The True Meanings Of Dreams Revealed

Electrical End To Insomnia?

The Fisher Wallace stimulator claims to be able to cure insomnia through the use of electrical stimulation of the brain. The medical term for it is electro-sleep therapy , although it is also known as cranial-electro stimulation or transcranial electrotherapy or transcranial electrotherapy. It is widely advertised on the Internet although the FDA approval that was obtained in 1991 requires a prescription for its purchase.

Martin Wallace, who had a PhD in biology worked with Dr. Liss and Chip Fisher to develop the Fisher Wallace stimulator in 2012. Electrotherapy stimulation has been on the market since the 1960s. Electrotherapy has been around since the ancient Romans used electrically charged fish to cure headaches, gout and other medical conditions.

The exact mechanism of action of cranial electro stimulation remains unclear, but it seems to reduce the stress that underpins many emotional disorders. The pulses of electrical current, increase the ability of neural cells to produce serotonin, dopamine, DHEA, endorphins and other neurotransmitters. Depending on where the electrodes are placed on the skull determines which region of the brain they will stimulate. After a session of transcranial electrotherapy users report feeling “alert, yet relaxed” brought about by an increase in alpha and a decrease in Delta brain waves as seen on an EEG.

This is not to be confused with electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. When it first came out there was a portable model, which could be used at home, but tended to dim the lights because of the tremendous amount of electricity consumed in shocking the brain into an epileptic seizure.

The Fisher Wallace stimulator is touted as a device that may be used safely in conjunction with any medication since it does not cause any serious side effects. It is sold as a way to help relieve depression, anxiety and insomnia, all without drugs or side effects. They also claim it can prevent migraine’s, reduce chronic pain, and even help you concentrate. All this for a mere eight hundred dollars. But wait, many private insurance companies, such as Aetna, United Healthcare and Blue Cross often reimburse patients for the purchase of a Fisher Wallace Stimulator® when it is prescribed for the treatment of pain using the procedure code E0720.

Teating psychiatric conditions with electrical stimulation belongs, of course, to a long and notorious tradition. At the extreme in this genre is ECT, or electro-shock therapy, which induces seizures—and is typically used as a last resort. ECT has a bad reputation but a relatively good track record, bringing about results in cases of depression and psychosis so entrenched that nothing else succeeds. But it has major side effects—memory loss, for instance—and it tends to sit uncomfortably in the public imagination.

Much more recently, Dr. Helen Mayberg at Emory has pioneered the use of deep brain stimulation, which also uses electrical currents but with much greater precision than ECT, targeting one discrete brain region, known as area 25. The technique has had dramatic effects. Mayberg has reported patients experiencing a palpable alleviation of their symptoms right in the operating room. The Fisher Wallace device sits on the very near end of this wide spectrum.
An enthusiastic convert to the device, Dr. Richard Brown, a psychiatrist at Columbia University, characterizes the effect on brain waves as being similar to that of meditation. Dr. Brown claims to be seeing an 80 percent success rate among the patients to whom he prescribes it, many of whom suffer from major depression that has not responded to any other form of treatment. If Brown’s experience is representative, the Fisher Wallace device has a big future. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs, or SSRIs, today’s go-to for treating depression, show a success rate of roughly 50 percent.

More information and videos can be seen on the Fisher Wallice website: http://www.fisherwallace.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

Scared of Something? Facing Your Fears in Dreams May Help

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A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience concludes that having repeated dreams about things that you are afraid of will reduce your fear of them. “It’s a novel finding,” study author Katherina Hauner said, “we showed a small but significant decrease in fear. If it can be extended to pre-existing fear, the biggest picture is that, perhaps, the treatment of phobias can be enhanced during sleep.”

The process is similar to what psychologists call exposure therapy. This consists of intentionally exposing someone to a fearful situation until the person experiences a decrease in emotional intensity. A simple way to look at it is that I constantly facing their fear they get over whatever is terrifying them. The major drawback with this type of treatment is that most people say they simply can’t face what they are afraid of.

By using a new sleep method whereby patients face their fears more subconsciously they may be able to learn how to deal with what they are afraid of before actually facing the real thing, leading to less stress and mental anguish.

In reviewing this research, Daniela Schiller, a neuroscientist at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York, said in the journal Nature “it’s fascinating and very promising. We used to think you need awareness and conscious understanding of your emotional responses in order to change them.”

