Why Our Dreams Matter

The fact that all humans have night-dreams leads this author and teacher to a startling conclusion about how we can change and heal ourselves.

In fact, it appears to offer convincing evidence about a certain method of self-help, self-change, and self-healing. If you can dream, you can do this!

What we learn from dreams is that pictures are very important in conveying information. Since dreams are largely (if not exclusively) about ourselves, it would appear that we can best change our self-image by also using pictures. It is a two-way process. Dreams at any given moment of time give us a picture of our self-image. But the self-image can itself be influenced by means of creative visualization. This, in turn, will give rise to a different self-image in our dream. The important point is that you have more chance of changing your behavior or your image of yourself by presenting to your mind (to your right brain, to your unconscious mind,) a picture of how you would like to behave or like to be.

In other words, because our dreams give us pictures, we know that visualization–because it uses that same picture-language that the right brain, the unconscious, understands–is an important method for self-change and self-healing. And because we all know how to make dream-pictures, consciously making positive images for the purposes of visualizing change is a basic human ability.

Adapted from Creative Visualization, by Ronald Shone (Inner Traditions, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Ronald Shone. Reprinted by permission of Ronald Shone.
Adapted from Creative Visualization, by Ronald Shone (Inner Traditions, 1998).


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

My dreams are always stupid...

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

It's a means of understanding one

Ana Passos
Past Member 5 years ago

interesting tool

Tim C.
Tim C6 years ago


Ambrose Merly
Past Member 7 years ago

one day a couple of years ago a friend once called a few times and left a weird voice mail. i never answered her calls. a day or two later she killed herself. now she is in my dreams. the other night it was all night long. i kept waking up, but everytime i fell back to sleep, there she was waiting for me. i could have helped my dear Janet. but i didn't, and somewhere down the line i feel like i must pay the price. i must find a way not to leave this life with that bill unpaid.

gail d.
gail dair7 years ago

thanks for post