The Meaning of Dreams and How They Can Transform You

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Dreamers by Albert Joseph Moore (modified – excerpt shown) courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Selina Khan, Toronto Psychic Medium and Reiki Master
About the Author: Selina Khan

I'm a Psychic Medium and Reiki Master serving Toronto, Oakville, and worldwide. I help spiritual seekers & open-minded people get clarity, find meaning, and develop their own intuitive abilities so they can live up to their true spiritual potential and life purpose.

Looking for some help in your spiritual development? Selina offers Intuition and Spiritual Development Workshops, as well as one-on-one Spiritual Mentoring.

  • Al March 21, 2016, 3:51 pm

    I had a dream that I feel has some meaning, but I have no idea what. I live in the Toronto area. My wife, children (all 18 or over and still living at home) and granddaughter all live far away in the US. We’ve been living apart for almost 6 years. Things are amicable, though we obviously aren’t your typical close couple and have some serious issues. We’ve each told the other to go meet others and find someone. So on with the dream: In my dream my wife, and I think the kids too but I’m not sure, are here in the Toronto area. I think they’re living here. I am going to where they are, it’s an odd condo/apartment building near the lake. I’m not certain if I also live there or not. As I’m walking down the sidewalk I can see the lake about 100-200 meters away ahead of me. It’s a grey windy day, though I don’t think stormy and it’s not raining. The waves are HUGE! I need to get to an outside stairway that takes me up to the building but as the waves crash ashore, the water rushes up and I have to take several steps backwards to keep my shoes out of the water. This repeats and I keep thinking that I can time a quick run to the stairway, probably 20 feet or so away, between the waves and stay dry. I’m not worried about drowning or water getting into the building, not worried about the waves getting bigger, just not getting wet. Like I say, I feel there’s a meaning there. I almost never remember dreams. Any idea what it could mean?

  • Selina Khan March 23, 2016, 4:26 pm

    Hi Al,

    Most of our dreams are full of symbols that reflect our current inner state. Water is often symbolic of our emotions. The waves are huge – so you may feel that what’s going on with your family right now emotionally may feel to you that it’s big. However, you aren’t worried about drowning – you are telling yourself that it’s okay – you are going to be okay and you don’t need to be afraid as you are strong and won’t be swept under by these strong emotions (waves). You are more concerned about not letting your emotions (water) have an undue effect (getting wet) on you.

    Take care,

  • Kristen August 24, 2016, 11:39 am

    I would love to get an actual reading. I rarely have dreams but when I do its almost always the same reoccurring dream. I’m always with someone I know, whether it be friends, family, a love interest. Then out of nowhere I’ll start clenching my jaw really hard to the point were I just can’t stop it and I feel panicked that all my teeth are going to break. Then eventually they start to crack and crumble and I just spit them out into my hand and hid them from whomever I’m with. Sometimes I’ll pick up on small details of the dream, for instance this time I noticed one of my teeth that fell out had three perfect holes in the shape of a triangle. Now I’m not sure if that means anything I just thought it was odd that I picked up on it so clearly this time and I can’t stop thinking about it. Anyways eventually I can’t hid it from whoever I with anymore cause they all start to crumble out of my mouth, and then I just wake up. I know it’s not much of a nightmare but I truly hate this dream. It gives me awful emotional reactions and I feel very confused about how my mind and body want me to address this message.

  • Ashley August 26, 2016, 2:43 am

    Had a dream that the upper part of my cheack under my right eye started tingaling then a black ball started to purtrud out when it came out with was a small ring of four blas balls after witch a few places on my face started doing the same thing what dose thos mean im konda freaked out i have a reall issue with things under my skin and holes

  • AA December 29, 2016, 2:09 pm

    I keep having dreams about travelling to different towns and countries. The airplanes are not as we know them and more like the interiors of cruise ships. The locations I visit are not as they exist in the present day world. I see incredible details, walking thru Palaces and Museums, Temples, thru bazaars, inside hotels, streets, airports, people inside train carriages, stations that do not exist. Also I go back into dreams I’ve had before and continue or have knowledge of the prior dream events.

    I can not be ‘imagining’ all of this. If I am travelling to alternate realities/timelines what is the point? These dreams never have any purpose or meaning other than ‘holidays’ I can recall in great detail.

    Also throughout my life I experiece dejavu and remembering random images from a dream when reality catches up. Also foreknowledge of my fathers death and seeing him after he died, though I kept telling him he wasnt real so he stopped visiting. My family also shares this ability of dream visions, dejavu, knowledge of death etc. My friends dead father also visited me and showed me a baby and told me the date of its birth exact to one day!

    I would be interested in learning more about me and my families dream ability and what this all means. thx

  • Selina Khan January 19, 2017, 5:32 pm

    Hi AA,

    Sounds interesting! You may be “dreaming” of a past life experience, or astral travelling to realities in other dimensions. Deja vu may be more having travelled in time to the future in your dreams and then when your waking state reaches that time on your path it feels familiar or you remember it. Another possibility is that your spirit has knowledge of your entire path and the points where you have deja vu may be the alignment of your conscious mind and the spirit mind (or subconscious connection as some believe).

    Why travel to these other places? Why not? We are multi-dimensional beings here to experience and enjoy life.


  • Maggie January 27, 2017, 5:26 pm

    Last night I dreamt that I could see spirit orbs, hundreds of them all moving along past my house. One in particular was more solid than the rest and was kind of a fushia color. I talked to it and told it that it was so solid now that it was almost a ball. It seemed to stay with me as if it were listening. I told it to carry-on on their intended path and that it didn’t need to stay and it should go on because it was going to be so much better on the other side and it would have lots of fun.

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