Dr. Daniel Bender, a lecturer with the division of psychology and language sciences at the University of London, said in the journal New Scientist that he too found the study promising. “Extremely fearful experiences can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder and this technique of queue-based extinction. During sleep, could eventually lead to a potential therapy.”

On a more practical level, spending some time concentrating on those things that scare you before you go to sleep may help induce dreams in which you face these fears in a more active and positive way.

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The Use of Dream Catchers in Dream Interpretation

images (50) The use of dream catchers in dream interpretation is one of the most fascinating traditions of the Native American Indians. The dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams by catching them in its web. Positive dreams would be allowed to slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams which were caught in the web would dry up with the first rays of the morning sun.

The original dream catchers were made by the Ojibwa American Indian tribe. Dream catchers were created by the elders of the tribe for newborn children to be hung above their cradle boards and give the infants beautiful and peaceful dreams. The circle or hoop was held in highest esteem because it symbolized unity and strength. They made their hoops out of red willow or dogwood using thread made from the stock of the stinging nettle. The twigs were gathered fresh and dried in a circle or pulled into a spiral shape depending upon their intended use. They would be decorated it with pieces of jewelry, feathers, arrowheads, and beads or other bits and pieces of everyday life. The center would be one piece of semi precious gemstone usually turquoise, symbolizing the creator in the web of life.

In their form of dream interpretation good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer traveling down through the feathers of the dream catcher. The slightest movement of the feathers indicate the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Because bad dreams are confused, and confusing they cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until they are destroyed by the morning sunlight.

The idea of a dream catcher comes from the tale of an old Lakota spiritual leader who had a vision while being on a mountain retreat. In his vision the American Indian god “Iktomi” appears in the form of a spider. Iktomi is a great trickster and searcher of wisdom, who spoke in a sacred language while picking up the spiritual leader’s willow hoop, which had feathers, horse here, beads, and other offerings on it. The spider began to spin a web inside the hoop while speaking about the cycles of life and how people started out as infants moving through childhood to adulthood and then old age, where they needed to be cared for like infants again, completing the circle.

When the spider Iktomi finished speaking he gave the elder the webbed dream catcher, and said that it is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the great spirit, the web will filter your good ideas and the bad ones will be trapped and will not pass. The elder returned from the mountain and passed his vision on the people of his tribe, who made dream catchers like spider webs.

As you may already know this website offers free dream interpretation. Simply fill out the form and described the dream in as much detail as you can and interpretation will be sent to you via email.

Mutual Dreaming is not a folie a du

download (16) It has been nearly fifteen years since Stephen LaBerge and Lynda Lane Magellan wrote Mutual Dreaming but it is still a fresh idea in dream interpretation. When two people or more share the same dream in their own perspective they are mutually dreaming. They’re able to recall the same details, conversations and settings although their perspectives may differ significantly. The recent movie Inception has made the public more aware of this phenomenon.

This idea has been around for a long time in literature. Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durell is the best example of how four different people can experience the same events in their separate perspectives. It is left to the reader to sort out objective reality. Stephen LaBerge takes the concept of mutual dream to a different level when he raises the possibility that the dream world may be in some cases just as objectively real as the physical world. When we talk about objective reality we are talking about something from which we all draw independent perceptions that they can be referred back to a common source. The question he poses is how does this change the traditional dichotomy between dreams and reality?

This is exactly the subject that Tom Campbell begin researching at the Monroe Institute, a center dedicated to exploring waking, lucid awareness while sleeping. He and other participants practice the skill of being consciously awake while asleep and were able to verify mutual meetings between sleepers. The international Association for the study of dreams has paid nearly dream telepathy contests in which there been many personal experiences of mutual dreaming.

One of the major reasons why mutual dreaming is not a more well-known phenomenon has to do with the fact that the majority of people having dreams are passive with little or no skills in lucid dreaming. The dreaming population on the planet for the most part is “dream illiterate” and incapable or unwilling to become active in their dreams.

It is a well-known scientific fact that while sleeping the temporal-frontal lobes of the human brain shut down. Since they are responsible for memory this condition is called, “sleep induced amnesia.” Although we may have unconscious dream experiences during the shutdown is difficult to have memory access to whatever information exists unless we are able to override this condition of deactivated memory.

During lucid dreaming, people often talk of the difference between seeing most people in a catatonic zombie like state but meeting other people who seem to be awake. It is like meeting other people who are as aware as the lucid dreamer having that dream. This may be the basis of mutual dreaming.

