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Dreams 1-2-3: Remember, Interpret, and Live Your Dreams Paperback – November 1, 2013
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J.M. DeBord began studying and interpreting dreams two decades ago, and now one of his personal dreams comes true with the publication of Dreams 1-2-3: Remember, Interpret, and Live Your Dreams, a groundbreaking book that makes dreams understandable for everyone and shows how they can be used for your benefit.
DeBord's publishing career began 25 years ago. He has worked in newspaper, radio and television journalism, and is the author of a novel, Something Coming: a New Age Thriller. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona and interprets dreams as a moderator at Reddit Dreams, where he is known as "RadOwl."
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DeBord divides his book into three sections: Remember Your Dreams (keeping a dream journal, focus on symbols, setting, and characters, look for the narrative components – action, reaction, resolution); Interpret your dreams (find the threads and ties, explore the metaphors and language, speak the words of dreams out loud, how to approach nightmares, recurring dreams – why we have them an how to use them, how to know interpretation is on target); Live Your Dreams (using dreams for personal growth, enticing an active imagination, hearing your inner dialogue). Rather then simply explaining each of his topics listed above, DeBord inserts invaluable and very cogent Tips throughout this book, e.g. ‘Dream images are generally not to be taken literally, but as symbols of part of your self and the dynamics of your inner life’, Embrace your nightmares as opportunities for personal growth – don’t run from them’ etc.
DeBord spends considerable time and space discussing dream symbolism (death, rape, drugs, colors, marriage, video games, sex, ocean and water, etc) that is as fascinating as it if helpful. But ultimately, throwing the ball back into our court, he sums up the three sets of his book on dreams: Recognize the importance of your dreams and remember them, Write them down. Learn their structure, symbolism, and storytelling qualities; Discover the meaning of your dreams by associating the details with your life, whether your inner life or your outer life. Pay close attention to your feelings, and remember that almost everything is symbolic. Speak the language and decipher the messages; Live your dreams by making them part of your daily life and following where they lead. Work with your dreams while awake, realizing they are products of your imagination. Use your dreams to create your future.’
A lot of quotes from the book here in this review, but DeBord speaks so comfortably and plainly that it is difficult to paraphrase him. We all dream. We all could benefit from this book. Grady Harp, November 13
I definitely recommend this book to anyone wishing to understand their dreams better!
This interest has never left me and now as an adult, I continue look for answers I know are already inside me.
Then one day I was listening Coast to Coast AM radio show and the show was about Dream Symbolism & Analysis with Mr. J.M. DeBord. I was so impressed that the next day I ordered his book Dreams 1-2-3.
This book is an awesome study guild. It is written as something simple and beautiful and that is why this helps people to be able to understand their dreams with the ease of a gentle beginings. Before one can learn to walk, one must crawl.
The easy instructions to remembering dreams worked for me like a charm. In few days I was able to remember my dreams and not just the actions or the feelings of it but also tiny details that I had never took seriously before and paid no attention to them. Shapes and colors, numbers and patterns, all the little clues became more interesting and clear in my dreams.
I visited his blog on Reddit.com and posted one of my recurring dreams on the board. In no time Mr. DeBord replied and offered an interpretation that made the repetition clear to me. I had found him on Facebook as well and he accepted me as friend. He said he does not usually accept such invitations from strangers, but since I've studied tarot he would take the chance, so I felt honored in some way. We have great conversations online and he has helped me to interpret my other old recurring dreams. I keep dreaming with more clarity and depth and this has invigorated me to remember more and more. One of my latest dreams felt like an alert for a potential health issue concerned about my husband’s blood-pressure and I collaborated my suspicions with Mr. DeBord. It seems he has taught me well and I was right about the interpretation. He said; “Yeah, your interpretation is right on. You're learning!”
A couple of days ago a friend told me that he has recurring dreams about flying. I told him that he wants to go somewhere, and he should be confident about doing just that. Actually he is “ready” to retire but not so confident about it at this time. He was smiling at me gently when I told him something that he already knew. The very emotion behind that smile meant he too knew this.
It is so exciting to be working with my “newly” found, old passion. I am compelled to, with no reservations, recommend Dreams 1-2-3 by J.M. DeBord to anyone who is looking for self-improvement, answers or just wanting to understand more about their mind and heart. You may even realize the potential you that might not have known was in you.
I have to repeat one of Jason's important lines from the book because I do agree both in philosophy and life practice...
“Dreams 1-2-3 shows you how to live your dreams in the literal sense and gives tips, advice, and many examples to learn from. Reading it could be the first step to making your dreams come true”!