A Primer for Dream Detectives
In dreaming we live in four
dimensions. We live in a biological dimension where
dreams remind us of bodily needs. We live in a
psychological dimension where we explore our inner
nature. We live in a social dimension where society’s
influence reflects in our dreams. And we live in a
dimension that addresses our relationship to the
universe, to the source of creation which we all are a
part of, regardless of which plane we are on. You can
call the last the spiritual, the cosmic, the
transpersonal or the religious dimension. They are all
correct. That mysterious fourth dimension is still
mystifying to scholars and scientists alike.
Now, let’s begin with the ideas of Dreaming and
The process in kaleidoscopic dreaming is in discovering
Think of the dream as a detective story which conceals a
compelling mystery – the story of your life. Within each
dream and within the collective Dream are mountains of
symbols which need to be decoded. When all of the
symbols are deciphered, you will have cracked the case.
If someone is working on a personal case – let’s say,
struggling with a relationship or a work issue or a
health issue – only a few dreams may be involved and the
person can solve the case in a relatively short time.
If, however, someone is working on a Cosmic Dream or
dream series, the number of codes increases
exponentially and it can take many years before your
mystery reveals itself.
So, dear Dreamer, you are the detective. Let’s start
with the premise that the Dream is the messenger
delivering your mystery dream movie. The movie arrives
in the form of a kaleidoscope with moving pieces and
mirrored reflections which we see through a circular
lens. This kaleidoscopic dream movie contains a series
of frames that are generally scrambled and need to be
unscrambled. If you rotate the kaleidoscope one way,
you’ll see one picture; rotate it again and a new
picture will emerge. The Dream is ever changing, just as
is the scenery you take in every day: your visual
sensors record the fragments that make up the scenes you
experience during waking and go to work to produce a new
dream movie for you every night. These movable fragments
provide symbols and clues that will be meaningful to
you, based on your life experience from the moment of
your earliest memory.
As you metaphorically turn the ring on the kaleidoscope,
you find that each turn spells out the same theme
appearing as an indivisible but changing entity. Every
scene, sequence and passage in this dream movie advances
Like a kaleidoscope, the new dream images are in fact
the same fragments you have
already seen, but in a different order and in a
different light and circular as the changing seasons.
Each new mosaic reflects changes in your life’s pattern
as played out in your Dream. Your visual associative
memory is your psychic witness, which, over time, helps
you to associate each fragment, picture or thought with
other leads you’ve uncovered. If you are to be a top
notch dream detective, it is your job to make
associations that will create order from disorder.
Steganography, like the
dream, is the process of hiding secret data in such a
way that no one, apart from the sender and the
recipient, suspects the existence of the message.
A dream image can be hidden "inside" another image or in
strands of seemingly meaningless dialogue. When looking
at the image or reading the dialogue you would not know
at first glance that important information is present.
The dream messenger delights in hiding puns, puzzles and
riddles for you to figure out. As a serious private eye
you will begin to scan those images, words and puzzles
for leads. The more you scan the more adept you become
at following those leads and uncovering hidden clues.
Your objective is to discover through the unvarnished
truth of the dream the defining prisms of your
The Discovery process consists of six major steps.
First step: Detecting a Breakthrough Dream. Curiosity is
A breakthrough dream has its own insignia and is
different from other dreams.
Look for these signs:
Generally, messages will appear to be something else, as
in steganography. Your personal dreams are emotional and
bring great insights into your private life and
relationships. A breakthrough dream may be waiting on
your doorstep to help you confront those issues and heal
those relationships. In seeking the truth and in
acknowledging those concerns, you will be gaining a new
perspective. This can be a lengthy process but if you
have the desire to decode a breakthrough dream,
ultimately a message may come along that will transcend
your personal situation.
- An image or word that triggers an intuitive feeling to
take a second look.
- Unfamiliar images or strange messages that make no
- Striking features that pique your curiosity.
Second step: Isolating Bizarre Dream Fragments.
It is important to keep a note pad or journal and a pen
or pencil next to your bed. If you awaken in the night
jot down whatever details you remember. If you are a
disciplined dream detective it is helpful to record your
dream on a blank piece of paper. Draw a vertical line
down the center. On the left, record the action and
dialogue. On the right, draw the dominant images. This
relates to your left brain, right brain activity.
- Odd images
- Mysterious out-of-place scenarios
- Unidentifiable people, places, events
Third step: Identifying Repetition.
Repetition is necessary for dream patterning. Make note
of repeating words and images. Even though images and
descriptions may appear to be slightly different, a good
detective deduces that dissimilar codes that repeat
belong in the same family, as do similarities in the
variable fragments that appear with every turn of the
Make a two-columned list. Note differences on the left,
similarities on the right.
