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For the most part, this is a good book but it does have a few faults. One that I find a bit off putting is the "God" language. I'm glad that it looked at dreams from a spiritual aspect but I would have felt more comfortable with a more generic term for the Divine. It also got a bit preachy at times. I did like that she included the chakra system and the importance of including those ideas in your interpretation repertoire.
The second thing that made me hesitate was that, although she has a whole paragraph saying that "you are the final word" on the meaning of a dream symbol, she immediately follows that with several pages containing some pretty concrete interpretations. For instance, she claims that if you are traveling in a downward direction in a dream, it means you are going the wrong way. It possibly could, but it may instead indicate that you are "going deeper", so a blanket interpretation like that could be misleading. I would have been happier if she had used a lot more terms like "may mean", "could possibly indicate", "sometimes shows", etc.
One statement that the author made that I do agree with is that the feelings that the dream leaves you with are very important when determining it's meaning. If a dream had disturbing images but ultimately you awoke feeling powerful and liberated then those "positive" emotions give you a real direction for interpreting the dream.
Overall, I think I prefer the book from Kelly Sullivan Walden called "I Had the Strangest Dream...". She outlines a great method in which you write down the key symbols from your dream in one column, your own interpretation in a second column and then, lastly, the dream dictionary definition in the third. This correlates a lot with the method we use in the "dream group" I belong to. We really encourage each other to come up with three or four of our own words to describe each of the prominant symbols in the dream, whether objects, places or people. My four words for cat (for example) may be very different from someone elses and it is ultimately most important how I perceive the symbols.
Here are a couple little tips that I have used for years that you may find helpful:
1. To remember a dream, immediately create a couple keywords to summarize it. For example, if I briefly awake right after a dream during the night about being beside a beautiful mountain stream with my favorite pet, I repeat "stream, Boots (my cat), stream, Boots, stream, Boots" over and over in my mind until I fall back asleep. Once I wake up in the morning, if I can remember those keywords, they will bring most of the dream back with them, even the details. It may not be as fail proof as having a pen and paper right beside the bed, but it is more practical for me (and makes my spouse's night sleep a lot better too). With this method, I can get up, use the bathroom, and make a pot of coffee before I sit down to write out my dreams and I don't have to worry about forgetting as soon as my head leaves the pillow.
2. Create your own dream dictionary! This is especially helpful if you have recurring symbols, images, objects or people in your dreams. This can take some work and will definitely evolve over time but it is very helpful in giving you a place to start with a dreams interpretation. Over years of recording my dreams, developing my own interpretations and learning my own symbols, I now know that when cat is in my dream, this is a spiritual lesson. My interpretation is now jump started because I know from which angle to approach it.