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Dream Analysis

Have you ever written yourself a letter in which you unload your concerns, worries, hopes and deep-felt thoughts? Perhaps not. But, some psychiatrists and doctors probably would applaud the practice as therapeutic in the quest for self-awareness.

Each time you enter the world of dreams, you are, in essence, writing yourself such a letter. Your subconscious mind, without the distractions of the day, puts your life, your feelings, your emotions, your hopes and your plans all together. All the insight you could hope for is right there, ripe for analyzing.

Examining your dreams will give you all of the insight and inspiration you need. You'll return again and again to your dreams to give you the answers you seek.

Dream Analysis: Emotions

First, it helps to understand that what occurs in our minds when we are fully asleep is reflective of the emotions and thoughts we have while fully awake, granted sometimes they suffer in translation, but our emotions are certainly at the root. The basic feelings make their way from our consciousness to our unconsciousness.

The difference is that when we are awake, we are too distracted to stop and examine the condition of our psyche, something that often isn't in as good working order as it should be.

Troublesome Dreams: Lifestyle Check
If you're having particularly troublesome dreams, you can discern that you need to take a good long look at your lifestyle. Are you too busy? Are you being pulled in too many directions? Is there something in your life which is more bothersome to you than you gave it credit? Try to work some time into your day that's all about relaxing, whether it's yoga, golf, walking, reading, whatever you can do to give your brain a break.

People Dreams: Pay Attention
Other times our dreams let us know that we simply need to start paying more attention to certain people in our lives that we may be taking for granted. If we dream about a relative we haven't seen in a while, we should give them a call. If we dream about starting an argument with our spouse, we should give them a little more attention than usual. Many times, our proverbial "guilty conscience" knows only one way to reach us, and that's while we are asleep.

Trauma & Dreams: Healing Process

Another very interesting way dreams help us is in the healing process after a traumatic experience. Following such an occurrence, we will often dream about the tragedy itself, or of something equally morbid. It's our mind's way of comprehending what has happened. The dreams will eventually stop all together, as soon as your subconscious has come to terms with the event(s).

Sometimes it helps to discuss your dreams with others. If you think your dreams are trying to tell you something in particular, discuss it with someone. An outside opinion can often put things in perspective.

When you take an honest look at your life and at your typical day, it will be obvious what your dreams are trying to tell you. Most people miss out on so much because they discard their dreams and forget all about them.

Instead, you should listen to what your subconscious mind is telling you.

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Guide to Analyzing Dreams

There are many theories as to what 'dreams' are, doorways to the subconscious, glimpses into the spirit realm, or visions of the future. The scientific view is that dreams are simply sorting mechanisms designed to put events and memories of our waking lives in order: we need that, we don’t need that, we’re troubled by that, and so on.

The most interesting kind of dreams are 'lucid' dreams. These occur when you realize you are dreaming, but stay in the dream. At that point you can usually start to control the dream. This has led some researchers to think that dreams are simply random 'processes' in the mighty supercomputer that is the human brain, firing off as the system slips into 'power saver' mode.

Imagery in Dreams
You will no doubt at some time or other wonder what one of your dreams 'means'. The first thing to remember is that the subconscious mind deals in images, not words. So try to focus on the imagery of the dream, not the language. Nevertheless, you need to record your dreams on paper or recorder so you can study them later. The main problem here is that when you wake up it may take you several minutes to remember that you should be writing down your dreams, by which time, of course, they will have evaporated, so keep your pen and paper near the bed. You may wake up in the middle of the night, and if you don't immediately write down the dream, it will most likely vanish forever. This is what poeple who say 'I don't dream' really mean - they simply can't remember their dreams.

Interpretation of Dreams
Once you have some raw material to work with, how do you interpret it? Interpretations of dreams are highly personal, although there are a few culture-specific symbols we all seem to share (such as 'snake' meaning sex, for example). Other symbolism may be obscure to you, but you need to remember that your subconscious is trying to show you something, and even if it is couched as a riddle, it makes sense on some level.

The trick is to look for repeated imagery - these are symbols your subconscious believes are truly important to you at this point in time. What symbol is the most significant or confusing to your waking mind? Make a note of it. You will by now have realized that it is not only the actual symbols that are important when interpreting dreams but the feelings and implications your conscious attaches to those symbols. Without both sides of that puzzle, you can't interpret dreams accurately.

