13 Jan How Unique Dreams & Their Symbolism can be..
By Courtenay Turner for Boomeryearbook.com
As a dream analyst I often encounter people who ask me to provide
answers to what specific things in their dreams mean. They want me to
respond much like a human dictionary. For instance they will say
“what does it mean when I see a snake in my dream?” They then look to
me hoping I will say “it means you will have money fall into your
hands soon, or that you cannot trust your loved one” etc.
Unfortunately I don’t believe it is this simple at all. Perhaps this
is fortunate because it provides much more specific insight when we
really delve into what these symbols mean to us as individuals.
The reason I cannot provide a universal response to what snakes, or
lightning, or falling or anything else means is because we all come
from such diverse backgrounds and life experiences that mold our views
on the things we may see in our dreams. Let’s take the snake example.
Personally I am terrified of snakes, but I have friends who think they
are beautiful, powerful, have them as pets etc. When I dream of a
snake it will mean something very different for me then when they
dream of a snake.
You may be wondering if there is no universal dream dictionary how on
earth do I decipher the meaning of my dreams. I encourage you to
firstly write down your dreams. This will help you to remember them
more clearly, and to use them as a tool for self discovery. When you
are analyzing various symbols or situations in your dreams, ask
yourself how you would describe the symbol both in the dream and in
life and examine where in your life you see such a description. Here
is an example: again back to snakes. I would describe snakes as
terrifying, toxic, and powerful. Then I would ask myself what in my
life or what part of myself do I think is like a snake which I
described as being “terrifying, toxic and powerful”.
The beautiful thing about dreams being such a unique metaphor for all
of us is that the symbolism and meanings may vary not only from person
to person but even at different times in our lives. If tomorrow I
have a positive experience with a snake and tomorrow night I dream about a
snake, it may have a new meaning than it would have for me tonight. I
look forward to all of you unlocking the key to you lives through your
unconscious nightly reveries!
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