5 Simple Steps to Understand Your Dreams

Over the years, people often ask me how I’m able to understand dreams and interpret their meaning so quickly. Even though I’ve interpreted thousands of dreams, I didn’t know how to answer them at first. So, I began to study the Bible for how God speaks through dreams and visions because I wanted to be able to train others to understand dreams for themselves.

God’s symbolic language

For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it.
Job 33:14 NIV

According to Acts 2:17, God is pouring out His Spirit in prophecy, dreams and visions. And now that we have the Holy Spirit in us, we can understand the different ways that God speaks. Even though Jesus didn’t interpret people’s dreams, He began to teach them—and us—how to understand God’s metaphoric, symbolic language through His many parables.

[Tweet “Now that we have the Holy Spirit in us, we can understand the different ways that God speaks.”]

Jesus demonstrated how symbols can have different meanings from dream to dream. In one parable, a seed represented the Word of God, but in another, the seed represented faith. If you think of a dream like a story or night parable, then you can get to the meaning more quickly by discerning the context and a few more elements of the dream.

5-Step Method to Understand Dreams

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?” Mark 4:13 NIV

Understanding God’s language of parables or symbols is so important that Jesus told many parables (see Matthew, Mark and Luke) and even interpreted the meaning of quite a few. After studying these, the Lord showed me 5 simple steps to understand the meaning of our dreams.

  1. Who or what is the dream about? Are you the main character? Are you participating or are you observing in any way?
  2. What’s the context? Is it at your work? Your ministry? School or family?
  3. What’s the tone? Is it positive or negative? Is it light or dark? Dark dreams usually aren’t reality, and they often reveal the plans of the enemy.
  4. Are there any common themes? Watch for common themes like flying, falling, teeth coming loose or having a baby. Notice any repeated themes or symbols, or even recurring or similar dreams you may have over time.
  5. Break the dream down to it’s simplest form. Pull out three or four main points, like in the plot of a story.

Here’s an example: In the dream, you are at work (context) on a stormy day (tone). You start to give a presentation when you notice that your teeth (common theme) are coming loose! Others in the room notice, and you feel embarrassed (more context). And then you wake up in a cold sweat.

Meaning: Things might be stirred up (storm) where you work or over something you’re working on. Don’t let this distract you from getting the wisdom (teeth) you need before you go public with your project or ideas.

Do you see how the 5 steps walk you through a story that you can understand?

Understanding our dreams is one of the many ways that hearing God’s voice through the Holy Spirit can open up the heavens over your life!

[Tweet “Understanding our dreams is one of the many ways that hearing God’s voice through the Holy Spirit can open up the heavens over your life!”]


Doug Addison


P.S. If you want to go deeper into understanding your dreams, you might want to take my online Dream Crash Course. Right now, you can get it for 50% off with coupon code* Dream50. (*Coupon applies to single pay option only.) Learn more about it HERE!

Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.

Enjoy this content? Share on your favorite platform:

    • Jo
    • February 28, 2021

    Used to dream looking for toilets but there would be obstacles, spooky, messy or usu without doors, i cant used it. Or i was lost from my team, i wld call Jesus’ Name or pray, many times, awoken feeling anxious.

    • Lindiwe
    • February 25, 2021

    Thank you so much, this is an eye opener and I am going to follow it.🙏

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 25, 2021


    • Wendy
    • February 25, 2021

    I had a dream where there were 2 little boys playing and two men. I never saw their faces, the little boys were playing. We were in an old apartment complex, but up this hill there was a beautiful mansion and I was looking out this big framed window at it. I watched these big flaps open to reveal the people in them. Next thing I’m standing outside the apartment and looking at the building I’m in and it’s worn torn as the balcony above me was damaged on the edge. As I’m back inside now, I saw a man come towards me and go down the hallway and disappear. The little boys and the man disappeared as well, so I went down the hall to look as to where the man went and I came upon a small bedroom with a bed, the man was laying straight on his left side facing the doorway towards me, the blankets looked like a mountain at the end of the bed. At first I didn’t know who he was until after I woke up (Jesus).

    • María
    • February 25, 2021

    What an interesting teaching. Thanks

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 25, 2021

      Glad you enjoyed!

    • Alicia Roberts
    • February 24, 2021

    Do you think that visions can be deciphered the same way? I was praying in bed in December of 2018 when I seen above me 1/21 and then the shadow of a bird flew across the ceiling from my head to my feet. I almost feel that the 1/21 was a foretelling of a date month/year or perhaps month/day I’m not sure and then the bird an eagle. I live in America and the inauguration happened on the 20th of Jan. then on the 21st our new president signed a lot of things into law… could the bird represent and eagle possibly falling… even though it isn’t yet spoken of could this mean that the things signed into law would thus be our demise? Just my thoughts… idk what do you think? any input is welcome!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 26, 2021

      Sometimes they are similar but not always 🙂 .

Leave a Comment

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial