What Do Your Dreams Have in Store for You?

©2011 Cris Coleman

The other night I was listening to a “dream coach” being interviewed by George Noory on a Coast to Coast AM radio podcast. That got me thinking about dreams and dream interpretations, as the guest was doing a lot of dream interpretations with callers.

Dream Dictionaries

There are a lot of books “out there” that deal with dreams, many of which seek to be the end-all of dream interpretations. Sometimes these books, with their dream dictionaries, can be helpful. Other times the symbol definitions are just a hodgepodge of mumbo jumbo, without much thought given to them. Or, if they’re Freudian-based, they will all somehow point back to some aspect of sexual matters and behaviors.

A dream dictionary will often have everything imaginable represented as some sort of dream symbol. Each of these symbols will then have one or more meanings attached to it. They may or may not be relevant to you.

One such dictionary is located online at Dream Moods. It’s actually quite thought-provoking.

I looked up the symbol “car’, a frequent symbol in my dreams. It had a main definition, then a number of different scenarios involving a car, such as “you drive your car into a body of water” or “your car has been stolen”.

When I dream I’m in a car or some other vehicle, I’m usually either driving or am in the passenger seat. A couple of times I’ve been in a seat farther back in a bus. Surprisingly, each of these scenarios were covered in the dictionary, although not specifically mentioning a bus.

To me, a car represents my life. I’m going somewhere . . . obviously. That’s what cars do.

The dream dictionary offered this bit of wisdom regarding cars:

“To dream that you are driving a car denotes your ambition, your drive and your ability to navigate from one stage of your life to another. Consider how smooth or rough the car ride is. If you are driving the car, then you are taking an active role in the way your life is going. However, if you are the passenger, then you are taking a passive role. If you are in the backseat of the car, then it indicates that you are putting yourself down and are allowing others to take over. This may be a result of low self-esteem or low self-confidence. Overall, this dream symbol is an indication of your dependence and degree of control you have on your life.”

Not bad, actually. What do you think?

Just being in a car, according to this definition, denotes that I have some sort of ambition. I wonder where it could be hiding. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. Perhaps it’s to be a good blogger.

The ride in these dreams is never bumpy. In fact, I never notice anything about the ride except that the vehicle is moving. There must be some sort of meaning attached to that, too, if only I could figure out what it was.

The trouble with cars in my dreams is that I never actually arrive anywhere. Well, that could indicate something as well, now that I think of it. I wonder what it could be. Hmmm.

Another thing that happens to me with a fair amount of regularity is that I will be lying in bed, not quite asleep, with my eyes closed. All of a sudden, I’ll be going down a road, sometimes dirt, sometimes paved.

It’s always pretty dark, so I’m not able to make out many details. Oftentimes, what details are present are rather fuzzy.

I don’t see myself in a vehicle of any sort, but I’m zooming along nevertheless. Sometimes I’m going along at a pretty good clip. Other times I’m quite crawling along. Again, I never arrive anywhere. It eventually slowly fades away.

There seems to be some kind of message here. Again, I wonder what it could be.

Interpreting Dreams

To interpret dreams, one must, first of all, recognize the dream symbols that are present. Of course, some dreams are precognitive and deal with future events. But we’re not dealing with those here.

To continue with the car motif, what does a car mean to you? If it’s a flashy, sporty car, it might represent one thing. If it’s a clunker, it might represent something else.

What does a house mean to you? How big is it? How many rooms does it have?

To me, a house represents my body, myself as a whole. What does it represent to you?

The above dream dictionary suggests this:

“To see a house in your dream represents your own soul and self. Specific rooms in the house indicate a specific aspect of your psyche. In general, the attic represents your intellect, the basement represents the subconscious, etc. If the house is empty, then it indicates feelings of insecurity. If the house is shifting, then it suggests that you are going through some personal changes and changing your belief system. To dream that a house has no walls represents a lack of privacy. You feel that everyone is looking over your shoulder or up in your business.”

I’d go along with the basement representing the subconscious, although I’m not so sure about the rest.

By the way, the meanings I attach to dream symbols are not arbitrary. They just sort of “come to me”, if they come at all. I don’t just make them up because they sound cool.

Your Dreams Are Personal

Using dream dictionaries can be helpful and suggestive as to what your dream symbols may mean. It’s a good place to start, but it’s not necessarily a place to plant yourself and stay with any one particular dictionary.

Look at several dream dictionaries and compare them. Then, using that information, ponder or meditate upon them. Quiet your mind. Shut out the surrounding noise. Things might just “come to you” as they sometimes do to me.

Dream are highly personal. Therefore, dream interpretations are also highly personal. Don’t rely on what others say, but don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, either.

Let your mind just drift away and see what, if anything, shows up. You might be surprised.

I can’t tell you how to interpret your dreams, but I can put you on the road to your interpreting your own dreams. The rest is up to you.

Your own intuition is your best source of final interpretation. Use it.

One more thing: Write your dreams down as soon as you wake up. Or you might find that recording them might be easier.

It’s important to have a permanent record of your dreams because most dreams will fade away in a very short time. Lucid dreams last longer, but those are dreams of a different order. I’ve had three of them throughout my entire life and I remember all three of them.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. r1im
    May 06, 2013 @ 09:54:10

    This might be a good addition to your list: http://dreamsabout.net/ it has the most symbols


    • Cris
      May 14, 2013 @ 13:30:43

      Thank you for your suggestion. I also have a very interesting 380-page book called, “The Mystical Magical Marvelous World of Dreams,” by Wilda B. Tanner. The edition I have is 1997, the 11th printing. It is probably the best overall book on dreams I have come across. You might want to obtain a copy, or at least check one out at the library. It only retails for $14.95, a bargain by today’s standards.

      I appreciate your dropping by and taking the time to comment. Thanks.


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