Remembering and Interpreting Your Dreams

Remembering and interpreting your dreams by Melanie the Medium

Dreams can give you insight into your life, your emotions, what you want and don’t want, and can be a way for your Spirit Guides and loved ones who have passed to share messages with you. Pretty cool, right? You can get so much guidance through your dreams, so here’s how to start remembering and interpreting them.

How to remember your dreams

Before you go to sleep, imagine that when you wake up in the morning, you remember your dream vividly. Picture yourself writing it down and understanding what it means. Keep a notebook by your bed (or use an app on your phone) so you can write down your dream while it’s still fresh in your mind.

If you wake up in the middle of the night, take a moment to remember what you were just dreaming. I’ve found that I wake up right after I’ve received a special message in my dream.

What to write down

Write down any special messages you received and details that stood out to you, including people, places, the weather, repeated phrases that were spoken, or numbers. Summarize the key aspects of your dream.

Even if you don’t remember many details, write down how the dream made you feel. Feelings are the most important and the key to understanding what your dreams mean.

Interpreting your dreams

Focus on feelings first

How did you feel in your dream? Notice if those feelings correspond to how you’ve been feeling in your life. For example, let’s say you had a dream that your loved one was getting swept away in a flood, and you felt helpless because you couldn’t save them. In real life, maybe a loved one has been making some unhealthy decisions, not listening to your warnings, and you feel helpless to get them to a safer path.

Interpret the symbols

You don’t have to interpret every detail, but certain symbols will stand out to you, and those are the ones to interpret. Ask yourself what the symbol means to you. What words come to mind? What feeling does the symbol evoke?

The flood in the dream example above is a symbol that could represent something out of your control, being swept away, and a force bigger than you are. To someone else, a flood could mean being washed clean and starting with a clean slate.

Because you are unique and have unique associations, it is very important to figure out what each symbol means to you before you look up symbol interpretations written by someone else.

If you’d like to get more information about a symbol, here are some helpful resources I’ve found. If the interpretation rings true to you, use it. If you don’t agree with the interpretation, don’t use it.  Always follow your intuition and trust yourself first.

Comprehensive Symbol ResourceDreamMoods.com This website has meanings for animals, plants, numbers, colors, and almost anything else you can think of.

Animal SymbolsAnimal-Speak (amazon affiliate link) by Ted Andrews is the best resource I’ve found for animal symbolism. You can also search online and usually find excerpts from his book.

Color SymbolismCrystal-Cure.com has a section on color meanings, including chakra associations and ways each color can be used to enhance your life. I found this website to be a great resource on gemstone symbolism as well.

People in your dream

People in your dream can represent an aspect of yourself. Notice how they were acting in your dream, and then ask yourself if that could apply to how you are acting in your life.

If you saw a loved one who has passed and are wondering if it could have actually been their spirit visiting you, check out my post on seeing spirits in dreams.

Numbers in your dream

When you have numbers in your dream, add the digits together until you get a single digit.  For example, if your apartment number in your dream is 237, add those digits to get 12.  Add 1+2 to get 3.  So, 237 = 3.  Then, think about your personal associations with that number, or look up what the number 3 means in a dream dictionary.

Overall meaning of your dream

Once you’ve interpreted the symbols, look for the overall meaning. What is this dream trying to tell you? What insight is it giving you about your life?

Other resources

I have other posts about dreams that you might find helpful, including dreaming of someone dying and psychic dreams (dreams that come true).

It gets easier

When you first start interpreting your dreams, it might take a while, depending on how thorough you are and if you use the dream dictionary for each item in your dream. Remember to focus on the key feelings and symbols to give you the story, rather than interpreting every detail.

Once you become more comfortable trusting your own interpretation, you will be able to get meaning from your dreams in a fraction of the time.

Happy dreaming!

