Dreams speak through symbol, metaphor, and sometimes, through ancient mythology. These symbols are often communication from our unconscious about areas of our lives that may be out of balance. Dream work can enable parts of the brain for healing that had previously been blocked and unavailable. The unconscious seeks health and balance. It will point out neglected areas of our psyche that harbor imbalance and conflict.
The symbol in the dream has more the value of a parable; it does not conceal, it teaches.
One would do well to treat every dream as though it were a totally unknown object. Look at it from all sides, take it in your hand, carry it about with you, let your imagination play around with it.
Working with dreams can be a rich experience, but many people have trouble remembering their dreams. Dream amnesia most often kicks in once we get up from bed. Here are some tips to aid in this quest:
Setting your intention - When you lay your head down on the pillow at night, say to yourself three times, "I will remember my dreams." Say it with conviction.
Preparation - Keep a pad of paper and pen right beside your bed so you do not have to get up out of bed to write your dream. A bed-side lamp is also helpful.
Capturing the dream - When you wake up in the morning, reach for your pad of paper and pen. You may feel discouraged because you only remember one image or a color, but write that anyway. Sometimes the dream will open up to you like a blooming flower.
Living with the dream - Bring your pad of paper with you during the day and re-read the dream periodically. You may notice memories of the dream will occur during certain times. This is important. Your relationship to the dream images will evolve as you keep them in your consciousness.
Working with the dream - It is not absolutely necessary, but it can be very helpful to find a therapist who has some training and experience in dream work. This is not to have your dream interpreted for you, but to help you to interpret your own dream.