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Dream Solutions

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Date Host Lisa Garr
Guests Layne Dalfen, Open Lines

Layne Dalfen founded the Dream Interpretation Center in Montreal in 1997. Her interest in dreams stems from her early experience in Freudian analysis, where dream work was the primary tool. She joined Lisa Garr, to reveal how to uncover solutions to personal issues and problems which appear in dreams every night. Dalfen also said that as a child, her father encouraged the recall of both dreams and nightmares, and this gave her a perfect background in dream work.

The first step in using your dreams to solve problems is to remember to write them down as soon as possible, she noted. Dreams will "pick up whatever it is you're avoiding in your waking life," she cited, and such things as symbolism, puns and plays on words, stories, and remembered feelings, will point to areas in life that may need attention. Some of the wordplay may be clues to what the dream is trying to tell you. Dalfen also explained that feelings in dreams are important to their interpretation, and such emotions might have relevance to situations in waking life.

She compared the unconscious to an "incredible filing cabinet" composed of all of your experiences from birth onwards, and that symbols and memories appropriate to your present situation will be used in dreams to pass along solutions to your conscious mind. Dreams can also represent different parts of the personality, especially ones that we are trying to cover up. "Sometimes we will pick people or situations that encourage us" to bring out parts of ourselves that are required for happiness, success, or resolution of problems. She concluded that "your unconscious never lies to you." In the second and third hours, Dalfen interpreted dreams from callers.

During Open Lines in the last hour, Cliff from Tennessee said he became religious after an incident in the hospital with his dying brother who "started looking up and just waving in different directions" and "when he died, he had a smile on his face." Doug in New Jersey described a Christmas miracle he experienced when he was about to be thrown out of his home. He called a helpline, and the man he spoke to told him he was going to send him a miracle, and "God's going to do it through me." Three days later, he was placed in public assistance housing. Mike in Montana suggested that those who want to remember their dreams should concentrate on recalling the dream before going to sleep and going over it right after waking up.

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