Confusional Arousal or “Sleep Drunkenness”

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When I was young I used to hate to take afternoon naps. I would wake up, not knowing where I was sometimes even who I was and lasted for quite a while. The fancy term for this is confusional arousal and it affects one in seven Americans or 15% of sleepers. The derogatory popular label for it is, “sleep drunkenness.” Rather than waking up. There is a profound confusion, usually in terms of where you are and having difficulty controlling your behaviors, while this confusion wears off. Worst case scenarios are people who fall out of bed or start striking out towards other people.

Dr.Ohayon is a psychiatrist at Stanford University school of medicine, who is studying this phenomenon. “There was a case of a man on a ship who awoke in a confused state and fell on to his death,” says Dr.Ohayon. Whether sleep drunkenness is itself unconditional symptom of other sleep problems is an ongoing debate, according to Dr.Ohayon. Treatment for confusional arousal hinges on treating the other sleep problems the patient may have. when those problems are treated the condition often disappears according to Dr.Ohayon who’s research published in Neurology (August 26, 2014)

Dr. David Rye, a professor of neurology at Emory University in Atlanta, “confusional arousals exists… And are probably more common than we thought.” He was quick to point out that, “as in most epidemiological surveys what is reported, our associations not cause and effect.” Their study was quite large, involving 19,000 people who were asked confusional arousal, been diagnosed with mental illness and what medications they took. 15% of the participants reported experiencing symptoms of confusional arousal and over half of them said they had more than one episode per week. Over 84% of them had other sleep disorders, a mental health diagnosis and had used psychotropic medications such as antidepressants. There was only one percent of the population will only have sleep drunkenness, with no other problems.

Of the 37%, and psychological disorders were diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorders, alcoholism, panic or posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Sleep drunkenness is also associated with sleeping too little or too much. 20% of those who slept less than six hours a night and 15% of those who slept more than nine hours suffered from sleep drunkenness as well. Among the medical condition, sleep apnea was more likely to produce confusional arousal as well.

According to Dr. David Rye, confusional arousal is poorly defined. “We need to know more about how to define and recognize those with the problem, how it negatively impacts patients lives, how large is the unmet clinical need, and determine whether a doctor should care about the complaint.” What we do know is that confusional arousal is painful and disruptive to the people who are suffering from it. The lack of awareness of this condition makes people feel like they are the only person suffering from it. Learning to improve the quality of sleep, as well as addressing this particular issue will help reduce some of these negative effects.

Lucid Dreaming Reconsidered

images (36)Lucid dreaming is a particular form of dreaming in which you are aware that you are in a dream. There have been several time-tested methods of having lucid dreams but in this article we will reconsider the whole process in a new way, suggesting another method of being able to have lucid dreams more easily. The basic assumption of this new method is that your dreams are as clear as your waking life. Your ability to remember things that happened to you during the day improves your ability to have lucid dreams. Improve your awareness of what goes on during the day and your higher state of consciousness will evoke lucid dreams.

The principle behind this is simple. The more you are able to eliminate lapses of memory and conscious attention in waking life the easier you will be become more aware when you’re dreaming. By improving your conscious recollection of the events of the day you are able to be more aware of the details of your dreams, which is the first step to gain control of your dream. Eliminate lapses in memory and conscious intention in your waking life gradually you’ll become aware when you’re sleeping, and more importantly your dreaming. As you struggle to increase your consciousness of your waking life will develop tools that will automatically help you become more conscious of the fact that your dreaming.

This is not merely a matter of subjectivity; nor is it simply turning passive consciousness into an active awareness. It may be looked at in greater attention to your waking and dream life. So then, whenever your mind remembers to do this, it becomes easier to take control. You make the transition from passive observer to active participant by maintaining a high level of consciousness details of the events go on around you, either in waking life, or dreaming.

Perhaps this analogy may make things more clear. Imagine you spend most of your day with a pair of headphones blaring loud music to your ears. Then you consciously take the headphones off and find that you can more cheaply pay attention to the events around you and your thoughts without the loud music disturbing you. With this higher level of conscious awareness, you find that you approach your dreams the same way. Since conscious awareness of the fact you are dreaming is the first step to having lucid dreams, your daytime efforts make it easier to make this transition when you are dreaming.

