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Dream Interpreting: Recognizing and Working with a Physical Dream

Dreams come in many shapes and sizes, some vague, some detailed, some frightening, some inspiring. They all contain encoded messages aimed at improving your life. As you become ready to start a dream diary to interpret your dreams, you might realize that many dreams deal with the functioning of the physical world. Some of the topics of physical zone dreams are:

  • Daily residue: You watch a scary movie before bed, argue with your mate, or bring a problem home from work, then continue to process it in a dream.
  • Health and healing: You receive information about a disturbance in your energy flow, or body, so you can avoid a budding health problem. For example, you may not realize that you're drinking too much until you dream about entering a rehab center, where the counselor gently takes a glass of wine out of your hand.
  • Problem solving and decision making: You receive guidance so you can proceed in your
    life. For example, an interior designer might need an innovative focal point for a large wall and dream of using ladders in an odd, interesting arrangement.
  • Skill development: You accelerate your learning by practicing in your dreams a new ability you're trying to learn in waking life. For example, when worried about your first presentation at an all-company meeting, you might dream repeatedly of public speaking until you are totally comfortable.

Recognize physical symbols

Certain images pertain to physical processes. Here are some examples of physical zone symbols:

  • State of your body: Jar, earthenware pot, bowl, cup, glass, cave, basement, house, room, closet, train, bus, car, trailer, motorcycle, bicycle, tree, actual organs, tumors, body parts, aura
  • Body processes: Eating, drinking, chewing, urinating, defecating, vomiting, washing, shaving, swelling, growing, flowing, breathing, stoppages
  • Health issues: Hospital, clinic, doctors, nurses, surgery, massage or bodywork, energy healing, acupuncture, bandages, casts, X-rays, injections, construction, digging, sculpting, jogging, exercising

Make a physical dream work for you

Try the following writing exercise to track your "daily residue" dreams:

1. Look through your dream diary for dreams that might have been triggered by something that happened in daily life. Did the dream provide further insights that you applied? What happened right after you had the dream? Write about these things in your diary.

2. When you find a connection between a perception in waking reality and a similar dream, write about the underlying theme. What was it about the original trigger experience that made you focus on it so much that you needed to dream about it? What is your soul telling you?

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