Fourth step: Clustering and Connecting.
By clustering or grouping the fragmented codes in your
dreams, you begin the process of connection. By
separating like fragments in the form of images, words,
and feelings into organized groups, you discover a
commonality in your dream theme. Using your
kaleidoscopic vision, you are organizing your world of
dreams by grouping similar and dissimilar fragments
separately. The recognition of similarities and
dissimilarities is step one in shaping your first
- Pictorial symbols
- Verbal expressions
- Emotional content
You then begin to look for other repeating fragments
which may be outgrowths of your mystery dream theme.
When you find they connect back to the original cluster,
your association skills will assist you in solving the
mystery. A new cluster may then emerge linking related
fragments, thereby broadening the theme. The progression
of clusters will begin to multiply, enfold, and unfold
the deeper you delve.
When you feel you’ve organized enough clusters, you are
ready to combine the many prisms of your kaleidoscope.
“In combining things there is a shift in the nature of
the pattern, because ultimately, when pushed to extreme,
previously separate things transform into a single
unified whole, like two colors of paint becoming a
Fifth step: Identifying the Central Theme.
The clustering and connecting of themes unite to produce
a central theme.
Occasionally we are confronted with a dream image so
mystifying that the image appears one time and one time
only. It does not appear to fit anywhere. For this
reason, we are compelled to examine it from every
conceivable angle. When we have collected enough
fragments that mesh with it, in a burst of revelation we
discover that it fits everywhere for it is the central
theme we’ve been looking for. We are now close to
solving the case and preparing to receive our degree as
a fully fledged dream detective.
Nestled within a series of dreams, this one-time-only
dream image introduces a new and all-encompassing
universal theme, generally starting with a personal
issue, illustrating – at every turn of the kaleidoscope
– how every being and all matter is united with the
I dreamt a breathing pea pod one time only.
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I was about to eat a green vegetable, like a square
puffy pea pod, like a dumpling. Something inside of it
was breathing like a little creature. I said, “I can’t
eat this … it’s breathing.
This was followed by an image of two strands of amber in
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I found two very long
strands of amber in a gray metal bucket.
Then along came an image of a bucket of peas in a dream.
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I was doing some work
and when I finished I walked away with a bucket of green
What would these images have in common? The similarities
were the peas and the bucket, but what of the two
strands of amber? I discovered that they were parts of
the whole which make up the story of Lavender ~ An
Entwined Adventure in Science and Spirit. The
reflecting prisms of peas and amber suggest that the
role of genetics in our dreams can guide us toward a
deeper understanding of our genetic predisposition.
Dreams can open our minds and our hearts reflecting back
to us our innate creativity and ability.
Kaleidoscopic Vision™ teaches us to see continuously
changing pieces through associative perception.
Sixth step: Materialization.
This requires that you be constantly vigilant; alert and
aware of all the signs around
you. You have only to reflect on the connections you
make in your waking life to recognize your dream symbols
manifesting in a physical reality. Rest assured, there
are more in store. You might even ask yourself if your
dreaming consciousness is influencing these material
properties. If you think it might be, therein lies a
circular answer in that dreaming influences waking, and
waking influences dreaming.
All of these steps ultimately form a theme so well
integrated that no starting point is
perceptible. The circularity found in this process is
evidence that the Dream is a vehicle for Discovery, as
natural as the human life cycle and the changing
seasons. We are engaged in a methodology that
encompasses the nature of repetition and connection.
Discovery can be a personal epiphany that frees us from
long-standing personal issues or it can lead to a larger
more universal discovery, but personal or cosmic, the
method of tracking is the same.
If your dreams have transcended to the cosmic realm, you
may find that concern for self is replaced with a deeply
held desire for the acquisition of knowledge and concern
for the world. In cosmic dreaming you may experience
oceanic feelings of oneness with all that is, connecting
you intimately with humankind and the planet. Usually
this kind of dream is powered by a spiritually infused
As practicing dream detectives we learn that the
methodology of decoding dreams contains a sense of
process and mechanism, a sense of why and how the
variables are related. We are learning a symbol system
for the language of dreams called Oneiromantics: “oneiro”
for “dream” and “mantics” as in “semantics. It is made
up of oneiroglyphics; those ever changing dream
fragments we see in the kaleidoscope.
Learning how all
patterns inevitably evolve from one kind of
order to another allows a person to see the
single underlying process by which literally
everything in the universe changes and evolves,
including how we ourselves inevitably grow and
change as individuals and as a society.
Dreaming is a great
facilitator of this infinite process.