The truth: what your dreams really mean.

Your dreams come from you. They are the result of your mind and brain processing your experiences, and so they offer a wonderful, truthful insight into your mindset.

Does this sound too scientific for you? Too mundane?

Would you prefer to think that your dreams abound with messages from spiritual guides, with information from other planes, with astral meetings with soul mates, with glimpses of the future, with signposts to follow, with destiny revealed?

Sometimes there’s room for these more ethereal inputs, and I’ll address these a little further on, but for now, stay with me.

If you’re looking for real magic and practical, meaningful insight from your dreams, you’ll need a dose of courage and a commitment to discovering the truth. Oh, and you’ll also need some tools and techniques to take you there.

I was prompted to write this blog when I was looking through the comments students offer when they complete an anonymous survey after doing the How to interpret your dreams step-by-step course. Answering the first question, ‘What do you like most about this course?’ a recent graduate said,

“It takes you away from what you think the dream is and it truly opens up space for the truth.”

That’s exactly what truth needs: space. Sacred, private, safe space. Space for the truth to come out of hiding, to unfold from the depths of a dream and be explored, seen, heard, understood, and put in context. Space to meet aspects of yourself, aspects you might have preferred not to meet, aspects you’ve kept in the shadows, pushed away, for fear of their power and potential to transform your life for the better.

It’s what we push away that holds the truth we need to heal, the light that changes everything.

There are two main pitfalls when you first take an interest in interpreting your own dreams. The first is to believe the dream is literal: that the dream lover is real and you’ll be able to find him, that the death you saw is a premonition, that the partner who cheated on you in your dream is cheating on you in life. (Not true. Dreams are symbolic and are all about you and your mindset.)

The second pitfall is favouring a wishful interpretation: that the dream of being served a wonderful feast means you will get everything you have been hoping for, that the dream of consoling a small child is a sign that you should follow your dream to become a kindergarten teacher, that the dream of packing up your belongings means it’s time to leave your difficult relationship. (None of these interpretations are likely to be true.)

When you do the How to interpret your dreams step-by-step course, you are guided through a process that eliminates these – and other – pitfalls. You download a chart, follow the steps, and write down your responses as you go. In this way, the method “takes you away from what you think the dream is and it truly opens up space for the truth.” You arrive at a more accurate interpretation of your dream, one that reveals your mindset and provides insights into why you experience life in the way that you do – and how you can change this, if you wish.

If dreams are all about you, and your conscious and unconscious mindset, where does that leave more ethereal interpretations?

If you embrace an active spiritual life, then your spiritual experiences need as much processing in your dreams as do your physical, mental, and emotional experiences. If, like me, you are aware of a greater part of your being, and you communicate with that or with the divine (or whichever words you like to use) during your waking life, then your dreaming mind and brain will get to work processing those experiences, challenges, and learnings while you sleep. Your dreams may reflect that processing, offering insight into how your spiritual experiences are imprinting on your mindset. Think of your mindset as the lens or filter through which you experience and respond to waking life. Your mindset is fluid: perhaps it is rock solid in some areas, but even rock can be weathered and changed or blown to pieces. Spiritual or transcendent experiences may be mind-blowing. Your dreams monitor every shift, reveal every truth about how you experience and move through life with whatever degree of spiritual enlightenment.

So, do your dreams abound with messages from spiritual guides? Perhaps only if your dream is processing your waking life experiences around spiritual guides, or around messages you consciously missed while you were awake that come to light during this processing. If you dream of a spiritual guide, consider him/her/it as an aspect of your wiser spiritual self, or as a symbol of your beliefs about spiritual guides. What truths can such a dream deliver about you, your mindset, and your life?

What about your conviction that you met up with a friend or lover on an astral plane in a dream? Enticing and reassuring as your interpretation might feel, it’s extremely unlikely. If you look at people in your dreams as representing aspects of yourself (whether or not these are deeply buried aspects), you hit a home truth that speaks loud and clear. Your skin breaks out in goose bumps in recognition. You know, even if it feels uncomfortable, that you’re on your way to an accurate dream interpretation offering you potential for positive change.

Are you still inclined to interpret dreams as offering guidance, as being signposts to follow, as giving glimpses of your destiny?

Dreams offer you the truth you need to know about yourself and you can take guidance from this learning. Rather than give you signposts to follow they give you a map of your mindset. You can then decide on the route you wish to take, or whether you’d like to change the map. Instead of sharing glimpses of your destiny, your dreams share the blueprints, based on your current mindset, that may become your destiny unless you make a change.

Yes, there are occasions when dreams accurately preview the future, but these are very rare. Yes, there are times when things happening in the world as you sleep become enmeshed in your dreams, but these too are rare. My advice is to apply the tools and techniques I use to interpret dreams and see what comes up. It’s an approach that “takes you away from what you think the dream is and it truly opens up space for the truth.”

Truth brings the light that changes everything for the better.


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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