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Episode 45 The Dream Show: Prickly cactus

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

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

Episode 45 of our free weekly podcast, THE DREAM SHOW, is now up.

Today’s guest, Suzanne, has a prickly cactus obstructing her way in her dream. Mud to one side, rocks to the other, and no shoes to protect her feet.

Could the letter written in red ink and carefully folded into three help?

Well, yes, because everything becomes clear when a dream is interpreted.

If you love a bit of dream detective work, you’ll love following the clues as we reach Aha upon Aha as Suzanne and I chat about her dream.

Listen as Suzanne makes all the connections to what’s happening in her waking life, and as she notices her physical body responses to the interpretation.

Does Suzanne discover the way forward? Oh yes, and there’s plenty of insight for you too: listen!

You can listen here (Episode 45)

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Comfort zone: the things we do!

Comfort zone: the things we do!

When was the last time you stepped out of a comfort zone? What did you do? How did it feel? How did the experience enrich your life?

We create and inhabit comfort zones to protect ourselves from facing our fears. We erect boundaries beyond which we prefer not to step. Often, though, the greatest danger lies inside the comfort zone, as this dream (posted to our old dream forums), portrays so vividly:

“I was nursing a baby and the baby was me. She was tired so I put her on my shoulder and she started to drop off. Then I got the idea of putting her into a 2 litre milk bottle, a nice cosy place I thought! The milk came up to her chest. She obviously found it comfortable and dropped off to sleep.

But then I kept having problems. I realised I had to take the lid off or she would suffocate. The milk was slopping into her mouth and making her cough, and I thought she might get chilled too.

I was walking round a tourist area and wanted to sit down for a coffee but I was too preoccupied with the baby.

Then I wondered how I was going to get her out of the bottle again. I would have to cut the top off. But she looked fairly comfortable and was soon asleep so I left her there.”

Did you notice all the references in this dream to comfort zones? There’s the ‘nice cosy place’ which she found ‘comfortable’ and where, despite the obvious dangers, she remained comfortable.

The things we do! This dreamer really wanted to explore unknown territory (the tourist area) and was on the verge of realising that her familiar comfort zone was so restrictive it was potentially suffocating. Even though she could see solutions, she ultimately settled for what seemed ‘fairly comfortable’. She  was limiting her potential, and probably not achieving her desires, by suffocating in a comfort zone instead of stepping out into new territory to grow.

If you ever need encouragement to step beyond a comfort zone so you can grow, personally and spiritually, remember the baby in the milk bottle.

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Dream symbols: The personality question

What's the personality of a tennis ball?

Throw out any dream dictionaries lurking on your bookshelves. The symbols in your dream are all about you. So how can you discover their meaning? Here’s an easy, fun, and accurate way.

Imagine your dream symbol is a tennis ball, for example.

Ask, “What is the personality of a tennis ball?”

Answer fast. Don’t allow time to think.

You might say, “Bouncy, happy, team-orientated.”

I might say, “Can’t make up its mind – back and forward, back and forward.”

Someone else might say, “Catch me if you can!”

When you do this fast, your unconscious mind comes up with the right answer for you. So YOUR tennis ball dream might be about bouncy team work, mine might be about indecision, and someone else’s might hint at dodge tactics.

Build your own dream dictionary each time you do this exercise and discover the meaning of your personal dream symbols.

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson]

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Episode 44 The Dream Show: Bodice ripper

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Episode 44 of our free weekly podcast, THE DREAM SHOW, is now up.

My guest today is Carla, with a real bodice ripper of a dream. Heads roll in an execution, blood flows, there’s a marriage of convenience between an 18th century Nordic beauty and a Viscount, and much anticipation about how the wedding night will go.

As the romp continues, World War 2 begins and the Nazis arrive on the scene. Oh, and then there’s the question of the little chapel, but wait – who am I to spoil the end of a blockbuster?

Carla has worked on her dreams for many years, and is interested in hearing my interpretation of the two dreams she presents here.

Listen in on our conversation, contemplations and blockbusting. (You can also visit Carla’s blog.)

You can listen here (Episode 44)

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Radio 4BC: Decapitated!

John dreamed his head was chopped off, he watched it fall.

John phoned me on Alex Bernard’s show on Radio 4BC last week to ask me about his decapitation dream.

“A pane of glass hit me across the back of the neck and chopped my head off. I saw my head fall, so I was still alive, but I couldn’t breathe or cry.”

