Have you ever woken up from a dream and wondered what the meaning of it all was?
Please, let me explain. Dream interpretation has been around for a very long time, in fact, in many ancient societies it was considered a form of supernatural communication. Some people even debated that it could be divine intervention, a message from God that could only be interpreted by those with spiritual powers. Let’s face it, as human beings, we have always felt that our dreams held meaning -some more than others- but meaning nonetheless. As a writer, I find myself dreaming quite often of new and adventurous people and places. Most of my dreams are all things that I attribute to potential storylines, you know, thrilling adventures that take the reader to a different world and travel to far off places. Whereas, someone else might have the same dream and chalk it up to the spicy enchiladas they had for dinner the previous evening. No joke. I can turn anything into a storyline. But, I do find my characters speak to me when I sleep.
Nevertheless, that had me asking myself what it was that people searched for in their dreams.
Is it just an escape from everyday life? Or, could it be our brain’s way of taking a deeper look into our subconscious? Maybe uncovering some of those unconscious desires we’ve kept buried for so long. Let’s hope mine isn’t the desired part because if so. . .let’s just say I am seriously screwed. I could keep you entertained on my dreams alone. Anyway, I digress. Back to the topic at hand. All of the curiosity and questions about dreams stemmed from one of my characters, Colton Monroe. You’ll meet him in my latest book Beyond The Pain when it releases here shortly. Cole is a young man who struggles with life and death, and dreams as you’ll no doubt find out are an integral part of who he is and what he does. So, as I was writing this book, I found myself doing research about dreams and asking what it was that folks were looking for when they interpreted them. My research led me to find that as with anything dreams are subjective. Some things were more important to some than they were to others and vice versa. Then you had a few who were more interested in how their dreams made them feel. Yet, there were others who were more invested in the action and adventure portion of the dream sequence than anything else. I mean, who doesn’t love a swashbuckling pirate? But, ultimately, what does that pirate mean in the grand scheme of things?
So the real question is how do we figure out what meaning our dreams hold?
Well, like Cole in Beyond The Pain, we too must navigate our way through the muddy waters known as life. As my mother always says, nothing in life worth having is ever easy. Which in the long run is a good thing, right? Because when we get right down to it our dreams hold what we wanted them to all along. What, you ask? Good question. The answer is: your dreams hold infinite possibilities anything your heart desires. It holds all of our hopes and fears, our greatest desires, and love, everything we wish we could have said to all those we’ve loved and met over the years. The most important thing is what your dreams mean to you and how they made you feel.
I encourage you the next time you wake up from a dream and you remember it, give it a little thought. Ask yourself several questions.
1. What emotions am I feeling? Anger, sadness, happiness, etc. . . Now think about why you feel the way you do.
2. What stood out the most to me during the dream? Was it a color? A bird, a song, a cloud?
3. Were you doing anything particular? Running, reading, swimming?
All of these things will open your mind and spark creativity. You’d be surprised at what kind of crazy dreams you’ll wake up remembering just so you can analyze them!
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