Dream Journalling – an example


Last week I wrote about  Dream Journalling and interpretation.  This week I want to give you a follow on post with an example of how you might go about doing this.


image : an orange tree, bearing much fruit with a yard stick next to it.

First brainstorm as many questions as you can think of in relation to the image.


  • how big was it
  • was it firmly planted
  • was it lush and bushy
  • OR straggly and unhealthy
  • was it flowering
  • was the fruit ripe, not ripe, combination of both
  • if ripe was the fruit  juicy  and tasty
    OR dry and tasteless
  • did the fruit contain seeds
  • were the leaves green and  healthy
  • OR withering and malnourished
  • what is the tree symbolic of
  • what is the fruit symbolic of
  • what are the seeds symbolic of
  • what are the leaves symbolic of


  • what was the yardstick made of
  • was it new
    OR  old
  • how long was it
  • did it have clear markings on it
  • if so, is that important and why
  • why was it next to the orange tree
  • had it been used somehow with the tree
  • if so, how and why
  • what is the yardstick symbolic of
  • is what the yardstick is made of important
  • if so why

Once you have listed all the questions you can think of, start working through them one by one. Not all will be relevant. Write down whatever comes into mind, without judgement, logic or rationalising. You may well find that some questions will lead to others you had not thought of.

The pendulum may be helpful in this exercise – either by eliminating those questions that are not relevant, or choosing the ones that are. Remember when you use the pendulum in this way to keep the questions to simple ‘yes’ ‘no’ ones. This can be challenging as it is common in conversations to ask questions that are double barrelled or cannot be answered by a straight yes/no.

When you have finished, read the information you have collected. See if there is anything further to add. You will find that the right answers will intuitively resonate with you.  The message may be confirmation of something important in your life; it may be a message about needing to do something; it may be a consolidation of some inner work that you have already completed or are about to complete……

The images received are often symbolic of the self, or aspects of the self.

They can provide valuable data to assist in the journey of personal growth and development.

Once finished, you may choose to use the pendulum again to check that you have collected all the information and interpreted it correctly for your highest good.


This is my interpretation –


  • how big was it ?

It is a mature tree, well established, decades old

  • was it firmly planted ?

It is solidly grounded with strong roots

  • was it lush and bushy ?

The tree is nicely shaped, mostly lush green shiny leaves. There are some old leaves and dead wood that need to be pruned.

  • was it flowering ?

There are many flowers on it – some buds, some beginning to open, others fully open and exuding a strong, beautiful perfume

  • was the fruit ripe, not ripe, combination of both ?

The fruit is abundant – a variety of new, green fruit of varying sizes, some ripening and others fully mature and ready to pick

  • if ripe was the fruit  juicy and tasty  ?
    The mature fruit is sweet, juicy and very tasty
  • did the fruit contain seeds ?

There are many seeds

  • what is the tree symbolic of ?

The tree is symbolic of me – my body

  • what are the fruit and flowers symbolic of ?

The fruit is symbolic of my mind / spirit and spiritual gifts. Some are fully developed, some are maturing, some are beginning to grow – either as newly formed  (flower buds, flowers) or developing  (unripe fruit)

  • what are the seeds symbolic of ?

The seeds are symbolic of my potential new growth. In order for these to grow the seed needs to be planted, nurtured and supported

  • what are the leaves symbolic of ?

The leaves are symbolic of my personality, characteristics and attributes. As with any tree some of the leaves are yellowing and have insect bites or are old and need to be removed in order for the tree to remain healthy


  • what was the yardstick made of ?

It is as old as the tree ,made of wood, and as the name says, it is a yard in length. It has markings on it, some of which are faded and hard to read

  • if so, is that important and why ?

Only in that it has been around a long time

  • why was it next to the orange tree ?

Because it is used to measure growth

  • what is the yardstick symbolic of ?

It is a device that is used to measure. In this instance it is used to measure growth of the tree and its fruit. The yardstick is therefore symbolic of the various ways in which I get information to measure my growth – through my Self, my  inner guidance, my family and friends, my work colleagues, my work performance appraisal ….


This message is a beautiful one that tells me many things.

 It tells me that essentially I am healthy and mature – in all aspects of my life. There are components of the physical body that need attention and discarding in order to live a healthy and balanced life that supports ongoing growth. I recognise these things and take action to change the things that no longer serve me.

 The mature fruit and flowers are aspects of myself that are fully developed. These are things like compassion, sense of humour, groundedness, spiritual connection, openness to learning and growth.

 The unripe fruit and flower buds are aspects that are evolving and growing as I continue on my  journey of growth and discovery on a personal and spiritual level.

 The measure of my growth is very important for by receiving feedback I know in which areas I am doing well and in which it would benefit me to do further work. This feedback has been coming to me in many ways throughout my life.

 The richness in the symbolism of this message  could lead to further journaling utilising the metaphors for ongoing exploration of personal growth and development. It could, for example be utilised to hone in on a ‘bud’ (= new skill, attribute, quality) and follow the journey of its ripening and maturing. Equally as well it could be utilised to follow the journey of pruning the ‘dead wood’ and the resultant impact on health. The symbolism is open to many creative and innovative ways of exploring one’s journey of growth and discovery.

Don’t forget that journaling does not have to be just writing. Creativity is the key. Painting, drawing, doodling, a combination of all of these.

Don’t forget to date your work. If you go back to it at a later time you will more than likely find new layers of meaning to your work.

(C) Raili Tanska of Soul Gifts

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1 thought on “Dream Journalling – an example”

  1. Hi!
    Thank you for sharing an in dept way of figuring out what the dream symbols can mean to each of us.
    The same symbol can have a different meaning on each dreamer.
    I appreciated your blog post!
    Have a wonderful day!


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