Many believe that our dreams have purpose in our lives, but finding the personal meaning within your dreams can involve some personal effort, and a willingness to look inside. Let’s roll up our sleeves, and take the first steps in understanding your dreams
What do your dreams mean? In ancient times the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Hebrews all thought that dreams were very important. Many cultures thought that dreams came from somewhere outside of themselves. They thought that the gods gave them dreams. Because of these beliefs their dreams became personal, important, powerful and authoritative. Today there are many theories about the meaning and value of dreams. Many believe that dreams are a way of reviewing the events of the day through imagery and symbolism.
You may need, or want, to find some professional resources to work with the information of your dreams. One method called Gestalt therapy was developed by Frederic (Fritz) Perls. This method involves emotional dreamwork. Rather than understanding, interpreting and connecting the dreams with the past, the therapy that Perls developed has the dreamer act out aspects of his dream.
Consider a dream about a roaring campfire. Someone having such a dream would be encouraged to describe how it feels to be the fire. You could describe yourself as bright, hot, pungent and powerful. The next step would be to act as if you were the fire. The Gestalt therapist could also encourage dialogue between the dreamer and the objects within the dream. In the instance of the campfire, your discussions could uncover where you are holding yourself back from your passions, as fire can represent passion.
Understanding the meaning of each symbol within a dream may be difficult at first. It can make things easier if you break the dream down into manageable parts, and then look at the basic elements within those parts. The most basic dream symbols are often the four elements: air, earth, water, and fire. Often we may have dreams about escaping a burning building, drowning, swimming, flying, falling, or being in an earthquake. Looking at the “elements” within your dream can help you to develop a basic understanding of the message that the dream has for you.