Good Thing or Bad Thing?

At first glance it is often difficult to tell if the central event in a dream is referring to something good or something bad. In my dreamwork practice I have…

Sometimes You Need to Get Physical With a Dream

What are the common ways that people work with their dreams? We think about our dreams, we talk about them, we visualize them. This dynamic trio of thinking/talking/visualizing is remarkably…

No Dreams? How About Movies?

I just returned from four days in Berkeley California at the annual conference of the IASD– International Association for the Study of Dreams. As usual the conference was fascinating and…

The Girl With Special Powers

A thirty year old man recently told me the following dream: “I’m in a room. It seems to be a pizza place. There are four tires stacked in the corner….

There’s a Shark Following Us

What would it mean if you had a dream of being pursued by a shark? As usual there is no one single answer. Don’t bother running to the dream dictionary…

Zombie Dreams

Zombies are very popular these days. They’re big in pop culture, comic books, movies… they’re all over the place. The zombie must be an important symbol in our collective psyche…

Dreams of Biting Cats and Dogs

Have you ever had a dream of being bitten by a cat or dog? This is a very common and important type of dream that usually has the following characteristics:…

Specific Body Locations in Dreams

Sometimes a dream will feature a very specific part of the body. As the dreamer relates the dream he or she may describe the spot very precisely. Usually there is…

The Spider and the Scorpion

Here is a common pattern that appears in dreams: an animal appears and terrifies the dream ego, then another animal appears and attacks the first animal; at this point the…

How Do Dreams Give Advice?

Have you ever had a dream in which you are given some very specific advice? It happened to me a few nights ago– I dreamed that I was told (not…