Melanie

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  • Jaay

    I loved this article, twice now I’ve had a dream that someone called and shortly after waking up I received either a call from that individual or a call from another Family member telling me what the individual in the dream told me.  The most recent incident that happened today, in fact, is dreaming that I received a call from my Mom telling me that my nephew (who is 19) was shot.  Only to be awakened shortly after the dream and it being my Big Sister telling me that my Little Brother (who is 23) had been shot that morning and was rushed to Shock Trauma.  In my disoriented state I told her that I knew because Mom had called and told me earlier and she said you must have dreamed that because Anna (our little Sister) was on the phone with ourt Mom right at that moment telling her and that it was our Little Brother not my nephew (her son).  I just wonder what the significance of these dreams are and how I canlearn to better control them and what I perceive is a Psychic Gift I may have?

    • http://www.melaniejaderummel.com Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Jaay!

      Wow, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother, and I am sending love to you, your brother, and your family. I hope he is doing okay.

      As for psychic dreams, they are great gateways to psychic living because while we are asleep our conscious, logical mind allows our subconscious and psychic mind to receive insights. During the day our constant thinking, as well as our limited logical ideas about what is possible, tend to block our psychic insights. However, meditation and practicing being in the moment (not caught up with thoughts in your head) can help you train your mind to be still enough to notice inner nudges and insights – aka your intuition. In addition, I recommend writing down your dreams in detail. For your psychic dreams, see if you can pinpoint how it felt or looked different from your normal dreams so you can recognize psychic dreams more easily in the future before they come true. Time is not linear, the way most of us are taught. I had a dream once where I was told over and over, “A dream is a web of time,” which explains why you can dream of something that hasn’t happened yet on the physical plane. As for why you get dreams about certain things ahead of time and not others, sometimes it seems just random. Other times, like the incident with your brother, I believe we may be given knowledge about a possibly traumatic event ahead of time in order to prepare us in some way so it isn’t as much of a shock. Also, if your brother had already been shot and was unconscious while you were having the dream, it may have been his Spirit trying to communicate with you about what happened to him.

      These are my thoughts with what I am aware of at this point in my life. I hope it helps you, and thank you for your question and sharing your story with me.

      Melanie Jade :)

  • mikate

    last night i had this dream that i met this guy and things were great and we really liked eachother amd i had really strong feelings for him evem after i woke up and i have never met him in my life hes just a random guy in my dream but i wanna know if this culd be a new love interest that im seeing for sometime in the future and i have had psychic dreams in the past but not in a long time please help i want answers

    • http://www.melaniejaderummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Mikate,

      The only way to know for sure if this was a precognitive dream is to wait and see if it happens. You can also start writing down your dreams and then noticing if there is anything different about your regular dreams and the ones that turn out to be precognitive. You can also ask your Guides for insight into this dream and ask for further confirmation from them.

      Sending you love,

      Melanie Jade :)

  • Kara

    I’m pretty certain I have psychic dreams, and I’ve even learned how to pinpoint which ones are premonitions. My only problem is my dreams are so distorted, it’s hard to tell what I should be looking out for until it happens. What I do know is that when I have these dreams, I wake up from them in an intense feeling of worry. For instance, I recently had a nightmare in which my roommate crashed her car in front of our house in an attempt not to hit me as she lost control of her steering. I woke up worried not for her or myself, but for the passengers of the car she hit, though I didn’t know who they were at the time. About a week later, some of her family friends hit a telephone pole and flipped their car in to our yard.

    I’ve also had dreams that I believe were partially psychic, but also a form of communication from a deceased relative. The first was a dream that I got a cross tattoo (highly unlikely for me as I’m not very religious) I had this dream at almost the exact time my grandpa passed away. After this dream and a more recent one where someone who claimed to know him lectured me about making my life worthwhile, I had the same unnerving feeling as the car crash dream. Do you think it’s possible dreams like these are really connections to the deceased? The cross one felt like a last goodbye, but I’m not sure If e could have tried to contact me randomly almost two years later.

    Sorry this is such a lengthy post. Just can’t stop thinking about these dreams. :)

    • http://www.melaniejaderummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Kara!

