~Dream Interpretation 101 or Dream Analysis In A Dream~

Someone posted a dream today and they were seeking to get some ideas about what it meant. I posted a response and let it ride. This person’s response floored me. I will post that exchange below. But first, here are some things you should know.

I’m no psychic or psychologist and I’m no Freud or Jung, but I am empathic to a degree and tend to feel things from all my senses rather than just one or two at a time. Occasionally this empathy comes through as synesthesia of a sort. My dream interpretations are based on universal dream symbols that appear across all ages, eras and cultures, and on my own instincts about the person telling the dream.

We are all empathic or sensitive to a certain degree and can learn to interpret the mind’s wanderings in sleep. You can look at books and articles online all day and find ten different meanings for every dream posted. Here are thirty universal dream symbols to get you thinking.

30 Common Dream Symbols And Their Meanings

Dream interpretation is best done by the dreamer, however. A river in my dream may be a joyous, relaxing thing to me, but to you, it may represent a fear of water or drowning. My nightmare could be your happy dance dream. I mean, don’t just assume that monster intends to hurt you when it catches you or that dreams of death mean you or a loved one is going to die. Very often you are running from something you don’t want to face and death tends to mean transformation and/or growth.

So unless you are prone to precognitive dreams and have found yourself to be accurate over time, I would stick with the universal symbols as a jumping off point. Precognition is a post for someone else to handle as I don’t have enough experience to inform you.

If you keep a dream journal for a while you will eventually notice your brand of symbolism begin to repeat in your dreams and may be able to draw some conclusions to what certain symbols mean to you. Write or record everything you can remember as soon as you can, after you wake. Pay special attention to emotions and strange anomalies.

Pink zebras with glasses, melting clocks and flying through the skies like Superman do not belong in this conscious reality and the more you become aware you are dreaming the easier it will be to distinguish the meaning of unreal images.

If you are lucky, and you practice this technique, you may become lucid within your dream. I mean to say, you will know you are dreaming and will, to some extent, be able to control the action. You will remember these dreams as if they happened just yesterday…for the rest of your life. I will go into the fascinating world of lucid dreaming and astral projection in another post sometime.

Bottom line…the more you take conscious notice of your dream content the more you will begin to understand the weirdness. I can’t stress enough that the world of dreams is a world of symbols. I have noticed that the people in a lot of dreams appear to be aspects of one’s personality or emotions like love, hate, desire, and tend toward the feels of hopes, needs and wants.

Your mind will save up your days experiences and give you a dish that may taste funny or rotten at first…until you turn around three times, pet the blue unicorn, then take another bite and find out it is your favorite food. Back up and punt, and realize that person you forgave three months ago just dyed their hair blue, bought a puppy and learned to make gourmet seafood dishes. Just sayin’. I did not dream that. But it is a good example of the correlations you can unearth between your subconscious dream world and your conscious reality.

Here is the dream posted.

~The reason for my post tonight is I am looking for some dream interpretations

I had a dream two nights ago where I was in a unfamiliar house with my sister. I was helping her paint her nails and each finger was a different color. To make this more interesting they were colors of skittles, in fact she even put the nail wraps on each nail that had the S logo on it. This dream was so real feeling I felt as if I was in this house experiencing this in real life. When my sister was finished with her nails I even remember Helping her clean up and on a napkin laid Q tips that were the color of each one of her nails.

Next thing I knew she was eating something and started choking but after a few good coughs she smiled at me and said I’m good.

Maybe it was because I was thinking about her and worried about what I had just learned, but it could be she was just letting me know she really was “good”.

Not sure but i am interested in some of your interpretations. I think what made it seem so weird was the fact I really felt as if I was in the room with her experiencing this, more vivid than any dream I have ever had and with lots of details. ~

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Here is my interpretation and I came close to nailing it right to the wall.

~Okay. Here is what I get from your dream. Remember dream interpretation is subjective and your personal interpretation will be the most accurate. The unfamiliar house. The house is a symbol of body, mind and soul. Rooms are aspects of your being…the top floor would be your highest spiritual self, the basement your ego and basest emotions. Think of your physical body as a three-story house of rooms. The bright primary colors you help your sister paint on her nails suggest a happy comradery between you two even though you don’t know her (house) as well as you would like. Bright delicious colors are always a good thing in a dream. The S could simply stand for sister rather than skittles. Dreams are good at throwing you details that are not readily understood. You helped her clean up the mess. Have you you helped your sis through a rough time lately? Is her house in an uproar or agitated state. Are there health issues? You don’t have to answer those questions, just tossing them at you to think about. She choked but then recovered and reassured you. You have been worried about her for some reason and I think this dream is letting you know that even though you don’t know what’s going on with your sis, its going to work out in the end. The clarity of the dream indicates it is very emotional territory for you. These brain things (dreams) don’t stand out and stick themselves in our conscious awareness unless they mean something important to the individual. Or it could just be about skittles. Sigmund Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”~

And one last thing for y’all. Go to this website to jump off into any research your heart desires.

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~©Jazzi Ryan Ranes~

~Dreams In A Locket~

~I wrote this poem yesterday. It sprung from three poems I had written in my twenties and had folded and slipped into my pocket in order to let them work on me. I mean to edit them and post them when they are ready. As of today, I have two folded sheets of twenty bond against my thigh, words from so long ago begging to see the light. The power of this poem took me to my knees as I wrote it.~

~Dreams In A Locket~

I have three poems in my pocket,
folded yesterdays on faded
grey pages.

Compressed memories of strange ages,
folded words suffocate like
faces in a locket.

I have two poems in my
pocket,
folded pages of unused
grey words.

Stifled existence of
strange worlds,
folded parchment retaliate like demons in a locket.

I have one poem in my
palm for you,
one page of letters in a dull
grey hand.

Reused words of a
different land,
folded nows awaken
like a hope brand new.

I have no words left in
my pocket,
you have them now like
missed dreams in a locket.

©~Jazzi Ryan Ranes~

~ Lucidly Haunted ~ Dream Inspired Free Write #3



I was dreaming about a haunted house, a severely haunted room and dreaming a lucid dream within a dream.


I woke up and then I woke up again but still…

dreaming.


Because They were still there and objects were still flying around the room, suddenly conscious of dimensions shifting. 


Then I fell asleep in the sleep and…

remembered.


At once awakened and still again I dream.


~DG~

~A Difficult Path To Knowledge~ Dream Inspired Freewrite #1 


I traversed a rocky path strewn with huge tomes of knowledge, these scattered between the large stones open and closed.
I made my way to swim in the bright blue ocean,
but before I got there discovered a dark grotto.
Where people joyfully swam naked in the cool green-black waters, amongst slick boulders and bodies floated freely.
Then wedged in between stones the size of cars and houses,
and I wanted to swim with the ecstatic souls.
I looked back as I carefully made my way toward the light,
regretfully and yet understanding more knowledge was needed.

Dreaming Within The Dream

I can remember having this type of dream just a couple of times but it sticks with me like my paranormal dreams do. Basically I dream that I am waking up from a dream and telling someone about it. So I’m having a dream within a dream. When I really wake up I can’t remember what the dream inside the dream was, just the dream that I dreamed it. For a while after I wondered if I was still dreaming. These are not the same as lucid dreams where you know you are dreaming, nor are they false awakenings…I have both of those type of dreams as well. This is not just waking up within the dream but actually a whole different dream. Here is just one of many interpretations of this type of dream. http://www.thecuriousdreamer.com/dreamdictionary/symbol/2254/

Now that I’ve got you good and confused, have any of you ever had a dream like this?