At the outset of Dalfen’s insightful book, dreamers find guidance on understanding how their dream images and events relate to current issues in waking life. Then they are guided to uncover the deeper, life-changing layers of meaning in the same dreams. Dalfen shares her journey of self-discovery through dreams while leading dreamers to their unique version of the universal quest.Patricia Garfield, Ph.D.
Down-to-earth and easy to read This book’s strength is its accessibility and down-to-earth style. Throughout the text the reader has a sense of having a private conversation with Dalfen whose style is friendly, colloquial and upbeat. Anyone who is new to working with their dreams will find a refreshing and demystifying explanation of how dreams contain treasures for us both in how to understand ourselves better and in offering solutions to the problems in our lives.Mary Harsany
5/5 Stars From a young age I’ve always been fascinated with dreams. I’ve read books on dreams, and this one especially takes an icing on the cake! The writer gives an insight on dissecting a dream to decipher it better, and goes an extra mile in giving views by Pearls, June, Adler and Freud in a simplified manner. The writer’s examples of dreams and her dissection are truly remarkable, with her conclusion and reasoning behind it. It has definitely opened a door to dream interpretation for me! Using dreams to rationalize inner thoughts was an angle that I gleefully devoured into, especially questioning myself to define the connections with my past life. I’ve ordered a hardcopy of both, Book 1 and 2, so that I can have it next to my bedside! I highly recommend this book for anyone, who is interested in dreams! And a *warning*: If you read this book, be prepared to have Book 2, as your next read!Ameerah
I have just finished reading Have a Great Dream, which I found very intriguing and informative. It gives the readers practical tools to begin the journey of interpreting and understanding the meaning of their dreams. I enjoyed Layne Dalfen’s conversational and friendly manner to write about her life experience with dream interpretation. Her book opens a door for the readers to walk out into the field and see the landscape of their own personal human experience, and is an invitation to explore it.L. Torres
Hidden messages While I think that traditional dream interpretation may be an over-analysis of random brain impulses, certainly certain poignant events during the day can trigger dreams that deliver secret messages to us. After reading Layne Dalfen’s book, I had a nightmare. I was able to discern a warning in the dream, a warning about an issue that was bothering me and that I hadn’t dealt with. Perhaps dreams are sometimes messages and sometimes random, but a really memorable dream is worth examining. If there is a hidden message there, “Have a Great Dream” can help you find what you might be telling yourself.Joanna Daneman
I thoroughly enjoyed Have a Great Dream: Using Your Dreams To Discover Your Full Potential. Ms. Dalfen really shows you how to get inside yourself by understanding your dreams. For a lot of people this isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do because some might not like everything they see, but the author gives us the inspiration by showing us how she did it herself. And you know, maybe she didn’t like everything she found either, but she got through it. This was the main thing that showed me that I could do the same. This isn’t like those other feel good self help books. If you really want to put in the hard work it takes to understand yourself and change your life Layne gives you the tools to do it.Jena English
Layne – I’ve been meaning to write to you for five weeks now… even since I came home from the conference and read your book. The day after reading it I had a dream where I was trapped and unsavory guys came out to grab me, kidnap-torture-&kill me. I was too exhausted and too trapped to run. I naturally woke up upset – then decided to look at it from Layne’s method…..And it all came so easily because of reading your book!!! Layne, your book is the best. It’s so clear and practical and right on the mark. Much love and admiration and thankfulness…Judy
Have a Great Dream: Decoding Your Dreams To Discover Your Full Potential gave me the tools I needed to finally make sense of my dreams. It is amazing to discover how much information is available to me any time I want to seize it right in my own unconscious! Layne Dalfen guides you every step of the way. She shows you, with dream maps and simple self-directed questions, how to attach a dream to a current problematic event. The best part is realizing that the answer to what you want to do and what you can do about the problem is right there inside the dream! I am now using the frightening aspects of my nightmares as incredible tools to actually help me in my current situation. And just the uncovering of the dream process is a riot! The images we use are so cool. The process is fun and at the same time intelligent and powerful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make sense of his or her dreams and discover life-changing possibilities right there for the taking.Anonymous
