We’ve been hard at working creating a dreams resource for you—we have a place for you to connect with other dreamers about your dreams, interpretations, and questions; we have a place for you to record your artwork and poetry associated with your dreams; we have a place for you to discover all the wonderful books and resources available on a myriad of topics; and now we bring you DreamsCloud TV. This new section of our website brings you interviews with the top dreams thinkers, researchers, and authors.
Even if you’re at work and you can’t listen to an entire video, we have transcripts available as well. Take a look at our latest video with Nicoline Douwes Isema, author of What Did You Dream Last Night?
Below is a small excerpt from the conversation just to give you a taste. If you are interested in reading the full transcript or seeing the video with the complete interview, check out DreamsCloud TV.
Host: Since our first conversation, the set-up for this interview, I have tested some of your notions here with my grandchildren,
Nicoline: Oh, that’s fun.
Host: And I just exercised with them this notion of, “What did you dream last night?” And it’s really fascinating that if you take it out of that complex thing, and you bring into day to day, it’s a simple thing, and it makes people want to immediately open up.
Nicoline: I completely agree with you. I like so much that you did that! ‘Cause the thing is, my parents always asked me what I dreamt, and that made me very easy to open up, and the one thing that they never ever did was try to radically explain my dreams. They always did one thing that I learned from them, and that is to take my words, and make me explain things, because they felt, as I do, that if you ask people to explain something to you, and just tell you how it was in the dream, how it felt, what happened, why did this happen, why did you choose left and not right, and then what happens? Then I am basically wording what I was feeling, I learned how to put words to larger emotional concepts that I might not be able to even explain or feel as a child, but just being able to put words to the metaphors makes it easier for me to think about it and step back a little bit. That has been so helpful in my life; I cannot tell you how much I love that you’re doing that with your children. I think everybody should.
Host: I like your message, and I'm looking forward to the translation of your book, we’ll put it up on the blog and make sure that when it comes out we will let people know the translation’s that come out. I would be willing to bet that it is more than one language over time.
Nicoline: I think – I hope so, well you know what, it’s not about my book at all, and it’s not even about me. I think this is an era, and this is an age that people are actually ready and looking for ways to integrate their dreams in their daily life, and I really think it would be helpful if people start doing that because, as you say, it’s not about being a very complex and mysterious thing, it’s not about psychology. Actually, I mean, I love for making people aware of the fact that there is so much as a non-rational mind a calling it a non-conscious, but by making this very strict division between, “This is conscious, and that is subconscious or unconscious”, and therefore kind of mysterious? I think a lot of people I talk to are actually taken away from their nightly thinking, and taken away from their emotional thinking, and are kind of scared of it? Most people that I talk with, that say […] “Look, when you were a kid it was completely easy for you to influence your dreams, and it was very logical for you to talk about it.” Bring it back, do it again, don’t stop doing that. I feel it gives people a lot more freedom, to not be afraid that if you tell your dream people will think that, “Oh you’re secretly in love with your colleague,” or something; to not interpret it and run with it, and not be afraid of your own subconscious anymore.
Host: It’s a wonderful message, and I think it’s very – you can apply it, that’s my favorite part of it. You can just, you can read about it, you can think about it, and then you can apply the next – that night.
Nicoline: I love that you did