Important Facts to Remember When Interpreting A Dream

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Remember these important facts when interpreting dreams
1. Dreams are about emotions/emotional energies and your dreams are about you and your emotions.

2. All dreams have at least two interpretations/applications with all interpretations using the same images and actions. ---One interpretation is addressing foundations to attitudes, actions and even personality traits that come from early life/childhood
---Another is focused on more recent experiences that possessed strong emotions energies causing or could cause emotional conflict for the dreamer {unconscious if not conscious}. Developed attitudes/traits from foundations could play into the experience and your actions/re-actions
---Other later experiences related to the original emotional energies could also be a subject of the dream. The same devloped attitudes/traits would be involved in these experiences
---Later life experienecs that possess strong emotional energies. Experiences related to trauma, grief, physical or emotional injury

3. Dreams have a language of symbol and metaphor with literal applications fused with the symbolic references. An image of a brother could be addressing the literal bother relationship but could/would also point to the symbolic references related to characteristics of the brother or masculine energies within the dreamer {anima/animus aspects}. The dream of a brother is in relationship to the dreamer's emotions.

General Guideline to Interpreting a Dream
1. Write or record your dream just as it unfolded. Anything you feel relevant to the dream add later unless you 'sense' it is 'implied' in the dream.

2. Break the dream down by paragraph and then by sentence {proper paragraph structure is important}. Then take each image and action {example of an action: moving at a slow pass} and consult the dream dictionaries for possible meaning/application.
--If the word is not in the dictionaries look up synonyms for the word plus its meaning. Apply what fits best in context with the images {determine the meaning of images that are in the dream dictionaries first then interpret and add the words that are not}.

3. Take each meaning/application and replace the dream image in the context of the dream sentence. You may have to move around some image meanings to get its true application {example: I was in my house with people I did not know and I felt afraid of one guy who was there. Translated: house-you/people I did not know- hidden aspects/felt-outlet for true emotions/afraid-self doubt or lack of control/one guy {male}-assertive, aggressive, masculine aspects as well as the possibility of an actual person

Translation of Sentence: you have hidden aggressive/asserive unconscious energies of self doubt or feelings of not being in control of some aspect of your life

4. When determining the best meaning/application listed in dictionaries use the one that best fits you and your emotions. The images/actions in dreams are addressing emotional energies that motivate or influence your waking life {example: the word afraid is an emotional energy that is undelies why you have self doubt or why you are not in control of some aspect of your life}.

5. Take the sum total of the interpreted images/actions in context as the dream unfolds. Just as with any statement of actions there is a story unfolding, a story of your life, your emotional life, as it really is and not necessarily as you think it is.