people often consult dream dictionaries or dream interpreters to discover the meaning of their dreams..
as a dream analyst however, i contend that it is the dreamer alone who can give meaningful interpretation to his own dream. this is because the dreamer subconsciously selects specific characters, objects, places, and scenarios for the dream, and each of these elements in the dream has highly personalized meanings for the dreamer..
once decoded, the dreamer discovers that the dream is a commentary on a particular life situation, or that the dream has a special message for the dreamer..
i've found out that the best dreams to work on are (1) recent dreams with emotional content, (2) nightmares, (3) bizarre dreams, (4) recurrent dreams, and (5) dreams from the past that are still vividly remembered..
just yesterday, i facilitated a dreamwork group composed mostly of medical students from the philippine general hospital (pgh).
the dream we worked on was a recurrent dream- one of being chased by zombies, and ending with a fatal fall off a cliff.
the dream was worked on with a gestalt therapy approach, and the participants were deeply immersed in the process.
in a dreamwork group, even if only one participant's dream is worked on, all participants end up gaining insights for their own lives.
the subconscious mind is a repository of wisdom and as such, must never be taken for granted. it would do us well to make it a regular practice of decoding our dreams, and heeding its messages which may spur us towards greater personal growth.