Like most people, I wear more than one hat. Christian, wife, mom/mother-in-law, “MiMi” (my grandbaby Maddox is perfect… I just thought you should know), cat lover and mom to many cats (inside, outside, feral), avid cook and food blogger, baseball fanatic, flower and herb gardener, classic movie blogger, mental fitness researcher, bird lover… the list goes on in many different directions. One of the ones that’s usually more unexpected by people is dreamologist.
The word sounds pretty ominous but it simply means I study dreams. I have for over 16 years, actually. I’ve read books on the psychology of dreams, meaning of dreams, dream symbols, lucid dreams, nightmares, recurring dreams… you name the dream book, I’ve read it cover to cover.
However, the greatest education on dreams came from a website I ran for many years. I accepted dream interpretation requests from readers and would interpret their dreams on the blog. I even had a very active forum on the website for a while. However, the demand for dream analysis and interpretation became SO huge that I simply couldn’t keep up…. as in several hundred e-mails, comments, and forum posts a week.
It was a phenomenal education for me because the more interpretations I did, the more I realized that I did have a great understanding of the language used in dreams. The feedback I received was absolutely wonderful. A few that stand out, even after several years….
- A young man e-mailed me and said that my dream analysis helped him realize that he never wanted to go back to doing drugs. He wanted to break free from the cycle and to dedicate his life to helping other young people do the same. The e-mail left me in tears, to be honest.
- A woman replied to my analysis and said I was spot on – that she was missing her ex but for all the wrong reasons. She realized he was toxic and, frankly, not good enough for her!
- Many, many people who were dreaming of lost loved ones would contact me and say that they no longer felt “haunted” by their dreams but fortunate to have them.
- A lot of people told me I’d helped them break strings of disturbing recurring dreams.
There was more positive feedback than these, obviously, but these have stuck with me over the years.
The reason I’m bringing this up is because I’m going to begin a new “category” on Self Help Daily ‘s blog that will focus on Dream Analysis. I won’t be interpreting dreams on an individual basis, but will tell what different types of dreams actually mean and how this interpretation can actually help you in your journey to self awareness and self improvement.
This is one of the changes that I have planned for Self Help Daily this year and wanted to give you a heads up! ~ Joi