Book Reviews: The secret world of your dreams, by Julia & Derek Parker

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The book being reviewed here is an important one. It is trying to point out to us the importance of our taking our dreams seriously. We should all take more notice of our dreams.

The writer of this review has given a poignant example here of how something deeply disturbing to us in our lives can sometimes be resolved by us taking more notice of our dreams.

Subtitle of this book: How your dreams reveal the truth about your life

"Hence we may expect to find in dreams everything that has ever been of significance in the life of humanity."

"We do not feel as if we were producing the dreams, it is rather as if the dreams came to us."

These opening quotes are from the renowned Swiss psychotherapist, Carl Gustav Jung, (1875 to 1961).

Carl perhaps means here that dreams originate from another place and time.

Dreams come to you from the inner worlds of which contain all meaning, all answers, and all knowledge. Your dreams speak to you in this world through symbols, archetypes, and various interpretive designings that link into who you are uniquely.

Dreams allow this real person to be revealed to you when your consciousness grows enough to recognise the meanings and the reason and the connective links to what is happening reactively in your outer life now.

Dreams bring the unconscious to life for you, in other words, and they open you up to yourself. Sometimes this might seem to be like opening a can of worms for you, but it never is so. It always is quality input, food coming to you from your soul to nourish you, and to help you in your life here.

The authors claim here in their book that dreams can be helpful for you even if you do not remember them. They claim that certain tensions can be released in our dreams some of which we might not even have a conscious knowledge of.

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Dream interpretation, dream analysis, dream meaning, dream dictionaries

A dictionary of any sort carries within it, thousands of meanings. A dream dictionary is no different than this.

Part two of this book is such a dream dictionary.

This part of the book makes up the major part of the book. The book has 238 pages, and this section goes from page 57 onwards.

The first shorter section of this book instructs us how to work with our dreams.

The first step, and which is an obvious one, but is sometimes hard for us to do, is simply to record them. The second step is to become familiar with the language of dreams, with its symbolism, with its use of archetypes, or in other words to learn the "secret code" of our dreams, as the authors call it.

In our dreams, we are talking to ourselves, say these authors.

We just have to understand the language that our higher-self, or our unconscious mind, or whatever part of us it is that is trying to talk to us, and perhaps to get its message through to us, is using.

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A typical dream explained

A snake is a religious symbol. It usually depicts something evil that is trying to tempt us. The psychologists though might have equated it in the past to meaning something sexual.

A snake appearing in your dreams could mean something magical for you though. It can be an energy symbol. Maybe you need to be bitten by something like this to awaken you to your true life purpose. You need to re-energise yourself in another direction.

I will now give you a dream, including a dream symbol, which at first sighting, might have an obvious meaning for it occurring in your dreams.

This was not the case for John though, who had these types of dreams repeatedly.

John often dreamed of toilets in his dreams.

Some of you might claim that this has a rather obvious reason for it happening. John is probably needing to get up and to go to the toilet. This might of course be doubly true in his case, as he was suffering from an enlarged prostate gland, which did in fact make him take more frequent trips to the toilet, sometimes.

This toilet theme was a repeating one for John. Again, you might equate this to his own little health problem, but just the same, we could look at some alternative reasons for this happening.

What else is happening for John in these dreams of his?

Well, firstly, the dream never takes place in his house. Invariably, John is in the street, and he needs to find a public toilet. Often John has great trouble finding one that is not already occupied, or on that is clean enough for him to even want to use.

John was very surprised once when he found out that his younger sister also dreamed frequently of toilets too.

Unfortunately, there is a much darker reason for this happening in their dreams.

John and his sister have both had counselling about these dreams. Their counsellor told them that toilet dreams are actually very common for people to have.

The counsellor told them both that there was probably something "dirty" in their past that they were trying to release themselves from.

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The shocking truth about John, and his sister's toilet dreams

After intensive, extensive counselling, some deeply repressed memories surfaced for both John and his sister.

