Last night I dreamt that I was walking down a staircase that led me deep under the earth. The air down there was barely breathable, but I couldn’t turn around. I told my companion that I was suffocating and he didn’t hear me. When I finally realized that I was stuck in a dungeon with no way out and I couldn’t breathe, I awoke.

After some lengthy analysis of this and earlier parts of the same dream, I realized that the dream was telling me something: I’ve been pursuing too many conversations where my voice is not heard, where I’m traveling down a tunnel with no way out. Unlike conversations that let you explore new ideas without fear of judgment, these discussions turn into debates where everything I say is used against me, and my opinions don’t really matter. That’s what it feels like when you get defensive about a position you hold, and you argue for it with all your might, but you know it’s never going to get you anywhere.

The dream helped me understand a part of my life that I wasn’t paying attention to.

Your subconscious knows more than you do. Sometimes the only way it can reach your conscious mind is through your dreams. It’s easy to dismiss them as trivial, but if you take the time to analyze them, then they can reveal powerful connections in your life and point out things that you would never be able to understand.

Pay attention to them. Write them down. Unlock the power of your subconscious mind.

Dreams are the deepest messages of our soul, but expressed in symbolic code.

– Daniel Mackler