I get annoyed when people say lucid dreaming is just some freaky paranormal gobbledygook.
Is being consciously aware you’re dreaming really the same as bending a spoon with your mind? I’ve never bent any spoons with my mind. I’ve also never won the lottery because I could see into the future. I’ve never seen any real ghosts or aliens. Has anyone?
Could it be because none of these other things are real? Possibly, but I would never say that. I have a pretty open mind, so I’d rather just say they’re unproven. Lucid dreaming is scientifically proven, so there is a big difference – it’s not paranormal.
I don’t blame people for thinking it’s bordering on unreal because of the things it gets lumped in with. Dream symbolism is definitely one of them and it’s something I just don’t buy into.
Dream symbolism is like astrology. It’s cute and fluffy, but some of it is a bunch of mumbo jumbo.
I’m a dream interpreter
I do think we can interpret our dreams if we can remember them. If something happens to you inside the dream world you can work out what might have caused it.
But there is no way we can label something a symbol and say it’s the same for every single person in the world. I think some dream symbols are true(ish), but somewhere down the line a random person must have started to make stuff up and people went along with it.
I’ll give you a few examples and you will see what I mean.
Common dream symbols
I’ve had a look around and I’m going to talk about some of the ‘common’ dream symbols a lot of people mention. These are ones I think someone made up when they were bored one day, but this is just a tiny selection of them.
Bugs are the manifestation of problems we’re not facing in real life
No, they’re not. They are just little bugs and I see them every day. Maybe I dream about them because I see them every day and not because they’re a manifestation of a problem I’m facing.
You’ve missed an important opportunity in life
Or you’re just 5 minutes late for something because you’re late a lot in real life. Or your life really could be over because of a missed opportunity, so you should just crawl under a rock and give up.
Failing a test
You’re feeling tested in some way in the real world
I don’t even want to say anything about this one, but it does make me want to cry.
LA dream symbols
Anyone can make up their own dream symbols. I’ve made up a few of my own and you can tell me if they’re any more or less believable than the others. Don’t just discount them because I’m trying to make a joke out of it. In theory, they could be true.
You’re arguing with a lion
If you ever discover yourself arguing with a lion inside a dream it means you are angry because you lied to someone. If the lion looks like you, you’re angry because you are lying to yourself.
You go fishing and catch a shark
If you ever catch a shark when you’re fishing it means you want to eat shark fin soup. On a deeper level it means you want to kill endangered species because you don’t care about the planet.
You visit the Great Pyramids
If you ever visit the Great Pyramids when you’re dreaming it means you want to be a mommy. If you’re a guy it means you want to have a sex change operation then adopt a child.
You fly on a magic carpet
If you ever fly on a magic carpet in a dream it means you want to call your child Aladdin, or if you already have a child you want to change their name no matter what age they are.
If anyone reading this wants to chew my head off, I’d ask you to do one thing first. Think about it really carefully. Do most dream symbols even make sense?
I’ve already said some symbols could mean something in certain circumstances, but wouldn’t you say others are simply said for the sake of saying something?
Don’t look for symbols
Once you start to remember your dreams more often you will notice something strange happening. After you begin to become lucid it will become even more apparent. Your dreams are trying to tell you something, but it’s definitely not in the form of symbolism.
If you can remember an entire dream it’s easy to see how it corresponds to your real life. Your dream is sometimes trying to tell you something and when they are clear you’ll be able to tell.
It could be through:
- A storyline
- A certain action you perform
- A strong feeling you get
- A voice telling you something
It’s much easier to work out what your dreams mean through one of those channels, but some people walk along a plain old road and they’re suddenly on some magical journey because they read it in a book. How about it being a road you just happened to be walking along? No freaking way!
Why symbolism doesn’t make sense
Imagine you dream about a haunted house at the top of a hill and we can look at what different people might tell you it means.
You’re going to buy a new house
Someone who believes in dream premonitions might say you’re going to buy a new house in the future. Once you start living there you might think it’s haunted.
