TRANSLATING MY DREAMS
Use two pages side by side. On the first page, document your dream by writing it out. On the facing page, write down a “translation” into everyday terms connected with your life at the present time. Do this sentence by sentence, underlining the key words in both texts.
Uses:This method is intended to help you make a connection between the dream story and your current life situation. With practice, you will become more skilled at finding the hidden messages.
|Dream: Crossing the River||Meaning: Entering a New Career|
|It is mid-day and I am walking across a large, flat meadow.||I am middle-aged and steadily moving foreword. I have lots of freedom now.|
|As I walk I see a beautiful woods ahead in the distance.||I see a new career as a writer ahead. (Being in the woods always inspires me to write.)|
|As I get closer to the woods, I see a river separating me from it. There are sharp rocks and rapids.||There are obstacles in the way, keeping me from my goal of becoming a professional writer.|
|I can’t swim across (dangerous) and I’m afraid to walk for fear of falling from the rocks.||I’m afraid of failure given my present financial resources and conditions. Survival needs must be met.|
|I decide to look up and down the river bank for a way across. I see a bridge (indicating that others have solved this problem before me.)||However, I’m determined to reach my goal of writing professionally. I need to research my first writing project and structure the work, set specific goal and schedules. I may need advice from experienced writers, too.|