Dream Journal Analysis
Updated on January 25, 2006, 10:54 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Dreams are a mystical experience. They tell tales in strange ways. When a person is deep in sleep their mind turns away this little movies for them to remember or forget come daybreak. These little movies are known as the Activation-Synthesis Model of Dreaming. Through careful study of one's dreams it is said that answers to their life's problems can be solved. The Freudian theory on dreams is that the content that is consciously experienced and remembered by the dreamer is the Manifest Content. Concealed within the Manifest Content, Freud theorizes that the unconscious wishes, thoughts, and urges are hidden. After carefully interpreting my own dreams I've found that I am slightly contrary to this belief.
The first and most important trait to know of myself is that: I am capable of consciously analyzing and resolving any situation that arises in my daily activities. This makes it difficult for my brain to further need to ponder a solution to a problem, unless it is a true stumper and even my dreams cannot answer it for me. Though my dreams may deal with unconscious wishes (such as the blond-haired, hazel-eyed girl who mysteriously appears in multiple dreams), I am quite aware of most of my ambitions and goals. I do not restrain any thoughts from others; I am very open. And in terms of my urges, well I act out most of them and for others I am able to vent out elsewhere. I deal with my needs everyday, even if I don't need to, or are unsure of what those needs for that day exactly are.
My mind is a complex being of its own. I have opened up my subconscious mind a great deal through my habitual meditation. As a result of dreams being controlled by the subconscious mind, my dreams take on a complexity befitting of my complex mind. It becomes difficult to examine my dreams because they would have to be recorded with a video camera to capture all the symbolisms, metaphors, and secret meanings. The juxtaposition of the images take on importance because I am a film nut and wish to be a filmmaker, thus causing the angles in which the images are viewed as important. To interpret my dreams, they must be interpreted as though they were a feature film. My dreams take on a more complex meaning than those of others because of what I have done to my mind, and how my mind is shaped naturally, so mush so that it is incomparable.
The biggest desire that my dreams could be sending to me is the desire for this blond-haired, hazel-eyed girl that is prevalent in many of my dreams. Before I had even begun recording my dreams, I remember her occupying them. She might not even be the centerpiece of the dream. She might only appear briefly, for a cameo. I don't know, nor care, what she may symbolize, but she brings a strange warmth and security at times. And other times, she may spell doom. No matter what she symbolizes, and what feelings she causes me to have, she's the closest my dreams come to transmitting a desire.
Sadly, I learned nothing about myself from keeping this dream journal; I knew most of it already. The one great gift I received from these dreams and recording them is ideas for future movies of mine. The plots of the dreams can be spilled out into a full-fletched story, or single scenes or images from a dream may give me an idea for a scenes or sequence in one of my films. My dreams are significantly different from others, but I share one common trait with my fellow dreamers: dreams are fun, interesting images that play out in everyone's mind. We should all pay attention to them, if not to learn about ourselves, but for the entertainment provided within them.
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