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Frequently Asked Dream Questions

Are these dream stories really true?

Yes. I’m not clever enough to make this up.

What is the purpose of dreaming?

The purpose of dreaming is to help us. My dreams help me: heal, solve problems, remove stumbling blocks, repair relationships, see prophecies—and entertain myself.

I don’t dream. Is it unhealthy not to dream?

The experts tell us we all dream every night-- we just don’t remember. I’ve never heard it was unhealthy when we don’t remember.

What do you do to encourage remembering your dreams?

When I want to enhance my ability to remember dreams, I relax and concentrate on this before going to sleep. I think about how much I will enjoy dreaming or how thankful I will be to have the experience. Then I fall asleep. A couple nights of this, and I enrich my ability to dream. It usually begins with my being able to remember little snippets of dreams. Then I see and remember whole scenarios. When I’m not inclined to write, I try to repeat it to myself, hoping I will remember and write it down later. Sometimes I do, but sometimes I don’t remember.

An interesting thing happened as I began the task of promoting my book via Twitter, website, etc. The more immersed I became in creating content (and reading the content of others), the more my dreams began to flourish. More dreams were remembered—and in greater detail. My early morning ritual starts with coffee, NPR, and the newspaper. But, since my dreams have become so prominent, I skip the paper and radio and go straight to my coffee and dream journal.

What if I keep dreaming the same dream over and over?

That maybe you should pay attention and learn more about dreams. Your dreams are trying to tell you something. Start a journal. Soon it will make sense.

Can I get my interpretations from a dream dictionary?

It is my opinion that our dreams are more personal than the one-size-fits all dictionaries.

I began by reading books by Gayle Delaney. These books formed the foundation of my beliefs.

If you really want to learn more and delve into your own dreams, check this out: www.dreamschool.org. You can do this all online. Its faculty provides a wealth of knowledge through online classes. Also, it is worldwide and is one of the most encouraging groups I have come across.

Are all your dreams prophetic?

No. They are usually of the garden variety: help, heal, solve, repair, and provoke.

How do you handle warnings in dreams? Or something unpleasant that may happen in the future?

When the dreams begin, my first reaction is to deny them. I always think I’m nuts and that it means something else. This buys me lots of time to get used to the idea. No matter how upsetting it may be, I am getting prepared. Because of the ambivalence involved--does it mean this? Or that?—a buffer is established.

It doesn’t mean that I won’t have bad times where I can’t sleep, or days when I obsess over it and worry about all the ramifications if it is true.

Do you really think everyone has the ability for pre-cognitive (prophetic) dreaming?

Yes. I explain it through a quote from an online article from National Dream Hotline®, the School of Metaphysics (SOM), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to progressive, holistic education.

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The article appears in The Moonflower Vine.