Wilkinson’s book has guided me to remember my dreams more fully and more often and to gather insights in a way that I have often missed in the past. She provides suggestions about how to look at the scenes and feelings in the dream world from a different angle than what might be my obvious interpretation. With her concrete examples of specific women’s dreams and what they might indicate, one gets the feel for how to more broadly interpret dreams. She points out that dreams come from our subconscious and accessing this part of ourselves can lead us to helpful ways to look at our current life situation. I have found that attention to my dreams enriches my life by expanding my self-knowledge, and deepens my relationship with myself.
Wilkinson is straightforward and descriptive in her approach, while still honoring the mystery of our complicated selves. She never falls into a “new-agey” nor a “know-it-all” attitude, but provides possible interpretations and leaves the dreamer open to her own reactions. Happily, she trusts the reader’s intelligence to grasp and explore themes that she has found frequently surface in many women’s dreams. We benefit from the many years she has spent as an empathetic therapist hearing the dreams of others and many years of studying her own dreams. Most important, she has an outstanding ability to explain what she has learned, making this a valuable book for anyone who wishes to better understand her own, or all womens’, dreams.
Why pay attention to your dreams? Here are two helpful quotes from her book........
“Our culture encourages us to suppress a lot of emotions in waking life, and so it falls to the dreaming mind to remember and digest important feelings.”
“The brain uses dreams to sort out information and experiences that the conscious mind has not fully dealt with during the day.”
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)