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Tips for Interpreting Dreams

1. Keep a dream journal next to your bed. Write down your dream in as much detail as possible, no matter how ridiculous it seems.
2. Look for patterns and recurring themes. However, don’t try to assign a plot or meaning. It is better to let meaning emerge over time.
3. Be skeptical of dream interpretation aids or of dream interpretation dictionaries. Usually the meaning is personal, highly individual and unique. It’s not something that you can find in a book.
4. Look for obvious meanings such as what you recognize from your daily life and life experiences. Don’t just delve deeper and assume the meaning’s hidden.
5. Look at experiences that aroused strong emotions (since as feeling terrified or being anxious or upset) and see if these tie in with what happened in the dream.
6. Notice when your thoughts and insights seem to resonate with you – as often that you are closer to the meaning.

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Some Facts on Dreams and Dreaming

1. Most dreams are based on visual images (Except in people who were either born blind, or who lost their sight at an early age). Occasionally, dreams will include sound and touch.

2. The normal rules of logic do not apply in dreams. For example, the dream may be taking place in one location – then, abruptly, the dreamer is translocated to a completely different place.

3. Most dreams occur in a house – but this is usually not your own home. The most frequently reported room is the living room. People rarely dream about their work place or school.

4. The most frequent scenario is the dreamer plus two other people.

5. Famous people seldom appear in our dreams. The vast majority of people dream about people who are significant to them, especially if there is an ongoing conflict.

6. Mundane activities (such as brushing your teeth) rarely appear in dreams.

7. Dreams tend not to be happy events, and the three most common reported emotions are anger, sadness and fear.

8. Some themes are so common that they are reported the world over. These universal themes include the loss of a tooth, falling or flying, exhibition, arriving late for exams or other important events, and being chased or attacked.

9. Cross-cultural research indicates that our dreams reflect normal life events in our own country and culture.

10. There appear to be some differences in the content of dreams between the two sexes. Specifically, women are more likely to dream about their children, family or household activities; men are more likely to dream about strangers, violence, sexual activity, achievement, and outdoor events.

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I advise you to stop sharing your dreams with people who try to hold you back, even if they’re your parents. Because, if you’re the kind of person who senses there’s something out there for you beyond whatever it is you’re expected to do - if you want to be EXTRA-ordinary - you will not get there by hanging around a bunch of people who tell you you’re not extraordinary. Instead, you will probably become as ordinary as they expect you to be.
Kelly Cutrone

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Go for your Dreams

Everybody has dreams, even if they’re buried deep inside childhood fantasies. Here’s how to find them and make them come true.

1. Get in touch with your dreams. What do you fantasize about doing with your spare time? What extraordinary future makes you feel a little bit more alive when you imagine yourself in it? What did you dream about when you were a child? Think about it and write it all down.

2. Read books or check out websites relating to your dream. Steep yourself in the stories of people who have done or are doing what you want to do. See how they approached following their own dreams.

3. Establish a community. Make sure you have other people to talk to about your goals that will support you and not doubt your dreams. If there is no one in real life, try sites like that let you become friends with people who will not only care about your dreams, but hold you accountable to them. But no matter what, have someone there that truly cares.

4. Identify mental obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. For example, maybe you’ve always dreamed about becoming a painter, but you were too worried about what people think, or about not making enough money. In this case, your obstacles are ego and finances. Ask yourself honestly: What’s more important, achieving my dreams, or getting respect from my peers, or being financially secure? If I had to choose between my dreams and my other concerns, what would I choose?

5. Make changes in your life. If you’re not already working towards your dreams, you’re probably trapped in a cycle that keeps you locked away from them. Break that cycle if you can - and start to move towards your dreams.


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