(My own inspiration came from the heather fields in the North of Holland)
Love the story of the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Tin Man, etc. traveling on it. It's a story of our journey in life, and how each personality deals with problems that come up.
In this blog post I'm going psychological on you, so beware, haha! I'll leave the psychological terms out, so we'll keep it as leisurely as possible, instead of you ending up with a head ache.
I decided to give you my expertise on dreaming since I studied long and hard, wrote a research dissertation with a title that is two lines long, and do have a dr. in front of my name. That's one reason.
Another reason is that once in a while I read such nonsense (meaning NO sense) on blogger, and when I keep perusing these particular blogs (none of the ones who comment or follow), I discover that they have only partial training ranging to the worst - no training at all (a weekend's seminar on dreams doesn't make one an expert!!).
On some subjects I can see wisdom in alternative methods, but not with dreams. Why?
To speak in terms of painting, one needs to have learned about design, light, the medium one works with, the characteristics of papers, brushes, and other tools, to make a good picture.
The people I just talked about see a still life in front of them, but have a vague idea about vantage point, or don't realize that shadows travel in the course of the day, they have only one brush, and think that the paper they make their painting on is the ONLY paper that exists, or that is good.
Why do I give an example about painting while I'm writing about dreaming? So that painters won't be insulted, because it's not about them, and the would-be dream experts won't be insulted, because I'm giving an example about painters. This way, everyone knows it's not my purpose to insult, but to tell what dream interpretation all includes.
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A dream is a frame of intricate pieces fitting together in the life of the dreamer.
- A dream can have more than one interpretation.
- An interpretation depends on the age, gender, life's situation, job, particular life's history, own personality...you like me to go on?
- Once I had a dream that I was driving a big red off-road truck with unusual big tires, while in life I like to drive a medium compact car with a neutral color. So this part of the dream was saying to me, watch out, this is big, this (red) is danger, while if a teen male would have that big red truck in his dream, he might see it as fun, goofing off, a cool thing.
- To make it really confusing, there are things that will influence a dream, like brain-altering substances, like alcohol, marijuana, natural and chemical medications, food, physical or mental condition.
- To put the dream in a frame work, one needs to consider one's belief system and world view (religious, political, social, geographical location, etc.).
- One's individual reaction to particular life experiences may differ in people who are very closely connected, such as brothers and sister, husband and wife. For instance, two brothers may have served a term in Iraq. One brother is fine after a period of adjustment, but the other brother comes back with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The difference is partly due to how each one is wired emotionally!
- A dream often brings up what we cannot face, or what we are not aware of, during the day. A dream might be a warning, or something we are trying to understand, grapple with, and the questions we have, are coming up or are repeated in different ways. Isn't it amazing that our brain gives us a second chance to "get" what we missed, or what we would like to miss?
- A dream present itself most often in a symbolic manner. The symbols are for the dreamer. If I would hate cats, a cat in my dream would not be a good thing. But if I would be a cat lover, a cat could mean something I really want. Almost all people dream regularly, but most of us have forgotten them, by the time we put our socks on. Most dreams are for and about ourselves.
These reasons above tell you why generic dream interpretations do not work! At least not in the long run. Do not get side tracked by people who are very good observers and have certain sensitivities. Anyone (almost anyone) can develop sensitivity in certain areas. If I have a green shirt on, there's a good chance I might like green. When I wear a wedding ring, I might be married, LOL.
With this I've given you a general overview about things to consider on the subject of dream interpretation. It depends on how much you like to know about it, how many blog posts I will spend on it, but it would not be more than once a week, otherwise I'll have nightmares about it (just kidding). Please tell me if you are interested in certain topics/questions.