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2010: A new dawn, a new decade

Welcome to a new decade and a new place to meet and interact with others interested in dreams. Yes, I’ve finally done it: I’ve created a FaceBook Page where you can meet others and stay in touch with me and what’s new.

Please spread the word!

Wishing you many beautiful blessings for 2010.

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Here’s a reading I’ve chosen for you at random from my book The Compass

There are 365 readings in the book. This is number 223:





Your future is in better hands when you are fully alive to the present.



How much time do you spend thinking about, or worrying about, the future?

How much time do you spend tuning into the present?

Looking back, what was the best opportunity you ever followed? When did that opportunity first present itself? What did you need to do to take action on that opportunity? Were you focussed on the present, or worrying about the future when you took that opportunity? Are you ready to tune into the now, and trust it to always be your guide?



Imagine your future as a resplendent open flower, its petals tilted towards the sun. Today those petals are enclosed within a tiny bud, still growing, developing colour, texture, and perfume in readiness for future emergence. Today that bud is in your care. Neglect it, and it may wither. Attend to it, and it will thrive. You do not need to worry about the colour of the future petals, how they will smell, what pattern they will form, who will see them. You do not need to worry about the future. Worry distracts you from the present. Attend to the present with total awareness. With senses wide open, attend to the now-bud.

[Extract from The Compass – your guide to your best future, copyright Jane Teresa Anderson]

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Radio 2GB: Once upon a time

Kim dreamed of three snakes entwined on fresh, clean sheets

Once upon a time, four months ago, to be precise, there were three venomous snakes – a red-bellied black, a brown, and a tiger snake. The three snakes appeared to Kim in a dream.

The next day, Kim asked someone the meaning of her dream, and was told to beware three dangers coming her way.

If you were Kim, how would you feel, and what would you do?

Kim worried. Naturally.

And then, during the Christmas week, she called me when I was interpreting dreams on Glenn Wheeler’s evening show on Radio 2GB, to ask my opinion.

In her dream, she had changed the sheets on her bed, and then saw the three dangerous snakes, all entwined, on the fresh, clean sheets. She calmly lifted them onto a stick and removed them from the bedroom. She felt safe. She then went to the children’s bedroom where there were also three snakes and did the same. Again, she knew they were all safe.

How would you interpret this dream?

The feelings in a dream are a major interpretation key. In her dream, Kim defused a potentially dangerous situation by remaining calm and taking practical, empowered action. The danger was gone. All was safe.

Dreams process the last 24-48 hours, so at the time of her dream, Kim faced three related (entwined) fears or situations she regarded as potentially dangerous, and, by remaining calm, dealt with them by taking appropriate action. If Kim had been asked, the morning after her dream, about which fears or dangers had come up for her, she would have recognised them and noticed that she had faced them with relative calm. Noting this, she would have felt more confident about facing other fears by remaining calm and taking appropriate practical action.

But Kim had missed this opportunity because her fears had been fuelled, rather than quelled, when she was told that the dream was a warning of three dangers coming her way.

Night by night, our dreams update our picture of life. At the time of her dream, Kim had made a change (represented by the change of sheets), a clean, fresh start, most probably a change in attitude. This change enabled her to see her fears more clearly and approach them with calm, practical resolve. What a win!

What an insight! What an encouraging formula to follow, to reinforce in the days that followed!

The dreaming mind often chooses snakes to represent fear – most people are fearful of snakes. And when we face our fears, we heal the pain that lies behind the fear. Such is the power of a dream to reveal the way to ‘live happily ever after’.

Clean, fresh sheets anyone? There’s a whole new decade beginning in a few days time, so how about it?

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Put to the test

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Just released: I’m interviewed in this podcast by Dr David Van Nuys, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University, on his Shrink Rap Radio show.

And I’m put to the test, so listen in to hear the results.

What test? There’s some controversy over whether dreams can be analysed without input from the dreamer, and, as you know, I not only offer this service but also take it to the limit when I interpret dreams on radio or on television.

(Radio and television interpretations are also severely time-limited, compared to the deep work I do in my consultations.)

So I agreed to ‘take the test’ and interpret dreams, sight-unseen, on Dr Dave’s show, and this podcast is the result. Towards the end of the hour long interview, I also interpret two of Dr Dave’s dreams. You’ll hear his responses.

Here’s the first comment to go up on the podcast interview site:

“I really enjoyed that show, especially as Ms Anderson commented on the dream of one of my clients. I am impressed by Ms Anderson’s ability to analyse on air and I thank her for pointing at some completely new aspects of the dream.”- Axel Reisdorf

Listen hereRead transcript.

Dr Dave’s podcast show is in its fifth year, and you’ll find many fascinating interviews on the site.

