In the first half of our live Thanksgiving show, Layne Dalfen, who founded The Dream Interpretation Center in Montreal in 1997, explained how dreams are powerful for discovering directions and solving problems. She detailed her dream interpretation process based on her concept that in dreams, the unconscious is working through recent issues in our waking lives. When we dream about other people or the deceased, it's because they represent certain qualities or characteristics that we may need to apply to problems in our daily lives, she continued. Dreams may operate on the level of soundalike metaphors, such as a bathroom stall representing stalling (delaying). Because of this, she suggests reciting dreams out loud to yourself and listening to the sound of the words.
As to why we dream, Dalfen said that "dreaming is just thinking, and so when you go to sleep at night, your brain doesn't die-- it continues thinking, it's just the language is different." Dreams can also be used for rehearsal, like enacting feelings of stress, which can help us cope better during the day when we encounter stressful situations, she added. Further, "when you have an anxiety dream... it wants you to move forward and do something about it." During the second hour, she helped callers interpret their dreams based on current factors in their lives.
In the latter half, C2C's investigative reporter Cheryll Jones presented her interview with Monroe Institute executive director Allyn Evans. They spoke about the history of Robert Monroe, who went on a spiritual quest after a series of spontaneous out-of-body experiences and eventually opened the Monroe Institute in Virginia to further study mental and spiritual phenomena. Monroe also recorded his unique experiences in books such as Journeys Out of the Body. As initially developed by Robert Monroe at the Institute, experiments with binaural beats have yielded different effects by synchronizing the two brain hemispheres.
While binaural beats are very impactful and helpful, now there are new sound technologies that open up further avenues of exploration, Evans told Cheryll. This includes phase modulation and 3D sound for brain entrainment, she said. Evans also talked about the Institute's original residential Gateway program, in which participants experience mastery of different focus levels or states of consciousness. Currently, some of the most popular programs at Monroe explore lucid dreaming, out-of-body, energy medicine, and timeline (similar to past life regression).
During the last half-hour, George featured a replay from 11/27/14 of author Eldon Taylor discussing the power of gratitude.