Online Class: Dream Interpretation 101

This insight course on how to interpret your dreams is an informative and concise review of what humankind has learned about dreams and their meanings throughout history, religion, literature, and psychology.

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Course Description

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Mind: A Deep Dive into Dream Interpretation

Throughout human history, dreams and their mysterious meanings have captivated civilizations. These nocturnal narratives, teeming with symbolism and enigma, stretch across time and cultures. From the ancient Greeks and Egyptians who sought divine messages in their dreams, to modern psychologists like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung who delved into the subconscious implications of these visions, dreams have consistently held humanity's fascination.

When we close our eyes each night, we enter an ethereal realm where the constraints of reality melt away. This boundless world, unfettered by logic and reason, allows the dreamer to transcend limitations, revealing a space where imagination runs wild and the implausible becomes entirely feasible.

Yet, like any foreign land, to navigate the dream world efficiently, one must grasp its unique language and codes. This course is crafted to offer you the tools to decode these nocturnal narratives, serving as a gateway to understanding your own mind more intimately.

While it's an ambitious task to encompass the entire universe of dream interpretation, our curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation. Upon course completion, you'll possess the insights to discern the fundamental themes and patterns in your dreams and start your journey towards mastery in dream interpretation. With consistent practice and a willingness to delve deeper, you'll soon find fluency in translating your dream sequences.

As you progress through the course, anticipate a series of revelations that light up your understanding of this intricate subject.

Course Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: Why We All Dream — and Why We Should

    • Dive into the inherent nature of dreams and uncover the significance they hold in our daily lives.
  • Lesson 2: Dreaming Through History

    • Travel through time and explore how dreams have been perceived and interpreted across different epochs and cultures.
  • Lesson 3: Freud/Jung/Perls

    • Engage with the seminal theories of iconic psychologists and understand their distinct approaches to dream analysis.
  • Lesson 4: Dream State, Levels, and Logic

    • Delve into the mechanics of the dream state, exploring its various stages and the unique logic that governs them.
  • Lesson 5: Dreams Across the Cultural Divide

    • Understand how cultural backgrounds shape and influence dream content and interpretation.
  • Lesson 6: Your Own Dream Lexicon

    • Begin the process of creating a personalized dictionary of symbols, patterns, and motifs that frequently appear in your dreams.
  • Lesson 7: Dream Symbols

    • Understand the universal symbols that recur in dreams worldwide and learn how to decode them.
  • Lesson 8: Dreaming About

    • Explore common dream scenarios, from flying to falling, and uncover their potential meanings.
  • Lesson 9: Analyzing and Interpreting Your Dreams

    • Equip yourself with practical techniques to systematically deconstruct and understand your dreams.
  • Lesson 10: An Eclectic Approach to Dream Interpretation

    • Incorporate diverse methodologies from various cultures and time periods to enrich your dream analysis toolkit.
  • Lesson 11: Dreaming Creatively

    • Explore how dreams can serve as a wellspring of creativity and inspiration, shaping art, literature, and innovation.

In this immersive journey into the world of dreams, you will not only gain academic knowledge but also the skills to harness this knowledge for self-awareness and personal growth. Discover the profound messages that your mind communicates every night, and embark on a transformative voyage to the core of your psyche.

Course Motivation

The Role of Dreaming

Many people seriously downplay the important role that dreaming plays in our lives -- be it in the area of health, growth, or personal development. And regardless of whether we remember our dreams, they do play a crucial role, both consciously and subconsciously.

One might say we sleep in order to dream.

It was during the 1950s when scientists first discovered that dreaming nearly always happens within the crucial Rapid Eye Movement (REM) segment of the sleep cycle. While the average adult spends approximately two hours in the REM cycle of sleep each night, infants spend much more time, mainly because that cycle of sleep stimulates the areas of the brain connected to learning and development.

If people are deprived of REM sleep, the effects are swift and debilitating. Within a few days, a REM-deprived person will become anxious, depressed, irritable, and even nauseous. So, regardless of whether we remember our dreams, they play a crucial role in our health and well-being -- physical, emotional, and mental.

Some scientific research has shown that in the later stages of development, an unborn child exhibits signs of REM activity in the womb, supporting the suggestion that dreaming is linked with both human growth and development. Among the many benefits of REM sleep is its association with increased production of proteins, which is extremely important to mental development, and is directly connected to the actual learning of certain skills.

The Value of Dreams

Dreams enable people to see the world with new eyes, as the vistas of dream consciousness pay no heed to the usual awake rules of space and time. There is no one way to regard dreams, or to interpret them. If you are committed to exploring your dreams, you will remember them, and they will most certainly help you. But you must be committed and dedicated to seeing and recalling your dreams, before you can hope to interpret them properly.

Without commitment, all explorations, techniques and interpretations are worth little.

The Language of Dreams

Though it will require an investment of your time -- and some effort -- to become properly conversant in the language of dreams, you will find it worth so much more than the investment you have made.

You will discover that your dreams are a constant source of insight for your inner growth and development, and are constantly available to you as a useful step in the healing process.

During our waking hours our conscious minds are very much in control, but when we sleep, the unconscious mind takes over and we enter the world of dreams with all its visual imagery, symbols, and the use of many different types of metaphors.

While we will cover different themes, symbols, and approaches in the various lessons of this course, to truly understand and benefit from our dreams, we need to remember and listen to them with our hearts, rather than just our heads.

