In many cases, we can’t make heads or tails of a dream even after we sketch it out or write it down.
The following organizational process is very useful in providing structure to chaotic dreams. Our ability to interpret dreams depends on our ability to see how they fit into our current life situation. This can be accomplished by giving the dream a format that readily fits into our experience in waking reality, organizing them into discernible patterns.
T-Technique for Immediate Interpretation
The T-Technique is a simple three step process that you can use to interpret any dream. It’s easy and you start by drawing a large “T” on a blank sheet of paper. On the left hand side of the “T” record all your symbols in a vertical line down the page. On the right hand side of the page, record the symbol’s meaning. It’s a word association game that works to decode dreams quickly!
Record the symbols in one-word descriptions such as eagle, snake, blue house, stranger, dad, sister, or airplane. Also record the feeling or emotion attached to the dream, such as anger, fear, love, sadness, or joy
Then ask yourself what these symbols mean in your current waking reality. For example, if you fear flying, an airplane will have a very significant meaning for you. Additionally, snake may mean danger, or it may mean something positive like spiritual energy. Only you can assign the true meaning based on your relationship to and interpretation of the symbol. The easiest way to ascertain the meaning of the symbol is to quickly (in a common sense framework) determine what the symbol represents to you. The important point here is not to labor over a symbol but to conduct quick word association – what is the first thing that comes to mind – this type of thing. Then move on to another symbol. In many cases, we can decipher the dream meaning without interpreting every symbol. We are looking for an overview at this point and not the granular details of each symbol.
What’s going on in my life Now? or What was on my Mind Yesterday? This is the final step and the most important question you can ask in the dream process. The process is set up to answer this important question. Sweet Dreams!