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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044669603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446696036
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kelly Sullivan Walden is the author of Discover Your Inner Goddess Queen and is a popular speaker. She lives In California

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Kelly Sullivan Walden
Aka "Doctor Dream"

Kelly Sullivan Walden says, "Dreams have a language all their own--and being fluent in that language reveals the wisdom to live the life of your dreams while you're awake."

Author, certified clinical hypnotherapist, inspirational speaker and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training (www.DreamLifeCoachTraining.com); Kelly hosts a weekly web-radio show The D-Spot on www.SpotYourDspot.com, is featured Dream Expert for Fox News, and recently appeared on the Ricki Lake Show. She has written seven books including the Amazon.com #1 bestseller I Had The Strangest Dream, as well as articles published in Woman's World, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and the Los Angeles Times.

One of Kelly's dreams came true when she was invited to speak before the United Nations about the Dream Project, a non-profit organization she founded to inspire children all over the world to solve the issues described in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
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Kelly began her dream research as a curious five-year-old. She and her younger sister shared a room and in morning the girls would wake up excited to discuss what their nighttime adventures might mean in the waking world. Over the years they pouring through dream dictionaries to learn the exciting language of dreams. Kelly eventually studied Carl Jung, Carlos Castaneda and many spiritual and esoteric teachers who took her understanding of dreams to a much deeper level.

Nearly two decades ago Kelly became a certified clinical hypnotherapist and spiritual counselor. This began her professional journey working with her client's subconscious minds so they might discover themselves--their core beliefs, drives and desires--and discover the hidden resources to heal them from past traumas and experience life with new skills, fresh vision, and deeper knowledge.

Kelly soon realized the impact dreams had in the lives of her clients--but no guidebooks on the market at the time dealt with contemporary symbols or blended dream interpretation with a truly life-affirming approach. Her book I Had the Strangest Dream quickly reached #1 on Amazon's Best-seller List and has stayed there for over six years. Since then, she's authored six more books; been guest of over 1,000 media outlets; and traveled the world speaking, teaching and hosting workshops for many thousands of people.

Kelly and her husband Dana and their dogs, Shadow and Lola, are living their dream life amid the animal, trees, and energy of the enchanted Topanga Canyon in California. Kelly is currently in production of a television pilot and is excited to share her latest works It's All In Your Dreams and Dream Oracle Cards.

"I've poured everything I know about dreams into It's All In Your Dreams and Dream Oracle Cards, reflecting the latest research and current wisdom. I'm thrilled to say this work has already transformed my life and the lives of many others. My dreamwork is not just to inspire you to pay attention to your nighttime dreams, but to give you practical tools to access the phenomenal wisdom of your dreaming mind--the rocket fuel to manifest the life of your dreams!" ~ Kelly Sullivan Walden

www.KellySullivanWalden.com
www.DreamLifeCoachTraining.com
www.DreamProjectUN.com
www.SpotYourDspot.com

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25 Things Most People Don't Know About Kelly


