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5 Steps to Decode Your Dreams

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5 Steps to Decode Your Dreams

by Dr. Gillian Holloway, Contributor to Dream Medicine on

Editor’s Note from Tzivia Gover: Co-Editor of Dream Medicine: You’ve recalled your dream and recorded it in your dream journal. Now what? In this article Dr. Gillian Holloway offers a practical step-by-step process for approaching dreams and uncovering the messages and gifts contained within.

I get a lot of clients who, after their dream session, ask if I do psychic readings too, because they assume the accuracy of the dreamwork came partly out of psychic abilities. For the record, I think that we’re all a tad psychic, and that these abilities are just another form of intelligence that has gotten a bad, and a very weird, rap.

The secret behind the accuracy of my dream sessions is this: I’ve been using the same method for over 20 years because it works so well. There are 5 elements in a dream that I scan and then translate as I work through a dream. These 5 points make it very difficult to go wrong, and very easy to get to the heart of the dream. It also reminds me to dig into the gift the dream offers; this is the value that makes the search worthwhile. Let’s take a look at how these 5 points can lead to understanding.

1. Your first impression.

2. Your action.

3. Your feelings.

4. Your symbols.

5. Your gift.

Dream Example: Frightened by the Wreckage on the next page.

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1:23PM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

Thanks Dr. very interesting.

1:38PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you for posting! I dream a lot :)

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4:22AM PST on Dec 30, 2011

I never seem to remember my dreams so although this article was interesting it does not help me much - shame

12:17PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Dreams can be useful E.G. to alert us when we are trying to suppress something that needs addressing in our daily lives. It is also worth remembering that dreams may just be a mismash of what goes on throughout the day E.G. what we have watched on tv, listened to on the radio or encountered at work. It is like a computer deleting the junk. Only you can decipher your own dreams.

3:48AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

This is an insightful article. The meaning of dreams is individual to each dreamer and can only be gleaned from people's own associations and responses to the content.

3:31AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thanks for sharing :) Unfortunately I often don't remember my dreams, and I haven't gotten into the habit of keeping a dream journal just yet, but hopefully soon...

12:12AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

It's very rare that I don't enjoy an array of dreams each night. Perhaps my New Year's resolution should be to re-commence my dream recording habit. If it's not done instantly, the story somehow gets lost. On some occasions I remember something vital about a dream and then look up the meaning on line. Mostly my response is that the interpretation is interesting but occasionally I simply reject an interpretation because they can't cover all aspects of dreams. I read a lot and where I live, I very seldom meet interesting people - so I believe my dreams make up for all the fun I'm missing ~ and they are fun!

11:20PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

is it true that if you have a bad dream, is actually a good thing? (eg. good things will happen)

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