The process of assigning a meaning to your dreams is known as dream interpretation. This is a study that has gone on for many centuries in many diverse cultures. The first known research done regarding dreams and their meanings was by a neurologist named Sigmund Freud. His theories are still used to a core for many psychologists and spiritualists. Interpreting is attempting to explain something that is obscure; therefore, everyone's dreams will be analyzed as something different to different people.

Dreams are produced from our right brain which causes most of us to dream as symbols, meaning that if you visualize a snake, it may not be about a snake but something that the snake represents. They are not to be taken in the literal sense but rather, metaphorically, but in order to begin to analyze a dream; you should at first take it a face value and proceed from there.

The best way to begin a dream interpretation is to record all of the images you experienced while you were sleeping. It is a great idea to keep a voice recorder close by while you sleep so when you awake, you can record all of your thoughts and feelings. Later, these recordings should be transferred into a notebook making it easier to analyze later. When you have a good record of your dreams, you can begin to analyze them.

Most people turn to online aids such as dream interpretations and dictionaries. These tools will prove to be helpful, but they are generic and will not fit into everyone's life. If you find that these tools do not provide you with the insight you need, you may need to begin to break them down more specifically and ask yourself how they apply to your own life and current situation. Your dreams may be trying to tell you something, solve problems or simply be a memory of something from your past. Dreams are deeply personal to the person who has them, and no one will be able to decipher them better than the person who has experienced them firsthand.

You should review every aspect of your dream. Colors, location, people involved, situation, symbols and of course how you feel after having the dream. These are all important facts that will help you make a good interpretation. If you have a dream all of your teeth fell out, it may not mean that you are self-conscious about your appearance, it may be your brain attempting to let you know that you simply forgot to brush them. Your dreams will somehow fit into your current life or a past situation that has occurred, no one else's.

Don't fret if you are unable to make sense of your dream. For some people, dreams are a continuation of the thoughts you have had during the day. For others, it may be falling asleep with the television on and it transferred into your subconscious, it may be just a memory or caused because you talked about someone specific that day. Practice analyzing your dreams and eventually, it will become very easy to understand your dreams.

Author's Bio: 

Jill Magso is a member of the Silva Team and contributes to spreading enlightened ideas and sharing teachings about meditation practices. The Silva Method encompasses a variety of powerful exercises that take you deep into Alpha and Theta levels of the mind so that you can work within your subconscious as well as your conscious mind.