Dream Psychology: The Dynamics
of Your Psyche Revealed
Dream psychology provides a unique opportunity to discover the concerns of your unconscious mind.
Think about the presence and importance of dreams in your personal and cultural life... dreams you have while you sleep, your time fantasies, your hopes, and aspirations and your belief in the power of your imagination and creativity.
Just as everyone dreams while sleeping, each person has a personal dream or vision that guides his or her waking life.
Hypnosis can also assist with Dream Wisdom and Intuition which can be developed into reliable forms of "guidance".
Indeed, dream psychology carries enormous potential for self-improvement and personal growth.
The process of understanding your dreams may lead you to new insights and images that you may find useful. By keeping a dream journal you can improve your ability to recall dreams, and you can begin to capture unconscious images that intrigue or possibly disturb you.
Dream-work is an ancient path to higher self-improvement.
Dreams and the insights they bring from the inner self involve imagination, creativity, and vision. Dream psychology puts your inward journey into a broader cultural perspective, encouraging you to see new meanings in your life experiences by suggesting how your self-concept and values have been influenced by ancient and popular myths and fairy tales.
Dream Psychology and Myth
The inherited symbols of mythology were "a vehicle of the profound moral and metaphysical instruction". Notice similarities between your dream images and some of the dream-like stories found in myth and folklore. Your appreciation of metaphors and symbols will increase.
Dream Psychology acknowledges that dreams are "symptomatic of the dynamics of the psyche". The patterns and logic of fairy tales and myths correspond to those of dreams... giving symbolic expression to unconscious desires, fears, and tensions that underlie the conscious patterns of human behavior.... a kind of communication by analogy.
These patterns touch and bring into play the vital energies of the whole human psyche. They link the unconscious to the fields of practical action, not irrationally (as when left unchecked), but in such fashion, as to permit a mature and sobering, practical comprehension of the "fact world".
Perform stretching exercises before you get into bed. If you can touch your toes, then do so. At any rate, gently stretch your body so that it is relaxed and flexible. Once you are in bed and ready to sleep, you can also relax your body further.
Tense and release each of your muscle groups in turn, beginning with your legs, and gradually working up your body to your face. Take several deep breaths, and feel yourself relax more with each breath.
The fact is that much of our sleep time is spent de-stressing the body, which is why people often do not sleep that well. Much of this de-stressing can be done before you ever drop off.
Keep your dream journal at your beside along with a pen or dark pencil.
The best time to write in your dream journal is in the early morning or immediately on waking from a vivid dream. Some people use a tape recorder to capture their "dream voice", its sounds and rhythms.
Try to write in your dream journal three or four times a week, even if you have only a dim or fleeting image or impression to record.
Write down all the details you can remember, indicating a shift, jump in time, or unclear portion of the dream with a question mark for example.
Try not to censor or "clean up" the dream imagery, even if the thinking seems illogical, chaotic, or even embarrassing to you. Avoid interpreting your dream as you are recording it, although you might list in the margins any associations that immediately come to mind concerning the images as you record them.
Later, as you reread your dream journal entries over several days, you may see patterns and more complex associations emerging and you may want to write about them.
A lot of our nocturnal activity also has to do with rehashing events that we've experienced throughout the day. If we were to do this ourselves before we drift off to sleep, our dream psychology would prove an even greater assist.
A simple procedure of briefly "replaying" our encounters, without judgment and in a spirit of love, from the day now ending is a frequently overlooked activity.
This one practice alone could enhance any dream psychology or mental health endeavor.
A self-administered therapy that holds the potential for mental, emotional, and spiritual integration and self-transcendence is my idea of dream psychology.
Wrapping It All
Dreaming is an integral part of our lives. In this case, dream psychology carries enormous potential for self-improvement and personal growth.
To achieve better results you should write a dream journal, but try to avoid cleaning up and interpreting your dreams.
If you think that you start forgetting some details, perform several exercises to replay the information. House cleaning is one of the best options since it helps switch off your brain and relax.
About the author:
Torsten Daerr is an entrepreneur who is interested in people and languages. Together with a team of writers and coaches, he created English Best where you can practise your English and meet language enthusiasts from around the world.