a longitudinal study, 7000 students were interviewed about their dreams.
This was an enormous study, crossing
countries, cultures, generations and language. The data revealed that there are
more differences in dream content between males and females than between
Furthermore, there are
approximately 34 recurrent themes that typically comprise our dreams
- Varying degrees of nudity or
- Falling or teetering on the
edge of a precipice,
- Hair or teeth falling out,
- Dead loved ones.
Pleasant, Joyful Dreams…
much fewer than upsetting ones because we tend to suppress the negative in our
lives to cope day to day with its challenges.
According to classic psychiatric theory, we have pleasant dreams often when
we are depressed in our waking lives.
With a depressed patient, a psychiatrist is advised to pay close
attention to a report of a happy dream because it may be signaling an imminent
Your First Task in Dream Interpretation is…
ask yourself, “What is the opposite to
this dream?” This could lead to a powerful insight about what in your
waking life is bothering you and what you might do to heal it.
This: The dreamer creates an entirely
real world in minute detail. Each dream
arouses within us the conviction that we are awake. We are creating an entire
world! Environment, characters,
feelings, action, objects are all there for us to observe and not one single
aspect is redundant or irrelevant.
recent Italian study determined that in an 80-year life span, we spend 20 years
of that dreaming. Twenty years of human existence is spent in pure creativity.
We breathe, we eat and we dream.
are a path to enlightenment that will cost you nothing and bring you
everything. You dream of the future, of
loved ones passed and you dream of how to heal yourself and others of
Working with your dreams channels
When recording your dreams remember to,
- Give your dream a title, and
- Have a recording device
handy by your bedside in which to record your dreams initially because we
say more about a dream upon awakening than we can or may be willing to write,
- Record it in the present
tense, for example, "I am
walking in an old house and as I look out the window I see a black dog
peering in at me."
- Make note how you felt
immediately upon awakening and how you felt throughout the dream action.
Organize a Dream Binder with Sections that Include…
- Dreams with short notes
about the day before or following the dream.
- Your own dream symbol
dictionary. As you enter new symbols in your dictionary and write out your
interpretations of that symbol you are opening a communication channel
between your varying levels of conscious; between heaven and earth,
between spirit and psyche. You will witness that symbol transforming from
dream to dream as you carry it through to the light of consciousness.
Kittens become cats, a child’s rocking horse transforms into a beautiful
race horse; sitting in a plane transforms to becoming a bird in flight
- Pictures depicting images
you saw in your dreams can be in another section.
- Notes and quotes from other
dream interpreters another section.
flexibility of a binder lends itself more effectively to working more fluidly
with your dream material. You might be
sitting in a café, doodling when suddenly you notice you are drawing a dream
image. This should be put into your
journal for later contemplation.
and execute an art project related to a big dream or dream series. This will involve
making a dream character, activity, setting, or action manifest. Collage, sculpt, paint, use whatever
materials at hand or what feels right for you.
did a multi-media wall hanging years ago on a dream series involving a woman
hanging from a Ferris Wheel while I observed from a castle turret. The result
was powerful and hung on my wall for years.
It took me more than a decade to interpret this dream’s meaning. But
having it hanging in my office gave me ample opportunity to ponder its message. Dream Study
most transformative methodology for working with your dreams is to form a dream
study group. People share their dreams
and dreamwork and help each other unpack their meaning through a series of
questions, play acting and suggestions.
If you go forward with this idea however, research the best ways to
listen to other’s dreams in order to protect everyone’s privacy, dignity and
Kathleen’s dream web site at http://www.dreamsdictionary.org
where she has a full 8 week dream study group outline you can follow to create
your own dream exploration group.
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