Many people can easily understand one or two layers of their own dreams. That’s because dreams usually reflect parts of your life you’re already conscious or semi-conscious about. In other words, dreams can remind you of things you already know.

But as mentioned in this article, dreams can have multiple layers of meaning and it’s easy for the dreamer to miss the more complex layers of her own dreams. Why? Because dreams deliver messages from our unconscious mind or from Spirit to our conscious mind, but only when we’re ready for new insight. Essentially, dreams can reveal information about our lives that we’ve never fully understood about ourselves. They can also present prophetic information about the future.

Unfortunately, when emotions like fear or denial, or even confusion, dominate the dream experience it can be challenging to uncover the deeper, hidden layers of meaning.

When I work with clients on a bi-monthly basis I see patterns emerging in their dreams and life. The same message can surface in subtly different combinations of images and dramas until the dreamer fully understands the message.

For instance, a dreamer could have five dreams about parking cars, but each dream could feel so different in mood, tone and imagery that the dreamer might not even see the correlation between the dreams, missing the connection completely.

Once she integrates the meaning of a dream message, however, it’s likely she won’t continue having dreams related to that message. Unless, of course, the dream is carrying multiple meanings.

I’ve also noticed that people can dream the same or parallel dream themes when they understand something intellectually, but have not yet fully assimilated the information in a transformational way.

For example, a person can know intellectually that his job is not good for him, but choose to ignore the situation. He may start to dream various scenarios that show him how his work is adversely affecting his life. He may continue to dream similar themes until he leaves the job and finds something more healthful. But the more he ignores the dreams and their guidance and doesn’t take action to solve his problem, the more likely his dream dramas will escalate to nightmare status until he is forced to pay attention.

That’s why working with a professional can be so helpful. A professional is trained, experienced and more objective. For instance, I can see patterns in my clients’ dreams and waking life that they miss because I’m not emotionally attached to the outcomes or events.

Remember, when you work with your own dream you’re likely to see a few layers of meaning, but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to see. Working with a professional or with a group of peers can help you discover more about your dream you might not have without their help.