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Episode 36 The Dream Show: Phyllis shares her story

A new podcast every Friday. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes.

A new podcast every Friday. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes.

You’ll love this week’s podcast, a vibrant, heartwarming, and deeply inspirational chat with Phyllis, from Houston, Texas, who shares her life-changing experience of doing dream alchemy.

I first interpreted a dream for Phyllis four years ago, and have worked with her on several of her dreams since then.

Listen to her story of how she approached her dreams like a map, reclaiming elements of her deepest self and integrating them in a way that enabled her to travel further along her life path than she had ever dreamed. Or had she?

Plenty of insight, some laughs, and just check out our madly different accents!

You can listen here (Episode 36)

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Can dreams help you to heal from disease?

Most, if not all, diseases begin with the mind. Stress, emotional issues, fears, and beliefs can and do manifest in the physical body if not addressed. When your mind is not at ease, when it is at dis-ease, bodily disease may follow. Since dreams reveal your emotional and mental make-up, they offer an opportunity to understand a disease or illness from an emotional-mental perspective.

If you are prone to sickness, or suffering a disease, look through your dreams for symbolic representations of your physical condition. For example, you might see a balloon about to burst under pressure when you’re suffering a headache, a stack of bricks out of alignment when your spine is out of line, a cloudy or murky pond when you’ve got a bladder infection, an off-key or raspy musical instrument when you’ve got a throat infection, a blocked road or pipe when you’ve got a blockage such as a blocked artery or constipation, a toxic waste factory polluting a system when you’ve got a liver or kidney problem, or an invasion or war dream when you’ve been invaded by a virus, or when your immune system is fighting an infection.

These are NOT definite symbols with strict meanings, as any of these symbols can come up in dreams that have nothing to do with physical disease, so don’t use these to diagnose your physical condition. Instead, use these examples as guidelines to help you identify parts of your dream that seem to mirror your physical condition. Once you have found your personal symbol of your disease in a dream, the healing magic begins with a dream alchemy practice. This is what to do.

Visualise the dream situation healing, adding an uplifting emotion. For example, visualise a blocked pipe unblocking, and its contents flowing smoothly, feeling the elation of the release. Or visualise the high-pressure balloon that was about to burst breathing out gently, just enough to relieve the pressure and feel the light-hearted, happy balloon lift and fly. Or visualise the stack of bricks being gently stretched and reset into alignment, feeling the joyous freedom of a new flexibility.

Keep up your visualisation for several weeks, always making sure to add and feel that uplifting emotion. What you are doing is communicating with your unconscious mind using its own language, the language of your dreams. Your unconscious mind then takes your healing cue, and helps heal the emotional or mental cause of your dis-ease by changing the disease-causing beliefs and feelings. Watch your dreams for feedback on your healing progress.

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, (paperback and ebook), Jane Teresa Anderson]

Have you noticed symbolic parallels in your dreams to diseases, illnesses, aches or pains you’ve experienced?

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“I hear there’s a giant iceberg heading your way,” said Phyllis, sitting comfortably in Texas, chatting over skype.

“Iceberg?” I queried, baffled.

Phyllis is my guest on this Friday’s podcast, and we were warming up to record the show while Michael was setting the recording levels.

Also warming up, I now know, is a 19 km slice of Antarctica, aka B17B, weighing 20 billion tonnes and heading towards the west coast of Australia.

“When I was in Antarctica,” Michael joined in, “I had a whisky on ice, chips of iceberg ice, water frozen in ancient times melting into my spirit.”

Actually he didn’t say “melting into my spirit,” but I thought I’d add a bit of poetic licence and word play because of what happened next.

“That’s what happens every day,” I said, meaning to add to the magic but, in fact, fizzing the conversation. “Every time you drink water you’re taking atomic particles that have been in existence since the beginning of time into your body.”

“Trust a scientist to take away the romance,” Michael said, understandably dejected.

I remember when this thought first struck me. I was running in the country, some twenty or more years ago, breathing in the smell of the trees, the leaves, feeling at one with nature as I ran effortlessly, fuelled by a natural endorphin high. I suddenly got that I and everything around me was composed of particles that had been recycled since the beginning of time, and that would continue to be recycled until whenever.

The oxygen I was breathing into my lungs to become a part of my being for a short while had recently, perhaps, been released by that tree over there, and the subatomic particles making up that oxygen may well have passed through the body of a dinosaur, and may well, in the future, spend some time being a bird, an opera singer, a spaceship, a mountain, a snowflake, an iceberg.

I got that everything and everyone is connected, that we are an energy and space continuum. What appears to be solid (like me, you, an iceberg) is really, at the subatomic level, mostly space, sprinkled with particles of energy flowing in, out and through us all.