      It is possible to connect with loved ones in Spirit while we are dreaming. When we fall asleep, our Spirit leaves our body, so it is easier for us to receive psychic visions and communications from Spirits when we don’t have our conscious mind or daily concerns blocking the messages. Also, it doesn’t matter how long our loved one has been in Spirit, we can still receive messages from them. If your feeling is that it was a message from your grandpa, you are probably right!
      Sending you love,Melanie Jade :)

      • Kara

        Thanks for responding. I’ve never thought about my spirit travelling during dreams until recently. It’s amazing how much these dreams have opened my eyes. :)

  • Auntpama

    I had a very vivid dream four years ago. I woke up and standing next to my bed was my father. I said hey, how are ya? And he said great! He was smiling and looked happy. As I reached up to hug him, I panicked and thought, oh my god, if I am dreaming this, he must be dead! And I immediately woke up for real.

    I had been worried about him that day because he had been admitted to the hospital. But he ended up being fine.

    It was so vivid and real! Fast forward to now, my father actually did die on December 27th, and I have not had any dreams about him. Could my dream four years ago have been a visitation from him from this present time? I haveread that on the other side there is no sense of time so something like that could be possible.

    • http://www.mymagicaljourney.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Auntpama,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. This must be an emotional time for you, so I send you lots of love <3 

      Although it is possible that he could have visited you from the present time, I think it's more likely that he was visiting you while he was in the hospital and letting you know that he would be okay. When we fall asleep, our Spirit leaves our body. So you can interact with people who are still living while they are having these spiritual journeys as they sleep. I've had that happen many times myself as well. I've seen and had conversations with different family members at night while we were both asleep. And it is very vivid and real because it IS real. 

      You father may not have appeared in your dreams yet, but maybe he is choosing to appear to you in other ways – signs, messages, little things you see that make you think of him. There are many different ways our loved ones can appear to us and let us know they are okay. In my article, Dealing With Death and the Grieving Process (http://mymagicaljourney.com/death_and_grieving/), I talk more about this.

      I hope this helps :)

      Sending you lots of love,
      Melanie Jade

      • Auntpama

        Oh, if only that had happened AFTER he died!  I would then have the proof that I need!
        I read your death and grieving post; it’s funny how you wrote it on my birthday.  Probably just a coincidence. :)

  • Robhandfrand

    I lost my father in June. I have had a few dreams about him ? How do I know whether it is really him or just wishful thinking? The last dream I had I told him to never leave me and he said he would not then I woke up

  • Robhandfrand

    I lost my father in June. I have had a few dreams about him ? How do I know whether it is really him or just wishful thinking? The last dream I had I told him to never leave me and he said he would not then I woke up

    • http://MelanieJadeRummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Robhandfrand, This is such a great question, and I think it’s a question many people have. I decided to create a post based on your question so that everyone could learn from it. Here’s a link to the post – http://melaniejaderummel.com/dreamvisitation/.

      Based on your description, it sounds like you had a real visitation from your father. In most dreams, we don’t choose what to say or have real conversations with the characters in our dreams. It sounds like you consciously chose what to say, which is not the case with most dreams. Also, it was a dream that stood out to you and was memorable and meaningful to you, whereas typical dreams can be easily forgotten. I have also found that when I get a message, I wake up right after receiving it, so it is the last thing I am told before I wake up. It sounds like this was your experience as well.

      You can read my article for more ways to distinguish between a typical dream and a visitation, but it sounds to me like your father actually visited you. Our loved ones are always available to give us guidance and to let us know they are okay. Even though they have left their physical body, their Spirit is still just as close to us as before. For more ways to get messages from your father or other loved ones in Spirit, check out this newsletter – http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=84e88a6c88ca616160bb25d97&id=b570ab65f3Sending you love, and thank you for your question,Melanie Jade :)

  • Emyj

    Can spirit guides show up in dreams? If so, how can you tell if it’s really a guide?

    For the past few years, my dreams have grown more complex; especially as I have gotten better at interpreting them. The one person in my dreams that I cannot figure out is a guy named Mike. To make a very long story short, Mike is a guy who died long before I was born, and with whom I have always felt a strange inexplicable spiritual connection. After not having thought about him for a few years, he showed up in one of my dreams. I was able to connect with him by asking people in my dreams where Mike was. In that first dream I asked him if he was me (like a projection of my masculine, my Animus), to which he replied, “No, I am yours.” I woke up thinking, “What?!” I had several more dreams with him, each time I had to inquire people to find him. The one that most stands out, was when I found him in a crowd of people. Mike was beaming, he radiated love. We hugged and he picked me up and spun me around. There are no words that can describe the love that I felt in that moment. After this dream, I began to wonder if it really was his spirit communicating with me in the dream.