They started remembering how they had both been sexually abused when they were younger. Their father was a monster. At the time, he had told them that he was just carrying out experiments on them both.

And so these re-occurring toilet themes in their dreams were really showing them about something that had happened to them both, early on in their lives.

They still felt greatly abused.

They both wanted to get rid of these "dirty" thoughts of this happening to them, that had "soiled" both of them, and which was causing them both to live lives that felt for them to be painfully distressing, and which for all intents and purposes, had ruined their lives up until now. Both of them, both John and his sister, had suffered from severe depression, for many, many, long painful years.

Their father had died only last year. The toilet dreams had surprisingly then ended.

Their counsellor told them both to forgive this person who had already died now, their father, and to at last put it all behind them, if they could finally do so.

They now understood at long last the reason for this repeating dream occurring over such a long period, that had lasted for more than forty years for John, and for thirty years for his sister.

Dreams can be extremely important. Read a good book like the one being reviewed here, and you might be led in some way to a surprising answer to one of your own problems.

The hard-copy version of this book was first published by Judy Piatkus Publishers, in London, in 1990.

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The photo of the chain used here has been taken freely from the public pages of the free media site, Wikimedia Commons.

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author avatar Carol Roach
20th Mar 2015 (#)

very good, as a counselor therapist I would have said the same. It was Freud who said dreams are the windows to the soul. His student turned master was Karl Jung. Archetypes are very specific symbols, like the shadow, the old woman and so on.

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author avatar spirited
20th Mar 2015 (#)

thanks carol, I am glad that you agree with my interpretation here too.

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author avatar Utah Jay
20th Mar 2015 (#)

This makes me think of that Joseph who sold into slavery and became a very powerful man under Pharoh because he interpreted Pharoh's dream

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author avatar spirited
20th Mar 2015 (#)

Yes, thanks Utah Jay, dreams seemed to play a big part in the old Testament of the bible. Not so big I think in the New.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Mar 2015 (#)

It is said that we dream all but time but rarely remember our dreams. There are ways of teaching ourselves to remember. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Yes, thanks Kingwell, one way like I did was to have an alarm clock that woke me up at several times during the night. After that I seem to wake up now after a dream anyway.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Spirited, excellent article on dreams. This is a subject that I know very little about. Thank you for sharing it.

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author avatar spirited
21st Mar 2015 (#)

thanks Nancy, it is a most interesting subject matter to look into for anyone.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

I think is wasJane Roberts' Seth that suggested that taking a Polaroid shot in your dream will help you remember the content later. It is true that one picture is worth a thousand words, so give it a try. (These days, people would probably take a digital photo and post it on a social networking site.)

Your analysis was 'spot-on'. spirited. Most of us want to bury bad memories forever, but our Inner Guide knows that we need to expose the darkness to light in order to release its power over us. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar spirited
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

thanks Christopher,

I read the Seth material a long time ago, but I didn't remember that technique. I will give it a try.

I have one myself that is a bit strange. I am often wearing my dressing gown in my dream.

When this happens when I am at work or in the street it is a cue for me, and I then know that I am dreaming.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

I guess I'm coming at dreams from a completely different POV: I always know that I am dreaming; I don't need clues. The photo was a way of reminding me of the content of those dreams. Therefore, no dressing gown required.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Mar 2015 (#)

It is tough for me to relate dreams to my present life though they have guided me to find solutions to otherwise intractable problems. Maybe, dreams help me to delve into my deep consciousness. Thanks for shining light on a fascinating subject Spirited - siva

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author avatar spirited
31st Mar 2015 (#)

thanks for adding a comment here siva. Dreams can certainly provide us with an extra in-light (insight) or two, I believe.

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
20th Apr 2015 (#)

spirited, great job, I also like to interpret dreams, I check symbols and stuff on the internet. I find meaning from some of my dream. This is really a good review. Well done, You are a blessing.

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author avatar spirited
20th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Yvette. The internet has many dream dictionaries that we can browse into too.

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