“Recording levels all good and ready to go,” announced Michael, breaking my reverie.

“So this water I’m drinking might once have been part of a dinosaur,” I murmured.

“That met his end when a giant iceberg signalled the beginning of the Ice Age,” said Phyllis.

Or maybe she didn’t, but it’s a good way to end the story. And as for Phyllis’s story, you’ll hear that when you listen to this Friday’s new podcast, episode 36 of The Dream Show.

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Episode 35 The Dream Show: Tsunami dreams and what they mean

Have you ever faced a tsunami or giant tidal wave in a dream? (Yes, it's me in the picture.)

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Episode 35 of our free weekly podcast, The Dream Show, is now up. Listen here or on iTunes.

Have you ever faced a tsunami or giant tidal wave in a dream? What happened?

It’s a very common, recurring dream theme, so what does it mean?

Whether or not you’ve had this dream, there’s plenty of insight you can take forward from today’s episode to help soothe troubled waters in troubling times.

Listen to my story about a tsunami dream I had just before one of my books was published, and the lessons it taught me about how to handle my fears.

Troubling times, or changing times? It all depends on your perspective: did the global financial crisis affect you, and how did you respond? Listen to tips about what kind of dreams you might experience during a tsunami of a crisis, and how to work with these to create rewarding outcomes.

Listen here (episode 35).

Yes, it’s me in the picture. Well, me a few years ago. This image is one of a series in our PowerPoint show, A Dream Wave Story, a visual version of the meaning of tsunami dreams. Watch it here.

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What drives you to get out of bed in the morning?

What drives you to get out of bed in the morning?

What drives you to get out of bed in the morning? Hunger for food, a full bladder, a sense of duty, a need to earn money, a passion for your work, your baby’s cry, fear of being late for work, hunger for success, a sense of adventure?

Before reading on, have a think about all the things that get you moving during a typical day. As well as some of the above, perhaps you are driven by love, sex, exercise, chocolate, alcohol, drugs, helping others, a need for order, curiosity, a wish to learn, friendship, self-improvement, high drama, a need to impress, to be right, to feel valued, to set a score, to atone, to hide, to be seen.

Take a moment to list the top ten things that drive you through a typical day. Write them down.

It’s easy to see how your drives affect how you act each day. Hunger drives you to find and eat food. Thirst drives you to reprioritise all other plans while you find and drink fluid of some kind. A caffeine addiction drives you to plan your morning around the required number of coffee, tea or coke hits. A need to be right drives you to argue the point instead of negotiating a win-win situation or learning something new. If you’re driven to help others, you may avoid asking for help. If you’re driven by a sense of adventure, you’ll take risks, and if you’re driven by a need for high drama to keep life interesting you’ll stir it up good.

All of this is easy to understand. Our drives ultimately dictate our actions, and our actions dictate the outcomes of our lives.


It’s all well and good to acknowledge what drives you and to see how it affects the way you go about your life, but what about those drives you DON’T know about? Your unconscious drives – those deeply embedded beyond your awareness – have a strong grip of the wheel. In any battle between the drives you know about (your conscious drives) and your unconscious drives, the unconscious wins.

Imagine, for example, feeling driven to succeed in your career – making all the right moves, getting excited about the prospects, heading for the right goals – yet having a conflicting unconscious drive to avoid commitments of all kinds, including commitment to career. In this scenario you’re likely to wonder why things never quite succeed in the way you imagined, why unforeseen circumstance seems to conspire against you at the last moment, why ‘bad luck’ seems to dog you, and why, if you listen very carefully, you hear a whisper of relief at the back of your mind as you think, ‘Ah well, at least I’m free to ….’

This is where dreams come in.

And in a simple, easy to interpret way too.

The driver represents a driving force in your life

The driver represents a driving force in your life

Have you ever dreamed of being in a car, in the passenger or back seat, with someone else driving? It’s a common dream. The person driving the car – the person driving you somewhere – represents a driving force in your life at the time of the dream.

It’s usually a car. We ‘drive’ cars, and, as dreams often use word play, cars can symbolise your drive or motivation. The person behind the wheel symbolises the prime driving force. However your driving force might be driving any vehicle in your dream, or driving an animal – either riding it or shepherding it.

If you dream of being driven by someone you know, your father perhaps, then ask yourself if you’re driven by your father’s expectations, or by the kinds of beliefs your father subscribed to. And remember, we’re talking unconscious drives here, so you may think you’re very different from your father, but if your father’s driving you in your dreams, then there’s an aspect of your father driving you deep in your unconscious. Once you think about this possibility and examine your life for evidence of its effect, you’ll see it. That’s the way you catch an unconscious drive – getting the clue from a dream and then collecting the evidence from your waking life. You can then decide whether this drive is working for you or against you, and disable it if you wish.

