On average, a person has around 100,000 dreams over the course of their lifetime. They can be bizarre, scary, and sometimes so fabulous that you'll try falling back asleep to get back into it. While it's not always easy to do, if you try to remember them as best you can, your dreams can tell you a lot of really important things about yourself and different aspects of your life. The key is not always taking your dreams literally, but instead, looking into them to decode the meanings and messages that your subconscious mind is trying to relay. Understanding your dreams can help you to see the bigger picture about issues you may be dealing with, or parts of your personality that you need to work on – it's all about learning how to connect the dreamworld with waking life, in order to help your inner self find the answers it's looking for.

According to world renowned dream expert, Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, doing things like keeping a dream journal, drinking a glass of water before going to sleep, and not jumping out of bed the instant you wake up are all helpful ways to better retain your dreams from the night before. There are many common themes and images that appear in everyone's dreams, which are directly connected with one's intuition and personal power. Click the photos below to browse some of the most common symbols that people see in their dreams. If you had one that was similar, think about how the meaning might apply to you.


"Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you." – Marsha Norman