1. My childhood nickname was Smelly Kelly with a Big Belly full of Jelly...the abbreviated version is simply, "Smelly." My little sister called me "Cow" and I called myself "Lolly". To this day if a family member or close friend calls me by "Kelly" I think something's wrong.
2. I have four sisters that I love with all my heart. Growing up, my sister Shannon and I not only shared a bedroom, but we often shared dreams.
3. The first dream I recall included me being chased by a witch around the turrets of a scary castle.
4. My first love was Elvis...I literally dreamed about marrying him when I was five years old...and telling him that Pricilla would have to go!
5. The first poem I ever memorized and recited was in 3rd grade, and it went like this: "The Optimist and the pessimist...the difference is a droll. The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole." Without knowing it that poem laid the foundation for the way, as an adult, I roll (hey, that rhymes!)
6. When I was thirteen I used to wear a comb in my back pocket of my skin tight Chemendefers that said, "If you can read this you are too close."
7. I got a 'D' in my 7th grade cooking class....it scared me for life. To this day I have "kitchen issues".
8. In high school I was a cheerleader and was voted "Most Spirited" by my senior class...GO TEAM!!! To this day, when I get inspired by someone or something, my inner cheerleader comes takes over...and it can be quite obnoxious.
9. I have a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do and I've used to save my life 3 times (thank you mom for insisting I learn it!)
10. My first college semester was in Seville, Spain...where I lived with a Spanish family, traveled throughout Europe, and managed to learn to speak conversational Spanish--thanks to then boyfriend, Jose Maria Luis. I still speak and understand Spanish to this day (with a slight lithp.)
11. At 21 years old I was crowned "Miss Public Nuisance" as a publicity stunt for a Beverly Hills Art Gallery ...it landed me on Hard Copy and an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous (not because I was rich or famous, but my boss was.)
12. I taught English in Japan...and learned to speak a little Japanese while I was there...beyond the typical, "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto."
13. I was a back up dancer for Stacy Q (remember "2 of Hearts"?)
14. Throughout my 20s I was an actress...and my first leading role was in a horror film called, "Death By Dialogue" ...and NO, I didn't talk everyone to death...but I do that in real life!
15. I played the role of the girl in the T-Bird that provoked the song "Fun, fun, fun, till daddy takes the T-Bird away" in a TV movie of the week about the Beach Boys.
16. I was in a singing group called "Zuzu's Petals"--the name was inspired by the movie, "It's A Wonderful Life."
17. Still to this day I have slumber parties several times a year with my BFFs from high school--Theresa, Shawndara, D'ona, and Nancy. You can't say I haven't fully embraced my inner teenager!
18. I got married to my beloved, Dana, in our backyard meadow in Topanga, CA, surrounded by a bevy of Goddesses...it was the most magnificent day of my life.
19. I once went on a shopping spree at Bed, Bath & Beyond for bed and bath accessories for the Dali Lama.
20. I had a near-death experience...I went to the other side...and came back (obviously)...and quite literally saw the light--words cannot describe the beauty of the experience and the freedom of knowing that I have a body, but I am not my body.
21. I am the creator/founder of the most amazing program (The Dream Project) that inspires young people to discover solutions for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. I get to work with the most inspiring children and teenagers who remind me that they aren't the future...they are the NOW!
22. September 2008 I had the mind-boggling honor of speaking about the Dream Project at the United Nations in Paris, France.
23. I'm an acronym freak and I use them for just about everything, for example: How to get the most from your D.R.E.A.M.S.; how to over come any F.E.A.R.; how to interpret your dreams via the S.A.D.D.L.E. formula, and how to spot the BI.D.s in life (blessings in disguise)!
24. For my 20th high school reunion I was named the person with the "Most Unusual Career." I guess that's what happens when you become a Hypnotherapist/Dream Coach/Author who people refer to as "Doctor Dream"!
25. Along those lines, after being asked repeatedly how I do what I do for a living, I decided to lay it out for people, and pay it forward to those who are interested in following my very bizarre footprints. In these precarious financial times, people are looking for out of the box ways to earn a living in a way that honors their soul...so in 2013 I launched Dream-Life Coach Training (www.DreamLifeCoachTraining.com) to empower people to become Dream-Life Coaches. It's not a career path for everyone, I must say, but it appeals to those who have an interest in nighttime dream work, and who genuinely desire to learn and earn the tools to support people in living the life of their dreams.

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I bought this book on a whim, loving the title.
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As a dream expert myself, I found Kelly's book deals with dream symbols in a practical and helpful way.
Lauri K. Loewenberg
For people who want to work with their dreams without being overwhelmed, this book is the answer.
Lila MoonShadow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lila MoonShadow on October 27, 2006
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This is the most modern dream book I have EVER seen, that uses modern day symbols and has definitions that actually make sense. I have tried a LOT of dream dictionaries, and this is the best of the lot, I got rid of my others. You won't find anything like if you dream of ice cream you'll have an unexpected visitor bring you a million dollars.