As soon as you’re aware of an unconscious drive, it’s no longer unconscious, so it loses its power. From that point forward you can observe the way you respond in life and question the driving force behind your response. For enduring results you can apply dream alchemy practices.

When interpreting a driving dream, write down three words to describe the personality or approach of the person driving your dream vehicle. For example, if Jack (an acquaintance of yours) is driving your car, you might write ‘proud, dutiful, reliable’. Ask yourself if, at the time of your dream, your actions may have been driven by pride, duty or reliability. (It’s likely to be at least one of the three on your list.) Look for evidence in your life, especially in the day or two before your dream. What actions did you take that could be explained by pride, duty or reliability?

What if your dream car is driven by someone you don’t know in waking life? Your dream driver’s character will have been evident in the dream by the actions taken, the way you were treated, or the gut feel you got from the person. For example, if your dream driver seemed really helpful – perhaps even over-the-top helpful – then it’s likely that you were driven by an unconscious need to help at the time of your dream. In this example, if the dream worked out well, then all is good, but if the dream did not work out well, or remained unresolved, then ask yourself why you’re driven to help others and why this might not be ‘getting you anywhere’.

If your driver isn’t getting you anywhere in your dream, then that drive isn’t getting you anywhere in your life.

Your dream driver might take you back to your past ...

Your dream driver might take you back to your past …

Your dream driver might take you back to the past – perhaps your school days, somewhere you used to work or live. This often indicates the origin of the drive.

We think of drive as a positive thing. It’s good to have drive, to be motivated. But we can be driven by negative as well as positive factors. We can be driven by greed, by a need to dominate, by a need to avoid a feeling or issue. We can be driven to prove ourselves to someone, to sabotage our plans to avoid the things we think success will bring, to appease, to suffer the pain we think we deserve.

There’s a difference between driving and being driven, but is there a difference between having drive and being driven? Maybe, maybe not, but I can guarantee that if you take this question and contemplate it today, you’ll be wiser by the bedtime and set up to dream of drives yet to be revealed.

[Copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, March 2008. First published as a Dream Sight article.]

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Looking for insight? Read your waking life!

Just as you can interpret a dream, you can interpret your waking life. After all, it’s YOUR waking life: you’re the one creating it and responding to it, so it is a unique reflection of everything you are.

Your waking life is a perfect manifestation of your conscious and, more powerfully, your unconscious mind.

But just as it can be difficult to distance yourself enough from your own dreams to interpret them (you’re too close to your own issues), so it can be difficult to distance yourself enough from a troublesome waking life event to interpret it.

Yesterday afternoon provided a perfect example:

Michael and I are in transit this week, on the road with the absolute basics we require for everyday living and working. In theory it’s pretty easy for a dream analyst and a ghostwriter/photorestorer to work on the move. We just load laptops, pcs, monitors, scanners, podcasting equipment, and loads of other basic paraphernalia into two cars and off we go.

Like I said, easy.

Wireless mobile broadband thingy

Wireless mobile broadband thingy

Oh, and don’t forget the wireless mobile broadband thingy that connects us to the internet wherever we go. Without that, we’re stuffed.

So there we were, yesterday morning, internet streaming, three computers humming away happily.

Until we hit the wall.

“My brain’s falling over,” said Michael, getting up from his chair. I knew how he felt. We’d spent several days packing, organising, sorting, planning – all the while working full time – to get to this point, and our energies were flagging.

At that exact moment, our internet connection dropped to snail’s pace. It was on, off, on, fast, slow, intermittent, timing out, dead. In short, very frustrating!

Michael started to troubleshoot. I won’t bore you with the details, but he tested everything and finally decided that our provider, Optus, must have been experiencing problems.

We took time out. Went outside and sat on a garden bench in the beautiful, balmy, Brisbane late afternoon. Ate a sumptuous salad. Felt re-energised.

Michael was strangely quiet when we returned to our makeshift desks. And the internet was speeding along happily.

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Um, rebooted the wireless mobile broadband thingy. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.”

Yes, it just needed a simple reboot, as did our tired brains which were timing out, failing to connect, just as our internet was timing out, failing to connect. Time out in the garden was enough to reboot our energy and to nudge Michael into realising that all he needed to do to fix our internet was reboot it.

“Looking back,” said Michael, “it began to fail when it fell off the shelf when I got up from the table.”

“You mean,” I laughed, “at the exact moment you said, ‘My brain’s falling over’?”

How powerfully we manifest this waking life. How perfectly it reflects our every thought.

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