5 Steps to Interpret Your Dreams

Trying to interpret your dreams is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle or like putting together a new piece of furniture. You look for the obvious pieces, assemble them in sections and then put it all together. The following “system” is based on my 15 years of experience and interpreting thousands of dreams.

Step 1: Give the Dream a Title.

file000805244251Use a verb in the title. In other words, use action words (from the action in the dream) to develop the title. For instance, if you have a dream where a snake is attacking you, don’t just title the dream “snake dream.” “Snake scrapes my ankle” is a much better title. It is specific and gives enough details to steer you in a certain direction when you interpret.

Very often, this step alone will give you the understanding you need to interpret your dream.

Step 2: Determine the Focus.

Think of it this way, if the dream were a movie scene, would you, the dreamer, be essential to the plot? If you took you out of the scene, would the action hold up?

If you are the main participant, or if you are the center of attention, then the dream is about you.

If you are an observer, but watching things play out, then the dream is about you AND some other people.

If you are just watching, then the dream is about someone else. Usually in these kinds of dreams you are looking down on the action. Or you are looking through someone else’s eyes. In any case, if you are not part of the action, or if the “movie scene” will happen without you, then the dream is not about you. Don’t try to interpret your dreams as though they were.

Step 3: Determine the Tone of the Dream.

What is the feel of the dream? What emotions did you feel when you woke up? Or what did you feel while you were in the dream?

You want to pay attention to whether you had a positive or a negative dream.

If the dream was not emotional (or even if it was), what was the lighting like? Was the dream full of color (a good thing) or full of darkness (ut oh). Were the colors muted or gray scale. Or were they vibrant colors?

The point of all this is to know how to respond to the dream. If you are having nightmares then you may have some area in your life where you need to be healed.

On the other hand, if you may have a vibrant dream with lots of flying and lots of cool action. That dream may refer to what you are called to do in life.

Step 4: Figure Out the Repeated Themes.

Look at the overall action in the dream. Is there something that keeps repeating? Where is the action taking place?

See if you can summarize the dream so that you give priority to the essential elements of the dream. Don’t get too bogged down with the details. What are the two or three main points?

You might also want to think about whether you had this dream, or this kind of dream before. If so, it probably means that something has not been resolved in your life from the last time.

Step 5: Interpret Your Dreams Symbols & Metaphors.

Notice I put this last. Too many people try to start by looking at all the symbols in a dream dictionary and plug the meanings into their dream. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

That is how you get a weird interpretation. You will not be satisfied with your answer. You need to put everything
into context. Dreams are like night parables. That means they usually have a story to tell. The symbols are relevant toInterpret Your Dreams as Your Brainstorm in Your Sleep the story — and to the dreamer.

Dreams, like parables, use a metaphor or word pictures to emphasize a point. That point is what you are really looking for when you interpret a dream.

Get an overview of the whole “movie scene” before you start on the symbolism. Even if you don’t know what the symbols mean, you usually can get a gist of what the dream is talking about through understanding the action and the emotion.

That said, don’t try to understand every picky detail of the dream. Pick out the symbols (an action can be a symbol too) that has the most weight on them. Usually there are only two or three in a dream.

Once you do that, hold the symbol in your imagination and let your soul touch the symbols or elements of the dream. Interact with them in your mind’s eye. Only use a dream dictionary as a prompt, not as a substitute for your unique reality when you interpret your dreams.