Everyone dreams. We all dream but dreaming usually seems to be a confusing and random activity that fills the emptiness of sleep as we rest and recover. Bizarre stories that appear to make no sense at all and which then just fade away in the light of a new morning. Our dreams are often experienced as something that happens to us with no connection to the needs and ambitions of our everyday lives.

We also describe our waking hopes and aspirations as our dreams. We aspire to brighter futures where we hope that we will be happy and fulfilled. We all want to live the dream but sometimes our lives just seem to be something that happens to us as we chase that dream. Our dreams of future happiness often seem so far away and unobtainable.

The dreams that we consciously pursue during our waking hours and the dreams that unconsciously happen to us as we sleep seem to have absolutely no connection. However, they are intimately connected with each other. Our dreams are the language of our unconscious awareness and they constantly try to express themselves both in waking life and when we sleep.

Most of our waking activities and intentions are driven by our unconscious awareness, but as logical and objective human beings we rationally filter out that awareness and push it back into our unconscious. Our dreams are answering the questions that we are not even consciously aware that we are asking.

Although the language of our unconscious awareness can seem confusing, it is a language that we all know how to speak. Rather than speaking to us in words and sentences, our dreams speak to us in symbols and metaphors. This is a universal language that is used by people from all countries and cultures.

The key to understanding our dream language is not just in being able to identify individual symbols but in being able to understand the rich stories that we are creating. A solitary symbol can often seem meaningless but it can speak volumes when woven into the pattern of a dream story. As human beings, we tend to have similar needs and ambitions, so the dream stories that we create often follow similar patterns.

Even though every one of our dreams is unique, they commonly use these familiar patterns as a foundation for the dream story. The Top 100 Dreams describes the 100 most reported patterns and explains the message that the dream is telling us. It goes beyond mere symbolism and suggests actions to take and the psychological and cultural background for that particular story pattern.

These top 100 dreams have emerged from my own experiences in analysing over 200,000 dreams as a professional dream psychologist and the patterns from these dreams have a universal resonance that most dreamers can immediately identify with. These patterns also provide a platform for practical action that can begin to connect the dream with the dreamer’s waking hopes and aspirations.

By becoming more aware of our dreams and how they express our ambitions and aspirations, we can bring them into the reality of our waking lives and begin to live our dreams, rather than constantly searching for them. Dreaming is the most natural and powerful way for us to connect with our true purpose and potential.