An uninterpreted dream is like an unopened letter.
Almost all of us see dreams at night whether we remember them or not. It is believed that we see around 3 to 6 dreams per night, each dream lasting between 5 to 20 minutes.
Dreams, like emotions, are a means of communication between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind.
In most cases, they carry a message that your subconscious mind wants to send you so that you may better understand yourself or solve your life problems.
It has become ever more important in today’s society where many are taught to ignore their emotions.
We classify people not as rational and irrational but as rational and emotional, as if ’emotional’ is the antithesis of ‘rational’.
We are told that we shouldn’t take our emotions seriously because they’re just a ‘waste of time’, that they ‘cloud our thinking’ and force us to make irrational decisions. While there is a kernel of truth to that statement but dismissing emotions ‘irrational’ is a grave mistake.
Emotions are our guiding mechanisms that guide us through life, facilitating our survival and reproductive success. They’re there for a reason and are not to be ignored.
How to interpret dreams
Ask yourself, “How was I feeling in the dream?”
Was it fear? Some kind of concern? Worry? Helplessness? Or happiness?
Write down all the emotions that you felt in the dream. Remember, ultimately dream interpretation is all a game of emotions. You want to know what kind of emotion your subconscious mind was trying to convey you.
The next step is to figure out the dominant emotion that you were experiencing in your dream- the central theme around which the dream was constructed.
You’re trying to understand if the dream was a reflection of your current life. These sorts of dreams are often unrealistic, weird and symbolic. How you behave in these dreams reflects your behavior in real life.
This friend was a symbol that your subconscious mind used to represent your colleague and the fact that you couldn’t defend yourself reflects your actual helplessness in dealing with your colleague. Helplessness would be the emotion to look for in this example.
3) Was it a wish-fulfillment?
These dreams are often devoid of any symbolism and are pretty much realistic.
Wish-fulfillment dreams always make you feel good. So happiness or ‘feeling good’ would be the emotions to look for in such dreams while you’re interpreting them.
|Since many other animals also experience REM sleep (the stage of sleep in which we’re most likely to dream), it is believed that they also experience dreams like we do.|
4) Did it involve the release of suppressed emotions?
You felt like admonishing but didn’t because there were dignified guests present and you didn’t want to further spoil the party or simply because you weren’t assertive enough.
Therefore, you ended up suppressing your anger. That night you might dream that you’re admonishing or warning your rude friend or some symbol that represents your rude friend.
It’s nothing more than your suppressed anger getting released. Interestingly, it can also be seen as a wish-fulfillment dream where your wish to admonish is fulfilled.
For example, if you’re feeling cold in your bed, you might dream that it’s snowing or that you’re at a very cold, icy place. Similarly, if you’re feeling very hot while you’re asleep, you might dream that you’re in a desert.
The glass got stuck in my throat. During the whole dream, I was trying to either swallow the glass down or take it out by burying my fingers deep into my throat. It was a hellish experience.