I’m at a large conference, trying to find a seat before the final presentation starts, when I see a display table featuring laptop computers for sale at a bargain price. I’m tempted, wonder whether to consult my husband first, but decide to go ahead and buy one now. The computers come in pretty black and blue cases. I open one, but what’s inside isn’t a computer – rather, it’s a nesting set of bright children’s toys in primary colors – dollhouses, corrals, cars and trucks, lots of other stuff. I’m fascinated, but this isn’t what I expected, and I don’t know what to do. . .
This dream from last night almost escaped me, but it came flooding back when I saw my husband open his laptop while I was finishing breakfast. It felt significant, so I immediately wrote it down in my new blogging journal. I don’t often remember or write down my dreams these days, but there was a time back in the day when I was still practicing art therapy and deeply involved in dreamwork. I attended various training sessions and even gave workshops on dream interpretation.
Ann Faraday’s method of dreamwork was my favorite, and I used it for many years. I just Googled her to see if I could provide a link for you, but I came up short. Her books, Dream Power and The Dream Game, both published in the 1970′s, are still available on Amazon, but she has only a short entry on Wikipedia, which doesn’t even indicate if she’s still alive – at any rate, she doesn’t have a website.
In this blog, I’ll try to reconstruct what I remember of her method, using my own dream as an example. To avoid boring those who aren’t into dreamwork, I’ll jumpstart it on the next page. Two main points before I do so: first, there are no cut-and-dried meanings; the same image can mean very different things to different people. And second, exploring your dreams can have all sorts of benefits in both your creative work and your day-to-day life.