Exploring the Sleeping Mind

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The 1 Question to Ask to Understand Your Dreams

The 1 Question to Ask to Understand Your Dreams

There are many methods used to understand our strange, seemingly illogical, sometimes scary dreams. As I research dreams I find many explanations of the symbols we encounter in dreams—divine communication, mystic symbolism, random firings of the brain, integrative processing of our waking thoughts, etc. While… Read More

Same People New World

Same People New World

I’m going to analyze two dreams in this post, because I find a lot of similarities between them in how our minds sometimes use simple, concrete representations during dreams to express abstract feelings we have about personal relationships. Dream 1: “I had a job in… 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 Value of Dream Analysis

The Value of Dream Analysis

In our hectic lives, it can be difficult to fully accept and even understand our emotions. Feelings such as fear, sadness, and insecurity are crowded out by distractions or replaced by “better,” happier emotions. Our unspoken hopes and desires are silenced by everyday demands on… Read More