DREAMPOWER - use your whole mind; live your whole life

This work of non-fiction/analysis is written to help people better understand their dreams.  
From the beginning, the book is structured
so that the reader is gently guided through practical explanations and simple techniques to expand their knowledge on dreams and the reason we dream.  

The author explains that dreams are really the stories we tell about our lives and feelings, thus we can come to a higher level of self-understanding when facing difficult issues or situations. 

Dreampower is simple to follow with a wide range of issues and situations relating to dreams that can assist the reader to analyze their own dreams.  

There are also techniques used by psychotherapists that can  expand the understanding of dreams.  
Margaret Penhall-Jones has practiced as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Sydney for over ten years. Specialising in Jungian psychotherapy, her practice has always emphasised dream analysis and other imaginative techniques, including sandtray therapy. 

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ISBN:   978-1-921406-25-6     
Format: A5 Paperback
Number of pages: 174
Genre: Non Fiction

Dream Interpretation



Author: Margaret Penhall-Jones
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Date Published: 2008
Language: English


Reviewers comment: 

"a knowledgeable and entertaining read from start to finish that you will find fascinating and hard to put down"

About the Author 


Margaret Penhall-Jones has practiced as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Sydney for over ten years. Specialising in Jungian psychotherapy, her practice has always emphasised dream analysis and other imaginative techniques, including sandtray therapy. 

A qualified counsellor, with further qualifications in philosophy and management, Margaret studied psychotherapy at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland with, amongst others, Dr C.A. Meier and Dr H. Binswanger. 

As well as her counselling and psychotherapy practices, Margaret operates a website at which complements this book, and is devoted to providing introductory information on dreams and online dream analysis. 

Margaret is married to forensic psychologist Tom Benjamin. Margaret and Tom divide their time between Sydney and the Hunter Valley in N.S.W.

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If you started a novel and then found that half of it was missing, you would be irritated and upset. If you miss an episode of your favourite TV show you may be irritated. You might even make an effort to borrow a videotape from someone who had taped it. How much more upset should you be if you miss essential episodes of your own story – especially when the tools for understanding them and working with them are to hand, and once mastered will stay with you for the rest of your life? 

That aspect of your psyche which dreams is the spontaneous and creative part of an organic, whole human being – you! The creativity will keep happening as long as you need it to; it won’t run dry, even if it ‘disappears’ occasionally. Unlike an external course of study or self-development program, there is no timetable. There are no barriers or age limits to this understanding. The only requirement is that you be attentive to and notice your dreams. If you can’t do that every day, then do it when you can. Your psyche and your dreams will adjust to your pace. Just be patient and be sure your unconscious will present dreams for you at an appropriate time and pace. Learning to understand and learn from your dreams, learning to trust yourself and your dreams, is a richly rewarding experience and a gift you can give yourself which will stay with you for a lifetime.


The importance of feelings 

“Sometimes…the dreamer’s feelings in the dream are different to their feelings on waking… 

I dream I am lost at night on a lonely road winding through dense woods. I can hear wolves howling. I come to a house which appears to be abandoned. I stop the car, intending to stay in the house for the night. I remember this house is said to be haunted, but I get out of the car and approach it enthusiastically. For some reason this all seems to be quite normal to me and I am not afraid. 

This dream is the stuff of horror stories and most of us who are actually in this situation would feel some element of anxiety or fear …Not only is the dreamer not afraid in the dream, it all seems quite normal.”

Same dream, different dreamers


“We can grasp different nuances of meaning, depending on the identity of the dreamer.


I get into a sports car with my former boyfriend. We drive very fast along the highway and he takes a lot of risks as he darts in and around the other cars. It is dangerous, exhilarating and a bit scary.


Now imagine the dreamer of this dream is:


§         Eryl, a young woman who has just left the boyfriend in the dream for another boyfriend…;

§         Cheryl, a wife and mum who has taken a few years off work until the children are of school age….;

§         Meryl, a woman whose wedding is approaching. Her fiancé is an accountant with an assured income and steady job;

§         Beryl, an older woman who has been happily married for many years and is facing a personal crisis as she approaches mid-life. The former boyfriend … liked to drive fast and take risks. A mutual friend recently told her he had died in a car crash some years ago; or

§         Neryl, a professional woman, is thinking about taking a voluntary redundancy and using the money to establish her own business….”

The importance of not acting on the obvious


“(S)uppose you have the following dream:


I dream my partner is having an affair.


This dream highlights why it is so important to be aware of the dreamer and their situation before acting on a dream. If you miss the symbolic meaning and go for the more obvious, objective meaning, you may damage your relationship as well as missing the warning about a betrayal of yourself…


Same theme, different dreams


“Flying in a small plane, helicopter or even a hot air balloon might indicate that you are trying to get a bigger picture, or a fuller perspective on your life….”




“There are other ‘flying’ dreams, in which the dreamer finds they are flying through the air, hovering over a scene, or transported to another place without any assistance. These dreams often are accompanied by a feeling of energy, elation, exhilaration or fear.


The understanding of these dreams depends very much on what is happening for the dreamer in their life at the time. Some of these dreams may reflect the dreamer’s temporary feelings about something good that has happened to them.


In reality, people cannot fly without assistance….”


Let’s deal with these dreams and get on with it


“There are two common and usually embarrassing dream situations which most of us dream about eventually:


§         Being naked, not fully clothed or dressed in nightclothes in public; and


§         Having to go to the toilet.


These dreams do not have much subtlety or nuance about them, but are important for you to consider.”


Dream Partners? 

“Rarely are our dreams about sex anything but awkward, inconvenient, disturbing or even shocking. Rarely do you dream about being seduced by your favourite celebrity movie star while you are between relationships. Often, our unconscious presents us with partners we would rather not have just now, thank you very much.”

What’s going on? 

“You stay up until midnight finishing a Report for your company so that an important deal can be closed the next day. As you enter the building at 8.40 the next morning, ten minutes late, you meet the Human Resources Director who knows nothing of what you are doing. She is carrying a take-away coffee and says ‘I wish I had your job and could wander in at any old time. I’ve been here since seven this morning and I’ve only just had time to slip out to get a coffee.’ You smile and mumble something in response. Whereas you know you should just brush off her comment as only making conversation or, at worst, misdirected ‘point scoring’, you find you are extremely angry.  

That night you do not dream about the successfully closed deal which brought your company many hundreds of thousands in revenue and earned you praise and bonuses. Instead, you dream:    

 I am coming to work late and my mother is there. She scolds me for being lazy. I feel very angry because I have been working hard to study for the exams. ” 


Sex and Death


“Life requires all of us to deal with the issues of sexuality and mortality. Many of us only consider these issues privately, and some avoid them altogether. It is not surprising that our unconscious then selects these topics as the material for dreams.  When this occurs, it is important that we know how to understand these dreams, if we are not to cause ourselves unnecessary distress.  At the same time, when we actually face issues in our sexual relationships, or when we are confronted with the death of a loved one, dreams can provide some assistance to work through these issues.”     

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