I am in love with dreams.
I'm not alone: for centuries, humans have been fascinated by dreams and their meaning. Dream analysis has been around since the dawn of recorded history, with evidence of its existence 3000 years before the birth of Christ in the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. In ancient Egypt, temple priests would ask a question of the god of his choice, make offerings to that god, and then sleep to receive answers in a dream. Medieval Islam had three different words for dreams. Chinese culture has embraced dream analysis for centuries. The ancient Greeks also took dreams very seriously, creating dream temples called asclepeions (dream incubators) where the sick were healed by the interpretation of their dreams.
Modern Western culture began a documented fascination with dreams in the 18th and 19th centuries. Sigmund Freud significantly advanced dream analysis theory in The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), but it was Carl Jung (Freud’s student, friend and rival) who popularized dream analysis in modern culture. Over several decades, Jung analyzed thousands of patients’ dreams and developed a comprehensive methodology for dream interpretation.
Through Jung’s work, he found that dreams give a picture of inner conditions of which the dreamer is unaware. Interestingly, the first dream a patient brings to analysis often reveals a summary of his or her problem, and even a hint of how it may be solved.
For all the dreams I've analyzed in my life, I never cease to be amazed at how wise and guiding our dreams seem to be. If you're interested in finding out how your dreams can help you answer questions and solve problems in your waking life, please drop me a line — I'd love to help.