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Dreams a nightly gift and a part of the natural process of being alive are being rediscovered by our publisher The meaning and value of your dreams will vary according to what you and your society decide Our society is changing We used to only value dreams in the context of psychotherapy There are also a few assumptions about dreams One is that you are always the final authority on what the dream means Others can offer insight suggestions and techniques for exploration and expression but no one knows what the final meaning and value of the dreams will be for you except you Another assumption is that dreams come in the service of wholeness and health If you find an interpretation that does not fit this perhaps you need to change methods of interpretation Dream interpretations that lead you toward self- criticism depression or despair are simply wrong and if these conditions persist you may wish to seek help from others Finally there is no such thing as a dream with one meaning If you feel stuck on one meaning or feel another person is pushing one meaning it is time to reconsider your methods and approach Lemley p 17 Clinical dream work is done within the context of psychotherapy and clinical and sleep research have different approaches and goals than peer dream work Koch-Sheras p16 A dream is a period of spontaneous brain activity usually lasting from about 5-40 minutes that occurs during sleep several times a night usually about 90 minute intervals Barret p8 There are also certain types of dreams There are fantasy daydream and waking dreams There are also lucid dreams nightmares and night terrors There are also certain stages in the dream cycle In the first stage your body temperature drops your eyes
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