Using a role-playing technique to figure out your dream symbols and their meaning, say to yourself (or aloud): “I am a cactus. I am . . .” Then list all your descriptors–and not just the obvious visual ones. What does it feel like to be a cactus? Example: I am green (ho-hum). I don’t always get enough water. (Are you drinking your quota per day?) I’m prickly. (Have you been “prickly” lately?) I live in a lonely, barren place. (Whoa! Have you been feeling like this lately?) I am a survivor! Try it on your own.