Dreams are the subconscious mind’s way of talking to the average joe (it has other means of communication but dreams are the simplest). The language of the subconscious mind is hard to understand, and cryptic in nature, because the language of the subconscious mind is symbolism, and there is a primal desire to forget our dreams so as not to know to much, or over think the future. Why these things are the way they are is unknown, at least to me, at the moment, but by overcoming these barriers we can learn a tremendous amount about ourselves and our surroundings.
The first thing we must overcome to be able to listen to our subconscious through dreams is remembering the dreams. To do this I suggest you start a dream journal. The proper way to use a dream journal is to write every detail of every dream you remember as soon as you remember it. I hate to say it but if you wake up at 2 AM and remember a dream you need to write it down, because you will most likely forget it by morning. It will take quite a while for most people to get the hang of it at first, and you may have nights with 0 dreams, but that’s OK, that’s what the dream journal is for, to increase your dream recall ability. Eventually you will have enough dream recall ability to remember almost every dream every night.
The next step to understanding your dreams is to take your dream journal and look up the important elements of the dream in a dream dictionary. A dream dictionary is just like a regular dictionary except that instead of defining the word how we think of it in the waking sense, it defines the subconscious mind’s understanding of the word. Here is an example, if your dream featured honey, you would turn to honey in the dream dictionary and find that:
“To see honey in your dream denotes that you need to be less meek and more honest in communicating with others. You need to assert yourself and make sure you are heard. Alternatively, seeing or eating honey in your dream represents gentleness, sweetness, compassion, wisdom, peace, longevity and joy. It is also symbolic of fertility and productivity. The dream may also be a pun on the “honey” in your life.”
Many good dream dictionaries can be found with a simple google search. Hopefully I have convinced you to delve into the world of the subconscious mind, and trust me, you’ll learn a lot by listening to yourself.