Because we are all made of energy, we are constantly bombarded with each other’s thoughts and feelings. Not only are thoughts and feelings impressed upon us from the physical world, but also from the spirit world. Being aware of the environment that surrounds us, and protecting ourselves from it, is important to our mental, spiritual and physical well being. For example, have you ever walked into a room and suddenly, for no apparent reason, became depressed, ill or gotten a headache? This is because you are picking up on someone else’s energy. As a medium, I have to be very careful when around other people, especially at funerals or visiting sick people. I am very sensitive to the feelings and thoughts of others. Many times I can be in a room full of people and pick up thoughts of despair, anger or deep sadness, and I actually feel and hear these thoughts from others. It is very taxing on my spirit and energy, and I have to get home to rest and cleanse my own aura. However, keep in mind that not all thoughts I receive or pick up on are bad. There are thoughts of love, prayer, healing and good, but mostly people are sending out and living in thoughts of depression, greed, jealousy and envy.
To combat these negative feelings, I begin and end each day with a simple prayer of protection. It is easy to do and takes only a minute. This is the same prayer I use before doing dream interpretations or medium work of any type. I also do it again if I am going to be dealing with some person or situation I know is not sending out the most positive vibes! It is called the White Light of Protection Prayer. The original prayer is from Unity School of Christianity, but I have embellished on it somewhat.
Upon awakening, while still in bed with your eyes closed, envision a beautiful white light coming from the top of your head that encircles you completely, about 5 inches from your physical body, say to yourself:
An impenetrable white light of God surrounds me. The light of God surrounds me, the love of God enfolds me, and the power of God protects me at all times.
This process of protection takes about two minutes. It is easy to do if you find that you may need extra protection during the day. Simply go into the restroom, your car or any place you can be alone, close your eyes and envision your white light and say the words of protection.
It is important to remember that we must stay grounded. Remember like attracts like. When we are centered and grounded and live and think from thoughts of love, prosperity, peace and harmony, we will attract just those things. Also, remember to keep watch regarding the company you keep and the people you associate with, because the people around us are a reflection of our thoughts.
25 Common Dream Symbols and Meanings
Every dream is a story about the dreamer and is often times teaching us a lesson or showing us about who we are and why we are here and doing what we are doing. When you are interpreting your dreams it is important for you to work with your own meanings of symbols, places and people before reaching for a dictionary of dream meanings.
There are a plethora of dream dictionaries available at any bookstore and online and I do not highly recommend using these dictinaries for various reasons but mainly because we personally are responsible for our own dream language. Our dream language is of the mind and each of us has a personal dream language of symbols made up from our personal histories, experiences and culture and is very complex. Many of the dream dictionaries out there are filled with old wives’ tales and superstitions and or generated from a computer program and have no collective meaning.
Learning our own dream language is similar to learning a foreign language only you are the teacher as well as the student. In studying your dreams, I suggest starting your own personal dream dictionary. You can use a note book with alphabetical tabs or get an inexpensive address book and list symbols, places and people etc using the first letter in their name for easy look up. I will discuss in length how to create your own dream dictionary in another article and I teach you how to build your own dictionary in my dream interpretation classes.
As in dictionaries for a particular language, there are some words that can be used for various meanings. There are also basic words and symbols in all languages that are understood collectively as to their meaning. The same goes for dream language. There are basic symbols which are understood by all of our minds as to their meaning. Created from my research and dream interpretation counseling I have put this common symbols list together.
Below is a list of 25 common symbols and their collective meaning (generally speaking).
25 Common Dream Symbols And Meanings
1. Animals in general represent habits, urges, instincts and aspects we attribute to them which are found in ourselves. Animals in your dreams are further explained here.
2. Baby is a new idea, new concept or ideal -
something you have just given birth to, a responsibility you have accepted.
It is your “baby” personal project “thing” to do.
3. Clothing shows our attitude and Self expression.
Things we “put on”. Clothing is the part of the Self that we show others, what we allow or want others to see. The Self is described in some cultures as the part we show to others; the part we believe we are, the parts we play and the part we truly are.
4. Death means change. It means the end of something: an idea, relationship, habit, etc. and on to something else. Death is nothing more than a transition because physical life, by nature, is a temporary existence for the soul. Death is a change from one state of being to another.
5. Tests and/or Examinations are about knowing the truth.
This has to do with self esteem and confidence or lack of it. Being prepared or not, making the grade or not, measuring up to other people’s expectations or fear of not being good enough.
The most important test of our lives is knowing our own goals, standards, hopes and wishes – being crystal clear about what you want in life and standing up for what you believe.
For further insight into the area where you feel you are being tested in,
look at what the test was on in your dream.
6. Falling is basically just waking back up – the action of returning to consciousness.
The old wives tale that if you fall in your dream and hit the ground, you will die, IS NOT TRUE.
If you hit the ground in the dream, you will bounce right back and the dream will continue… falling at this point would have the meaning of “falling from grace” or “fall on your face” – embarrassment.
7. Food is knowledge. The saying “food for thought” comes from the idea that knowledge feeds the mind and soul just as physical food feeds and nourishes the physical body. Pay attention to what you are “feeding” yourself.
8. Games are the dreamer’s perspective of life. “Game of Life” or we can say the “games people play” and how they play them. Games have to do with learning skills, rules, talents, showmanship, training,practice, winning or losing, teamwork or solo performance.
Particular games have different meaning to different people, depending on whether they do this for work or fun. A particular game interpretation will depend on your feelings and associations with it.
9. Hair represents outward conscious thoughts and feelings/sensitivity.
Messy hair would mean mixed up thoughts, confused, can’t think straight. More on dream meanings of hair here.
10. Hands mean service, giving or receiving and expression of emotion.
Also how you “handle” things or having/giving a hand in a situation.
