Working with dreams is a complex subject about which entire volumes have been written. (For example, please see Robert A. Johnson’s earlier book, Inner Work.) However, if you watch your dreams, sincerely try to relate to them, and follow four basic steps, they will give you an accurate illustration of what is happening in your inner life. These steps are: Write down your dream and make associations to each key image. What meanings can you give the images in your dreams? Connect dream images to inner dynamics. What emotional or spiritual parts of yourself do the dream images represent? Interpret. Put together steps 1 and 2 to arrive at the dream’s meaning for you. Ritualize the dream to give it reality. Create a meaningful personal ritual to “dream the dream on” or to bring its potential into the world.

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness

by Robert A. Johnson, Jerry M. Ruhl