Exploring the Sleeping Mind

Dream Basics

Dreaming to the Extreme

Dreaming to the Extreme

Why do our dreams seem to take situations to the extreme? I never dream about being mildly embarrassed and blushing; it would be a “realizing halfway through my workout that I’m naked and my coworkers are there” type of embarrassed. I never dream that I’m… Read More

7 Emotions and How They Appear in My Dreams

7 Emotions and How They Appear in My Dreams

Our sleeping minds find abstract ways to express the current state of our mental and emotional health. Oftentimes, our minds will use the same symbolism to work through similar emotions and situations repeatedly. For example, you may dream of being in your childhood home whenever… Read More

Don’t Make Me Say It Twice: About Recurring Dreams

Don’t Make Me Say It Twice: About Recurring Dreams

When I was 9 years old, I had a dream something was after me. I was in an old house and the wind was howling outside so strongly the house shook. I didn’t know what I was running from but as I turned a corner… Read More

Let’s Talk About Nightmares

Let’s Talk About Nightmares

I often write about nightmares, but not for sensationalism, entertainment, or their shock factor. I write about them with a clear purpose: staring into the mirror that reflects an abstract yet insightful image of our own minds. It was my own nightmares that pushed me… Read More

How to Remember Your Dreams

How to Remember Your Dreams

Many people believe they don’t dream when in fact it’s much more likely that they simply forget them. Within seconds of waking up, our dreams evaporate from our consciousness. Here are a few tips to grasp onto those insightful memories before they are lost. Keep… Read More

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 1

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 1

The ID dream analysis method uses the following steps to record, analyze, and learn from our dreams. The moment you wake up, write down a quick overview of the dream in one to three sentences. This must be done immediately, before you forget. As soon… Read More

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 2

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 2

Now that you have a full inventory of your dream as outlined in Part 1, look for connections between the details of the dream and the details of your waking life. In our brief and simple example, we have the following elements: childhood, melancholy, solemnity,… Read More

The Limitations of Dream Dictionaries

The Limitations of Dream Dictionaries

There are many resources available offering quick, straightforward interpretations of dreams in a simple format such as a dream dictionary. Some resources draw from common imagery; for example seeing a dog in a dream would generally be interpreted to represent friendship or loyalty – “a… Read More