The world of dreams has invariably had a special place in my heart.
For one, I’ve always had a very active dream life at night. The colours and the sensations so vibrant and realistic.
For another, I always felt that there was meaning to my dreams and that they were important. But I couldn’t quite put my finger on what they meant, nor did I know what I could do about them.
The search for a good dream dictionary began at a young age. Whenever I stumbled on a new dream dictionary, I had to have it.
But I quickly realized that some dream dictionaries were better than others. However, the mass bulk of the ones I had, seemed to lack interpretations that matched with how I felt about the symbol or image.
After years of searching, I realized that finding a dream dictionary that resonated with me on all levels, is in fact, not possible.
Why? Well for the simple fact that symbols are uniquely individual.
For example, the colour red may mean passion for one person, and anger for another. One symbol on its own can have various meanings depending on the person dreaming of it, their frames of reference, and the context that the colour red comes up in.
Symbols are the language of the subconscious mind. As such, our subconscious minds communicate in images and symbols that we can relate to and decipher so we can understand their meanings when in the waking world. The meanings we attribute to individual things or even the whole as a collective will vary among individuals.
You will never resonate with another person on all levels, let alone find a book that does that. So you might be wondering what the best dream dictionary is.
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The Best Dream Dictionary
The best dream dictionary is the one you write yourself.
Only you will be able to decipher what the symbols and images mean to you. With that being said, it takes practice and time like anything else.
A few steps to get you started:
- Buy a journal – This will be your dream journal. Keep it on your bedside table, so you can access it as soon as you wake up.
- Document your dreams – Get in the habit of writing out your dreams every morning when you wake up. Note any symbols, images, words, feelings, sensations, people, etc. that you can recall.
- Write down possible meanings of your dreams – It takes practice to learn what your dreams are trying to tell you. Take a look at the symbols you wrote down and the context of the dream. Then write down any possible meanings. Be sure to go back and review your dreams and compare them to what is occurring in your current reality. As you continue to do this, you will learn to recognize the symbols and be able to decipher what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you.
To help you get started, I created a Dream Journal Free Printable for you to begin to record your dreams every day. You can get your copy here:
My Dream Journal
A Book to Begin Exploring the World of Symbols
If you are searching for a dream dictionary to start exploring the world of symbols, I would recommend Dream Images and Symbols by Kevin J. Todeschi.
Kevin recognizes that dream dictionaries are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor does he pretend that his book has all the answers.
He provides many alternative meanings for each symbol, which can be used as a starting point for understanding the meanings we put behind symbols. But its ultimately up to you to decide what meaning the symbols hold for you (based on the context and your frame of reference).
“Because these images are so profoundly and deeply personal, each person is, ultimately, the best interpreter of his or her own symbolisms and creative imaginings. For that reason, these definitions serve as possible explorations into the world of symbols … not as definite answers.” – Kevin J. Todeschi from Dream Images and Symbols
This is my favourite dream dictionary outside of my own; I use this book as a reference when I feel stuck on a symbol and what it could mean. I would highly recommend it.
What is your favourite dream dictionary? What tools do you use to interpret your dreams? I would love to hear about it below in the comments.
Don’t forget your copy of the My Dream Journal Free Printable
My Dream Journal
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