Exploring the Sleeping Mind


Although we spend nearly one-third of our lives asleep, psychologists are still working to understand what occurs in our minds during that time. What they do know is that dreams are not some random mental film of which we are a non-participatory audience in some magical movie theater; rather, dreams are a product of the complex workings of our minds as they continue to function and process information long after our bodies have gone into rest.

On the other end of the spectrum, existing dream interpretation resources and dream dictionaries attempt to provide practical interpretation using mysticism, folklore, religion, and other resources. The limitation with these is they fail to consider the personal and subjective nature of our minds and experiences, and therefore the imagery of our dreams. Additionally, they miss out on the insights that can be provided by the latest understanding of dreams from the field of psychology.

At Insightful Dreamer I am here, neither as a psychologist nor a mystic, but as an informed, reflective thinker and dreamer, to bridge the gap between the scientific, objective understanding of dreams and the practical, subjective interpretation of those dreams. The method I use is simple: to view dreams not as a separate, random, or external process we happen to be watching unfold each night, but as an integrated piece of ourselves. The mind we use to dream is the same mind we use to fall in love, to learn new things, and to decide what to eat for dinner. By adding dream analysis to our toolbox of self reflection, we gain unique insight into the full picture of our wonderfully complex selves.

- Stephanie Hinen

Ready to Get Started with Dream Analysis?

Start with the below posts to understand the basics of the ID dream analysis method and how to interpret your dreams before exploring examples, which I call case studies, and other topics, in the rest of my posts. You will learn how the ID dream analysis method differs from existing dream interpretation resources, how to apply this method, and how to begin unlocking meaning behind the fascinating, complex processes that occur in our minds during the nearly one-third of our lives that we spend asleep.