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How to analyse dreams – keeping a dream diary for business

If you wake up remembering a dream jot down the basics before they disappear for ever then try this set of questions out.

I don’t recall where I got is from but suspect as I am introduced to her work as part of B822 ‘Creativity, Innovation and Change’ that it is Patricia Garfield (1976).

It is part of the ‘Technique Library’.

We are invited to ‘Keep a dream diary’.

Wouldn’t that be interesting, to have reporters outside Downing Street first thing in the morning being briefed on PM Dream Time?

I can see it being used in the creative department of an ad agency or TV production company, or for product development, though I can’t imagine a Financial Director or Legal Manager wanting to turn to their dreams or the dreams of colleagues to solve a business problem.

I offer this to help extract the essence of the dream

1: Who are you in the dream?

2: Who are you with in the dream?

3: What details stand out?

4: What do you feel about these details?

5: What are the various actions in the dream?

6: How are you acting and behaving in this dream?

7: What relation does this dream have to your personality?

8: What does the dream want from you?

9: What are the various feelings in this dream?

10: What relation does this dream have to what is happening right now in your life?

11: Why did you need this dream?

12: Why have you had this dream right now?

13: What relation does this dream have to something in your future?

14: What questions arise because of this dream work?

15: Who or what is the adversary in the dream?

16: What is being wounded in this dream?

17: What is being healed in this dream?

18: What or who is the helping or healing force in this dream?

19: Who or what is your companion in this dream?

20: Who are your helpers and guides in life as well as in your dreams?

21: What symbols in this dream are important to you?

22: What actions might this dream be suggesting you consider?

23: What can happen if you work actively with this dream?

24: What is being accepted in this dream?

25: What choices can you make because of having this dream?

26: What questions does this dream ask of you?

27: Why are you not dealing with this situation?

28: What do you want to ask your dream spirits?

REFERENCE

Garfield, P. (1976) Creative Dreaming, New York, Ballantine, Chapter 8, ‘How to keep your dream diary’.

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