To give an example of this connection-discovery, imagine you’ve dreamed of losing your teeth. When you think about the dream now, you feel uncertain and afraid—something terrible was happening to you that was out of your control.

Remember—it isn’t so much the content of the dream that is important, but the feelings it brings up. The usual meaning of a dream involving lost teeth is that you fear a future loss of control, or you don’t feel like you have any control of your life currently. Something disfigured you, and there was nothing you could do about it.

Apply this process to any dream, and see what comes up. Work to understand the net of associations in a particular dream, and what they mean for you, specifically, at this current time in your life.

You might finally open up that window into your inner self.

Your Dreams Are a Window to the Self

Dreams fascinate us. An entire industry revolves around using them to tell us our futures and our pasts.

But the thing with dreams is this—they tell us more about our present than anything else. They can help us understand our present problems and conflicts, our fears and desires and aspirations.

And, of course, remember that sometimes, a dream is just a dream—not everything can be assigned meaning. It’s those elements that recur, and that have special emotional resonance that should be looked for.

Examine those, find the patterns, and you’ll reveal some very important things about yourself and the way you think. Sometimes, changing your life simply takes a new awareness of what drives you.