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10 Things Your Dreams Can Tell You About Yourself

10 Things Your Dreams Can Tell You About Yourself

Everybody dreams, but how many take advantage of the wisdom dreams provide? As a student and teacher of the School of Metaphysics, I record and analyze my dreams daily. Through years of analysis, we’ve discovered that every dream is about the dreamer, each part of the dream is part of the dreamer, and every dream reveals the person’s state of mind 24-48 hours before the dream.

What does that mean? All dreamers have the ability to better understand themselves and their lives through their own dreams. It takes practice and a desire to learn! Here are 10 useful dream insights to start you on the path to personal discovery and the interpretation of your own dreams!

1. Dreams About Your State of Health

Our dreams come to us from our inner mind, our subconscious. Every night we experience this state of mind. We also tap into it any time we meditate, deeply concentrate, or listen to our intuition. The subconscious uses images from our waking life to communicate to us in analogies, in symbols.

The presence of your car in a dream tells you about your health. The car symbolizes your body. A car in your waking life is a vehicle to move your body from place to place. What vehicle moves your mind from place to place – your body!

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Pay attention to the state of the car in your dream. Is it new/old? Damaged? Do you have it parked, or are you taking it somewhere? A parking lot is a place to rest your car, so it symbolizes that you are taking some time for relaxation. If you’re driving your car, you are in control of yourself. If you are driving but not able to control your car, you’re the one out of control! When you have a car dream, take stock of your current health. Pay attention to your body and what it may be telling you.

2. Dreams About Your State of Mind

What is the setting of your dream? Your purpose for those places will reveal what mindset you had the day before the dream. If you dream about your place of work, your mind was in a working mindset, focused on activity and accomplishment. If you dream about school, your mind was focused on life lessons to be learned. If you’re in a new house, you’re taking on a whole new way of thinking. If you’re in your childhood home, you’re in an old, comfortable way of thinking – maybe even an outdated one!

3. Dreams About Where Your Attention Lies

What kinds of dreams do you have? Are they mundane, everyday dreams? Or are they fantastical? Do you have simple, short dreams, or are they long and rambling? Do they have a logical progression – or do they spastically leap from place to place without any transitions? Whichever you experience – that was what was happening in your mind!

A friend at a Dream Catchers Meetup once described one of her long, transition-less dreams in great detail. Repeatedly she was in the middle one scene, when suddenly she found herself somewhere else, doing something completely different!   We all had a good laugh because we knew that she talked just like her dream: leaping from topic to topic without any clean transitions! Her dreams were a true visual representation of her mind.

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4. Dreams About Your Future Possibilities

Dreams can sometimes be precognitive, giving insight into possible future events. One morning I had a brief dream with some very detailed scenery near some train tracks. That same morning, as I was sitting in my car, waiting for a train – I was startled to recognize that I was in the same exact location as my dream! Some people frequently have precognitive dreams. They might be frightened by predicted accidents and illnesses. The important thing to recognize is that these dreams are not set predictions. They are dreams of the possible future, as in the example of Charles Dickens’s infamous Ebenezer Scrooge. It is up to the dreamer to decide what to do with the information in the dream. The individual always has control.

5. Dreams About Your Use of Imagination and Creativity

Some dreams help you create and solve problems. Some famous inventions and discoveries have come from dream. Elias Howe was able to finish his sewing machine after his dream revealed an important component. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was revealed to her in a dream.

Creative symbols in a dream reveal the creative use of your mind the day before. Watch for symbols like TV, movies, painting, and drawing.

6. Dreams About Control of Your Habits

Animals symbolize your habits. An animal is an instinctual, habitual being, so it represents one of your habitual ways of thinking. Some of our habits are problematic and addictive, but others serve a purpose – like brushing your teeth and driving your regular route to work. How are you interacting with the animals in your dream? Are they pets or are you terrified of them? Do you have them on a leash or are they chasing after you? This will give you an idea of whether you are controlling your habits or if they are controlling you! If you are being chased by an animal, you are avoiding that habit – it’s time to face it!

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7. Dreams About How You are Expressing Yourself

Your clothing choice is a matter of personal expression. Work attire shows you’re getting down to business. Yoga clothes might mean that you’re relaxed. Whatever you’re wearing shows which side you are showing. If you’re naked, you’re experiencing your true Self! If you’re trying to cover up, you are feeling vulnerable. If you’re nonchalant about being in the buff, you’re very comfortable in your own skin, with who you really are.

8. Dreams About The Many Parts of You

If every dream is about the dreamer, than every person is really you! The people in your dreams represent the many different aspects of yourself. When a person pops up in your dream, the first question you want to ask yourself is: “How would I describe this person?” If this person is “kind,” you were utilizing that “kind” part of yourself the day before. However, if you see the person as “lazy” or “stubborn” you may want to take a look at how you were blocked or stagnant that previous day!

9. Dreams About How You Are Changing

Death is a new state. If a person dies in your dream, that is a part of you that is changing. Take a look at who has died and look at how they died. Were they killed? Do you know who killed them? Looking at the circumstances of the death, you can decide if this change was wanted or if it felt forced upon you. Knowing who was involved can help you understand what parts of you were involved in this process.

10. Dreams About Your Connection with Your Inner Self

The presence of people of different sexes in your dream gives you a clue about your involvement with the different parts of yourself. People of the same sex represent your conscious, waking mind. People of the opposite sex represent your wise, inner, subconscious mind. Keep an eye out for which sexes show up in your dream – you want to be in balance!

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Are you on the phone or talking with someone in your dream? That may symbolize a healthy communication within the Self. If you are intimate with this person, you are deeply connecting with this aspect of yourself and preparing to create something new – a new idea or a new aspect of yourself.

What if you don’t know the people in your dream? That means you don’t know those parts of yourself very well. And if someone is after you or fighting with you – take a good look at yourself. As with the habits – what aspect of you are you in conflict with or trying to avoid? The next time someone is chasing you, see if you can turn around and face them. Ask them: “Who are you?” The answer might just surprise you!

Are you ready to start interpreting your dreams? When you interpret your dreams, you understand your life! As you begin recording your dreams, you will start connecting with your inner teacher. And who knows you better than you?

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

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No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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