Think about the presence and importance of dreams in your personal and cultural life... dreams you have while you sleep, your day time fantasies, your hopes and aspirations and your belief in the power of your own imagination and creativity.
Just as everyone dreams while sleeping, each person has a personal dream or vision that guides his or her waking life.
Hypnosis can also assist with Dream Wisdom and Intuiton which can be developed into reliable forms of "guidance".
Indeed, dream psychology carries enormous potential for self improvement and personal growth.
The process of understanding your dreams may lead you to new insights and images that you may find useful. Through keeping a dream journal you can improve your ability to recall dreams, and you can begin to capture unconscious images that intrigue or possibly disturb you.
Dream-work is an ancient path to higher self improvement.
Dreams and the insights they bring from the inner self involve the imagination, creativity and vision. Dream psychology puts your inward journey into a broader cultural perspective , encouraging you to see new meanings in your life experiences by suggesting how your self-concept and values have been influenced by ancient and popular myths and fairy tales.
The inherited symbols of mythology were "a vehicle of the profoundest moral and metaphysical instruction". Notice similarities between your dream images and some of the dream-like stories found in myth and folklore. Your appreciation of metaphors and symbols will increase.
Dream Psychology acknowledges that dreams are "symptomatic of the dynamics of the psyche". The patterns and logic of fairy tales and myths correspond to those of dream... giving symbolic expression to unconscious desires, fears, and tensions that underlie the conscious patterns of human behavior.... a kind of communication by analogy.
These patterns actually touch and bring into play the vital energies of the whole human psyche. They link the unconscious to the fields of practical action, not irrationally (as when left unchecked), but in such fashion as to permit a mature and sobering, practical comprehension of the "fact world".
Perform stretching exercises before you get into bed. If you can touch your toes, then do so. At any rate, gently stretch your body so that it is relaxed and flexible. Once you are in bed and ready to sleep, you can also relax your body further.
Tense and release each of your muscle groups in turn, beginning with your legs, and gradually working all the way up your body to your face. Take several deep breaths, and feel yourself relax more with each breath.
The fact is that much of our sleep time is spent de-stressing the body, which is why people often do not sleep that well. Much of this de-stressing can be done before you ever drop off.
Keep your dream journal at your beside along with a pen or dark pencil.
The best time to write in your dream journal is in the early morning or immediately on awaking from a vivid dream. Some people use a tape recorder to capture their "dream voice", it's sounds and rhythms.
Try to write in your dream journal three or four times a week, even if you have only a dim or fleeting image or impression to record.
Write down all the details you can remember, indicating a shift, jump in time, or unclear portion of the dream with a question mark for example.
Try not to censor or "clean up" the dream imagery, even if the thinking seems illogical, chaotic, or even embarrassing to you. Avoid interpreting your dream as you are recording it, although you might list in the margins any associations that immediately come to mind in relation to the images as you record them.
Later, as you reread your dream journal entries over a period of several days, you may see patterns and more complex associations emerging and you may want to write about them.
A lot of our nocternal activity also has to do with rehashing events which we've experienced throughout the day. If we were to do this ourselves before we drift off to sleep, our dream psychology would prove an even greater assist.
A simple proceedure of briefly "replaying" our encounters, without judgement and in a spirit of love, from the day now ending is a frequently overlooked activity.
This one practice alone could enhance any dream psychology or mental health endeavor.
A self administered therapy that holds the potential for mental, emotional and Spiritual integration and self transcendence is my idea of dream psychology.