Working with dreams through dream interpretation provides insights unlike any other process. Dreams come from within each individual and are specifically created for the individual, by the individual’s own unconscious. In this regard, the process of working with dreams is unique to each individual.
Your dreams point the way and show how become the person you are meant to be.
The difficulty with dreams is that they communicate in ways that are very different from the way people usually communicate. The language of dreams is both universal, through the use of archetypal symbols, and unique to the individual dreamer, when dream symbols come from the dreamer’s personal experiences, present or past. In either case, the dream speaks directly and specifically to the dreamer about the dreamer’s conscious situation or attitude.
The work of dream interpretation is oriented towards health, growth and becoming, differing from other professions such as psychology, psychiatry, mental health counseling, and social work, that tend towards repair of unhealthy or maladaptive patients so as to return them to their responsibilities as quickly as possible.
The popularity of brief therapies, solution-based interventions, and short-term Employment Assistant Programs rarely get to the heart of the matter so as to effect deep and long-term change.
This is not to say that the people I work with are without problems. Rather, it means that instead of working on ways to immediately and specifically fix their identified problems, we concentrate on interpreting their dreams because it is dreams that point to the core problems as well as ways in which the problems can be addressed. In other words, dream interpretation is an inductive approach wherein clients addresses their problems after having gained insight through dream interpretation.
Dreams bring to consciousness surprising insights since the unconscious view often differs from our day-to-day conscious thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Society demands that we conform to collective expectations; the unconscious may ask for a very different calling as to how life is to be lived.
Dreams will always tell us what we do not already know. Recurring dreams suggest that the meaning of the dream is still not understood by the dreamer.
If you wish to explore your dreams, visit the following pages, which detail the process of working with dreams and how the unconscious may be better understood.
I have worked with a number of therapists and psychologists who are skilled at working with their clients. Frequently, therapists and psychologists who specialize in traditional clinical interventions find dream interpretation an approach that works for them because it falls outside their scope of knowledge and allows them to undertake the process without being influenced by their abilities to provide clinical expertise.
In the words of C. G. Jung:
"I don't know the solution of your problem, but there are dreams, impartial facts, which might give information; let us see what they say."