You’re exploring your inner-psyche
The rooms inside a home are meant to unlock different parts of your psyche. Maybe that’s what you’re doing, or you might just be moving throughout the house because the dream would be pretty boring if you stood in the same room facing the wall until you woke up.
You are scared of something
You are dreaming about ghosts because you’re scared of something.
You might like Scooby Doo
When you were growing up you might have watched a lot of Scooby Doo cartoons. You’re dreaming about ghosts because you like them and you want to see what they’re like, or you want to lift off their mask to see who is underneath it before they get taken away by the police.
There are dozens of other examples of houses, haunted houses, and ghosts:
- Unfinished emotional business
- Leaving behind your past
- Updating your way of thinking
- Bla bla bla bla bla…
Those are just stupid examples, but you can see how it would be impossible for anyone to come to a sensible conclusion because you dreamed of a random house.
Some symbols are real
I’ve been pretty hard on some symbols I consider silly (and there are a lot more where they came from), but I’ve no doubt some of them do mean something (very rarely). They’re just few and far between, which unfortunately means every single object in the world might not have a weird and wonderful meaning behind it.
Here are some I do think mean something:
If you’re anxious you might be physically grinding your teeth while you sleep and it will manifest inside your dream. Things from the outside world can definitely influence your dreams, so I think this is the case with teeth problems rather than symbolism.
You’re not fully inside the dream and it’s causing you to be stiff because you’re still in some way connected to your real body. If you’re lucid you can pull yourself fully into the dream, but without lucidity you just think you can’t move properly because something is wrong.
You are falling into consciousness, either by becoming lucid or waking up. I’ve heard some people say they sink into the ground and bounce back up. This has never happened to me, so from experience I have to say you will wake up when you fall.
This is why I could be wrong
I could be wrong because I’ve not conducted any scientific experiments. Here are some of the things I’ve not touched on:
- Someone has the same dream over and over again
- People have conducted scientific experiments about bugs
- We are living inside the matrix
Over and over again
If someone has the same nightmare about snakes over and over again there could be something symbolic about it. I’ve heard the majority of the female population have these dreams often. But seriously, if something is repeated multiple times it could point towards symbolism.
Experiments about bugs
If someone just decided to pull the bug meaning out of thin air it’s obviously fake, but maybe they conducted an excellent scientific experiment. They could have had a group of 1000 people who all dreamed about bugs and each one could have been facing the exact same problem in real life.
Living inside the matrix
Maybe it’s true and we are living inside the matrix. Instead of the matrix being little green numbers and letters like in the movie, the real matrix could run on symbolism and every single object on the planet means something different. When you pair them with other things their meaning changes again. Could a dream interpreter be our own version of The Oracle?
How to interpret your dreams
You first need to realize it’s crazy to extract any meaning from a dream when you can’t remember all of it. Anything could have happened at the start that completely throws the meaning of your dream out the window.
The same thing applies when you wake up before the dream has finished. Maybe your alarm went off just as you were bitten by a giant spider, which frightened the life out of you so you think it’s a bad thing. If the dream continued you might have turned into Spiderman. Not likely, but you just don’t know.
So wait until you have a strong dream memory and don’t try to interpret incomplete dreams.
Use common sense
Only you will know if you’re dealing with any situations in the real world that manifest in your dreams. It could be something sad, scary, amazing, exciting, humiliating… every other emotion in the world.
Just try to work out what your dream is trying to tell you by looking at the whole storyline, plus everything else we’ve talked about today.
Symbolism is not the devil
If you enjoy using symbolism to work out your dreams you should definitely keep doing it. Everyone should be doing what makes them happy. It might not be true, but millions of people around the world choose faith and belief over scientific fact:
- Fortune telling
- Devil worship
- Weight loss pills
So keep doing it, but don’t make any rash decisions after interpreting a dream in case it’s not true.
We don’t know why we dream, so what makes us think we know what our dreams mean?