Exploring the Sleeping Mind

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Why Dream Analysis is Empowering

Why Dream Analysis is Empowering

Recently I was asked how I feel when writing about dreams. Especially after reading the nightmares I analyze, people often think that dream analysis must be somehow traumatizing, but I don’t look at it that way. After thinking about the question, the best answer is… Read More

A Dreamer’s Compassion

A Dreamer’s Compassion

The Dream: “I saw my friend, lying on the ground on his side, outside at night, with his knees tucked in. He seemed to be unconscious. I walked over and got down on the ground next to him. For some reason I wrapped my arms… Read More

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 2

The Basic Steps of Dream Analysis, Part 2

Now that you have a full inventory of your dream as outlined in Part 1, look for connections between the details of the dream and the details of your waking life. In our brief and simple example, we have the following elements: childhood, melancholy, solemnity,… Read More

The Limitations of Dream Dictionaries

The Limitations of Dream Dictionaries

There are many resources available offering quick, straightforward interpretations of dreams in a simple format such as a dream dictionary. Some resources draw from common imagery; for example seeing a dog in a dream would generally be interpreted to represent friendship or loyalty – “a… Read More

The Value of Dream Analysis

The Value of Dream Analysis

In our hectic lives, it can be difficult to fully accept and even understand our emotions. Feelings such as fear, sadness, and insecurity are crowded out by distractions or replaced by “better,” happier emotions. Our unspoken hopes and desires are silenced by everyday demands on… Read More