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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 p.16).

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 p.8).

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 close...