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The Truth About Dream Dictionaries

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“Oh Gods. Another wacky dream,” you mutter to yourself as you bolt out of bed and over to your dream dictionary. You began flipping through the book like mad to figure out what various parts of your dream last night meant.

Is this a familiar scene to you? I, myself, was like this not too long ago. Three years ago, I woke up every morning and had my face planted in a dream dictionary. For some reason, the definitions were soothing, but seemed slightly out of place. Like they were missing something.

And they were.

Every person has their own meanings for things. To one person, a tree may mean stability, because of how trees manage to exist through the hard times and the bad. To another person, a tree may mean death because their parents got into a car crash with a tree when they were younger. These definitions cannot be found in a dream dictionary.

Such definitions are principle in decoding what a dream you had means. Without them, it is likely you’ll get a confusing mesh of generic words that have no real meaning to you. So the next time you pick up a dream dictionary, consider that they do not have all the answers. They are meant to be used more as a guide for what something in your dream may mean if you’re lost.

Dream dictionaries are not the law book of the dream realm. Look within yourself to figure out what even your most unusual dreams mean, and you will surely be more satisfied with what you come up with than if you used a dream dictionary.


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