So you wake up, get up and follow your daily routine. But something is very different – you had a dream last night and it’s that dream that is tapping away in your mind relentlessly. Whether the dream is good, bad, or indifferent, it’s there and it’s confusing and disruptive.
Depending on the content of the dream, you will ask yourself:
‘Was it a premonition?’
‘Why have I had a dream about the girl I sat next to at school, when I don’t know her and haven’t thought about her for twenty years?’
‘What’s the matter with my mind to have such a vile dream?’
Dreams can be both pleasant and/or disturbing. The reason why they commonly make no sense and cannot be deciphered is because dreams are a pathway to the unconscious mind. What’s in your unconscious mind? None of us know. A mixture of impulses/primitive wishes/experiences, both present and from past lives. The unconscious mind holds vast amounts of information locked away in a cupboard. Our dreams give us a temporary key to that cupboard. In our dreams our ego’s defenses are lowered so that repressed material comes through to our awareness. But it always comes through in a very distorted form.
As our experiences,both now and in past lives are different, our unconscious minds are totally individualistic. So in dream interpretation it is impossible to apply a ‘one fits all’ approach. For example, a dream about a snake will mean very different things to different people. Some people will view the snake as an evil premonition because to them a snake represents prey poison and devious behaviour. But in other cultures snakes represent fertility or/and creative life. This is because snakes shed their skin and this is seen as a symbol of rebirth and renewal of life.
Your dreams are individual to you and commonly are symbolic. Please don’t fear their subject matter – it will be symbolic of many things which have come to you in a distorted fashion. I have studied dream interpretation in great depth over many years and can assure not to be frightened of your dream – they are simply a glimpse into your unconscious self.