The Art of Dream Analysis for Insight, Strength & Direction

Have You Ever Wondered What Your Dreams Mean? Or What To Do With Them?

Dreams are the window to your soul. When you shut off your body and mind, your dreams are free to roam through the caverns of your unconscious. They can inspire your creative ideas, guide you through conflicts in your present and past, help you to get to know yourself on a deeper level, and allow you to discover hidden thoughts and meanings related to yourself. In my homeopathic and coaching practices, I always ask my clients about their dreams because they often hold the key to unlocking hidden fears and desires that are holding us back from reaching our goals and living a joyful, peaceful and fulfilling life.

Your dreams might seem silly or strange and may not make any sense at all. It’s important to not take your dreams literally, but rather to look at the feelings behind your dreams. Two people may have the same dream, but the meaning of the dream can be very different to each person. For instance, if you were chased by someone in your dreams, you may feel terrified and unable to scream, whereas someone else may think the chase experience is exciting and wild. Those differences can tell you a lot about your inner self, and what you are feeling in your waking life.

In general, what happens to the characters in our dreams isn’t usually about those people, but rather some aspect of us or our lives. If you dream about having a child, it may be about your desire to be reborn or a craving for major change in your life. If you dream about looking for your childhood home, it may be more about finding that child inside of yourself, or the sense of security you had (or didn’t have) as a child.
Dreams are something we typically don’t control. It’s a time when we allow our ideas, pains, desires and fears to run amuck, rather than trying to plan the outcome. By taking a closer look at your dreams, you gain understanding, heal from past issues, and to tap into what drives your deepest passions, or what I refer to as your Secret Spark.

Here are some helpful tips for accessing, analyzing, and gaining insight from your dream life.

1. Write down your dream as soon as you wake up. If you wait even a few minutes, there’s a good chance that the images will have already vanished. It’s helpful to keep a dream journal right by your bed. Write down as much detail as you can remember about your dream. Who was in it? What was said and done? What were you wearing? And most importantly, how were you feeling during your dream?
2. Right after you have written down your dream, follow it up with journaling about what you think the dream means to you. Jot down any ideas, memories, hunches or thoughts. There is no right or wrong thought or interpretation in this process.
3. Read back through your dream and see if you can come up with any additional detail. What the people said in the dream, how the rooms were decorated, what the energy felt like in the dream. For instance, if you were watching an approaching tidal wave, what did it look like? Were you facing it alone? Was anyone there to support you? How were you feeling? What was the outcome? If you were alone, it could mean that you’re feeling like you have to face overwhelming challenges all alone and you need some support. If you were rescuing someone, it could mean that the responsibilities in your life right now (or in the past) feel overwhelming.
4. Write down any other details and feelings you may have missed concerning the people or characters in your dreams. See if these people or characters might relate to a particular aspect of your personality or life. Could they represent a hidden part of you, a deeply held desire, or a betrayal or a guilt that you’re carrying around? What would you ask these people if you had the chance? By writing down your thoughts, this can help to sort our feelings and release them.
5. What do you feel is the overall message or theme of your dream? Is there anything you can learn from this dream? Is there a fear you would like to overcome? If it was peaceful, is this calming image something you can use in your meditation or as a creative muse? Is there an action that you need to take which your unconscious is trying to push you towards? Is there a gut-knowingness about something in your life that you’re not facing? Is your dream calling you to have more fun, to find your purpose or passion, to spread your wings and fly?
6. Draw, paint or collage your dream. Often more insight and memory will be jogged through artistic expression. This is a way to make sense of your dream, release any negative emotions, and help yourself look at it objectively on paper for even deeper understanding.

7. Utilize stream-of-consciousness writing to release negative feelings in your dreams. Several years ago, I kept having a recurring dream of an argument with someone I was very angry with, but had no way to express it to them in real life. Night after night, I would rehash this same argument. It was so frustrating and exhausting. One night after having this dream, I awoke and started writing my strong feelings wildly across the paper.  I really let it all out through my pen. From that point on, I never had that dream again. The reason the dream kept coming up was because I needed to work through it and let it go. Let the paper know how you feel. No holds barred. By learning to access, question and analyze your dream life, you open yourself up to a whole other part of your world  —the one that exists from dusk until dawn.

Your Blast Off! to adventure continues!

To Your Joy and Success~

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Allison Maslan

Allison Maslan

Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, is the Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of Scale or Fail, which is endorsed by Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19.

Now she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward by helping business owners scale their companies, fast-track their success, and create a more meaningful life. Pinnacle Global Network, a world leader in scaling companies and empowering business leaders has guided thousands of CEO's and Founders to success over the past decade. Allison’s been featured in Inc., Success, Fortune, Fast Company, and Forbes Magazines, is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox across the US. She is also the host and producer of The Scale or Fail Show podcast, and the Women Who Own it Podcast in partnership with WBENC, the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in North America.

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