Dear Layne I received your book yesterday and have not done a thing except sit and read ever since it arrived…I am fascinated with your dream maps and have already gone to my dream journals and mapped out a few of the shorter dreams with great success. Your map puts “things” in a much clearer light and now some of the odd images are beginning to make sense somehow. What a great way to analyze my weird mind. Thanks so much.Gail
I heard you a few months ago on Nick Lawrence’s wonderful show Straight Talk. I have always been a vivid dreamer from the time I was a child. I was a psychology major in college, and I chose that because people and their minds fascinated me. So, it’s no surprise that I have been interested in dreams and dream analysis over the course of my life… I purchased Have A Great Dream Book 2; A Deeper Discussion. It coincides with a lot of work that I have been doing in my own life… I decided that I was sick of burying my nose in self-help books and really wanted to work out some of the issues that were keeping me bound up in life. I had a childhood which included neglect in the home, but I was saved by my teachers and school. And that’s where Have A Great Dream comes in. There were so many revelations in the book that correlate with my life. Realizing that there are different parts of myself, I know that even as a small child, who didn’t have guidance in my life, I was still able to function…. I remind myself, as you did, that there are other parts of ourselves that can take care of ourselves when some parts are missing… So, reading HAGD has really been a beneficial part of my continued healing and recovery. It has really helped me not only understand my dreams, but so much more about the foundations of the beliefs of my life, and how they can change with awareness.Michelle
Layne Dalfen elucidates a wide variety of ways to approach dreams. She makes it abundantly clear how useful dreams can be in our struggles with daily life and how our lives may be enriched, if only we take the time to read the subtitles which appear to us at night.Robert Bosnak
Your book contains a wealth of information at different levels of dream analysis and other subjects as well, and one can feel that it is written with passion towards the goal of helping others in their search for ongoing self-discovery with confidence and faith. I must say that I really connected with a part of the last chapter pertaining to coming to terms with our own mortality. I know now that I was ready to tap into this issue after reading from your own experienceJohanne Moehring
I’ve been interested in dreams for a long time. I’ve read many of the “classics” in the field-The Interpretation of Dreams by Freud, also Jung, Perls, etc. These books are usually more theoretical in tone. If you’re looking for practical guidance on how to understand your dreams, Dreams Do Come True by Layne Dalfen is a better choice because she includes many of the ideas of these classics, but in a down-to-earth form you can use. I liked Layne’s book because she gives various approaches to understanding and using your dreams. A lot of other authors will give you a pretty rigid set of steps to follow, and if they don’t work for you, tough luck. (Even worse, dream dictionaries tell you exactly what your dream means, regardless of who you are or what your life experiences have been!) Layne gives you different approaches and exercises to try, so if one doesn’t work you can try another. Or you can go through all the exercises with your dream, so that you keep arriving at a new, deeper understanding of the dream. And once you know what the dream means, Layne also gives you different exercises for using your dream to work out your problems and improve your life. Of the different self-help books I’ve read, this is one of the few that really help. Highly recommended.Debbi
5/5 Stars I loved this book as I have vivid dreams, often remember them and always wonder what they really mean. The book has helpful tools to decoding dreams. The author shows sample dreams with graphics such as annotated areas of the dreams text such as the entry point, emotions and actions that you should also do when analyzing your dreams. There are several sample dreams presented some of which resonated with my dreams. I benefitted from the book and recommend it.Ebitari Larsen
Have A Great Dream: Book 1; The Overview Decoding Your Dreams To Discover Your Full Potential by Layne Dalfen is a must-have for your bedside table. When you wake up from a confusing dream and are puzzled, this reference book provides you with the tools to answer your questions and often concerns. This well-written book is easy to understand–even for the novice. Looking forward to Book 2.Keep Calm Novel On
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Have a Great Dream, Book 1! When I was younger I would have the most awful nightmares. These nightmares lasts until my mid to late twenties. I always wondered why I had them and often thought there was something physically wrong with me. When they went away I had no idea why. Through this book on analyzing and deciding dreams I have come to the realization that the nightmares were a reflection of the events going on in my life. Once I changed my life, the dreams went away. In this book, I very much appreciated the opportunity to read other dreams and learn how to decode different parts.Jen
