26 Jan Book Review: LLewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams by Dr. Michael Lennox
I’m a dreamer. Who isn’t?
Even if we don’t always remember our dreams when we wake, some scary and insightful events take place in our minds as we sleep.
I find dreams fascinating, as I know they are revealing elements of my psyche that I may not recognize in daily life. The trouble is that sometimes it’s not that easy to figure out the meaning behind the symbolism. I feel like if I had a better idea of what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I would be better equipped to tackle life’s everyday challenges.
Leave it to Llewellyn to put together a handy dream dictionary so we can analyze our dreams until our hearts are content. Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams by Dr. Michael Lennox is a compendium of more than 1,000 dream symbols.
First, who is Dr. Michael Lennox? He is a practicing psychologist who has been interpreting dreams for more than 20 years. He tracks the universal themes which appear in all dreams and explains the possible meanings behind them. His hosts a show on Unity.FM, where he helps people interpret their dreams to relate the themes to their own unique circumstances.
It’s easy to dismiss a lot of new age schools of thought, but dream interpretation is rooted in psychology, which makes it more palatable to the seasoned skeptic. Lennox does note in his introduction that dreams allow us to access the collective unconscious to deliver the wisdom they imbue. Whether you believe in the Akashic records or not, we all know our brains are vastly complicated and dreams are manifestations of our thoughts.
I don’t doubt in the least bit that my mind is serving up some warped storylines and if I look a little further, I can find the inspiration behind the imagery. Hopefully that will allow me to achieve a greater understanding of my motivations and make better choices.
It’s difficult to review a dictionary because it’s, well, a dictionary. It’s a compilation of words and their definitions. There is no plot or structure to analyze. Everything is laid out neatly with the terms in alphabetical order, as one would expect.
I think the worth of this book is only truly recognized by how the reader incorporates it into their personal interpretations. The themes are generalized – a wound represents your current levels of vulnerability, for example. It’s up to the reader to determine the source of that vulnerability and take action where it is needed.
Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams is a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to do a little self-exploration. The symbols are defined in a way that guides the reader as to how they can be applied to their own experiences. This is definitely a book to keep on the nightstand to be at the ready when those bewildering dreams occur.
LLewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Dr. Michael Lennox
May 8th, 2015
Author website: http://www.michaellennox.com/