-- NAPRA Trade Journal, Holiday 1994
If you're not already aware of your Dreamtime world, this tactilely and visually stimulating gem will likely get you going, helping you to understand what your subconscious might be trying to communicate. Instead of reading like a dictionary, though, The Secret Language of Dreams is organized by themes, states of being, types of interactions, and, of course, symbols. This broader perspective opens doors for self-interpretation that otherwise might be lost with symbolic interpretations only. There is a new genre of books being created that epitomize "walking the Beauty way" down to the smallest detail. This is one of them.
--Linda Castrone, Rocky Mountain News, September 1995
Everyone can benefit from studying their dreams, says David Fontana, a Welsh psychologist and dream scholar, because "they are like a conversation between our conscious and unconscious minds."
And since we are the authors of and actors in our own dreams, we also are the best judges of their meanings, he believes. Rather than tell us what they mean, he prefers to teach us how to do it ourselves. In The Secret Language of Dreams, he includes a directory of common dream themes:
A house. This usually symbolizes the self. Study the details. Are there rooms you can't go into? They may represent aspects of your personality you aren't comfortable with.
Cars. "Traveling seems to symbolize our journey through life," Fontana says. "Dreams about it may provide us with clues about how to get around obstacles."
-- New Woman, December 1994
Anyone who has ever kept a dream journal knows that dreams can be rich and uncanny sources of insight. They can put you in touch with your deepest wisdom. And they can sometimes be very funny. But they can also be hard to remember and their messages downright elusive. Along comes David Fontana's beautifully illustrated The Secret Language of Dreams to the rescue, with its companion , a blank diary for recording dreams.
About the Author
David Fontana David Fontana holds a Ph.D.in psychology and is a fellow of the British Psychological Society. The author of The Secret Language of Symbols (Chronicle Books, Spring 1994) and many successful books on educational psychology, psychotherapy, and meditation, he lives in Cardiff, Wales.