Tuesday, 9 June 2020

An Update

Hello faithful readers of my blog,

It's decision time!

After decades of working long and enthusiastic hours in the world of dream interpretation, I have decided that the time has come to pull back and limit my participation to individual online sessions. I facilitated my last class in the spring of 2020, and I realized that I'm getting tired.

I will keep my blog, both because dreamers who would like individual help can find me through this site, and because my philosophical approach remains unique and powerful. You can read about it here and in my book Always Dreaming. You can also follow the analysis of hundreds of dreams that I will leave intact.

I wish everyone the very best. Please keep thinking about your dreams; they are instructive and invaluable.


Friday, 27 September 2019

Radio Interview

I just had a great radio interview about dreams with host Marc Courtenay on Boss FM radio. Here' s the link to our half hour chat:


Sunday, 30 September 2018

Back From A Long Break

Hello, Readers

As some of you know, my wife and I moved from the Portland, OR metro area to the Oregon coast. I naively thought this would only take a month or two of my time. Here it is, nearly 6 months later(!), and I am only now starting to turn my attention back to my website.

My absence does not mean I have been neglecting dreams. I am currently teaching an online course in dream interpretation, and there are plans for another one to begin this coming winter of 2019. I have also continued to do individual dream interpretation sessions, both locally, via Skype and other conferencing programs.

I'm not quite sure what my website will look like now that I am back. I used to do a dream a week--four posts per dream. I found that pace frenetic, so I may try a different approach. In any case, stay tuned. More good dream info and tips are on the way.  David

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Taking A Break

Dear Readers,

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I are in the process of moving--out of the city and to a lovely spot by the ocean. It's a wonderful waking dream for us, but it is also tremendously time-consuming. For that reason, I am taking a break from writing about dreams. I'm not sure when I'll be able to put my full attention on this blog again, but I am guesstimating probably in late spring.

In the meantime, please feel free to read back into the archives at the more than 100 dreams I have already posted. There is plenty of food for thought in any one of them.

My best to you, David

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Natural Gas In A Plastic Pipe: Concluding Post

 photo courtesy of plascorp.com.au

We’re looking at a contractor’s dream about a dangerous situation he discovered in the basement of a house. He found a plastic pipe leaking natural gas. He was alarmed by the dream, both during sleep and after waking.

When we analyzed the dream symbols and retold the dream in its new metaphoric version, one image repeatedly came to the fore. There was the description of a plastic pipe which was carrying a substance that it was not designed for, and which could be dangerous.

One of the tenets of dream interpretation is that every image in the dream represents a facet of the dreamer. So when we thought about a “pipe” carrying the wrong substance inside the dreamer, there was some concern.

My own experience with dreams is that they are mostly commentaries about attitudes and approaches to life that need adjustment (or conversely, the dream is congratulating the dreamer for doing something correctly). I told this dreamer that he and I would work on his dream from that perspective. However, I also insisted that he get a thorough physical checkup, just in case this dream was expressing something about his physical body. Or perhaps his physical body was, itself, acting as a waking dream, offering its own dream symbols in the form of health issues that needed addressing. The dreamer agreed, and that left us free to explore the dream from still another level.

The dream spoke of observing activity in the place inside the dreamer where he would “eat my meals, relax, think, have my own space.” And within this space, there was something wrong. There was a “volatile” substance that was being transported through a “pipe” that was not designed for that purpose. I asked the dreamer what he thought that might be about. Did he have a volatile substance that was out of place inside of him? He needed no further prompting.

The dreamer tells his story
Ho boy! Do I ever! I have anger management issues. I won’t tell you the whole nasty story, but the short version is that I had an old man who slapped me around a fair amount. By the time I was a teenager and a young adult, I’d been in trouble a few times with the law—nothing really serious, but getting arrested was a heads-up, and it sobered me up some. I spent a couple of nights in jail and was looking around at all the losers in there. I made up my mind right then that I didn’t want to be like them.

So ever since, I’ve been working on myself. It’s been really hard. I’ve had little moments of improvement, and then I’ve had even bigger times of relapse. Still, over the years I can see that I’ve gotten better. Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older and don’t have as much energy to be pissed off any more. [He laughs.] Naw. I think it’s better than that.

So yeah. I have this dream letting me know that, even if I’m behaving myself, I still carry this “volatile” stuff around inside me. Well, I guess there’s still more for me to do. So I’ll just keep pluggin’ away.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Natural Gas In A Plastic Pipe: Post #3

 image courtesy of handymanhowto.com

We’re looking at a contractor’s dream about a dangerous situation he discovered in the basement of a house. He found a plastic pipe leaking natural gas. He was alarmed by the dream, both during sleep and after waking.

The dreamer decided which of the words he used in the original telling of his dream were important, and as such, were symbols. We redefined those words in a way that suggested a definition beyond a literal meaning. It was a meaning that had more of a metaphoric sense.

Now we have reassembled the dream, but we’ve taken all the original symbols out of it. In their places, we have substituted the metaphoric descriptions the dreamer gave about each one. In addition, I have added short phrases like, “There is a part inside of me” to remind the dreamer that all the symbols in his dream represent facets of himself. What follows is the retold dream.

The dream retold as metaphor
There is a part inside of me where I live life, where I eat my meals, relax, think, have my own space. This part of me has its own skeleton, what holds it together, including individual “bones” of the skeleton. In this part of me there is also a plastic pipe designed to carry non-volatile fluids in me that aren’t dangerous or explosive. The pipe seems totally normal. It has a part that is also typical. It’s there to stop the flow if I need it stopped for repairs or just because I want no liquid going through it. This part would stop the liquid completely. But I’m hearing something that, with a snake, would be a warning signal. In this case, it was a clue that something wasn’t right. The pipe wasn’t being used for its normal purpose. What’s going through it is not a liquid, and it’s extremely volatile. When it’s used properly, it’s really helpful. But if there’s something wrong—like here—it can kill me. That’s alarming. That can be deadly. I wanted to see if there was a simple correction, but there wasn’t. It seemed like a systemic and highly dangerous problem. This situation in me, in general, is illegal, and for really good reasons. It’s asking for trouble. The pipe should be made of a substance that can’t melt as easily or be punctured. That would be safer and stronger. As it is, the material could deteriorate under extreme conditions and potentially blow this place inside of me to bits.

Some initial observations
If you read through the metaphoric version of the dream, above, two themes are central throughout. The first is a sense of alarm at something not being right. The second is repeated reference to a “pipe” that is dangerously carrying fluid that it was not designed for.

Normally, I would say that this pipe image, too, is a metaphor, and is mostly referring to a non-physical issue. However, dreams can be expressions of all sorts of things, including health issues, and the pipe reference is prominent enough that this health-related possibility needs to be brought to the dreamer’s attention. I will do that in the final post in this series.

We'll finish our discussion of this dream soon!