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5 Steps to Decode Your Dreams

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A woman in one of my classes described her dream of looking out her bedroom window and seeing the wreckage of a plane in her back yard. The front of the plane was buried in the lawn, while the wings and back part were sticking up. Apparently the plane crashed nose-down when it hit. She was upset by what she saw, as it took up her entire yard.

(1) Impression: When I asked her for her first impression of the dream, she said that it was simply overwhelming. The wreck took up her entire back yard.

(2) Action: When I asked her about the action, she said she was simply staring, overwhelmed and mesmerized by the crash site. When I asked how she felt, she said: stunned, unable to look away. She did not want to look, but she could not stop staring.

(3) Feelings: She felt overwhelmed, paralyzed; unable to look away or move.

(4) Symbols: She had no personal connections with planes. Thus, it seemed the plane represented a wreck or disaster in her life. Then she explained that her partner had recently left her, walking out and ending the relationship. She felt her whole life was a wreck right now, and no matter what she was doing, she was always preoccupied with the break-up. Since the setting showed her looking out her bedroom window, I wondered if the dream was about her perspective, her point of view. She felt paralyzed in this perspective.

(5) The gift: This woman found the dream helpful, because it showed that she was dealing in part with post traumatic shock. She was stuck in her position of horror and unable to function well. Sometimes, in order to handle a situation and respond optimally, we need help in placing it in the proper perspective. This dream prompted her to visit a counselor for a short time, to get support sorting through her layers of shock, grief and loss. Eventually she realized that her partner had picked a fight with her to get out of the commitment of their relationship because he simply was not ready to grow up.

Six months later, when he returned to try and win her back, she was able to gently and respectfully let him know that she wanted more steadiness in a partner, and felt she would continue to search for someone who shared her sense of commitment and readiness for a mature partnership. Because her dream had helped her to have greater compassion for her own situation and to reach out for the support she needed, she was able to handle the situation more effectively, and to move forward with her life and her quest for fulfillment.

Dream Example: Lost in the Forest 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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