Helping Your Life Work
April 1, 2006
Volume 2, Issue 4

"A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"

If you are someone with a vivid dream life, but with little or no understanding of what your dreams mean, you have no idea what you have been missing. Layne Dalfen, another old friend from summer camp, has written a fascinating book to help you learn.

"Dreams Do Come True: Decoding Your Dreams to Discover Your Full Potential," is a rich collection of dreams that gives you insights into the events of your waking life that contribute to your dream life. More importantly, it teaches you what your dream life has to offer in better understanding and solving the problems of your waking life.

As the author herself says, "Dreams are the way you think when you are asleep... they reveal your inmost thoughts , feelings and desires." She states that while we have learned many ways to lie to ourselves in our waking life, our unconscious never lies. In fact, it can tell us clearly what we need to know, pointing out solutions to problems that we are struggling with that our conscious selves are unable or unwilling to see.

This is a unique book. It includes the theories and techniques of the masters of dream interpretation - Freud, Perls, Adler and Jung - yet it is written in a language and manner that is easily understandable and highly readable. At times, it reads like a personal journal as we delve into the author's own voyage of self-discovery and recovery from losses in her life. At others, it feels like we have been given front row seats to a therapist's session where we can watch, listen and learn about the amazing intricacies of the human subconscious.

Ms. Dalfen takes us through various levels of dream interpretation. Initially, we learn how to decode a dream that is associated with a specific current situation. We learn how to map out our dreams and to look for clues in the language we use to describe them and in the images that repeat themselves. Gradually, she teaches us to dig deeper into our dreams so that we can understand them in the context of the past, present and future. While Ms. Dalfen believes that most of us have the ability to explore and interpret our own dreams, she stresses the importance of working with a professional for serious problems.

By the way, if you are someone who rarely remembers your dreams, don't despair. It is a skill that you can learn. This book will teach you how.

Barbara Fish, M.Ed.
Personal and Career Counsellor
416 498-1352
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