In this discussion taken from my Masters Degree Thesis on Dreams, I
have treated the dream as a stage play. This fun type of treatment is
intended to get people thinking in a new and different direction about
their dreams, and introduce an element of play into the experience. In
each unique play, the dreamer is both the playwright and the director.
Dreamers also select the supporting cast, pick the location, and paint
all of the scenery and props. They are the choreographer and write all
of the dialog, lyrics, and songs. The dream play is the total creation
of the individual. Hence the individual is the most highly qualified
person to explain and understand this theatrical masterpiece.
SEVEN STEP PROCESS
1. SETTING THE DREAM STAGE - The first
step is to write out the entire dreams and give it an appropriate short
title. Titles work best when they mention key symbols or unusual
actions occurring within the dream. Titles are of some help in the
interpretation process. However, their main purpose is to help in
looking back through your dream journals to find a particular dream.
2. FINDING THE DREAM THEME - This highly
critical step involves finding the theme of the dream. This is done by
condensing the dream into a single sentence that contains the core
message of the dream in very general terms. Do NOT attempt to interpret
the dream at this point. Keep your theme statements very short and non
specific. Some typical themes might be as follows:
- Some where in my life, someone wants to start a relationship with me.
- Some where in my life I am failing to complete something
- Some where in my life I am being attacked by someone
- Some where in my life I am not prepared to do something.
- Some where in my life I am rushing into something.
Do not short cut this process and attempt leap into interpretation of
the dream. This may require some practice but will pay huge rewards
over time. For more details on this process, take a look at the
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3. REVIEWING THE STAGE PLAY SITUATION -
In this third step we will closely examine the questions involving
Where, When, Who, and What that can be applied to the dream material:
- WHERE - Noting the dream location provides a vital clue to the
overall meaning. A location in a church may be telling you that the
dream is about your spiritual life. A location at your business office,
on the other hand, points toward a job related message. A dream located
in your home may well be telling you about your home life.
- WHEN - Most dreams occur in the present time. If an alternate time
element is given (your age, year, previous life situation, etc) it can
provide key information to understanding the overall dream message. If
it is set 10 - 20 years ago, it may be calling your attention to how
you acted then. A dream in the daytime suggests that you are seeing
things clearly, while one at night may be telling you that you are in
the dark about some issue. If the dream mentions your are, you may be
acting like that age now. If you appear as a teenager, you may be
acting like one now. Or if you appear as an elderly grandparent, you
may be acting that role now.
WHO - Note who is present in the form of people, animals, or objects.
Leave nothing out as they are all there for an important reason. Be
sure to note all of the features including size, shape, color,
features, age, etc.
WHAT ACTION IS OCCURRING - Take note of all the key symbols and actions
in the dream. Are you active or passive? This may be vital clue to how
you are behaving in real life. Where were you located when the dream
starts and when it ends? The key point will reveal where you are headed
in life. Look for repetition in the dream. If the same words or actions
occur more then once, they become increasingly important. Are you
headed to the right or left? This can be an important indication of
proper or improper actions in your life. Are you headed up or going
down? Going up may represent a difficult challenge or a movement to a
higher spiritual level. Going downhill may mean and easy path or an
indication of falling down on the job. What words are spoken in the
dream. If someone speaks directly to you, pay particular attention to
this as a key message. Note the use of numbers, prominent colors, over
or undersized objects. Are you experiencing growth or deterioration in
the dream? Are you accepting or avoiding something? All of these are
keys to understanding your dream message. Over time, you will no doubt
discover key actions that are unique to your own dreams and will add
these to your list of things to look for within your dreams.
4. SYMBOL AMPLIFICATION - In this step we
will more closely examine the individual dream symbols. Note that all
of the questions always come back and start with the original symbol.
This keeps the procedure closely focused on the original content of the
List each symbol - What does it represent in relation to the theme of
- Is the symbol an aspect of yourself or does it show how you are
behaving in real life? To assist in this process, read back through the
dream and insert the words "I am" after each noun and see what
connection you can make with this revised wording. Most (about 85%) of
your dream symbols will be an suspect of yourself.
- If the symbol is not an aspect of yourself, it may be a literal
symbol or have some cultural or universal meaning. Or it may be a pun
or play on words.
5. UNDERSTANDING YOUR REVISED STAGE PLAY
- Re-write your dream using the new information gained in steps 1 - 4.
Be brief but leave nothing out.
- Then ask yourself how your revised stage play fits with the theme of
your dream. Do you need to revise the theme of the dream?
6. FEELINGS AND COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR REVISED DREAM
- How do you feel about your revised dream? You should feel very
comfortable with the revised dream message and may even experience and
"AHA" sense of enlightenment or new understanding,
- How well does the revised message relate to some part of your life?
- How would you react in the future based on your new interpretation?
7. DREAM APPLICATIONS
- What is you action plan from this dream?
- When are you going to complete this application
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