From Old Dream Class Notes

Published March 5, 2017 by Nan Mykel

WHEN WE HAVE A DREAM: 1. Record it  2. Date it  3. Write it in the present tense  4. Give it a title, then look at it for the following:

I there a subliminal message?

Does it tie into day residue of the day or days before?

Check it for the 6 pun possibilities.

Is it a recurring theme?

Are recurring symbols in it?

Extract the theme and reflect.

Reflect on feelings in the dream.

Free associate to the symbols.

Amplify the symbols (Gestalt, dialogue with, express, etc.)

Does the dream reflect me, my life, a conflict, a relationship, etc.?

Is the dream compensatory? If so, what about my life is it commenting on?

Is the dream prospective? If so, in what way?

Could it reflect developmental impasses?

Does it reflect an earlier trauma?

Annivesary reminder- this time another year what happened?

Does the dream reflect our physical state?

Is it a wish fulfillment?

Does it make us aware of an emotion not fully experienced?

Does it complete that which was dimly perceived in our waking state? (Poetzl)

Did the dreamer behave in a non-useful way? If so, re-visualize and allow a different behavioral response.

Share this dream with another, if it seems appropriate.

Was the dream lucid, and if so, did the dreamer control the dream?

Is the dream archetypal?  If so, what in the dreamer’s life prompted it? Do the archetypes expand awareness of the personality?

How will the dreamer change his/her self as a result of the dream?

If the dreamer can extract a gift from the dream to share, do it.

Reflect on your “growing edge” or incubated question and see if the dream addresses that.

Does the dream differ in any way from earlier dreams or reflect a change?

Does it feel reincarnational?

Does it contain any early memories?

A birth dream?






2 comments on “From Old Dream Class Notes

  • Sounds like good advice from your class notes. I keep trying to make sense out of my dreams but I keep ignoring them or forgetting them. I think this is a habit that just requires breaking, maybe your post will help encourage me to do that. Thanks for posting the notes.


    • The most interesting book on dreams I ever came across is “The Individual and His Dreams,” available used via Amazon for $2.50. It’s on content analysis of 50,000 dreams broken down by a huge number of categories, showing all kinds of frequency comparisons. From my own experience, it’s useful to record them chronologically. I’ve lost many on the backs of envelopes, etc.


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