I am a vivid and lucid dreamer and have always been fascinated with dreams and this book has my brain spinning. The author provides a detailed how-to for you to decode your dreams and figure out what real life problems or issues you are trying to work through in dreamland. There are several examples of decoded dreams in her book and it was interesting to read how it’s all pieced together. If you’re curious about dreams, I highly recommend this book!Cassie
Layne Dalfen has managed to take a topic that has always interested me, and broken it down in a way that I could truly understand. This was so much better than looking up a topic in a dream dictionary and yet still not understanding a dream’s true meaning, or how it related to my life. Dalfen gives you notes and options, as opposed to rigid rules, for decoding dreams. She uses concepts developed by Freud, Adler, Perls and Jung and breaks it down in a more simplified way. Critical thinking skills are needed, and coming up with the solution may take a little time, but once you reach that a-ha moment you’ll know you’ve figured it out. I personally used her method to analyze my own dream recently and it was amazing what a difference it made with my attitude regarding a situation that I was dreading. Using dreams to help make better choices or rationalize inner feelings is mind-blowing. She even offers up several dream examples to practice with. I’m very glad I was given the opportunity to read this book for Booktasters, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in dream analysis.Miss Optimist
Dreams can be peculiar and hard to understand. Sometimes we don’t even remember what we have dreamt about. At other times the dream can still be vivid in our minds after we woke up and might even stay in our memory for years especially if it meant something crucial for us. I remember one very strange dream that I had in 2018 where all humankind was in outer space. Each person or two persons were isolated in something like a bubble or a transparent capsule. These bubbles were just floating in full darkness and nothing else. The only way of communication between people was for two bubbles to get close. There are more details to this dream but that is not the subject. Anyways, I didn’t take the dream seriously back then but by the end of 2019 the pandemic hit hard and the dream made sense. I think that was an indication of the social distancing thing.Constantine
Have a Great Dream: The Overview, is a book that I feel is relevant to any person who is interested in decoding his own dreams. Before reading this book I thought that I understood the way of doing it, but I was wrong! There is a lot more than just mere assumptions or predictions in decoding a dream to something relevant. This is the book that shows that a dream analyst’s help is needed in understanding your dreams and analyzing them the right way.
The book is not too big so it should not take you too long to read it. However, I took my own time reading it as I wanted all the points and techniques to settle in my mind. Layne Dalfen has structured her book into four chapters where each chapter concentrates on teaching you a specific goal before moving to the next. The introduction was really interesting as it discusses the history behind the different theories and ways of dream interpretations. Then there is the first chapter which teaches you examples of how to decode a dream, what to look for, and how to map a dream. The examples the author kept providing showing her way of analysis were truly helpful.
The good thing about all this is that the author did not stop at dream interpretation and decoding only, but went a step further by showing the reader what life-changing solutions one could get by applying certain techniques once he has decoded his own dream correctly. The last chapter is all about practicing what you have learned. That chapter acts as a workbook to apply all the techniques to the dream examples provided. I feel it is better to do them yourself first and then read the author’s analysis and solution.
What really impressed me about Dafen’s writing is that she kept everything simple and easy to understand. She did not need to add fillers just to make the book longer. That was not needed. You get the cream here. Everything important that you need to know you will find it here. With the help of the many examples provided I feel one can become quite skillful in decoding his dreams and analyzing them. I highly recommend the book if this is a subject of interest for you.
Many thanks to the author Layne Dalfen and Booktasters for providing me a free copy of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily after being sent the book.
5/5 Stars I had reservations at first since I had no background on psychology but the book is so informative and easy to read. The best part is that it leaves a lot of room as to how to approach the dream in order to decode it. I’m very much confident that anyone can do it. And that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. I think this is an invaluable tool to teach us about ourselves and in providing solutions to our conflicts.Abigail Cruz
On Book 2; A Deeper Discussion
This book is an excellent companion to the first one and is a good read. For this book, one is encouraged to participate in group work, but if one is not up to it, it’s still fine. There are lot of insights and discoveries that you could get by doing the journal and exercises. It just needs patience and practice to get satisfactory results but then all in all it is a wonderful journey in understanding how your mind works with your psyche.
