Dreamwork Benefits

Dreams can help you understand what is going on within yourself—emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and physically. There is a mind/body connection—a deep inner knowing—that knows sometimes long before the matter comes into consciousness. One way we may begin to become conscious is through our dreams. But dreams do not always spell this out in a literal manner. You need to learn the language of dreams—metaphors and symbols.

Guidance Through Dreams

Dreams and dream images usually have multiple meanings and levels of significance. They may be referring to some actual occurrences in our life. At the same time they can have a metaphorical meaning that will take some studying to decipher. Some dreams are problem solving. Writers including Robert Louis Stevenson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge have gotten ideas for their poems or stories from their dreams. Inventor Elias Howe solved a problem related to the sewing machine needle with the help of a dream. Golfer Jack Nicklaus once improved his golf game by using a new grip that came to him in a dream.

No dream comes just to tell us what we already know. All dreams break new ground and invite us to new understandings and insights. If we think we already know what the dream is talking about, we need to look for a deeper meaning. Once we know the meaning, then it is important to “act” upon the insight learned. We sometimes refer to this as “honoring the dream.” This might take any of a variety of forms—sometimes concrete actions, other times something symbolic. Dreams don’t tell us what to do. They can give suggestions. The decision-making power remains with the conscious mind.

Dreams have come to persons prior to a medical diagnosis telling of the problems, symbolically and sometimes quite literally. This can lead the person to seek help from a physician. After diagnosis, dreams can suggest desirable treatments for the individual. The dreamers can then weigh information from doctors, counselors, and other advisors along with the felt sense of the suggestions from their dreams to help them make the best decisions for them individually. From personal experience I know this to be true.

Persons can discover this inner way of knowing for themselves in dream groups and one on one discussions with a facilitator.

Individual and Group Dreamwork

As a dreamwork facilitator in groups or with individuals I lead the dreamer to consider what the dream may be saying. Only the dreamer can truly “know” what the dream means. The facilitator (and in a group, other group members) can draw out the dreamer’s associations to various images in the dream, can suggest possible “universal” symbols, and recount “if it were my dream” it might be saying such and such to me. The dreamer is free to reject and not even consider suggestions that do not seem to feel right. When something does seem to fit, the dreamer often has an “aha” experience, a felt sense that what was suggested seems right for him or her.

Sometimes an understanding of dreams does not come quickly, but the more you work with your dreams the more you learn about yourself and interpreting your dreams. Understandings gained through dreamwork help you feel more empowered to follow the best course of action during medical treatments and during any other path you need to take during your life.

I agree with the Ethics Statement of the International Association for the Study of Dreams that can be found at:


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