The meaning of dreams can significantly alter your view of yourself, relationships, and help you navigate through life. Some dreams contain messages about where you are in life right now. Other dreams may be more about world events.
The dream landscape is a transformational tool when approached in a way that allows the dreamer to take control of, confront, and/or understand the dream theme.
In this blog, we look at how to find the meaning of dreams, types of dreams, and how to work with them. See also my article on how to interpret dreams.
What is the Dream Landscape?
I consider the dream landscape to be all of these things:
• Outside of linear time – events from the past, present and future may be accessed
• A different dimension – a place which exists on a different frequency plane than what we experience in our waking state
• A playground for your spirit
• A classroom where we have the chance to further our understanding and learning about life and life situations
• A venue of communication where messages from your body, subconscious mind, Higher Self and other spirits such as family, spirit guides, and angels can reach you
This landscape is often symbolic and the meaning of dreams may not be understood unless translated metaphorically.
Our experiences may shape how we perceive this landscape and it may also be influenced by outside forces. There is no interference that is not allowed by your own spirit.
I believe that on some level, permission has been given by the spirit for reasons of spiritual growth. It is up to the dreamer to decode their dreams, understand the meaning of dreams and take action on them when appropriate. We can even learn something from nightmares.
A dream interpreter or someone who is intuitive and can tap into the meaning of your dream may help. I’ve found that most dream dictionaries tend to rely on archetypes or general psychological meanings and thus may not be relevant enough to your specific dream meaning.
What is Lucid Dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is a method of taking control in your dream. There are techniques that allow you to start becoming aware that you are dreaming while still being in the dream. One of these techniques is to tell yourself before you go to sleep that you will remember that you are dreaming.
Once you are in the lucid dreaming state, the meaning of dreams and what goes on in your dreams will help you decide what you would like to change. For example, if you are being chased, you might be aware of the fact you are dreaming and choose to face what is chasing you instead of letting the dream play out to a different ending.
This is especially useful in recurring dreams. Often, once the dreamer takes control of their actions in the dream, they are able to change the course of the dream so that a conclusion is reached – either by receiving a message, understanding the underlying theme, or taking back one’s power over a fear. Recurring dreams then tend to stop or change in a positive way.
Was My Dream Real?
The meaning of dreams is not always symbolic or metaphorical. Sometimes people have dream premonitions where they traverse time or pick up on a future event. This is also called a precognitive dream.
One of the most common questions my clients ask me about dreams is if their dream was real. In these instances, someone who has passed is dreamed about. Sometimes they speak in the dream and other times they are just present.
It is easier for spirit to visit you in your dream state as your conscious mind is out of the way. Although many of us would love to be able to connect to our loved ones, sometimes our emotions and mind chatter make it difficult for us to perceive them when they are around.
Sometimes it’s your subconscious mind reflecting your own feelings around a particular person. In this case, the meaning of dreams is best understood by looking at underlying dynamics, thoughts, emotions and beliefs about the person and your relationship to them.
The Astral Plane and Dreams
Other times, it is their spirit entering your dream or you are meeting them on the astral plane. It is interesting to note that people who are still alive can meet you on the astral plane. Both of you leave your bodies while sleeping to do this. The other person is typically not aware of this and one or both of you may not remember these dreams well.
The astral plane is an interesting place. If you have dreams of flying, you are most likely visiting the astral plane in your sleep. Some of my clients have told me that I visit them in their dreams to tell them something or to heal them. I never remember these dreams.
How to Find the Meaning of Your Dreams
It best to write your dreams down, even if you only remember snippets of them. It will help you to see patterns and recognize symbols that may be personal to you. For example, one of my clients knows she needs to be particularly wary of people every time she dreams of snakes.
She found this out by both the content of the dream and what happened in her waking life after having one these dreams of snakes. To her, this symbol represents to be on guard. For others, dreaming of snakes may represent transformation as snakes transform themselves by shedding their skin.
I’ve always associated snakes with feminine power and transformation. Somewhere in my readings over the years, I read about that particular symbol and it stayed with me. When I dream, my subconscious mind uses the association I have with snakes to give me messages around transformation and feminine power.
It’s the same thing with cars or other modes of transportation. One of my teachers told me that cars represented how we feel we are doing on our life path. I notice that when I feel that I’m not in control of my life or I feel lost, I often dream of missing the bus, being on a train but not knowing where it’s going to, or driving a car with brakes that don’t work well.
Emotions and actions are very important in dreams as well. Often, the way you feel about someone or something in your dream will reflect something in your life that needs to be acknowledged and worked on.
How to Work with Your Dreams
It helps to recognize some of the underlying themes and meanings of dreams Then you can consciously work at shifting your energy. If you are a lucid dreamer, you can work directly in your dream state.
You can also change your thoughts about yourself, work on self forgiveness, forgiving others, and letting go of situations and anger. Therapy may help. Journaling may help. Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes to understand them and their motives may help.
Asking your spirit guides and angels to help bring resolution in a dream may work. Even if you don’t understand the meaning of the dream, you can ask the Higher Force (God, Universe, Higher Self) to help you to understand what the dream is trying to tell you so you can make positive changes within yourself.