The most important dreams to interpret.

“I have so many dreams! Where should I begin? Which are the most important dreams to interpret?”

When you become practised and adept at interpreting your dreams, you’ll look through each night’s catch and have a pretty good feeling for their meaning and a strong sense of which one to focus on. Or you might decide that an overview is sufficient, and save your energies for a future more compelling dream.

But when you’re just starting out, either keen to try your newly learned dream interpretation skills or to book a dream consultation, which dream should you choose first?

Let’s begin by looking through the eyes of clients who book a first session. What types of dreams do they prioritise?

Most clients book a first session with me because of a nightmare or recurring dream theme.

Next in popularity for first sessions are dreams with strong ‘negative’ emotions such as anger, grief, or anxiety.

Dreams of death, accidents and illnesses are also high on the list for first appointments as people are worried that these might be warning or predictive dreams.

Other first timers bring dreams that have inspired them, or dreams that have raised their curiosity, dreams that they feel hold insight about their direction in life or that feel mysteriously ripe with potential healing or spiritual wisdom.

Finally there are those who have been listening to The Dream Show or reading my books and blogs and decide that they want to treat themselves to a dream consultation: these dreamers nearly always bring last night’s dream.  Now, think about that for a moment! These clients book a session several days in advance, perhaps with a dream in mind, then have an enticing dream the night before their appointment. Has their dreaming mind taken advantage of the upcoming consultation and lined up the perfect dream encapsulating the dreamer’s unconscious priorities, or has each dreamer taken to heart the knowledge that last night’s dreams are perhaps the most pertinent since they reflect what’s happening right now for the dreamer?

Here’s my advice on the most important dreams to interpret:

Nightmares, recurring dreams, or recurring dream themes

Nightmares are processing your fears and anxieties, and interpreting these dreams helps you to gain deeper insight into your unconscious fears and anxieties and how they are affecting your life. Applying dream alchemy helps in managing and overcoming these feelings, releasing you from recurrence of the nightmares and into a more comfortable flow in day-to-day life.

Recurring dreams or recurring dream themes, especially ones that have unsatisfactory endings or are unresolved, reflect recurring unresolved waking life issues. Prioritising these dreams quickly cuts to the chase of issues that have kept you stuck, and interpretation combined with dream alchemy brings much-needed resolution.


Emotionally charged dreams

Dreams with heightened challenging emotions such as anger, grief, and anxiety, need urgent attention. These dreams help you to identify conscious or unconscious emotions that are most likely blocking or limiting you. They can also be key ‘pressure cooker’ dreams, where your dreaming mind is trying to release repressed emotions. The release is good, but understanding what’s going on can give you the tools you need to deal with the associated waking life issues.


Vivid dreams

By vivid dreams, I mean dreams with strong uplifting emotions, or vividly sensual – colours, sounds, textures. These dreams often come at times of breakthrough, or near-breakthrough, and interpretation assists in supporting you through your next steps into your new way of being.


Dreams about trying to solve a problem

This is not in any main category for people consulting me for the first time. These dreams probably don’t feel important enough, but they are! The problem a dream is trying to solve is not the actual problem you’re facing in waking life, but interpreting the dream helps you to identify the waking life problem, your blocks (conscious and unconscious), and discover real solutions. Problem-solving dreams are an excellent choice for priority interpretation.


Dreams about the past

Any dream that has strong elements from the past, for example, your childhood home, an ex-partner, a job you once had, holds insight on how your past is still influencing your present, most likely unconsciously. Dreams process the last 1-2 days, but when those recent experiences resonate with the past, or are influenced by the past, you may see symbols from the past in the dream. Interpreting these dreams gives you vital information and helps you thrive in the present and your future.


When times are challenging, or you’re facing change

During times of change or challenge, last night’s most vivid dream is a good place to start.


Now that you’ve met the candidates for priority interpretation, I’m sure one category or one dream is standing out clearly for you. That’s it. That’s your starting point. Interpret that dream, or engage my help with interpreting it.


Jane Teresa Anderson

Graduating with an Honours degree in Zoology specialising in neurophysiology from the University of Glasgow, dream analyst and dream therapist Jane Teresa Anderson has been researching dreams since 1992, and developing and teaching dream alchemy practices that shift perspective and reprogram unconscious limiting beliefs. Jane Teresa is a multi-published author, and appears frequently in the media on television, radio, and in print. She is also host of the long-running podcast, The Dream Show, and offers her online study and certificate courses through The Dream Academy.


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