Recipe for Analyzing Dreams

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Recipe for Analyzing Dreams

Have you ever woken up with strong feelings of being overwhelmed or feeling fear, guilt or anger because of a dream?

I have.

Through the years I have developed a recipe for analyzing dreams based on research and my own personal experiences.  I hope this helps you as much as it does me:

recipes-childDream Recipe

Pray and ask for wisdom to understand what your dream means to you then write down:

1. A list of the emotions generated through your dream (fearful, guilty, excited, angry etc.)
2. A list of people who where in the dream (Yourself, family members, stranger descriptions etc.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3. A list of prominate things or places in your dream (garage, street, at work etc.)

Now you are ready to analyze what it has to do with your life.  Ask yourself:

1. Where in real life are you feeling those feelings?
2. Are you experiencing those feelings with the people in your dream?
3. Do you have negative/excited feelings about the things/places you saw in your dream?     

    You may be surprised at how much insight you can gather as you prayerfull write your answers down.      

The first dream I analyzed had a real impact on my life.  I was caught in a window well with a spider headed straight for me.  Here is how I analyzed it:

Feelings: fear, panic

People: Me, the spider

Places/Things: window well, window

REAL LIFE:

Feelings: I was feeling overwhelmed and fearful about my schedule.  I was stretched to the max as a young mother, a daycare provider and a wife.

People: As I prayed and pondered about it I felt that the spider represented the demands in my life: my own demands, my husbands expectations, my children, the daycare children, church responsibilities etc.

Places/things: I began realizing that the window well was one I could see from the basement when I was doing daycare activities.  It represented being stuck in a rock and a hard place and being unable to escape to freedom.

When I got to this point I could see that something had to change.  I began examining my committments and letting goe of some of my expectations about keeping house, about the number of children I took in my daycare and I talked to Dan about his actual expectations. 

Within a few weeks I made these changes and I was able to reduce my stress and my feeling that I was caught between a window well and it’s window. 

Over the years I have used this formula and included my dreams in my journal.  I have found that the Lord communicates with us in many ways and sometimes it’s in our dreams.  I hope you enjoy trying out this new recipe and I hope it brings you sweet results!

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Comments

  • Susan K Miller  On March 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Very insightful, Patricia. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    Susan

  • Susan K Miller  On March 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    My comment sounded so stilted – not my intention at all! I’m going to sit down today and try it on some of my recurring dreams.

    Thanks again,
    Susan

    • patripotts  On March 6, 2009 at 5:25 am

      Susan,
      Thanks for making the time to reply. Let me know how you like the recipe. Guess what? We are headed to the Carribbean in a few weeks!! Cool huh?

    • patripotts  On August 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Susan,
      Sorry it has taken so long to respond to the dream blog. I am still trying to figure out how to get to the comments etc.
      Did it work for you? I am helping my 7 year old grandaughter with her dreams and her real life experiences now. I am so grateful that I can do something to help.
      🙂 Patricia

  • Sharane  On March 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Wow! I ReaLLy LiKe That Dream Recipe. I will HaVe to TrY it! I HaVe HaD some really UnSettling DreaMs BeFore. It is AlWaYs hard to KnOw WhAt I am SuPPoSed to LeaRn from them. ThaNks So MuCh FoR ShaRiNg your InSighT! Oh, and I FiNiSheD ReaDing “My Journey From Darkness To Light” and I LoVeD It! You HaVe ReaLLy CoMe So FaR! I LoVeD LeaRniNg MoRe about YoU! There were So MaNy Things I WaS able to GleaN from it for use in My OwN LiFe! ThaNk you For Writing it and FoR ShaRiNg YoUr StoRy. 🙂

    • patripotts  On March 6, 2009 at 5:24 am

      Thanks so much Sharane. Let me know how the recipe turns out! Thanks for your kind comments on my book also. Love, Patricia

  • Lena Baron  On August 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks Patricia! I think this will really help!!

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