when he growls at me about my typing. I want to quit my job."
The dream images — people, places, animals, and things all have possible associations for us from sometime and somewhere in our lives, past and present. For instance, a nightmare can also serve us if we understand the real message being presented, which very likely will occur if we go through the processes of association and emotion recognition.
Do not let other people interpret your dreams. This would hinder you in learning your own dream language as well as hinder the development of your intuition about the meaning of your dreams. Dream images are personal and mean different things to each person. Don't waste your money on symbol dictionaries.
When you become your own dream detective/counselor you can avoid spending thousands of dollars on private counseling when it is not called for, as well as knowing when it may be important to seek professional help. Sweet dreams"¦