Your New Dream Guy
Dreams remind each of us that life
presents us with two different worlds that we navigate in unique ways.
To make sense of our day-to-day life–how we interact with our job, our
family and friends—we compose and tell ourselves different narratives
to help us stay the course, to have a sense of order in our lives, to
give our lives meaning.
But at nighttime, during our sleep, we enter a world where all bets are
off. During dreamtime the part of our nature that is accustomed to
running the show during waking time is “offline.” We are guided instead
by the mysterious world of our unconscious mind. And the unconscious
has its own stories to show and tell us. And that’s what we call
Because the unconscious mind communicates to our conscious mind with
images, colors, sounds and sensations that do not obey the law of
physics, our dreams can seem wild, amazing, psychedelic and
occasionally frightening; but always our dreams are an attempt by our
unconscious to offer us hints or clues as to how we can live a richer,
more balanced life.
The honoring and “reading” of dreams is an ancient ceremony that spans
the long train of time and occurs within all cultures. So each and
every time you have a dream you are participating in this sacred and
mysterious phenomenon. The planet has been dreaming since the beginning
of time. Welcome to the magic!
If I can impart one secret at the start of my time with each of you it would be this:
No matter how unnerving or thrilling your dream, always remember that
the dream is a gift and should not be feared or taken as a bad omen.
Even the most disturbing dream narratives are an attempt by the
unconscious to show us something we might be missing in our busy lives.
Be that a solution to a problem, a way to soothe difficult relationship
issues, or basic facts related to our instinctive drives: our needs for
security, safety, and love.
Having worked with clients for over forty years, many of whom have
shared their dreams with me in the course of our work together, I can
attest to the innate wisdom and guidance that comes from our dreams—if
we can honor the dream and find ways to understand them, we will be
rewarded with new perspectives, possibilities, and solutions.
For several decades each of you have been in the wise and wonderful
care of this paper’s Dream Lady. I’m humbled and honored to assume the
role of assisting you to find keys, hints or possible meaning from your
dreams, just as she did for the past 35 years. Thank you, Dream Lady,
for keeping the ancient art alive!
Some pointers for each of you:
• Dreams can be fickle and shy. But if you take the intention to engage
with your dreams you will find they arise more readily and vividly. So
make it a ritual to have a notebook and pen or pencil on your
nightstand to scribble out notes or keywords that can help you recall
your dream once you are fully awake in the morning. And then write the
dream down while having your tea or coffee. Often people think, “Oh,
this dream is so vivid, for sure I’ll recall it in the morning.” But
then when they begin their day they have forgotten all about the dream.
• Hey, guess what? Men dream too you know. So guys, get out those
notebooks and write out your dreams. Take a chance at letting another
part of your nature offer you wisdom and insights you might miss
otherwise. Send in your dreams!
You can mail your dreams to Dream Guy, P.O. Box 527, Vashon WA 98070. I
cannot answer each dream individually, but those printed here will be
given my best efforts.
I’m looking forward to helping you unravel one of life’s most
fascinating pursuits—the reading of dreams and the symbolic guidance
the dream might offer you.
—The Dream Guy