Understanding the meanings of dreams is simple if you know a few underlying points.

Most of these points are found in the ancient study of Huna. A book by Serge Kahili King, entitled, "Mastering Your Hidden Self" is the reference we can use for this.

In that book, he has a chapter all about dreams. While he gets into how these can be interpreted as to their meaning and so on, you don’t really get to the meat of it until you learn what analysis is itself – and what huna means.

Huna literally means "secret." But it's not one hidden from site - it's one what people simply don't see when they are looking right at it. And that's a concept which is covered in books like Nightingale's "Strangest Secret" or Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" - or another half-dozen similar books, religious or otherwise.

These books tend to tell you of things known as "common sense" as they are widely known. It's just that people aren't really seeing what they know.

In King's book, it's pointed out that people dream all the time - all day long, in fact. You probably have seen this when you have woken from a daydream after a heavy lunch. That "dream-world" is always present, just ignored or suppressed most of the time. You'd be amazed what you find when you simply look for it. Lots of data there.

King also has a very interesting approach to analyzing data. He holds that there are four ways to interpret any given data:

Objective - what do consider just happened? Subjective - how to you feel as regards what happened? Symbolic - is there something this all means or stands for? Holistic - is there someway this fits in with what you're doing, or the goals you have?

Now, of course you can use any one of these. The most experienced kahunas would actually use all four at once getting a conceptual understanding of things as they occurred and seeing the world around them from a much broader viewpoint.

Feelings can be used as a convenient crutch to "think" your way through life. In fact, many people substitute how they feel for what they think. Using feelings exclusively can cut you off from other world-views, leaving you only feeling rather than doing honest analysis or interpretation.

Throwing away the other 3 ways of analysis also throws out other possible conclusions and solutions. Too often, a person who merely "thinks" with their emotions or feelings will be reacting instead of actually analyzing or interpreting. And that reacting can block out other results.

Practice will make this easier for you. And another tool is to simply release all the various feelings and their underlying desires so you can analyze more clearly. To do this, select quiet spot where you won't be disturbed and sit comfortably, relaxed. Then let all the various feeling and their underlying emotions flow out of you and dissipate. As you do this on a regular basis (preferably in the same time and space), you'll be able to access the other analysis tools more easily.

Acquiring that ability to use all four ways of analysis can enable you to more simply extract meaning from any dreams - whether they come at night, during the day - or as an inspired vision.

Cheers!

Author's Bio: 

Known for extensive writing in self-help and personal development, Dr. Robert C. Worstell (see author interview) has just published a New Age fiction book, "The Dreamer Dreamed" which explores the concept of How to Interpret The Meanings of Dreams, among other ideas. This book employs his understanding of various spiritual meaning books & research.