We need to develop our intuitions, while suspending certain pre-judgments and beliefs. An open mind is the best personal development tool we can have.
The Power of the Unconscious 

The best news for us all is that our dream worlds do not exist outside of ourselves, but are deep within ourselves. Therefore, they are accessible at all times, to be tapped into and utilized for any purpose we see fit.

Our dream worlds are regarded as products of our unconscious minds -- that level of the psyche within which impulses are held in a subdued state. You need to keep in mind that in comparison to the relatively small proportion of things of which we are aware, the unconscious mind is a massive warehouse of memories, dreams, and reflections -- both personal and transpersonal.

Strangely, even though people all over the world have been interested for many years in entering and inducing the dream state, few cultures have had techniques for actually recalling dreams.

Being able to remember dreams (and therefore the messages they contain) is very important -- as dreams are the conduit through which unconscious material is delivered to us from the depths of our minds. Dreams are a way for us all to gain much greater self-knowledge.

Dreams raise our conscious awareness, enabling us to become much wiser and smarter.

Dreams, which were, for many years (or many hundreds of years), seen as messages from the gods or other independent bodies, outside of ourselves, must now, by necessity, be seen as messages from within ourselves.

All we need to be able to do is interpret the language!


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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Why We All Dream -- and Why We Should

A dream well-dreamt can prompt us to question the world around us, what we are doing in it, how we view it, and what we do -- as well as defining what is real and what isn't. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Dream Interpetation Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Why we all dream and why we should

Lesson 2: Dreaming Through History

The point is that dreaming is a fundamental part of all our lives, one of the very few universal strands that unites the human race. Additional lesson topics: Dream History; Several Ancient Legends About Dreams 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Dreaming through history

Lesson 3: Freud/Jung/Perls

Described by Sigmund Freud as the "royal road" to understanding the unconscious mind, dreams were the centerpiece of his highly controversial book, "The Interpretation of Dreams." 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Freud/Jung/Perls

Lesson 4: Dream State, Levels, and Logic

In this lesson we will be covering several of the better known, and more widely acknowledged dream states, as well as some very important points in relation to levels of dreaming. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Dreams
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Dream states, levels and logic

Lesson 5: Dreams Across the Cultural Divide

Dreaming is a truly universal experience; however, cultural and religious factors do play an important role in how people regard the significance and consequences of dreams. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Dream across the cultural divide

Lesson 6: Your Own Dream Lexicon

Our dream pictures and feelings are generated by our unconscious, and for our own benefit; you can find comfort in that. Our unconscious talks directly to us through our dreams, one-to-one. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Your own dream lexicon

Lesson 7: Dream Symbols

The messages contained in our dreams are typically conveyed as symbols -- representing an idea, concept, or emotion -- something that is difficult to put into actual words. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Dream Symbols

Lesson 8: Dreaming About

Yes, we often dream about things, and occurrences, that are common in our every day lives. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Dreaming about

Lesson 9: Analyzing and Interpreting Your Dreams

In practically every culture, and during every age in our history, dreams have both enthralled and mystified us, inspiring us to find bigger and better ways to understand their implications. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Dream Journal
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Analyzing and Interpreting your dreams

Lesson 10: An Eclectic Approach to Dream Interpretation

Everything changes over time, so naturally the approach to dreams and their interpretation is no exception. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 An eclectic approach to dream interpretation

Lesson 11: Dreaming Creatively

The real meaning of what it is to be creative is frequently misunderstood, with so many people thinking and saying things like, "I'm not creative at all." 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Let us know what you think of this course; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Dreaming creatively
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize why we dream and why we should dream.
  • Summarize the interpretations of dreams throughout history.
  • Compare and contrast the views of dreams by Freud, Jung, and Perls.
  • Describe the Dream State.
  • Compare and contrast dreams of different cultures.
  • Identify your own dream lexicon.
  • Identify and describe dream symbols.
  • Analyze and interpret your dreams.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Dream Interpretation 101
Course Number: 7550125
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (3,848 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I found out how little I knew about dreams and how to interpret them. I now know more about the symbolism of the recurrent dream I have had for years." -- Judith J.
  • "I absolutely loved this course! The lessons and assignment are very challenging and it definitely taught me how to to open my mind. Thank you!" -- Jessica F.
  • "As a beginner who has been keeping a dream journal for over 20 years, I found this course extremely helpful and informative. The quizzes were essential and not as easy as one would expect. The writing exercises allowed me to put the lessons to practice, and I made connections that I knew I could make, but didn't have the proper tools until I took this course. It was just enough." -- Camika S.
  • "Thank you for the great course, very interesting and educational." -- Melanie S.
  • "This course was very concise and helpful. I learned a lot more than I thought I would." -- Racheal L.
  • "A great course and an excellent, knowledgeable instructor." -- Joe L.
  • "Overall I had a fantastic experience with this course and learned even more than I expected too! I have a much broader understanding of dream interpretation now. I appreciated that the course included a wide range of topics and the information was thorough." -- Amy C.
  • "I found everything flowing and interesting." -- Roshan M.
  • "All lessons have something to offer me personally, so all were very helpful especially lesson 11 in Dream Incubation." -- Emmanuel O.
  • "I think this has been a wonderful experience and I liked my instructor and course so much I didn't want it to end. I thought the instructor was amazing." -- Debra H.
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