5 Types of Dreams & How to Use Them


5 tpes of dreams & how to use them

5 Types of Dreams & How to Use Them

Every night when you go to sleep, you dream.  You leave the world of every day consciousness and enter the dream realm – a mysterious place filled with magic, trickery, and impossibilities.

Modern culture tells the story that dreams are nothing more than random bits of garble produced by your sleeping mind.  If you believe this story, you might come to the conclusion that your dreams are meaningless.

But have you ever wondered if those mystical dreamscapes are more than mere fantasy?

Dream research is finally catching up to what indigenous cultures have known for thousands of years.  Dreams are not random at all.  In fact, they are deeply connected to your everyday experience and can have a meaningful impact on your life.

Your dreams are meant to guide and assist you in your daily life.  They provide a connection to deeper parts of yourself and help you in many ways.  But not all dreams are the same.  There are different types of dreams each with a different purpose and use.

Here’s a look at 5 types of dreams & how to use them in your daily life.

1.    Symbolic Dreams

Dreams are visual and speak in the language of symbols.  Symbolic dreams are dreams where one thing stands for something else.  In these dreams a rabbit may represent fertility and an apple equals knowledge.  Most of Western dream interpretation focuses on this type of dream.

Symbolic dreams create a bridge between what you currently know {the symbol} and what you are unaware of {the meaning behind the symbol}.  They provide a link to your unconscious and help you see your life in new ways.

From a symbolic perspective, all aspects of the dream represent YOU.  That is, everything in a dream represents some part of you, your life, or your personality.  Even a dream about another person is still about you in some way.

Symbolic dreams are great at showing you areas of your life you don’t want to look at, but are important to address such as old patterns, stuck places, and things you are unconscious of.

How to use Symbolic Dreams:  To work with these dreams, you need to understand the symbolism behind them.  If you’re not used to thinking symbolically, this may seem impossible at first.  But it’s really not as difficult as you might imagine.  An easy to way to understand the symbolism behind any dream is to play a game called “I am an Alien.”

Here’s how to play: Pretend you are talking to a space alien.  Describe the dream symbol {object, animal, person, etc…} as if you were talking to someone who has just arrived on the planet and doesn’t know anything about life on Earth.

Answer questions like: What is it? What does it do? How do you feel about it?  What do you associate with this object?  What memories do you have regarding this object? Where do you use it?

After you’ve made some associations with your dream symbol, relate it back to your daily life.

2.    Healing Dreams

Some dreams can be very healing in and of themselves – no interpretation required.  In these dreams, the experience of the dream teaches you a lesson or heals some part of your life.

A few years ago, I had a beautiful dream which healed a long held resentment.  In my dream, I hugged a woman who I’d held a grudge against since I was child.  I woke up from the dream with an overwhelming feeling of unconditional love.  I felt like a weight had been lifted off my chest, and all resentment had been dissolved. The dream taught me invaluable lessons about love and forgiveness.

How to use Healing Dreams:  To work with these dreams, bring the energy and feelings of the dream into your waking life.  Live the lessons and the healing your dream reveals.

My biggest takeaway from my dream was that holding a grudge only hurts me and by letting it go I free myself.  I remember this lesson whenever I feel myself resenting someone.

3.    Growth Dreams

Some of my favorite dreams are ones that reveal my next opportunity for growth.  These dreams may reveal a gift or latent talent.  They may also show you what you need to bring into your life or what you need to remove from your life.

Dreams about other people often reveal opportunities for growth.  For example, dreaming about a teacher may suggest that teaching is one of your strengths.  People with a title or particular role often suggest that you have the potential to develop this ability within yourself.

How to use Growth Dreams:  Since these dreams are showing you what will lead to your next level of growth, it’s especially important to act on these dreams.  For people who are in touch with their inner selves, these dreams won’t come as a surprise.

For example, an aspiring singer who is afraid of what her friends might say about her aspirations, dreams about singing in front of a large audience.  The dream is reflecting her desire and asking her to move past her own fears and express her truth.

4.    Pre-cognitive Dreams

One aspect of dreaming that is often ignored in Western culture is precognitive dreams.  Yes, dreams can show you the future.  Often these dreams will be about your everyday experiences like going to the office.  They may seem like ordinary, mundane dreams and are often ignored or brushed off as unimportant.

How to use Precognitive Dreams: I always screen my dreams for future events. I ask myself if there is any possibility that this dream could come true in the future either literally or symbolically.  This is an important question because it allows you to take appropriate action on the dream.

If you think there is a possibility that your dream may come true in the future and you don’t like the outcome, take steps to prevent it from happening.  If you do like the outcome, take steps to ensure that it does happen.

5.    Wish-Fulfillment Dreams

Wish fulfillment dreams are a way of experiencing something you’ll probably never get to experience in your waking life.  From your brain’s perspective, there is virtually no difference between something you experience in waking life and something you dream.  It’s true – science has confirmed that the same parts of your brain light up whether you’re dreaming about it or actually doing it.

These dreams allow you to act out desires you otherwise might not get a chance to act out.  One of my all-time favorite dreams is one in which I spent the entire evening with my favorite singer.  She sang to me, we went out on the town, I met her family, and then we had sushi.  It was a magical evening that I’ll never forget.  And one I’m not likely to experience in my waking life.

How to use Wish Fulfillment Dreams:  Wish fulfillment dreams are another dream type that doesn’t require interpretation.  You had a wish, and now you’ve fulfilled it.  However, if there is something in the dream that you would like to experience in your waking life and that would be beneficial, take steps to make it happen.

For example, if you’re lonely and dream about being surrounded by a group of friends, you might consider taking steps to meet friends who you truly connect with.

Wrapping it Up

Your dreams are important and when you pay attention to them, they can help you in many ways.  Different types of dreams help you in different ways.  And although it’s not absolutely necessary to identify which type of dream you had, it does help you to act on it.

If you’re brand new to dreams and don’t know where to start, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed.  Simply start by writing your dreams down. As you build your collection of dreams, you’ll see different types of dreams emerge.  Once you’ve done this for a while, come back to this article and it will make more sense.

Sweet dreams.

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