Most people have several types of dream, the most common probably being the 'anxiety' dream. On one level, this is your subconscious trying to let you know that it understands there is a problem and sympathises. On another level, if you can ignore the puzzling symbolism, you may find that your subconscious has actually supplied a solution to the problem, and this is particularly true of recurring dreams. Something really important is being communicated - can you accept the message and act on it? Because until you do so, the dream will recur.

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Dreaming With Crystals

By tapping into your dreams, you can explore the waking world, and actually work through issues before they have even come to light. There are two factors one must consider in dream work: remembering one's dreams and recording those dreams.

Remembering Your Dreams
Everyone dreams, every night. How can one record what one cannot recall? There is one method that works well. Before sleeping for the night, form your hand into a fist and hold it in the center of your chest. Close your eyes and say: "I will remember my dreams when I wake up." Say this three times, once aloud and twice to yourself.

Recording Your Dreams
Once you begin recalling dreams, you can begin to record them. Buy a journal or simply jot them down in a notebook or on a pad. You may even wish to use a small tape recorder during the night because handwriting can be tricky when you wake up from dreaming. In dream recall everything is important. A general rule would be to make a point of recalling any of the following: colors, shapes, gender, water, weather, movement, and so on. These points reveal a great deal about the state of your life overall.

Dreaming With Crystals
Dreaming with crystals can enhance the dream state in many ways, depending on the type of crystal and how it is used. The results can be enlightening, enriching and therapeutic. Below are methods and the crystals one might use.

Amethyst: Stress Release And Insomnia

Amethyst is an excellent stone for relieving you of the stress of the day. A relaxing crystal, it also helps with insomnia and headaches. Take a glove and place it over your left "receiving" hand before retiring to bed. Slip a small amethyst crystal into the glove You will be able to get a good night's rest, release stress, and your dreams may become more uniform, thus allowing you to remember them more easily. Once you become more comfortable with dreaming with amethyst, you may want to tape one to your third eye before sleeping and create some real magic.

Rose Quartz and Jade: Love And Romance
Rose quartz and Jade are good crystals/stones for dreams where love is the issue at hand. Place either crystal (or both) under your pillow. Better yet-slip the stone into the pillowcase. If it gets lost during the night, don't worry. It simply means you no longer need the benefits of those particular crystals. The energies of these stones are soft and may bring forth dreams that are loving and filled with positive vibrations.

Clear Quartz: Problem Solving
Clear quartz is the best for issues one needs to work through while sleeping. Program a clear quartz point with the issue on your mind, with the express request to solve your issue via your dreams. You will find that when you awake you will be more focused, grounded, and clear with your issue.

Citrine: Money and Prosperity

Citrine is excellent for bringing about wealth in body, mind and spirit. Known as the merchant stone, it manages to attract abundance in ways that fortify balance, whether that balance is sought in the home, the bank account, the body, spirit, or the mind. Intent is important, as is your faith that the Universe will provide for your needs. Citrine is also helpful in cleansing the chakras (energy fields) of the body. You will find yourself awakening refreshed after using Citrine.


Dream with crystals for a full week, recording your results and the crystals you use, before moving on to the next crystal-dream exercise you want to try. Consistency and intent are most important. Your intention, your faith and your desire for accomplishment will bring about positive results. There are as many methods as there are crystals. There is no right or wrong to doing this. Tape a crystal to your wrist or third eye; wear a glove with a crystal inside, slip it under your pillow, or even place some crystals under your mattress, forming a grid around your bed. Experimentation is the key. Just make sure to keep an accurate record of the crystal/gemstone you use, how you are using it, and the length of time in which you used it.

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Water Dreams

Water DreamHaving water in your dreams is a very common occurrence. Whether you are dreaming of an ocean, a pond, or even a glass of water, it seems everyone dreams of water at some point in their lives. And in your dreams, water alludes to the most basic parts of ourselves - emotion and specifically, our waking emotion.

When you think about the water dreams of water you've had, was the water crashing ocean waves? If so, then chances are your waking emotions were pretty rocky and heavy as well. Was the water dark, murky and stagnant? Then you may well have been depressed or worried before you went to sleep.

