Ah dreams, those pesky little head movies as Simple Jack once put it. Yes, they sure can be confusing and seemingly irrelevant. But what if I told you they held the key to the world and were the cornerstone of your success? That sounds cool, but I doubt it. Actually, the one thing I do believe is this; I believe dreams can be very important, especially when it comes to repressed or difficult situations you are going through. Whether that be anxiety, relationships, or even indecisiveness. Your brain has observed, processed, and is now trying to give you the answer to a problem, but you know that your awake brain and your dream brain do not speak the same language, and there is a lot of truth to that.
What are the first things that you learn as a child? One, that the world changes around you and sometimes varies drastically. For example, you’re sleeping in a warm bath then are ripped through a flesh hole and are introduced to the cold sad world where things just don’t make sense anymore. You go from this pristine level of comfort to all the sudden a ridden task of chaos. Okay, maybe I am going too far back. Well, no, not really. Trust me, it will make sense later (I hope).
Yes, I know you are wondering why I am talking about child and developmental psychology when you merely want me to tell you why a goat riding a skateboard kickflipped through clouds then sat and drank a Capri Sun. And the answer is, how would I know? It was your dream… your really weird dream. But if I have to guess, it means you’re a sexual predator. Okay, I am kidding. Listen, the reason we need to talk about psychology is that… dreams are your brain talking to you. Yes, that’s psychology. So, now that we got that out of the way, let’s continue!
You have created the code, your own language on how your unconscious can speak with the conscious mind. The only problem is that it is normally not accessible to you while you are conscious. What a conundrum… So, the way you bypass and figure it out is this way. You need to write down the dream, in its entirety, as much as you can remember. You need to note how you felt while going through the dream, what types of emotions were evoked. This is an important distinction because even if you are having a nightmare, something that is disturbing to you when you are awake doesn’t mean that’s the feelings you had while you were dreaming, and it matters. I know this all sounds fun and awesome, but you need proof, so let’s get to it.