Make sure you don't skip over the Introduction! There is invaluable information in there.

I can't praise this book enough. For people who want to work with their dreams without being overwhelmed, this book is the answer. It's possible to go as deep as you want with this book, and also to get a good grasp of your dreams in a quick time.

Thanks Kelly!!!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. Cooper on October 24, 2006
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This is not your typical dream book. Does it offer you a translation of snakes? Yes. Does it offer you a translation of snakes in the boardroom & in the bedroom? Absolutely! A must own.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2008
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I bought this book on a whim, loving the title. It's proved very valuable -- it makes it very easy to interpret a dream start to finish. By looking up the clear ideas and instructions at entries such as house, stairs, running, car, etc., you can piece together any objects and events in your dream. It doesn't contain *everything* -- like another reviewer I'd say it would be perfect paired with a 'more traditional' dream dictionary, which is the exact stated purpose of the book, but I've done just fine with this alone for several years. Her first chapter listing basic dream types and how to process them is a little bit oversimple -- the examples themselves aren't a full explanation -- but it's a useful bonus in a book whose stated goal is to be a dictionary. I never interpreted my own dreams before but have gotten better and better at it using only this book. I've also found that the process of looking up information about my dreams has helped me remember them better as time goes on. I also like her clear, to-the-point, direct address style of writing. Fun, easy, and informative, and it's led to some real personal growth as well!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Heather on June 12, 2007
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Has some interesting points in the introduction. . . but the dictionary is just ok. Personally, I think the explanations all sound like the same reworded over & over again. I will probably buy a different book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By V. Hunter on March 17, 2010
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I like the author's humor and the suggestions she offers for working with your dreams. I also enjoyed some of the dream examples she included. The best part for me was the interpretation method she outlines in which you write down the key symbols from your dream in one column, your own interpretation in a second column and then, lastly, the dream dictionary definition in the third. This correlates a lot with the method we use in the "dream group" I belong to. We really encourage each other to come up with three or four of our own words to describe each of the prominant symbols in the dream, whether objects, places or people. My four words for cat (for example) may be very different from someone elses and it is ultimately most important how I perceive the symbols.

That being said, the "introduction" section of the book was fairly short and might not be comprehensive enough for someone who is just beginning to explore their dreams. I think she did a good job in a limited amount of space and certainly covered the basics, so this would be great if you don't need a lot of direction and are looking mostly for a dictionary. A also thought it was easy to navigate with the Kindle since it had a better clickable Table of Contents than others I have bought.

Here are a couple of my own little dream tips that I have used for years and that you may find helpful:

1. To remember a dream, immediately create a couple keywords to summarize it. For example, if I briefly awake right after a dream during the night about being beside a beautiful mountain stream with my favorite pet, I repeat "stream, Boots (my cat), stream, Boots, stream, Boots" over and over in my mind until I fall back asleep.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Kidd on December 10, 2012
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The interpretation of your dreams will be so literal that you could have thought of the meanings yourself. I had high hopes for this book because of the new age terminology that it included but the definitions were so unimaginative. I feel as though, the book should tell me something that I could not have guessed myself. For example, the word "Salad" -- "a dream of eating salad signifies that you are ingesting healthy choices..." Really? How ingenious! "Hippie" -- "dreams of a hippie symbolize peace, free love, and nonviolent rebellion and perhaps passive aggression." Once again, how ingenious! Dream books that I've read in the past had better interpretations of dreams, way beyond anything the average person would think of. At the end of the day, I prefer not ta pay for something I already know, or could guess myself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tito Bodhi on January 27, 2008
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have always loved dream books but never felt fully satisfied... until now. I have been waiting for a dream book like this since I was old enough to interpret my dreams. I used to go over 3 or 4 different dream books to decipher my dreams but I finally only need one. Somehow Kelly managed to be the first person in the universe to make a genius book that covers everything in one place.
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