Don’t Tell Me


Yet another irritating mass-market book on dreams…

Irritating because of statements like this one:

“In dreams, houses represent your internal world.”

Such cut-and-dried statements are often found in books on dream interpretation.  But what’s puzzling about Secrets of Dreams by Caro Ness is how the author contradicts herself…

She tells us that dreams are personal creations and only the dreamer can fully understand his/her dream….

…but then she writes:

“Dream researchers all agree that the attic represents your highest aspirations, your goals in life, and your spiritual awareness…”

I say that the dreamer should determine for herself what the attic in her dream represents.  Maybe it does symbolize her spiritual aspirations—but let her discover that on her own.

We learn the language of dreams by working that language out for ourselves—not by having the answers force-fed to us.

If you’re looking for a good beginning book on dreams, try Jill Morris’ The Dream Workbook.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and storyteller...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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