    I think he may be a spirit guide. I don’t really know. I always talk to him in my head, and ask for his protection when I feel unsafe or unsure of things. In a recent dream, I was confronted with the devil, which was randomly occupying the body of a women, and I felt very unsafe. I asked “Where is Michael?” They, the devil and demon women, got all scared. In this dream, Michael was an angel, and sent an angel entourage to protect me. And he also came in and told off the devil, as a fat old guy no less! (His physical appearance is always different but I always know it’s him. Oh and he also said some thing that both he and the devil understood but completely baffled me: “Her (my) blood will change the course of time.”

    I apologize for this really long winded comment, but I really want to figure out what Mike really is. Could he be my spirit guide? An angel? Is it possible to contact your Spirit guides through dreams?   
    Thank you for your site. It has meant a lot for me this past year.
    -Emily

    • http://MelanieJadeRummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Emyj! Spirit Guides can show up in dreams and communicate with us and teach us. I often have dreams where my Spirit Guides teach a spiritual or metaphysical lesson. Sometimes I don’t see him (Gabriel, my guardian angel actually), but I hear his voice behind me as I’m going through the dream. Other times, my Spirit Guides work through the characters of the dream and give me messages. I know it is a Guide because their eyes sparkle brightly and when they give me a message, I feel it in my Spirit. It feels very different from a “normal”, flat dream. 

      It sounds like you are really good at taking control of your dream and asking for Mike/Michael, so what do you think about asking him next time you have a dream? Just ask him if he is a Spirit Guide, Angel, or something else, and I bet he’ll tell you. Let me know how it goes! 

      Lots of love to you,

      Melanie Jade :)

    • http://MelanieJadeRummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Emyj! Spirit Guides can show up in dreams and communicate with us and teach us. I often have dreams where my Spirit Guides teach a spiritual or metaphysical lesson. Sometimes I don’t see him (Gabriel, my guardian angel actually), but I hear his voice behind me as I’m going through the dream. Other times, my Spirit Guides work through the characters of the dream and give me messages. I know it is a Guide because their eyes sparkle brightly and when they give me a message, I feel it in my Spirit. It feels very different from a “normal”, flat dream. 

      It sounds like you are really good at taking control of your dream and asking for Mike/Michael, so what do you think about asking him next time you have a dream? Just ask him if he is a Spirit Guide, Angel, or something else, and I bet he’ll tell you. Let me know how it goes! 

      Lots of love to you,

      Melanie Jade :)

  • David

    How does meditating connect to the spiritual world?

    • http://MelanieJadeRummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Great question David! Many times, people have too many thoughts and concerns in their minds that prevent them from noticing messages from their Guides. Meditation helps you calm your mind so you are better able to recognize the messages from your intuition, Spirit Guides, and other spiritual helpers.

  • Halle Spitler

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  • Halle Spitler

    I had a friend who had a best friend who recently shot himself. BEFORE she even told me I had dream where the boy who died had come to me and told me his name, which was joseph and asked me to follow him to his house. Then he infront of me, pulled out a gun and shot himself. Which is how he died…and my friend sees spirits. I would know because we recorded a session. We need help and answers, My friend really wants to talk to joseph because she needed to tell him something important before he died. Help us. please.

    • http://MelanieJadeRummel.com/ Melanie Jade Rummel

      Hi Halle,

      I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s loss. Your friend can talk to Joseph in her mind or out loud, and he will hear her. I’m sure he already knows what she wanted to say to him. I have written several articles about how to communicate with loved ones who have passed, like this one – http://melaniejaderummel.com/how-to-receive-messages-from-loved-ones-in-spirit/. Others can be found by searching my website. If you have other questions, feel free to contact me – http://melaniejaderummel.com/contact-me/. If you are looking for a reading, you can schedule one through the links in the sidebar.

      Much love to you,
      Melanie :)