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Understanding your dreams. Progoff believes that dreams reflect
the on-going imagery, life-force, and wisdom within our unconscious,
but dream-messages are so symbolic that one dream can not be
interpreted to tell us how to live. Instead, he feels a series of dreams
(both night and Twilight) simply hint at which areas of our lives need
to be examined more carefully. So, dreams usually lead to dialogues
with people, some situation (event), a social group and so on. It is
through these various dialogues that the underlying message of the
dreams is ordinarily discovered, as described below. 
Understanding dreams involves many steps. (a) Start by writing in
your Dream Log a history of all your dreams. Record your earliest
dreams, good and bad dreams, nightmares, telepathic dreams,
repeated dreams, sexual dreams, and especially all your recent
dreams. Don't analyze them. (b) Next, while looking over the Dream
Log, sit quietly getting in touch with your dreams until a particular
dream draws your attention. If the dream is already in the Log, try to
reconstruct the entire series of dreams before and after the main
dream. A series of dreams is desirable. If the dream has not been
recorded in the Log, do so and try to remember the entire series. (c) It
is thought that dreams are connected and all part of the life-force
directing our lives and fulfilling our potential. Therefore, you try to
identify with the entire series of dreams that have sought your
attention. Read about the series of dreams two or three times, feeling
their inner movement until you become part of the forces producing
the dreams. Close your eyes, let yourself be carried along and the
dreams will continue themselves. This is Twilight Dreaming, you aren't
asleep nor awake. Part of the dreams may reappear but you do no
guiding; let the Twilight Dreams occur; when done, record the Twilight
dreams in the Dream Enlargement section (only dreams go in the
Dream Log). Read your description and record your reactions to the
Twilight experience. (d) Since dreams (night and Twilight) hint at
other topics that need to be uncovered, you must follow their leads,
e.g. if a person is in the dreams, dialogue with him/her or if the dream
involves work, dialogue with work, and so on. That is where we find
the meaning of our dreams. (e) You have contacted two forces in your
life--the stream of consciousness (every day events) and the
unconscious stream of life-forces (reflected in dreams). Using your
Steppingstones to get in touch with the conscious stream and your
Dream Log, the series of dreams, and Twilight dreams to get in touch
with the unconscious stream, place these moving forces in your hands,
one in each hand. Ask, "What do the two parts of my life want to say
to each other?" Let them converse. When finished, record your
feelings, any ideas or insights, and all hints as to where else to
dialogue and look for more meaning in your life. 
Inner Wisdom Dialogue. We'd all like to know "the ultimate truth."
Some turn to religion, some to science, some to personal growth.
Consciousness and "inner knowing" are assumed to be expanded by
working in your journal, shifting from one section or part of yourself to
another. Supposedly, according to Progoff, we know more intuitively
than rationally. The previous dialogues (8 and 9) bring this intuitive
wisdom into everyday use. This step is another dialogue to bring us
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