In this lecture I want to share 3 typical reasons an individual may choose to have a dream professionally interpreted. In consulting with many about their dreams I’ve heard many reasons, but the few I’m going to discuss here are the most common that I have encountered when consulting my clients regarding their dreams.
- Confronting & Understanding Nightmares:
As a dream analyst, nightmares are without a doubt the most common dream I encounter when asked to analyze and interpret someone’s dreams. During my academic training in dreams, shockingly enough, nightmares were the most common type of dream that I would encounter in the many dream scenarios and case studies we were required to analyze and decipher during the course of study.
But why is it that nightmares tend to be the most common type of dream the average person has? Why is it that so many people suffer from these unwanted and sometimes horrific night terrors? Perhaps it’s because of the pressures of today’s society. Nightmares may also emerge as a product of a misunderstanding of current situations and the world around us. They can also haunt us when we harbor long held ways of thinking which unconsciously have become unproductive and unnecessary.
Understanding your dreams through dream interpretation is the best way to get to the bottom of your nightmares and figure out why you are having them. I have found that recurring nightmares almost always indicate a way of thinking or pattern in the dreamer’s normal waking life that is repeated and may need to be identified and re-examined; or eliminated altogether from the dreamer’s conscious thought processes and way of life. This is where the psychotherapeutic aspect of dreams has been proven to be invaluable in clinical applications.
Upon analyzing and interpreting your nightmares you can effectively uncover it’s real life causes, awarding yourself the keys to effectively eliminate future nightmares.
- Dream Interpretation for Goal Achievement:
It’s safe to say that most people have goals in life or while dreaming envision doing something different perhaps in someplace different. These constant desires to pursuit something better for ourselves show up in dreams very often. Interestingly enough many people know where they would rather be, but really aren’t sure how to get there.
Dreams have been a tool for mapping and traveling a path since the beginning of human perception. Some of the most brilliant scientists, well know authors and movie producers harnessed the wisdom in their dreams to find answers to questions and problems that had them stuck for days and sometimes months or years. When properly analyzed and interpreted it seems that dreams may have the missing pieces to life puzzles we seek to solve.
When first debating whether to pursuit a career in psychotherapy through dreams I wasn’t sure that it would work and had every excuse in the book on why I couldn’t possibly reach the goal. While stuck in this way of thinking I had a dream that a very good friend of mine, who is a successful business consultant and web entrepreneur, kept telling me in my dream “what are you waiting for? Just do it”. Shortly after I had the dream her and I met for dinner. At the time she knew nothing about my interest in dream studies. After getting her caught up on my newfound interest in dreams and my wish to become a respectable practitioner, she looked me right in the eye and said, “It’s a great idea. What are you waiting for? Just do it!” I knew right then my dream was the answer.
When properly interpreted, ironically enough, our dreams have the answers we’ve been seeking all along. While there’s nothing wrong with seeking one’s answers in friends, family or a spiritual source, I believe that our dreams already contain the answers we seek. We need only look inside our Self to achieve our goals.
- Maintain a Sense of True Happiness:
So what is true happiness? Fortunately happiness doesn’t have one single meaning. It has been said, “happiness is in the eye of the beholder”. Luckily, what would potentially make you happy can be found in the mind’s eye; through interpreting our dreams. Often times in life we get caught up in the same routines or the same habitual ways of thinking. When this happens unfortunately we become stuck in a way of thinking that our current situation is static; or as some may say, “it is what it is”. By having your dreams interpreted you can break free from this poisonous way of thinking.
While dreaming each night we fantasize of where we’d rather be and essentially play the role as actors in a dream theme in the story of “What would make us happy or happier”. Even more impressive is the fact that our dreams offer us a safe outlet to test out multiple scenarios and life themes. This allows us to personally experience an alternate reality other then our present life circumstances. Upon awaking, we can interpret and reflect back on the dream and compare it to our current life situation and build a roadmap of how to achieve that same sense of being and happiness previously achieved in the dream. Dreams are a powerful tool for identifying and pursuing what truly makes you happy!
For those of you who’ve had a dream professionally interpreted for reasons other then I’ve mentioned in this discussion I would personally love to hear your opinions.