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  • Writer's pictureJulie Kuhn

Unlocking the Depths of the Night through Journaling

A Journey Through Dream Interpretation

 

I've been having so many dreams lately!! It's as if my mind has decided to embark on a nightly adventure, leaving me to decipher the cryptic messages it sends me while I sleep. Unsure of why this influx of dreams has decided to grace my nights, I found myself drawn to the pages of my dream journal, hoping to do a little dream analysis and unravel the mysteries hidden within.  What am I not noticing?  Is there something that lies beneath which is bothering me?  Will my dreams be able to enlighten me?

 

Years ago, in my quest to understand me and who I am, I stumbled upon a simple formula to help me with my dream analysis through journalling, so I thought I would share this with you.

 

It's a simple method to use your dreams as a tool for self-awareness and personal development. So, if like me, you're eager to learn about your self grab your dream journal and start exploring YOU!





Start Analysing your Dreams

Firstly, it's important to move through the dream and recount it in the first person. See the world through your dream-self's eyes and immerse yourself fully in the experience. Notice the details - are there people? What role do they play? What emotions do they evoke? Where are you - in a barn, a house a room, on a bus, a boat or in a car?   Perhaps there are metaphors or symbols woven into the fabric of your dream, waiting to be unravelled.

 

Reflect

Take a moment to reflect on the significance of each element. Are there aspects of yourself mirrored in the characters or situations presented? Do certain emotions or thoughts surface, offering insight into your subconscious desires or fears? Is there a connection between the events of your day or week and the content of your dream?

 

Look a Little Closer

Pay attention to the background of your dream and any of the nuances you may have overlooked before. Are there random objects or does something appear out of place? It's often in the periphery that hidden truths lie waiting to be discovered.  Notice any colours that stand out and question what those colours represent for you.  What are people wearing and how are they behaving? Allow yourself to confront any emotions and feelings that arise, embracing them as valuable clues on your journey of self-discovery.





Delve Deeper into your Dream Interpretation

Afterwards, take pen to paper and delve deeper into your reflections:

 

- What have you learned from this dream, if anything?

- How do you feel upon awakening? Is there a lingering sense of unease or maybe clarity?

- Has your dream shed light on any of your hopes or fears?

- Was there any day residue from your day, or a film you might have watched?

- Did you tap into any unconscious material, revealing hidden truths or desires?

- Have you uncovered any internal conflicts that warrant further exploration?

- Is there a takeaway from this dream that invites self-reflection and growth?





 

Seeking Guidance

So, as we navigate the landscape of our dreams, let us embrace the opportunity for introspection and personal growth. Whether we embark on this journey alone or seek guidance from those we trust may we unlock the hidden treasures buried within the realm of our subconscious. After all, in the depths of the night, lies the key to unlock the mysteries of our waking selves.


From my own experience, I have found that it has taken me quite some time to practice how to explore my dreams and I hope that this has been useful for you to get started.


The interpretation of dreams is a practice that spans centuries, rooted in both ancient mythology and modern science. While Aristotle pondered the nature of our dreams, contemporary studies offer insights into the neurological mechanisms at play. Research suggests that dreams are intrinsically linked to our emotions, offering a window into the depths of our psyche. A reflective practice such as this one allows us to identify triggers, confront fears and navigate some of the complexities of our inner world. Journalling itself can be incredibly therapeutic and can provide an outlet for processing our emotions, fostering self-awareness and can be a valuable tool for managing anxiety and other difficulties.


Sometimes the act of putting our thoughts on paper can stir up difficult feelings. If you find yourself facing such hurdles, remember that you’re not alone. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support, perhaps to a trusted friend, or even consider a few sessions of counselling.

 

Where to Next in Your Dream Analysis Journey?

Person-centred counselling lends itself to the dream world as it supports you through your reflections.  

 

📞 contact me on : 𝟬𝟳𝟰𝟳𝟴𝟳𝟱𝟰𝟴𝟯𝟵 and we can have a chat as to how counselling can help you.

It won’t cost you anything, there is no pressure, there are no expectations and you can ask me any questions you might have.

𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙜𝙜𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙚…



Oh…

I almost forgot…again!

You can grab your free journalling workbook HERE and in addition, you will receive regular deep dive journalling prompts.

HAPPY JOURNALLING!

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