New Directions in Dream Interpretation

contentAlthough this book came out in 1993 it presents a useful and concise summary of seven contemporary methods of dream interpretation. Starting off with psychoanalytic interpretation based on Sigmund Freud, it follows through with the analytic interpretation proposed by Carl Jung. Next is a discussion of Fritz Pearls’ gestalt interpretation dreams and concludes with the existential interpretations of Menard Boss and more recent sleep and dream research. The overall approach of this book is not theoretical but according to the editor, Gayle Delaney, “focus more attention on finding approaches that promote the greatest practical application of insights gained from dream interpretation.” Each chapter, then describes an introduction of a given method as well as an example of how that method as applied in dream interpretation.

Each of the chapters provides the basic principles of interpretation. Freud was the first dream interpreter to ask dreamers for their associations to the dream imagery and for the feelings the imagery and the associations evoked. He drew upon a history of almost 5000 years of dream interpretation, relying on traditional fixed symbolic meanings and applied it to the dreamer. Freud was able to convince us that dreams relate to the conflicts of our own personal lives as well as reflecting aspects of our development from childhood. Freud believed that the real only meaning in the benign details of dreams were disguised. He called them “day residue” and developed a specialized knowledge of dream symbols to help the therapist give interpretations to the dreamer even if the dream is associations did not lead to the same conclusion. Freud’s symbolic substitution, which used in addition to his association method was based on his beliefs about the structure and function of the human psyche.

Carl Jung took issue with many aspects of Freud’s psychoanalytic interpretation. He agreed that dreams expressed the individual psychological development and blocks to that development that emphasized the dreams offer to help the dreamer transcend the conflicts of childhood and develop a fuller psychological growth process. In analytic dream interpretation the emphasis is on revealing rather than concealing. As a result, the symbolic language of dreaming does not need to be decoded from some internal unconscious censorship. Instead of asking for what often resulted in a lengthy series of associations he would ask the dreamer to elaborate on the images, but keep close to thoughts directly related to them. Suggestions were made about possible parallels and interpretations to the dreamer, drawing from a vast resource of the history of mythology, religion and alchemy. Jung relied on a less authoritative position than Freud, insisting that any interpretation he offered could only be a working hypothesis.

Menard Boss’ existential – phenomenological approach to dream interpretation was based on the works of Freud and Jung but added another vocabulary to the study of dreams. Because of his more philosophical writing style is not so well known in the United States since he was in Europe. He argued that all meta-psychologies with their specific conceptualizations of how the unconscious works are unnecessary, contradictory and unprovable. He insisted that if the dreamer were only assisted in fully reexperiencing the dream and in reflecting upon realities of being as experience to which the dream (in the mind of the dreamer, or the Analist) seems to allude, individual become open to states of being an awareness to which he or she had previously been closed. A greater openness and insight could be gained using this existential perspective. He did not rely on associations or symbol substitution. He asked the dreamer to “explicate” the dream, or to retell the dream or various parts of it. Several times in greater and greater detail. This then evoked more qualities of feeling and experiencing. Boss then have the dreamer move into the face of elucidation in which he is encouraged to develop an intuitive grasping of the meaning of the content of the dream. This is called intuitive because it does not rely on a formal process controlled by the dream interpreter.

Based on the works of Fritz Perls, Montague Ullman presents a chapter devoted to dream interpretation in a group setting. Instead of having the dreamer associate to the dream imagery, each group member is asked to describe his or her projections of meanings by answering the question, “what would this dream mean if it were mine?” The dreamer then comments to the degree you she wishes on these projections. In this way, the group offers. There “orchestrating projections” and the dreamer works with a group to pull together what is been said, and organize it, according to the dramatic structure of the dream.

The book concludes with the development of more recent integrated approaches to dream theory based on laboratory research. Greenberg and Perlman argued that dreams serve and information processing function, which help the dreamer deal with recently aroused emotional material, and promote new learning, creative thinking, and problem solving.

The important aspect of this book is to see the dynamic changes in dream interpretation and understand that current thinking is both a blend of historical interpretation and scientific research.

