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How to Learn From Your Dreams and Why You Should!

Studies show that most beings, including animals, dream when they sleep. While many people have difficulty recalling their dreams, our bodies fall into the process during rest, particularly deep rests.

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In mediumship, we often look to dream interpretation as a learning tool in our subconscious mind. But how can we dissect dream themes and look into the subject as an area of psychic development?

If you’re curious to know what your dreams are trying to teach you, we’re here to help. Read on to learn some tips for analyzing dreams, as well as what some dreams likely mean. We’ll also highlight the different types of dreams you may encounter during sleep.

Types of Dreams

Let’s begin by exploring some of the types of dreams that you may encounter during rest. Here are the three most common types of dreams for interpretation.

Processing and Reflective

One of the most common types of dreams we’ll experience is dreams that focus on emotional processing. These are often dreams that come about as a way to handle events in our waking life.

The subconscious mind may focus on these experiences during rest. A common occurrence is for the dream to be a replay of a notable experience. While these can sometimes be unpleasant, such as something embarrassing, they’re also often “replays” of enjoyable moments.

You may have also felt your dreams shift as a result of waking emotions, such as stress. Stress dreams are often frantic and foreboding, and have a strange, shifting disorientation to them. These dreams are often thought to be our mind’s way of handling the stress in our waking life.

Deep Dreams

Deep dreams are often more vivid and feature more detail. It’s common for deep dreams to form as one long sequence rather than disjointed snippets, as other dreams may.

These dreams often stick with you for long periods, sometimes becoming memories. You may still be able to recall a deep dream you had as a child. These dreams often feel as real as waking life, though once you’ve awoken, you can often spot a few things that were clearly off.


Nightmares are extremely common, often negative dreams. Studies show that up to 85% of adults report having the occasional nightmare.

Nightmares often become less frequent as we age. Youthful imagination can cause them to have a more violent or vivid form. In adulthood, our nightmares are often forms of real-life stressors.

Another characteristic of a nightmare is that the dreams are often left unfinished. The intense themes or stressful nature can sometimes shock a dreamer back awake before the dream is complete.

Common Dream Themes in Mediumship

Now that we know some of the forms dreams can take, what sort of themes can you expect?

Here are some of the most common dream themes to keep in mind while growing your psychic development.

Animalistic Symbols

Animalistic symbols are an exceptionally common theme. The images or sounds of animals have deep symbolic meaning across many cultures.

Some theorize that these dreams are linked to the dreams of animals. It’s been scientifically shown that non-human animals have detailed dreams the same way that we do.

Others assign oracle-like meanings to animals. However, the difficulty comes from animals meaning different things in different cultures.

For example, the elephant is seen as sacred in many Eastern cultures. But in most Western cultures, the elephant has little relevance. As such, the dream of an elephant can be interpreted in different ways depending on your culture.

Bodily Failure

Our bodies failing our commands is also a common dream theme. The theme comes into play when you have a dream of your body not being able to accomplish a task.

For example, you may have had a dream where you were under physical threat. Your attempts to fight back are strange, as you’re suddenly unable to muster the physical ability to do so despite wanting to. In many interpretations, this is a result of a subconscious mind feeling helpless or powerless.

Many others dream of their bodies rotting or rapidly failing. Teeth falling out or skin breaking away are common symbols in these dreams. A common interpretation here is that these dreams highlight the dreamer’s feelings of failing to grow or failing.


On the brighter side, there are many dreams related to safety.

You may dream of being in a childhood home or your current home. Most times, this may come as a result of feeling safe in this area. Your mind may be trying to retreat to a place where it feels safe and unthreatened.

There are other locations that you may relate to safety on a personal level. A favorite park, a close companion’s home, or even a hospital could all have similar meanings.

Learning From Your Dreams

How can you use your mediumship to begin dream interpretation? Here are some of the most successful methods of interpreting your subconscious mind.


The first step is to willingly reflect on even the most uncomfortable dreams.

There’s often meaning in waiting in the smallest, seemingly insignificant dream. Take the time after you wake up to think about the dreams you’ve just left behind.


A great way to encourage reflection is to use a dream journal. These notebooks give you an avenue to write down what happened in your dream while it’s fresh in your mind.

They also give you the ability to later revisit your dreams. Otherwise, you may find much of the dream fading from memory.


Finally, you should grow comfortable discussing your dreams with others. You can discuss them with other mediums or with trusted peers.

Discussing your dreams can help you find meaning that is hiding in them. It’s an ideal way to mix socialization and psychic development.

Encouraging Psychic Development

Growing your psychic development and mediumship through dream interpretation is a rewarding and relatively simple endeavor. Don’t shy away from your dreams and do your best to keep a record of them. Discuss these dreams with peers and friends to find deeper meaning.

Interested in growing your understanding of the world around you? Book a session with Michelle Beltran to begin your journey.

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