Exploring the Sleeping Mind

Tag: imagery

A Patient’s Fears

A Patient’s Fears

The Dream: “I had rats for hair—long tails growing from my scalp with rats at the end. I was scared and started to pull them out but it hurt and I wasn’t sure if it would be dangerous to my health to pull them out.”… Read More

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

Moving Up

Moving Up

The Dream: “I was in an elevator with the owner and a partner of the company I work for. We were going up to the 176th floor, but the building was swaying so much I was scared.” The Analysis: The dreamer’s relationship with the other… 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

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 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