…As a licensed psychologist and practitioner for 40 years, I consider myself knowledgeable about dreams and their interpretation. I have yet to meet anyone who could deliver this material as usefully and intelligently as Layne does. Both through information and demonstration, Layne makes the material come alive. She has a depth of understanding of dreams and dream interpretation that I have not found in a great many psychologists, social workers or psychiatrists. This is truly her area of expertise that she has devoted herself to for decades. She is a grand master… Click here for the full Reference Letter.James Gavin, Ph.D., ABPP, FACP
Layne Dalfen presented a dream interpretation workshop at Concordia University during the month of November of 2008, in which I attended as a student. Layne was interactive, energetic, and knowledgeable in her discipline of dream therapy. Layne introduced several theories, interpretations and respective insights on dream therapy and its uses. Her presence at Concordia university produced high energy and a positive environment for all the attendees. The entire workshop participants were thankful of her presence, which included, from her, a humble and humorous attitude throughout the course of the workshop.Kelly Wilkinson
Hello Layne. I would just like to thank you. You see every class gives me one new window that opens in my head and you did not fail me….. I was blown away by the idea that anxiety lives in the future. After a good nights sleep my slightly less than immediate response to that is… Those with no anxiety live in the present. That works for me and again, thank you very much.Conrad
Hi Layne, I just wanted to say that I love your videos on youtube and the website you have about dreams!Emma
The most meaningful aspect of the lecture was having my dream analyzed by Layne. She was so bright and articulate.Canyon Ranch guests
Hi Layne, Thank you again for your wonderful lecture and your encouragement and support. I started reading the book as soon as I got home and didn’t want to put it down. I also couldn’t wait to see what I dreamt about so I could try and analyze it this morning.Theresa
Layne always had an incredible ability to get straight to it. So wonderful to be reminded of the wonder and ability of flying dreams. Thank you LayneKim Vergil Art
OMGosh Layne! I would have never guessed this amazing interpretation!!! I love it so much! And I believe it to be absolutely true!! Mystery solved. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your awesome insight!Livvivid
Speaking with Layne was a real treat. She is insightful, funny, and considerate, and she helped me better understand the deep connections that exist between our dreams and our waking lives.Nick Greene, Author
Your dreams are trying to tell you something important… And for those, like me, who need it spelled out for them in plain language, Layne Dalfen is the dream guru! Each time we have Layne on our show to help the listeners figure out what their dreams are trying to tell them, she inevitably sorts ME out within minutes during our set up call! We love Layne! She is a welcome repeat guest and brilliant at what she does. The answers to your life’s questions are in your dreams and Layne Dalfen is the one you want leading your safari to find them!Leanne Cater, “Lea”, Host of Lea & Paul In The Morning, The New Country 95.3
No hocus pocus. It’s the real deal!Tommy Schnurmacher,
One of the best guests I have had on my program! Fun and entertaining! Definitely a repeat guest! The phone always light up!Scarlet,
Layne, you are a great dream in a world full of small dreamers!Joey Reynolds, WOR Radio NYC
Layne. You are just so playful and wonderful! Your expertise on dreams is just amazing. You are our favourite authority, ever!Mimi Burns, Host, Word of Mouth, KUCI 88.9
Everyone has dreams, and thanks to Layne, I know mine are really sick and twisted.Leslie Gold,
She gently talked our callers through the various techniques she uses to interpret their dreams. She engaged our listeners with a sample of lighthearted anecdotes that make this rather esoteric field of analysis accessible to all.Avril Benoit,
Insightful and funny, Layne Dalfen’s analyses are as brilliant as they are entertaining. Everyone enjoys her segment immensely.Joey & Heather,
Layne Dalfen is an engaging guest. She prepares meticulously and is always willing to make the extra effort to inform and entertain.Yvan Huneault,
Layne Dalfen has the unique ability to take an esoteric unconscious concept of dream analysis and make it exciting and understandable to any listener.James Miller,
Her knowledgeable, warm manner, brimming with insight and empathy makes her a popular guest on radio phone-in programs in Montreal and New York.Susan Schwartz