Since dream images make no sense in ordinary terms, people dismiss them as “weird” or meaningless, but actually, dreams are completely coherent. If we take time to learn their language, we discover that every dream is a masterpiece of symbolic communication. Quoted from Robert A. Johnson’s (1986) Inner Work
A Method to Analyze your Dreams (via Robert Johnson’s (1986) approach found in his book Inner Work)
The Four Step – Approach
1.) Associations – This is the foundation from where to begin. This is where we open up to the unconscious. They present themselves and seem to have the most “weight”. Dreams are like a very fast film. If we slow down the film we realize there are many images in each film.
2.) Connecting images to Inner Dynamics – This is the active looking for parts of our inner selves in the dream.
3.) Interpretation – Put together what he have found and then take the dream as a whole. Is this a three-part play or two-part? Some dreams feel complete while others hold us in an incomplete state as if beckoning that we struggle with it.
4.) Ritual – Make the dream more conscious and concrete as if to honor the content. It’s a privilege to be a part of the Unconscious so please honor it so “it” can learn that we are to be trusted.