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?