Sounds gruesome, doesn’t it? Dreams of decapitation are actually relatively common. I have heard many variations over the years, and because each dream is slightly different, the interpretations vary.

Let’s look at John’s dream first. What did it mean?

The neck is a bridge between the head and the heart. We think things through with our head, and we feel things through with our hearts. Faced with an important decision, ideally we would think and feel it through before taking action. Most of us are not so good with the balanced approach, especially when under stress. Some go with the heart, some go with the head. (Which are you: head or heart?)

So the neck is that bridge, or balance point, where head and heart meet. In John’s case, this balance was cut by a pane of glass from behind. No doubt, in his dream, he didn’t see it coming, partly because it came from behind and partly because it’s difficult to see glass.

Dreams love puns and plays on words (pane, pain), so here’s my interpretation:

In the day or two before his dream, John suffered unexpected emotional pain, and the impact was so great that it cut him off from his usual way of thinking things through. He was left trying to access his heart (his feelings) but this was difficult for someone accustomed to thinking things through.

In the dream, he couldn’t breathe, and he couldn’t cry, suggesting he was having difficulty expressing his feelings (you can’t talk when you can’t breathe), especially grief. John’s dream suggests it’s time to get past the numbing shock of the pain, to get past thinking things through, and to get in touch with his feelings so that he can let them go and move forward.

The radio producer had asked callers to be very brief in describing their dreams, so the details that help pinpoint an interpretation were missing, but John related to my response.

After the show, I thought about how common decapitation dreams are, yet realised I hadn’t heard one for quite some time.

The very next day, I sat down to record podcast episode 44 of The Dream Show – which will go live tomorrow – and phoned Carla, my guest for the show, wondering what dream she would present for interpretation. If you listen to the podcast show regularly, you’ll appreciate that I rarely know the dream before we start recording. I prefer the spontaneity of the process, and I’m told it makes better listening.

So, I did smile when Carla started with a short decapitation dream. As always, the interpretation is in the details, so listen in tomorrow for a different take on a decapitation dream!

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Radio 5AA, Adelaide: Former glory

Alison dreamed she inherited a big, run down mansion

Words can be very telling, especially the words we use to describe our dreams. They often come direct from our unconscious mind – perfect keys to interpretation. So next time someone is telling you about a dream, listen for those tell-tale words.

Alison called Radio 5AA last week when I was interpreting dreams on Amanda Blair’s show.

Alison asked about a recurring dream in which she inherits a big, run down mansion that would need lots of money to return it to its “former glory”.

It was the “former glory” bit that stood out to me. What insight do you get from those particular words?

There was a bit more to the dream. There’s always a snake in the house, but with each successive dream Alison has felt more comfortable with it being there.

The dream started 3 years ago. Since dreams always reflect the last 24-48 hours, recurring dreams reflect recurring issues in our lives. Every time the issue comes up, so does the dream. In Alison’s case, we know this issue first came up 3 years ago, when the recurring theme began.

According to her dream, three years ago Alison realised that she had an opportunity to “return to former glory” an aspect of her life that had become run down, probably due to neglect. My feeling is that this is to do with her career or study. During the past three years she has been gathering the courage, step by step, to face her fear and do this. In Alison’s dream, the snake represents the fear she is becoming increasingly comfortable with.

I didn’t get much further than this on air, as Alison leapt in to affirm that she could relate to the interpretation. I suggested a dream alchemy practice: visualise the house swiftly returning to its “former glory” at the wave of a magic wand and see herself moving into it and feeling good about this. The point of dream alchemy is to communicate with the unconscious mind using its own language (the same language it used in the dream) to create change – in this case, a fear-free return to “former glory”, a former, much cherished way of being.

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Episode 43 The Dream Show: The right questions

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A radio presenter once asked me to interpret a caller’s dream in 10 seconds. It was a dream about a lost tooth.

Could I do it in 10 seconds? What was my reply?

This episode is about the art of asking the right questions rather than giving the right answers, and I show you how to apply this method to your dreams to get deep and meaningful insight.

Along the way in this podcast you’ll meet a talking dolphin, a kangaroo, and Deep Thought, ‘the second greatest computer of all time and space’.