ANALYTIC DREAM INTERPRETATION BY JAMES HILLMAN

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Dream interpretation is an art going back to the beginnings of civilization. In the Western world it was used to provide insight into medical conditions at the temples of Asclepius. Following in this tradition, Carl Jung introduced the analytic form of dream interpretation. James Hillman further refined this school of dream interpretation in his book, “The Dream and the Underworld.” Dream symbols, particularly those based in Western philosophy and religion were very important when Carl Jung first developed his analytic technique. Rather than interpreting the symbols that a dream possessed James Hillman developed a more interactive form of understanding dreams in the symbols they possess. Hillman preferred a more active style of seeing what the symbols may mean for the individual and how their dream has created a particular viewpoint. Hillman is much more like an artist using the dream is the subject for their artistic interpretation. Rather than seeking solutions and hard answers from a dream he prefers to stay in more of a process mode. Interpretation for him is not a finished painting, but rather the painter continuing to compose and build on the symbols the dream expresses. In this respect it is not so much a concluding interpretation as it is a continued description even animation, whereby the dream becomes alive.

 

This may be a more clear example. The traditional method of dream interpretation involves presenting a dream to someone you feel is qualified to interpret it. You tell them the dream and they give you a different perspective. They help make the images in the dream more understandable. In Hillman’s analytic technique you relive the dream and an active imagination. You visit the various aspects of it, explore the emotions it generates and make the dream come alive. Hillman avoids authoritative one-sided interpretations and despises making something as fluid and gossamer as a dream be transformed to two dimensional logical reality.

 

Carl Jung would attempt to get closer to the activity of the dream realm by trying to find meaning and interpretation through conversation with a skilled interpreter. James Hillman, however, did not want the dream to be forced into aspects of one’s waking life, but strove instead to, “letting our desire die away into its images.” Dream interpretation using Hillman’s model is more like watching a painting be created using elements of the dream, or even better, it is like watching a movie in which the dream is played out for you to react to until the emotional charge of the initial dream dies away.

 

This approach is very interactive and strives to make the dream, the conscious mind and the unconscious much more active rather than static states. Both the meaning of the dream and the reason why things are unconscious rather than conscious are one of the keys to this dynamic system. The dream may represent a stimulus which like a flare illuminates the unconscious sky bringing light to things that are normally hidden and obscured. Hillman would say that a dream was not a compensation for psychological imbalance, but it is a stimulus requiring the dreamer to use his conscious mind to find missing elements in order to find the obscured meaning of the dream. Hillman starts where Carl Jung leaves off with the idea of archetypes and collective unconscious. He builds on the more universal aspect of the dream to give it further meaning for the individual. Anyone who has read Carl Jung’s writings is impressed by the tremendous amount of references and connections his encyclopedic mind generated. Hillman brings dream interpretation back to a personal perspective, which makes it much more accessible, especially in the times we live in.

 

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WHY CIVILIZATION IS RUINING OUR SLEEP

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The more time I spend in RV parks. The more I realize how much civilization has ruined our ability to sleep. Before    the invention of the electric light bulb people tended to go to sleep when the sun went down, and with the exception of   occasionally waking in the middle of the night to make sure everything was safe and free from predators, people slept   through the night.

The more the use of computers, videogames and television kept us up in the evenings the more our circadian rhythm       has become disrupted. This may also have a rebound effect in making it difficult to go to sleep after such intense involvement in electronic activity.

With the advent of industrialization and the ability for us to have almost any kind of activity at any given time has had some profound effects on our ability to sleep. Once the sleep wakefulness cycle is disrupted it may be difficult for many people to get to sleep and to stay asleep. The standard and universal time for people to spend sleeping has been destroyed. We now have any kind of sleeping cycle that we would want but mostly less healthy.

Civilization has brought us inside houses, factories, and office buildings. Rather than spending a lot of time outdoors, camping, plenty of sunlight and fresh air we now find ourselves spending more and more time in indoor artificial environments. This has caused havoc among many people who have difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep.

Prior to civilization people slept in cool places with good ventilation. This increased one’s sleep quality and reduced sleep fragmentation. Needless to say, the amount of extraneous noise was considerably less before civilization changed all this. Because our environment has become so artificial we must pay much more attention to where we sleep and how the room should be furnished.

Civilization has brought with it processed foods, and artificial ingredients. With the introduction of cane sugar in almost every item you buy at the store are metabolisms have a changed significantly. It is no surprise that we have become obese and lethargic. People who are particular about their diet intend to not eat processed foods have less allergies and are able to sleep much better.

Civilization has presented many ways to reduce the drudgery of our lives. From cars, elevators, and even people movers we are much less active and more sedentary. We have lost a lot in enjoying the comforts and luxuries of Civilization. That does not mean that with some careful consideration we can’t regain a more natural way of life.

Dream Exploration According to Robert Gongloff

1abAccording 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.