Your dream and its symbols speak through the language of dream symbolism. Although that language shares similarities across dreamers, each dreamer’s subconscious mind speaks in its own personal “dialect” of dream symbolism. So in this book you’ll learn about the “standard” language of dream symbols (to the extent that there is a standard one), plus you’ll learn how to decipher your own subconscious mind’s personal symbol meanings (your personal “dialect”). The following three sections introduce the primary considerations about personal dream symbol translation to keep in mind as you explore the symbol descriptions in this book.”
TOOL: Dream Dictionary
1. “Choose a symbol from your dream that you want to explore, perhaps the one that stood out the most.
2. Find that symbol in the dream dictionary and consider the possible meanings listed. Notice which (if any) resonate with you intuitively.
3. While keeping the dictionary meanings in mind, consider:
Personal meaning: What the dream symbol means to you, what it brings to mind for you, and feelings it triggers within you.
Because dream symbol meaning is subjective and personal to the dreamer, consider what the symbol means to you personally. To help yourself better understand its personal meaning, you could ask yourself:
What thoughts and feelings come up when I think of this thing?
How would I describe this thing to someone who has never seen it before?
TOOL: Caveman Explanation
The following technique can help you to deep-dive into the meanings that your subconscious mind associates with the symbol:
1. Choose a symbol from your dream, and imagine that you are explaining what it is to someone who is not familiar with it—such as a caveman, young child, or alien from another planet. The person has no idea what the thing is, how it works, what it does, what it’s known for, or anything else about it. Start from the beginning with the most basic explanation.
2. Write the meanings that you used to explain the symbol.
3. Consider which meaning resonates intuitively with you as the meaning of your dream symbol, or which meaning relates to a matter that you’ve experienced in your real life or that’s been on your mind.
• How would I feel about this thing if I actually saw it in real life?
• What would I say if someone asked for my impression of this thing?”
Context: How the dream symbol appears in the dream. For example, in a dream about a bird, consider what the bird was doing, how and where it was doing it, and how you felt about that. (See more in Context.)
A dream symbol’s meaning can be very specific to its context in the dream. So, think about how the symbol appeared in the dream and what that may convey about its meaning. For example, pay attention to:
· Where was the object?
· Was there anything unusual about its location or position?
· What was it near or surrounded by (objects, people, etc.)?
· What was its environment (indoor or outdoor, lighting, mood, weather, etc.)?
· (If an inanimate object) What was happening to it?
· (If a living being) What was it doing, how, where, and with whom?
· How were the characters (including you) viewing or relating to it?
· How did you feel about all of the above?”
Look beyond the obvious: A dream is often about something other than its obvious meaning. For example, physical events in the dream can represent mental or emotional matters.
A dream symbol often represents something beyond its obvious meaning. A rose could represent a real-life rose, but it’s much more likely to represent something else more symbolic (such as a feeling, characteristic, or event). So look beyond your symbol’s literal meaning by asking yourself, “What else could this symbol mean?”
4. Using what you discovered in Step 2 and Step 3, explore what the symbol represents on some level of your real life physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and so on. If a particular dictionary meaning resonated with you, explore it further by looking for more clues in the dream that point to something parallel in your real life.
5. Write your conclusions about the symbol’s meaning in your dream journal, along with any other realizations about the dream.”...
To enter halls, or places of learning, denotes rise from obscurity, and finance will be a congenial adherent.
To see learned men, foretells that your companions will be interesting and prominent.
For a woman to dream that she is associated in any way with learned people, she will be ambitious and excel in her endeavors to rise into prominence. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. A feeling that too much responsibility is being taken on.
3. A general thirst for knowledge or a desire to learn a new skill, intellectual stimulation. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one sees himself learning an evil act in a dream, it means that his is going astray, or that he is experiencing poverty after richness. (Also see Knowledge; School; Uncertainty)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To learn in your dream is the whole point of dream interpretation and being on a path of enlightenment. See School and Prophetic Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations
The major scientific conclusion is that we do not learn from what we hear while asleep. Sleep is important in the process of learning, however.
If one learns a list of nonsense words, memory of them eight or twenty-four hours later is better if we have slept; memory eight hours later without sleep is not as efficient as twenty- four hours later with intervening sleep. This suggests memory traces are strengthened during sleep.
That we do learn, in the sense of creating new information or perception, while we sleep is generally accepted. Albert Einstein suggested that the creative scientists are those who have access to their dreams. He meant that in order to be innovative we must be able periodically to leave behind the practical everyday path of commonsense and rational thought.
The rational tends to move in areas of thought connected with what is already known.
To create something new, to find a new direction, we may need to be capable of retrieving apparently irrational ideas, sift them and reconstruct them in practical ways.
Dreams have this ability to fantasise, to look at and experience the irrational, to take an idea and move it completely out of its old setting or viewpoint. Because our mind can do this in sleep, we can touch not only our creativity, but also our ability to problem solve. As a personal test of this, try the following experiment. At the end of this explanation a problem will be set. It is one that requires no special training or information to solve.
The solution is simple and will be seen as conect when reached. But do not even begin to think about the problem until you go to bed! It would discount the experiment if you did. On going to bed, think about the problem for no more than 15 minutes.
If you solve the problem note how long it took.
If not, stop thinking about it and go to sleep, making the resolve to remember any dreams. It is likely that you will dream the answer.
If not, on waking spend a funher 15 minutes trying to reach the answer.
The letters 0,T,T,F,F,-,-, form the beginning of an intelligible series. Add two more letters which make it obvious that an infinite number of letters could be added. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
For a young woman to think her lover is yearning for her, she will have the pleasure of soon hearing some one making a long-wished-for proposal.
If she lets him know that she is yearning for him, she will be left alone and her longings will grow apace. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If you dream you yearn for a particular person then you will find joy and contentment with your present spouse.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
A need which may be perfectly manageable in ordinary everyday life becomes a yearning and seeking in dreams. Such a dream would highlight an emotion which we may need to look at in order to understand.
2- If we have suppressed our needs through long habit or self-denial, an urgency may emerge in dreams for the very thing we have consciously denied.
3- The dreamer may have become somewhat impatient in his seemingly never-ending search for his spiritual self. This is often symbolised by a yearning feeling in a dream.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you dream you yearn for a particular person then you will find joy and contentment with your present spouse.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
A need which may be perfectly manageable in ordinary everyday life becomes a yearning and seeking in dreams. Such a dream would highlight an emotion which we may need to look at in order to understand.... Dream Meanings of Versatile