We often wake up in a state of mind that’s left behind by a dream that we saw but when it comes to recalling the dream, we are blanked out. It vanishes at the speed of the wind but often leaves behind scenes or feelings. On the contrary, often times we have very vivid recollections of our dreams or even, repetitive dreams. But do you simply skimp on them? Do you ever think that they could mean much more than what they seem?
“To have a dream is tantamount to getting a letter from a trusted friend. You would not even consider just throwing it away unopened, would you?” said author and certified dream guide Laura Suzanne. Dreams can be a doorway to understanding messages coming down from your subconscious mind. They hold the power to forewarn, forebode and even give an insight into the motives and minds of people around you. Looking for a guide to interpret your dreams? Here’s the preliminary you need.
WHY WE DREAM
Talking in broad terms, there are three categories of reasons as to why we dream.
Sigmund Freud saw all dream content as a means of wish-fulfillment. The dream is often instigated by the previous days’ events, finding its way into the dream as the ‘day residue’. This can be very explicitly observed in case of children, said Freud. However, for adults, it gets a little tricky. There are some cases which are straightforward, such as if you missed a promotion opportunity, or if you want to lose kilos, or go to New York or England, you may often dream of seeing yourself actually do these things.
Release of suppressed emotions
Dreams can often also work as a means of fulfilling the emotions that you had to suppress during the day and so, they become a part of the day residue. Let’s say, you wanted to communicate with your spouse regarding an important issue but had to delay it due to some sudden circumstances, or if you had to suppress your anger for a friend because you couldn’t chide him in the situation, you may dream of doing these things in your dreams. In a way, these are also wish fulfillment and affirm Freud’s ideology that all dream content is about wish fulfillment.
This one is not about interpretation per say but it can impact the content of your dreams. External stimuli refer to any external stimulation that you are getting from the environment in your room. Let’s say if your body is feeling too hot or cold due to a bad AC setting, you will start feeling that way in your dream too. Similarly, if your body has an urgency to urinate while you are sleeping, you will start dreaming that you want to pee but have to hold it for some reason or another.
THE SYMBOLISM OF DREAMS
As per Freud’s theory of dreams, dreams are often very symbolic in nature. He called this the idea of ‘free association’. For instance, the following phenomena/thoughts can be represented by the corresponding subjects:
Displacement: It can occur when a person or an object gets replaced by another.
Projection : When the person places his own desires onto someone else.
Vagina : Circular objects or jewellery
Penis : Long, vertical objects such as poles or the number three
Urine : Anything yellow in color
Feces : Anything brown in color
These are only a few examples. The idea of free association can really help a person decode what he is dreaming about. A psychoanalysis session with a dream guide can help one work this through.