Learn Dream Interpretation


The techniques for working with dreams are easily learned, and exploring dreams can be lots of fun. In a series of ten classes, I teach a simple, five-step method of dream interpretation that anyone can master. During the first class, I give a brief introduction to the dream-interpretation process, and then offer one or two short dream samples for the class to look at and work with. Or, if someone already has their own dream they'd like to examine during this first session, that is a welcome alternative.

As the weeks progress, classes will offer each student the opportunity, not only to analyze his/her own dreams, but to assist his/her classmates during each step of the interpretation process. Usually, classes begin with me offering a short talk, clarifying some aspect of a dream's characteristics, or going into greater detail about an interpretation technique. After this brief introduction, the class will delve into the dreams that class members choose to share. Everyone has the choice to participate, or to observe quietly without interaction, although class members often surprise themselves at how enthusiastic they become.

Can't remember any dreams?
One of the most extraordinary understandings that has come from dream research in the past half century is that a person can examine unusual events of normal waking life, and treat them as a dream. Even if you don't remember the dreams you have while sleeping, you certainly remember the peculiar, repetitive, or sometimes, shocking incidents that everyone experiences from time to time during waking life: A near-miss with an automobile that leaves your heart pounding. The time you were in a hurry to get to an important meeting and you dropped the keys to your car down the sewer grate outside of your office building. The week that you heard, not only from one old friend, but from four different buddies with whom you hadn't talked in years.

These kinds of incidents from every day life--called "waking dreams"--can be interpreted the same as "sleeping dreams"--the normal dreams that many people remember upon awakening in the morning. In either case, the insights these sleeping and waking dreams provide the dreamer can be helpful; sometimes the messages are profound. In fact, during a ten-week course in dream interpretation, it can feel as if the total time allotted is insufficient. If that should happen, it is easy to add a class or two at the end.

Do you remember a recurring nightmare from childhood that you always wondered about? Did anything recently happen during your waking life that left you scratching your head at the bizarre nature of life? If you feel like it, share these incidents with your classmates and learn the techniques of interpreting them as dreams. You might be surprised at the "messages" these dream-experiences contain. In fact, they might just change your life.

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Local classes
New class starting in Portland Oregon
There are still a couple of places open for a new class that will be held in SE Portland, Oregon. The classes start on Thursday, February 25th and will continue weekly for 10 weeks. If you are interested, please email me at david@teacherofdreams.com for details.
In General
I regularly teach a local course on dream interpretation in and around Portland, Oregon, in the United States. The course lasts 10 weeks, and each class is 2 1/2 hours in length. Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 participants, with a preference for a minimum of  6. The  book Always Dreaming, which will be followed loosely as a text. I make every effort to schedule classes at a time convenient for the participants. The price of a course varies depending on location and other circumstances. But I try hard to keep the cost down and reasonable. Typical charges for the entire course can be as little as $60.

The class goal is that the student know how to interpret his/her own dreams. By the end of the course, (s)he should be able to:
1. recognize an important dream--sleeping or waking--that comes into his life.
2. isolate the most significant symbols represented.
3. go through the process of interpreting the symbols as metaphors.
4. assemble the various, seemingly-disjointed symbols into a cohesive, instructive story-line.
5. know how to probe into his own life to discover the personal relevance of the dream.

Long distance classes 
While there is no substitute for "in person" dream interpretation work, long distance classes can also be effective. From time to time I teach classes via Skype and conference calls, usually traveling to the class location to attend the first and last sessions. The curriculum is comparable to that of locally taught classes (described above), with the expectation that the same amount of material will be learned. Prices vary depending on travel distance and related circumstances.

Weekend workshops and lectures
I often travel to facilitate weekend workshops, and to give lectures. Although the training for individual dreamers cannot be as extensive as that of a 10-week course, techniques and much information of value can be learned. This is especially true when such sessions are attended while the participant reads the book Always Dreaming. Weekend workshops can accommodate up to 30 participants, with the understanding that some attendees will simply observe, and not everyone will be able to have his/her own personal dream analyzed. As for lectures, there is no limit to the number of attendees. Prices vary depending on travel distance and related circumstances.

For more information, please contact me at:     david@teacherofdreams.com

Dreams can be deeply personal, with their content upsetting or embarrassing. There are those who prefer to discuss such intimate matters in private. There are also others who find it impractical to attend a class. For anyone who wishes a private session with me, I offer such meetings, either in person, or via telephone or Skype, for a fee of $45 per dream interpretation. Please get in touch with me via email at:    david@teacherofdreams.com    to arrange such a meeting.

Please note: The contents and information offered on this website are for informational use only, and are not intended as a replacement for therapy, or other professional, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a health care professional or other medical provider with any questions you may have regarding a serious problem or condition. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you read on this website. David Rivinus will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damage arising from the application of information on this website.

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