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A Review of the Best Books About Dreams & Dream Interpretation

Updated on December 11, 2017

5 Top Rated Books About Dreams - Are You Ready for the Journey?

For those interested in interpreting their dreams and nightmares accurately, these five books about dreams and dreaming are must have additions to your library. Each book is highly rated by those that own them and focuses on a different aspect of dream interpretation. From nightmares, dream symbols and lucid dreaming, to getting to the root of how understanding your dreams can benefit you physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, this collection of dream interpretation book titles covers each aspect in detail.

If you're ready for the journey to learn who you really are and what your dreams are telling you then you can do no better than making sure you have these books about dreams on your book shelf.

The allure of understanding and working with the unconscious is what puts the following books about dreams on the map. The fantastic composition of dreams, the layer upon layer of images that visits us in our sleep is fascinating even when we are awake. So it is only natural to want to understand our dreams, even capture their fleeting nature and behold their majesty for as long as we can.

Every Aspect of Dream Interpretation Explained

From dream interpretation, to philosophies, to stories inspired by dreams themselves, this collection of books about dreams may serve the curious, the skeptics and the long-time believers. After all, these dreams are fabrications of our mind at rest and perhaps unlocking their secrets may lead to a better understanding of ourselves, our lives and our purpose.

#1 Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill: Using Dreams to Tap the Wisdom of the Unconscious

What most books about dreams fail to realize is that dreams are personal. What one may interpret as a good thing, can be another. This book by Rev. Jeremy Taylor is based on the careful and intensive study of thousands of cases that prove and acknowledges this fact.

It guides the reader through unlocking his or her own hidden wisdom by learning how to retain them and learning the universal symbolism of dreams themselves. He also goes beyond as to encouraging the formation of a dream group where he guides readers to move beyond the personal experience and learn trust and openness from others wishing to gain the same wisdom.

2# Dream Images and Symbols: A Dictionary

Call it what you may, this book about dreams is a dictionary and much, much more. From author Kevin J. Todeschi, Dream Images and Symbols covers about 2,500 dream images and symbols plus 10,000 interpretations that is perfect for beginners and experts alike.

Stumped on your latest dream book acquisition? Avid dream fans recommend this book as the turn-to literature that includes creative imagery, personal visualization, self-discovery, and personal, cultural and archetypal symbols.

3# She Who Dreams: A Journey into Healing through Dreamwork

This incredible but inspirational account of Wanda Easter Burch’s battle with breast cancer stemmed from a dream that led to her self-diagnosis and eventual recovery. It shows another side to dreams but emphasizes on what we already know on the strength of the mind and how far it can take you.

Through the narration of this pivotal stage in her life, she teaches her readers on how to tap into the power of the dream world and gain wisdom for physiological and psychological improvement.

4# The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep

Perhaps one of the best pulls of dreams is that act of being able to control them. Through the Tibetan practices of lucid dreaming, writer Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche teaches Yoga for dream and sleep. It brings meditation practices to a whole new level, bringing them even to our sleep.

With the aid of exercises, he imparts vital connections between dreams, “reality” and Karma, making readers more able to interpret their dreams themselves and gain clearer understanding of our purpose for existence.

5# Man and His Symbols

Who better to teach you the secrets in dream interpretation than the founder of analytical psychology himself, Carl Gustav Jung? This illustrated book about dreams and dreaming is the perfect introduction to the man’s broad ideas that revolutionized psychology as we know it.

Here, he imparts in layman’s terms his theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams and then some. Call it the more factual dream book, Man and His Symbols is the ultimate codebreaker of the distorted messages our dreams send us. Included are other essays on symbolism and dreams.

6# Recurring Dreams: A Journey to Wholeness

In this fascinating story 35-years in the making, author Kathleen Sullivan focuses on the phenomenon of recurring dreams and what we should learn about them. With the help of a dream character named Victor Biento, this book and her own personal experience with recurring dreams shed light on different dream elements like metaphors, dialogues, and feminine and masculine principles.

Truth and guidance may be more inherent in our dreams than we are usually led to believe and this book proves that by taking the journey inward we can become our own therapist.


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    • Erudite Scholar profile image

      Jeff Zod 

      2 years ago from Nairobi

      I really appreciate the insights into the world of dreams.I do not understand my dreams most of the time.

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      7 years ago

      I have seen a very different creature half dog and half cow giving birth infornt of me and 2dogs(black dog and brown dog)i m afraid and running away from it. I see all around same secene after that i saw a man wiping the sheep's wool from sheep'body..what does it mean?

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      Writer Fox 

      7 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Dream interpretation has been going on since Biblical times. It seems that humans have always been interested in this subject. If the truth be known, animals dream, too. Perhaps that's an idea for another article.

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      8 years ago

      Want to know about dreams

    • Sue B. profile image

      Sue B. 

      9 years ago

      I found this hub informative.

      I personally love to interpret dreams and share dreams with others. I believe we achieve the deepest understanding of our dream when we explore it ourselves, share the dream with others and gather different perspectives, and find how the dream relates to our lives on many levels.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      I often read articles about dreams being explained. These books are a great help and you hav made good choice.

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      Susana Smith 

      9 years ago from UK

      I totally agree Anaya - it's far more beneficial to learn the language of our dreams ourselves rather than giving our power away by asking someone else. A dream dictionary can be helpful when we are really stuck but so many of them are not very good. The one recommended dream dictionary here is actually spot on. Thanks for commenting :)

    • Anaya M. Baker profile image

      Anaya M. Baker 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great picks! I think people tend to get too caught up in asking what dream images and symbols mean, rather than looking deeper into the dream experience. While I do enjoy looking up symbols in the dream dictionaries, there is so much more insight available. I'm glad you included more than just the standard dictionaries, I think this is an excellent roundup!


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