We are talking about #24 and #25 today in the series 33 Ways to work with your Dreams.
#24 – Tell the dream in the present tense.
Most of the time we tell a dream in past tense because that is when it occurred. By re-positioning your mind to go back into the dream as it was happening, in the present, you might open up new understandings or experience new levels of emotions or details of the dream which you could not recall before. This is the first step in what is known as Gestalt Theory. You can learn more about that in this very concise and informative post on the website SocialWork.Career
#25- Tell the story of the dream from a different perspective.
This is another extension of using Gestalt Theory on dreams. Telling the story of a dream from the perspective of a different character in the dream is a way to personify other aspects of yourself that you normally don’t identify with. For example, if you dream of a shadowed figure chasing you through a maze of rooms, try retelling the dream from the persona of the shadowed figure. How would he/she tell the story of what happened in the dream? When you do this, you should use the first-person present tense (ex: I am running after someone but can’t catch up, and so on).
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