After you complete a basic dream interpretation (for instructions, see Interpret Your Dream), you can explore
the meaning of your dream further using the following DIY tools.
Step-by-Step Intuitive Interpretaton
Your intuition is the key to understanding dream meaning. Your intuition can translate puzzling
dream symbols into meanings and messages that you can understand. For step-by-step
instructions to anaylyze your dream using your intuition, see the following page at
Your subconscious mind already knows the meaning of your dream. Free-form writing can create a
space for your subconscious mind to reveal more about dream meaning. This exercise is like opening a window into the place where your dream originally came from.
- With pen and paper on hand, sit down and reread your dream description or close your eyes
and replay your entire dream. Notice especially how you feel (afraid? angry? peaceful?). Your
feelings during the dream (or when reviewing it, in this case) are just as important at the
- Next, begin writing whatever comes to mind, starting with what you're thinking and feeling
right now. Don't worry about handwriting or spelling, and don't stop to edit or
analyze. If nothing comes to mind, write whatever words are in your mind (I can't think of
anything, I wish I could writing something, etc.) and keep writing. If you get stuck, give
yourself prompts like "If I knew what this dream means, it would be..." or "What
stands out most about the dream is..." or "Right now I am feeling...".
- Keep writing until you have a definite feeling that there is nothing left to be said.
- Explore what you wrote for clues about dream meaning.
Tap into your subconscious understanding of the dream by creating a dream dialog with a symbol or
character from your dream. For complete instructions, see Dream Dialoguing.
Draw Characters or Symbols
Art is another way to tap into your subconscious mind to help discover clues to dream meaning.
Consider these approaches, or get creative and come up with your own ideas.
- Draw of a key character from your dream. Then set the drawing aside and look at it again
later to see what feelings you get about their identity or messages.
- Draw a picture of a key dream symbol or something that stood out in your dream. Again, set
it aside and revisit later to see what further insights come forward.
- Do a free-form doodle of various aspects from your dream: people, symbols, feelings,
- For more insight about a particular part of your dream, create a drawing that expresses how
you were feeling during that part of your dream: anger, happiness, frustration, gratitude,
Diagram Your Dream
Mapping out your dream in chronological order can provide a new perspective on the dream, and may
reveal new dream details and meanings. Complete the following steps,paying attention to intuitive insights that occur during your process.
- Draw a timeline of your dream showing the events in the order they happened.
- Add words or drawings of key symbols that stood out, in the appropriate points on the
- Add names or drawings about the characters in the dreams, in the appropriate places on the
- Add descriptions of how you were feeling during different parts of the dream, in the
appropriate points on the timeline.
Discuss Your Dream with Someone Else
Describing and talking about your dream with someone else may help stimulate your subconscious
mind to reveal more about the meaning of your dream. You may want to talk with a friend or family
member, or a dream expert (such as at MyDreamVisions.com).