Intrigued? You can listen here (Episode 43)

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That’s Love Magazine, Sex dreams

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The That’s Life Magazine (Australia) team have just launched a new quarterly mag, That’s Love, and asked me to interpret some sex dreams for their first issue. With their permission, here’s an extract from my article:

“Dream sex is symbolic. Just as your body responds to a scary dream by releasing the fear hormone adrenalin which pumps up your heart rate and gives you cold sweats, your body responds sexually to a sex dream and you may even have an orgasm. No matter how good the dream sex felt, reassure your partner that your dream does NOT reveal any hidden desire for sex with anyone else. So, what does it mean?

Sex is a close union with another person, so dream sex is a good symbol for what you are integrating into your life.”

(This is where I interpret various sex dream scenarios. Here’s one:) 

Adulterous sex

“If there’s a feeling of betrayal, cheating or forbidden love in your dream, ask yourself where, in your life, you feel you are betraying a non-sexual commitment you’ve made to yourself, or feeling drawn to doing something out of character, or indulging a passion you have forbidden. Have you broken a diet, spoken your mind, decided to leave a career you had committed to? Are you struggling with an issue of loyalty to a job, a cause, a way of life? Change can be good, but our dreams can show we feel like we’re cheating when we change our rules!”

In the article I’ve given interpretation tips for dreams of sex with an ex, with a family member, with multiple partners, with your boss, and much more.

Check the current issue of the magazine to read the whole article.

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Your environment is your teacher

Yesterday I invited people on FaceBook to pick a number between 1 and 365 to get a reading from my book The Compass. (There are 365 readings in the book.)

Debbie picked number 172, ‘Adapt’. Here’s the full reading:


172: ADAPT



Your environment is your teacher.



What changes are challenging you?

Where are you feeling restricted?

Imagine accepting the restrictions you are feeling. How would your life change in the long term? Imagine accepting the challenge of breaking free from the feeling of restriction. What changes in attitude would you need to make to achieve this? What are the changes forcing you to examine about yourself, and your life? How are you going to respond?



Imagine a prehistoric fish living happily in a crystal clear pond. As years go by, she births hundreds of baby fish, and their food supply begins to dwindle. Her babies begin to mysteriously disappear. She suffers deep despair. Were her children eaten? Did they die of starvation? The more she despairs, the more the crystal waters of the pond get murky and dark. Her old happy life has gone. She can hardly see ahead through the dark water, and there is little food left. Life has become severely restricted. What should she do? She’d never been adventurous, always preferring the safe pond waters, but she is no longer safe here. To survive, she needs to change her attitude, to take a risk instead of opting for safety, to leave the pond in search of a better life. Seeing some leaves breaking the surface of the pond, she reaches up to nibble, and keeps on nibbling until she realises she is standing on dry land! Her children, now grown, are all there to greet her. They look strangely different, but she recognises them as her own. She is the mother of the first amphibians, and now she too can breathe and walk on land. Why she had not known this before?

From The Compass – your guide to your best future, copyright Jane Teresa Anderson

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Dream interpretation results: Kate’s news, episode 39


Adding the 'Gin to the Tonic' in life

Ah, the power of dream alchemy! Here’s an update from Kate who was my guest in podcast Episode 39 of The Dream Show.

You may remember that Kate dreamed she was a passenger on a cartoon-like plane, wondering whether to have cartoon gin with her cartoon tonic. (Listen to Kate and I discussing her dream: episode 39.)

After interpreting the dream I gave Kate a dream alchemy practice to do to reprogram her unconscious mind to clear the block the dream revealed. As Kate had said she found visualisations difficult, I created an artwork alchemy practice.

Two weeks after recording the podcast, Kate reported:

“The experience of having my dream interpreted was a lot of fun but it was also very meaningful. The ‘gin in the tonic’ motif has for me become a reminder to add the joy to life.

I mentioned I felt blocked and this has shifted somewhat. I thought the idea of an alchemy where I got to make something was a great idea as I am probably more kinesthetic. I started the alchemy, which is a branch painted red, a bird’s nest in it, and a few flying gin bottles hanging off the branches.

I haven’t finished it yet but I have done quite a few other things. I have made a kayak, a gate, started going to the gym and started doing quite a few fun things like going fishing and going to the beach more.

I think the block has to do with allowing myself to have fun and allowing myself to be exactly as I am. Ironically adding the ‘Gin to the Tonic’ in life seems to have resulted in me drinking less alcohol but not becoming a wowser … never!!!

I have not started my new job yet but I have met the team and they are a fun group so I am looking forward to it.

Thanks for sharing your profound gift with others so generously.” – Kate, episode 39.

Listen to Kate: Ep 39

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