Dream Interpretation 101

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Course Description

Across cultures and over the ages -- since the beginning of history -- dreams and their interpretation have both intrigued and bewildered people. From the ancient Greeks and Egyptians (and the peoples before them), to the Sigmund Freud's and Carl Jung's of this world and beyond.

That mysterious world we drift into and through, when we sleep, is bound by neither time nor space.  It is a land where the impossible becomes possible, and the nonsensical appears completely plausible and practical.

IT IS THE LAND OF DREAMS that has neither boundaries nor limitations -- a land where you can, and do, achieve whatever you aim for.

BUT as with any other land you need to be able to understand, to be able to speak the language' and that is what this course is all about.

We do not claim to cover everything you will want or need to know -- that would be impossible to do and misleading to claim.  But after completing the course you will most certainly have the knowledge to make basic sense of your dreams and the ability to begin interpreting them correctly.  Fluency will come to you with time, experience and a broadening of your skills.

There is so much more we would have liked to include but the contents will most certainly ignite the torches within that will illuminate the way for you.

You will learn how to become your own dream interpreter!

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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    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
    • Take Poll: Dream Interpetation Course
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
    • Complete Exam: 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. 7 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: Dream History; Dream Incubation; 10 Ancient Legends About Dreams
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Take Poll: Dreams
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Take Poll: Dream Journal
    • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Complete Exam: 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
    • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 Dreaming creatively
    • Complete: 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, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Dream Interpretation 101
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    Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (3,448 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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    CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
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    Student Testimonials

    • "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.
    • "The professor was excellent, personable and knowledgeable." -- Jill C.
    • "This was an AWESOME class and the instructor was GREAT! I learned a lot about my dreams that I never knew. It was very well organized." -- Donna N.
    • "Everything was helpful. It was more difficult than I expected." -- Cynthia R.
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