According to Robert Gongloff, “all dreams are nonsensical because they come in, strange forms. They don’t always provide us with the nice, neat story and a wonderful conclusion that we are used to in a movie or TV.” In his new book Dream Exploration: A New Approach he clearly describes his own version of dream incubation. “The process is simple. You write down your problem or issue, and say to yourself before going to bed that you will have a dream that will help you with the issue.” He even adds a unique twist suggesting that you ask yourself what is benefiting you in staying stuck in this particular problem and how do you benefit from being in this situation that you don’t like. This he feels will give you some clues as to why you are unable to sole this situation using only waking conscious problem solving techniques.
Robert Gongloff warns about “getting to mental in working with the dream. Well, a car means this, or a horse means such and such. So we get all tangled up in words and meanings. That’s why I try to emphasize that we are not interpreting or analyzing. I believe that is working outside the dream. When I seek a theme, I am letting the dream speak to me. I am not working the dream, but listening to what the dream is, attempting to communicate to my conscious mind.” In this way themes are actually activities that described the inherent theme like the emerging plots in a book.
Dreams in his new approach are an independent reality; which is to say that dreams are constantly adding to our knowledge about specific aspects of our lives. As we recognize and acknowledge what the message a particular dream is offering and make attempts to carry that message over into our waking lives; we are incorporating the dream using his new method.
This new approach can be broken down into several basic concepts:
– A basic element in his theme theory is that the theme is the important message, idea, or perception a story, waking-life event, or dream is attempting The themes the dream has are important messages that the dream is atempting to bring into your consciousness.
– Themes deal with our issues, the questions our lives and the mysteries of our adventures
– Themes are as different from storylines or plots in that they provide the information we need to determine the theme that will most help us in our current situation
– Dreams can be interpreted symbolically, for example, a dream of a car has to do with our mobility of the world or a watery dream may deal with emotions, but symbols can be misinterpreted. They don’t always mean the same thing dream to dream.
In this respect, Robert Gongloff is against the use of dream symbol dictionaries. He says, “you can have three different dreams with entirely different symbology, but all three dreams can express the same themes, deal of the same message or issue. The dreams are asking us to address.” He thinks that it helps to look at dreams is a body of work. By recording your dreams in a journal in identifying the themes you can begin to see patterns emerging, which may be helpful when identified with your life. These may be issues you’re facing are having trouble facing. He then warns that dreams are trying to alert people to issues in their life that they may be ignoring or not willing to face.
This book shows you how to work with the component themes in your life experiences for personal understanding and growth. The themes that he proposes are not just used for dream interpretation, but for any event in a person’s life. He combines different themes into a matrix provides detailed guidance to determine in whatever is your life your dreams or waking life experiences are inviting you to focus. The matrix can also help you determine whether you are in the lifecycle of that area of focus and help you move on to the next step in the cycle. The book further provides guidance on how to benefit from the themes and work you’ve done on them. After having developed a matrix you begin to deal with the issues raised by your dreams and taking positive actions in your waking life.
On the larger scale. This book is intended to help you understand and grow through your own life cycles. He describes four different sequences that occur in each cycle. They include differentiation, expression, interaction, and capitalization. Through differentiation and expression you come to understand yourself as an individual. Through interaction and capitalization, you come to understand yourself as a member of society and the world community.
Focusing on how you differentiate yourself as an individual prepares you to learn self-expression. Focusing on how you express yourself prepares you to learn how to interact dream matrix with others. Focusing on how you interact with others prepares you learn how to serve the whole of humanity. It is when you focus on the whole of humanity that you prepare to differentiation of self as an individual at a higher level of consciousness.
Richard. Gongloff’s book emphasizes the dream speak to us in a symbolic language. From night to night, those symbols and images can appear widely different. It’s but in truth, they are likely and replaying an important theme in your life, a vital message from your dream world to your conscious mind.
While most dream books focus on symbolism, dream exploration helps readers go deeper by exploring the themes presented in dream life and their relationship to waking life. It’s written as a how-to guide, the first to includes a 12 step process that helps to identify core themes in your life and how best to grow with them. His concept of the matrix offers practical actions that reduce contact to move beyond their dreams.