Solve Problems in Your Sleep - 5 Step Dream Analysis

by Girish Menezes - Date: 2007-02-08 - Word Count: 1361 Share This!

The mind is an amazing tool and there have been numerous stories about how great discoveries have been made during down-time and often while asleep. Archimedes famously discovered the law of up thrust while having a bath, Newton discovered the law of gravity while sitting under an apple tree and Friedrich August Kekulé wrote that he discovered the ring shape of the benzene molecule after dreaming of a snake seizing its own tail. From time to time, all of us have had that niggling feeling that all the answers to our problems are right there in our brains, all we need to do is unlock the power of our subconscious to tap into that resource. Using this 5 step technique, you can look at critical issues in your own life and uncover their solutions.

The five step process

There are a number of methods to incubate issues and retrieve solutions thrown up in our dreams. This specific process is one I have developed over a number of years and is based around Gestalt methodology at its core.

- Define

- Commit

- Retrieve

- Analyse

- Connect


The first step in using dream analysis as a tool for solving problems is to clarify and define the problem in a coherent manner. There are a few rules that I find useful in this respect.

- Most well defined problems start with a 'How' or a 'What'. For example, 'How can I incentivise my employees better', or 'What can I do to improve my relationship with my Mother'.

- Target 'Positive change' rather than looking at current negative situations. For example, 'How can I become a fit size 12, rather than 'How can I lose 20 lbs.

- Look at the greater good rather than personal gain. For example, 'How can I find my perfect spouse', rather than 'How can I make Jane fall in love with me'.

- Your solution should not impinge on another person's life. For example, 'How can I become a millionaire', not 'How can I be richer than Bill'.

Your issue is almost always going to be something that will make a major impact on your life, something you have been concerned about for some time, and definable in less than 10 words.


The next stage is to commit to the issue. Write it down on a piece of paper and carry it around in your purse for 24 hours. Once you are 100% certain that you have defined the issue correctly, get ready to incubate the issue as you prepare for bed. 15 minutes before you get into bed, sit down on a chair with the paper in your hands. Read the words several times. Close your eyes, and keep the issue in your mind. If you meditate or pray, this is the moment to focus your thoughts around the issue. When you are ready, make sure that there is a pen and pencil, Dictaphone or tape recorder next to your bed to record your dream, put the paper with your issue under your pillow, and get into bed and enjoy a good nights rest.


Everyone dreams, unfortunately, the conscious mind does not approve of the retrieval of dreams as these dreams are the suppressed and repressed results of conscious thoughts and actions. It could take time to build up your ability to recollect and record your dreams, so if you are a beginner, you may need more help than I can give you on this page.

You could have a look at my paper on 'How to interpret dreams' that focuses on the more core aspects of dream recollection and interpretation:

For people who have had experience retrieving their dreams, please note that your 'Eureka moment' may not always be the last dream of the night. In fact, what usually happens is that you will wake up sometime in the middle of the night, with a clear recollection of a vivid dream. Make sure you record the dream before getting back to sleep, but record the final dream of the night as well, just in case.


Again, for readers who have not read my paper on analysing dreams (, I would suggest that you read it in detail. It has a detailed step-by-step process to recording, transliterating and interpreting dreams. Other than that, there is no specific difference in the actual analytical process between incubated dreams and those that you have in the normal process of life. In fact, I would advise you to go through the first layer of analysis without attempting to connect it with your incubated issue.


Once you have gone through the basic analytical process though, the key is to connect it with the issue at hand. Retrieve your issue from under your pillow and go through every line of your dream with a specific purpose to uncover likely solutions to your problem.

An example

A Client of mine was facing issues around conflicts at work. He sat down with me and he incubated the issue over a couple of days. I will leave out specifics around the issue and any personal elements around the dream and its interpretation to protect identities of all concerned.

The dream that was retrieved was as follows.

My Client was walking with his business partners toward a tube station (Metro/Subway). They were walking through a filthy part of town and wished that the station could have been closer. They realised though that in a big city you had to have distance between each tube entrance. One partner had lagged behind and they decided to wait at the station for him. They then got into a boat and travelled to the next stop. One partner took off his shoes and he had firm and hairy feet. When they reached their destination the boat guide started to give them a lecture about the area, one of the partners was resistant, but was willing to wait as my Client was quite keen on listening.

My Client mentioned that there was a nice fort at the mouth of the river, they looked at it and realised that it was a sentry box. One of the partners, who was leaving the company, gave my Client a bill. My Client realised that there were some questionable entries, but realised that the amounts were not significant. Finally, one of the partners decided to discuss the reasons for this gentleman leaving the company, but my Client realised that it was not advisable to do so in public.

And the analysis

It was clear that all of the partners had decided to move on from the current situation as they were headed toward a tube station together, but realised that it takes time to get out of the 'shit'. One partner was lagging behind in the process, but there was a will to keep together. Water usually symbolises emotions, so the boat trip reflect the emotional journey that they were going through as a group. For my Client, his Partners feet symbolised a strong grounding and made him feel more positive about the person. Quite clearly though, the Partner was not so interested in getting directions at the destination, but was quite happy to wait around if my Client wanted to go through the process. The 'sentry box' reminded my Client to watch out for negative emotions coming through. The episode with 'the bill' indicated that it was better to forget likely expenses incurred as part of the process of the man leaving the company. And finally, that any conversations among the partners should be done in private as opposed to having public hearings.

As you can imagine, my Client felt relieved that his subconscious indicated that there was a positive movement in the relationship. His own emotional tie-in to the situation made him believe that things were still rather desperate. He felt more trusting of his partners and their abilities, and got some specific tips on behaviour modification that would be needed to ensure that he had done his part in the group.

Closing thoughts

Hope this helps. Do pop into my blog sometime and leave any comments, queries or success stories. If you would like help with your Dream-work, do feel free to drop me a line. I am happy to help via Email, Instant Messenger or in person in London.

Related Tags: problem solving, dreams, dream analysis, dream incubation, issue resolution, solving conflicts

Girish Menezes has a 'Masters in Analytical Philosophy' from Pune University and a 'Masters in Management' from the London Business School. He runs a blog at that is dedicated to human performance enhancement technologies like Meditation, Prayer, Dream Analysis and Hypnosis. Girish has had many Masters including Jesus, Osho, Papaji, Rishi Prabhakar and Ramesh Balsekar. You can contact him at server81

Link to 'How to interpret dreams' that focuses on the more core aspects of dream recollection and interpretation:

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