11. House represents your mind. The floors in the house represent different levels of thinking. The mind is made up of three major parts: the conscious mind, the subconscious mind and the super-conscious mind. Within these three parts are seven levels of consciousness.
The house is where you stay/live – your belief system.
12. Killing indicates change. Killing of yourself indicates a part of yourself and is a good thing when it is an undesirable trait, but a warning if the trait is a good quality. Killing of an animal is the killing of a habit that that animal or its qualities may represent to you . Killing can also be viewed as an expression, such as the death of a relationship or job.
13. Marriage symbolizes commitment between the conscious and subconscious minds for fulfillment of a desire. It symbolizes a new beginning or something you are “married”to until you “divorce” yourself from it by taking positive action.
14. Money symbolizes exchange value and worth.
Things of value would be a new talent you weren’t aware you had, a new quality or gift within you.It could also represent a new vision or new understanding of something.
Look at how you are receiving money/valuables to interpret how you feel about yourself. Find out more about the meaning of money in your dreams here.
15. Mountain is a challenge or obstacle. Depending on your mind set, you may see a mountainas representation of something that you feel is an overwhelming obstacle, or you may view it positivelyas a great challenge you are ready to take on. A mountain can represent your life, your job and task your involved in, a project or a goal.
16. Naked represents honesty and openness. You are showing your true Self. How are you feeling about being naked in the dream – exposed/vulnerable,embarrassed, or content.
17. People. All people represent aspects or personality of the Self.
These are characters in the dream – parts of you, some you know and some you don’t know. Some you don’t like and some you love. The successful businessman, the glamour girl, the bag lady, the playboy, the thief, the idiot, the comic, friends, relatives are all parts of our Self.
We are made up of many people. As in Shakespeare’s words,“All the world’s a stage and we are merely the players.”
Our dreams are our inner stage and we are everything and every character.
18. Radio/Television represents mind-to-mind communication.
Telepathy is the sending and receiving of thoughts.
A radio/t.v. is receiving and a radio/t.v. station is broadcasting, sending out thoughts.
19. Roads symbolize your direction in life.
The direction of your life is determined by your desires and goals. There are highways, streets, roads, dead-end streets, bumpy roads, smooth roads, etc. You can make a right turn, a u-turn or a left turn (not right or unpredictable).
20. School is a place for learning. This can be your level of learning or school of thought. What grade level you are attending in the dream is an indication as to what level you are operating in a particular situation.
21. Sex symbolizes unification of opposites, oneness, marriage, a creative act,a longing to be whole. It can also represent fear or power depending on your feelings about the dream when you awoke.
22. Teacher/Guide is your higher Self. This is your source of knowledge. The soul holds the complete plan for its maturity and its desires and goals here in this lifetime and all others before and after this lifetime.
23. Teeth represent assimilation of knowledge so it can be used. Teeth are the first part of the physical digestive system, and teeth in a dream mean assimilation of knowledge.
Losing teeth, which is a common dream, means a change in the way you take things in or learn.
24. Vehicles are means of conveyance from one place to another.
The soul uses the body as a vehicle much the same way – going in and out at will. In general, vehicles represent lifestyles, such as work, play, independence, sporty, fast, luxury, economic. Different cars represent these different lifestyles.Your own car generally represents your own body so pay attention to how your car is in your dream.
For example, having a flat tire on your car indicates you have gone flat, lost your enthusiasm and energy.
25. Water is the source of all life. It represents conscious life experiences.
These are our everyday, physical, waking interactions, situations, and circumstances that arise and bring opportunity for growth and enrichment.
Water can also represent emotions and feelings overall.
Would you like help knowing what your dreams are telling you?
What is a dream?
Dream, n. 1.) a succession of images appearing in sleep or reverie.
2.) imagine in a dream; and to
For all the time we spend sleeping (approximately one third of our lives), the process of dreaming and sleeping, for most of us, is barely understood. More importantly, few of us realize or even understand the relationship between dreaming and our soul, and the important effect dreams have on our spiritual development. By learning to understand, and then utilize our dreams, we can create the life we are meant to have; a life full of love, peace, prosperity and abundance of all things great.
Why do we dream and where do dreams come from? There are several answers people argue at length about, i.e. the unconscious? neuronal activity? or God? Scientifically, there is no proof or disproof that dreams mean anything at all. The point of view for this article is from my belief that our dreams come from God and our soul/Godself. I believe dreams are one way that our soul communicates to us. Like a personal answering machine, we receive messages to solve problems, give warnings, inspire, guide, and awaken us to creating a better world for ourselves and those around us.
Dreams speak to us in symbols, metaphors and allegories. The brain is like a personal computer that puts out what we put into it. Our waking language consists of letters, which are symbols that form words; words that equal people, places, feelings and things. For example, when you think or say “car”, what comes into your mind is a picture of a car, not the word “car”. Along with that picture came a feeling as it popped into your mind’s eye. This is our natural language, visual imagery, and this is why we don’t dream in our waking language of words.
How we are be-ing are the messages from the soul to us through our dreams. Are we be-ing loving, positive, happy, compassionate or negative, angry, jealous and unloving? Dreams tell us where we are going and what we are experiencing in relation to our beingness. Like a mirror of the soul, dreams show us how we see ourselves and the situations we are experiencing. They are quite clear and often revealing in content, showing us our attitudes, beliefs, misconceptions and prejudices towards people, places and things. They also reveal problems, causes of problems, insight and solutions and show us things which we are not aware of.
What is your soul trying to convey to you through your dreams? Taking an interest in your dreams can give you amazing insight and information about yourself and guide you on your life journey. They can tell where you need to make changes and how to make those changes to achieve self-mastery and create the life of abundance that is meant for you.