The condition of, and placement of the water in your dream is the reflection of your waking mood. Cloudy swirling water may mean confusion, and clear crisp clean water may mean that you were happy about something.

Water Specifics: Hurricane and Whirlpool
The only cases where water will not reflect upon the dreamer’s mood is when the water is part of a larger dream symbol, such as a hurricane, or a whirlpool. Dreaming of a hurricane may indicate a level or chaos in your life, or even on the more obvious level - that you are frightened of situations you cannot control. Dreaming of a whirlpool means that you are afraid that you will be overcome by a person or situation in your life.

Fish in the Water
Dreaming of fish in water however, is a different dream symbol. Dreaming of fish almost always represents money matters. So if you are dreaming of a tank or pond of bright healthy fish it may mean that you will be getting a large amount of money soon, or that financial matters are currently going very well for you. On the other hand, if the pond or tank water is dirty or mucky, and the fish are dead or dying, this means you are very afraid of your money situation.

Water, much like the emotion it represents, can be an ever changing element, and while the dream may indicate those things which are at the top of your subconscious, you may not immediately realize what the dream represents. Keep an eye out for your emotions and what that particular dream may have meant to you!

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The Art Of Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming"I found myself sitting by the edge of the road on a red hot summer's day. The sun was high in the sky and I could feel the sun beating down on me. I was so hot, why was I wearing my winter coat? I looked around; some of the familiar buildings looked strange. This is so odd I thought.

Suddenly an overwhelming feeling ran through my body from head to toe, a feeling of excitement mixed with anticipation. I understand what's happening..... I'm dreaming! This is unbelievable. I am awake inside my dream."

The paragraph above is an account of what happened to me one night when I was a young boy, no older than ten or eleven years of age. It was many years ago, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. Although I have had many experiences which have been similar and often better than that first experience, that feeling of realization that I had become fully awake whilst still inside my dream will stay with me forever.

All those years ago, I had no idea what had happened to me, just that it was great fun, and I couldn't wait for it to happen again, which luckily it did. As I became more proficient at lucid dreaming I developed certain ideas and techniques along the way which helped me achieve my lucid dreams. Unknown to me at the time, (The Internet didn't yet exist in its present form.) many other people were having just as much fun and using their own methods and techniques.

How Does A Dream Differ From A Lucid Dream?

When we dream, we usually have little control over what happens in the dream. It is as though we are being swept along in a story and we have very little say in what happens in that dream. In addition to this, crazy things may happen within the dream and we just carry on as though nothing is out of the ordinary. We tend not to rationalize anything or if we do, it gets explained away. Recently I dreamt about talking with a centaur, a mythological creature that is half horse and half man. We sat down on a park bench. In my dream I never once questioned the fact that I was chatting with a centaur! When we awake the next day it is often amusing to think about how silly we were for accepting such strangeness.

When we become lucid, that consciousness and realization that we feel when we awake the next morning actually happens whilst we are still in our dream! This enables us to exist in this dream world with the full awareness that we have in our everyday lives. The ability to be totally aware whilst still dreaming is what we call a Lucid Dream.

Why Would I Want To Have A Lucid Dream?

I have been asked this questions many times by people who have never experienced a lucid dream and I always have a simple answer for them and that is "because you can!" The ability to have a lucid dream is in all of us, yet so many of us do not even know how or why. They are missing out on one of life's great experiences. I have lost count of the friends who have come to me after learning the techniques, had a lucid dream and then said "Now I know what you were talking about."

It can often be difficult to express in words how exhilarating lucid dreaming can be but hopefully after reading this book you will be able to discover this for yourself.

Imagine a world as real as the one you are in now. You can see, touch, smell, hear, talk, walk, and run. Everything in this imaginary world is exactly the same as the 'real' world but there is one major difference. In this imaginary world you can do anything. There are no rules, no limits. You are limited only by your imagination. If you can imagine it, you can experience it, as realistic as the real world is to you now. Just take a moment to think about what you would like to do given the chance. In a lucid dream you could do those things.

Andrew Strachan has been lucid dreaming for over twenty years. You can learn how to lucid dream quickly and easily at

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