Dreams interpretation: Follow up and some possible meanings
How is everyone’s weekend? I hope you are able to enjoy yourself and are doing good. After 2 busy weekends on my end, I am happy to be having a more relaxed one! So last week, I wrote an introductory post on dreams interpretation from an Indigenous perspective. You can read it here. Today, I thought I would write a follow up adding to what I already posted. So in my first post, I gave you an intro to dreams interpretation, integrating my background in psychodyamic psychology with an Indigenous perspective. Today, I want to go into more details about possible interpretations of certain dreams, or elements in dreams. But once again, when it comes to dreams interpretation, the dreamer knows best. So don’t take anything too literally here! I am just providing you with some guidelines. Here we go!
So once again
Just want to remind everyone that you know your dreams the best! You are in the best position to interpret your own dreams. Yes sometimes one needs guidance to do so. For example, Eduardo Duran in Healing the Soul Wound, discusses the possibility of interpreting dreams as part of a group. Think group therapy but focused on one of the participant’s dream. I, for one, think it is a fantastical idea! Think about it. The dreamer is present and can provide feedback and additional information. And the rest of the participants can try to guide the dreamer and examine with the dreamer certain parts of the dream. And guess what? Sometimes it is about looking at the different parts of the dream. As sometimes the whole dream is overwhelming to look at as a whole.
So one would look at certain parts to make sense of them. See how they resonate with the dreamer. See which parts are especially meaningful for the dreamer. As a therapist, I would not bring myself in the dream process. What I mean by that, is that I would not introduce any new material. I would help the dreamer possibly put pieces together, connect certain dots. But I would remain neutral. In psychodynamic psychology, Freud talked about the concept of free association. Well here it is a bit the same. You let the dreamer just take a moment to see what the dream brings up. Not just in terms of thoughts, but also feelings. Is the dream a memory, information and wisdom passed down from someone else, is it an indication of change, a flashback? Only by exploring what comes up and talking and feeling the dream, can one make sense of it.
Let me give you an example
So last weekend I woke up with a start after a nightmare. I had fallen asleep not too long before I had the dream and could not have been in a REM (rapid eye movement) sleep period yet. Which is weird, as REM sleep tends to produce the more vivid dreams. I woke up breathing hard, with a sense of panic. What was the dream you ask? Well in a nutshell, a friend of mine had died in the dream, killing himself. And I could see it coming but could not stop it as no one was listening to me. And the dream ended with my face a few inches away from his, with my arm stuck under him. So obviously, my first thought was “holy crap something happened to him!” But nope he was physically fine. So then what?
Well I started to look at it from a different angle. In part with an Indigenous perspective. Someone dying in a dream represents a big change. A transformation. A transition. And I know I am in a transition. That week I recognized a pattern I tend to put myself into and I put a stop to it. The death was a symbolic one too. The death of what I thought it was. I think, in the dream, I was giving myself a warning (the part where I knew it was coming but no one was listening). I did not listen to my instincts in real life. But after the dream, I did. And I am happy I did. Changes and transformation.
Other symbols in dreams
So that was one of my experiences. Once I got over the fact that it was not about my friend not being okay, but rather it was about me, it started to make sense. What are some other possible symbols in dreams? And what can they mean? Well, let’s take a look!
Seasons: As they are in real life, seasons or different climates in dreams tend to be about phases. Phases of development. It could mean you are reaching a different step or stage or that energy is flowing toward a change.
House: If you see a house in your dream, it typically represents you, the self. Your foundation if you will. Unless of course, you recognize the house. For example, it could be the house you grew up in. Then it could be associated with a memory.
Water: Within the Indigenous perspective water typically represents a flow. Even in real life 🙂 The force of water is great and strong. It can break through rocks. But it is also flowing and not rigid. Water in a dream can represent a rebirth, a journey, or the beginning of one. It is indicative of change, of a cleansing happening or needing to happen.
Children: As in real life, children are often associated with innocence. It can symbolize a new beginning in life. But it can also be associated with a regression. Even a childhood flashback. Only the dreamer would know which one it is.
Animals or birds: Well this one can mean quite a bit. As it can also depend on the animal or bird you see. As they all have their wisdom. You can learn more about animal symbolism here or bird symbolism here. So think about it this way: animals in dreams are guides, spirit guides. They can represent someone, an ancestor you have a conversation with. It can be the symbol of a loved one. Or even of the self. But listen as they have a message for you.
Flying: If you are like me, you might have dreamed more than once that you are flying. And at times falling. So what does that mean? Well it can be associated to a feeling of freedom. Think about how freeing it would be to fly in the sky! So it can be associated with a sense of freedom you have. Or it can also symbolize a feeling of being not grounded. Of needing to get clear of something and to ground oneself.
So there you have it. Some possible interpretations of symbols that come to us in our dreams. Dreams interpretation is not straight up people! As I said in my previous post, even when asleep, things don’t come straight up to consciousness. Noooo, they need to be distorted so they are not too scary to process. So one needs to look at what is going on in one’s life, see what possible messages can be hidden in the dreams. Unless it is a premonition. But that’s another topic altogether…
What are some of your experiences with dreams? Any experiences you want to share? Can you identify with any of those symbols? Share below and I will answer.
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