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June 04, 2021

Do you ever find yourself dreaming about money?

Does every dream mean something?

Only if you ask, according to Dr. Michael Lennox, a psychologist and author of the book "Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide for Interpreting Any Dream."

He feels that there are different steps, or levels, of working with a dream, each one slightly more beneficial than the one that precedes it. Rather than try to analyze every  night time thought, he prefers the term interpretation.

All of which means that:

  1. Remembering a dream brings it into consciousness, thereby elevating the value it can offer in the search for personal understanding.
  2. Thinking about and processing the information it presents by ruminating on your dream will deepen the experience.
  3. Writing your dream down will reinforce the impact of your effort and lock the unconscious expression in your conscious mind.
  4. Discussing it with another person is going one step further, as an objective viewpoint is always going to help you see something that you would be unable to see on your own.
  5. Responding to your dream with a creative endeavor, such as drawing or writing a poem takes this to its highest level. The unconscious mind expresses itself through creative means and this kind of dream work is the most powerful there is.

But what does that say about people who dream about money? It's all about looking for things that make us feel prosperous, he tells National Public Radio.

Interestingly, he says dreams about money may not necessarily relate to your finances, but perhaps your desire for something else. And dreams that don't have any money in them, but say food, may relate to your real-life finances.

Do you see dollar signs when you sleep? What role does money play in your dreams?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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