Creative Dream Analysis: A Guide to Personal Development (paperback)

By: Gary Yamamoto

Each dream contains at least one powerful message to help you succeed in life. Creative Dream Analysis is a unique and eminently usable book that teaches the reader how to interpret and benefit from all those mysterious nighttime messages. According to Yamamoto, a dream expert, dream-coded information provides an invaluable resource for anyone on the path of personal development. His extensive "Dictionary of Universal Symbols" is an indispensable reference. Learn why you have dreams of flying, falling, being back in school, fighting, dancing, being lost, meeting childhood friends, and being chased. Now - at your fingertips - effective dream interpretation is possible for you.

We are all dreamers. The only real difference between us is our ability to recall our dreams. On one extreme are those who fail to remember any dream, except for an occasional fleeting image that faded away almost as soon as they opened their eyes. On the other extreme is a living story, full of life and color. These dreams may be remembered with such vivid details that the dreamer may have to stop and think if it was really a dream or an actual event in his or her life. With some of my clients, their dreams are filled with all the feelings, dialogue, and action found in the best novels. Of course, for the vast majority of people, dream recollection falls somewhere between these extremes.

Ancient records show that there were a few people who were able to interpret the messages found in dreams. In those days, these seers were often feared and also held in great reverence. If they could interpret their own dreams and predict future events, they were called prophets. If they could interpret the dreams of others, they were believed to be in contact with the Creator. They were set apart, respected, and often bestowed with lavish gifts for their powers.

Modern researchers have studied the phenomena of dreams and have made some significant discoveries. Sigmund Freud, the scientific pioneer of dream analysis, believed that there was a sexual or sensual motivation behind all dreams. Carl Jung went deeper and touched on one of the keys of dream analysis. He believed that dreams had a much deeper and more significant meaningóthat a personís dreams were the means through which the dreamer received spiritual direction to assist in his or her evolutionary growth.

After Jung, the remainder of the research on dreams has focused primarily on the form of dreaming and not so much on its content. For example, science has discovered the average person has four or five dream periods each night. Between these periods, the sleeper enters into a state of deep relaxation. The activity of his mind slows down and the dreamerís brain waves show the slow, rhythmic pattern associated with deep sleep. Scientists also know that each dream period lasts for about thirty minutes, while the interval between dreams averages about ninety minutes. They also found out that what is called rapid eye movement (REM), which can be easily observed, always accompanies dreaming.

Research has also shown dreams to be an essential part of life. If a person is kept from dreaming for any length of time, that personís personality will begin to change. Even if a person is allowed to experience their deep levels of sleep, a single night without dreaming usually causes nervousness and irritability. The longer the person goes without dreaming, the more irritable he or she becomes. Finally, if dreaming is prevented for a few days, the non-dreamer will suffer definite psychological changes in their behavior.

But with all this research on dreams, science has left the symbolic content of dreams alone. Symbols were found to be too complicated, having too many possible meanings. Invariably, they were subject to the personal bias of whoever was interpreting their meaning.

My interest in dream analysis began with a dream analysis class in 1972 given by Commander William Buehler, (U.S. Navy, retired). This was not my first exposure to metaphysics and spirituality. Back in 1954, I began self-defense training in aikido that continued, on and off, for over twenty years. Besides the physical discipline, the training included oriental martial arts philosophy and meditation. In 1959, I undertook a year of intensive study in Buddhist theology and considered becoming a Buddhist minister. This was not possible because of my poor comprehension of the Japanese language and the need to learn and master a third language, Sanskrit. But I continued my meditation and studies, which expanded to include other Eastern religions and spirituality.

By the middle 1970s, I was teaching classes in palmistry, religion, past life readings, channeling, healing, massage techniques, awareness training, and many others. I gave readings, mostly in palmistry, tarot, regression analysis, and dream interpretation. In 1984, I was ordained a priest in the Church of Antioch, Malabar Rites. The Church was founded in Antioch (an ancient Syrian city) and moved to Malabar, India. From there, it spread throughout the Far East and eventually into Australia. From Australia, it was brought to the United States. It is not associated with the Roman or Anglican Catholic Churches. Through all this, my interest in dream analysis continued. I took what Commander Buehler provided and began building on it. This book, which records my observations, was started in 1976 and has slowly evolved to its present form.

From many years of study on the subject of dreams, my personal observation has led me to conclude that dreams have a single, powerful purpose. They exist solely for the purpose of helping us to succeed. When I realized this, I was ecstatic. Imagine, having a guide that follows us throughout our lives. This guide continuously observes our thoughts and actions, and then providing us with the best advice (at this moment) for our personal well-being and success.

This can be wonderful, except that the language of dreams is symbolic. If we were to ask different people what they thought a symbol meant, their answers would be based on their own backgrounds. Their cultural heritage, religious beliefs, life experiences, education, and present psychological state would all influence their reply. A random sampling from the general public would invariably lead to frustration and failure. The butcher and the vegetarian would probably have conflicting ideas of what the meaning of the symbol "meat" should be. Even if they tried to put their conscious bias aside, their personal ideas and feelings about any given symbol are already a part of their subconscious minds. Results obtained from using Jung's technique of free association, where the tester gives the subject a word and the subject says the first word that comes to mind, will still be colored by personal feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Experiments using this method have shown there are only a few symbols that appear to be " archetypal." In order to expand our understanding of a larger number of symbols, a new method had to be found.

The messages of dreams are stored in the deeper subconscious levels of our mind. There are those who are able to tap into those levels. They are called prophets or psychics. Of course, psychics are far from infallible. A method to minimize their personal prejudices also had to be developed. After some experimentation, I found that using the synergic energy, or group energy, of several people proved to be very effective. Using what I will term "group mind," individual traits were minimized, and a clearer meaning for each symbol was obtained. Through an energy bond with several others, sitting in a light meditative state, the meaning for each symbol was obtained.. Although we were able to tap Jung's "universal unconscious," our results were not the elusive archetypal definitions.

For the purposes of this book, the definitions we obtained are aimed at individuals who are on their personal journey for inner growth and self-improvement. The "universal symbols," as I call them, will serve as a guide as we progress through life. Using these universal symbols, it will only be a matter of time before we will automatically begin to understand the messages of our dreams. Our dreams will then provide us with the guidance we need and also act as signposts for the significant moments in our lives. Additionally, the book will reveal how to identify and define our personal symbols. These symbols have a unique meaning to each of us. We will be able to differentiate between the universal and personal symbols and thereby correctly decipher the messages that are being presented.

The best test for this book is your own personal test. Use the methods described and measure its effectiveness. You will be astounded as to what your dreams can provide. Over the past thirty years, I have found the dreams can provide the following information:

  • Solutions to problems

  • Innovative answers

  • Creative ideas

  • New uses for old products

  • Ideas for books, music, songs, novels, etc.

  • Methods to communicate ideas

  • Insights into other people

  • Insights into the dreamer life situations

This book has been written as concisely as possible. Its purpose is to aid in your understanding of the mechanics of dream analysis. But its true value will only be realized after you have recorded your dreams, extracted their messages, and applied these messages to your life. I know you will find it a valuable tool to assist you in handling the problems of life and in guiding you in discovering and fulfilling your life's mission.

To share your questions, successes, ideas and thoughts with me, please write me at gary@garyyamamoto.com. Unfortunately, all questions may not be answered directly, although a few may end up in my newsletter. To subscribe to my newsletter, please write to gary@garyyamamoto.com and include the word Dream Newsletter in the title. Do not included any comments when you subscribe to my newsletter because enrollment is automatic and any comments will not be read by anyone.

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