Reviews: Have a Great Dream

Decoding Your Dreams To Discover Your Full Potential

I thoroughly enjoyed Have a Great Dream: Using Your Dreams To Discover Your Full Potential. Ms. Dalfen really shows you how to get inside yourself by understanding your dreams.

For a lot of people this isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do because some might not like everything they see, but the author gives us the inspiration by showing us how she did it herself. And you know, maybe she didn’t like everything she found either, but she got through it. This was the main thing that showed me that I could do the same.

This isn’t like those other feel good self help books. If you really want to put in the hard work it takes to understand yourself and change your life Layne gives you the tools to do it.

Jena English

Layne Dalfen demystifies the world of dreaming and makes discovering the wisdom of dreams more accessible.

Alan Siegel, Ph.D.

Author of Dream Wisdom and past President of the Association for the Study of Dreams

Have a Great Dream: Decoding Your Dreams To Discover Your Full Potential gave me the tools I needed to finally make sense of my dreams. It is amazing to discover how much information is available to me any time I want to seize it right in my own unconscious! Layne Dalfen guides you every step of the way. She shows you, with dream maps and simple self-directed questions, how to attach a dream to a current problematic event. The best part is realizing that the answer to what you want to do and what you can do about the problem is right there inside the dream!

I am now using the frightening aspects of my nightmares as incredible tools to actually help me in my current situation.

And just the uncovering of the dream process is a riot! The images we use are so cool. The process is fun and at the same time intelligent and powerful.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make sense of his or her dreams and discover life-changing possibilities right there for the taking.


I’ve been interested in dreams for a long time. I’ve read many of the “classics” in the field-The Interpretation of Dreams by Freud, also Jung, Perls, etc. These books are usually more theoretical in tone. If you’re looking for practical guidance on how to understand your dreams, Have a Great Dream by Layne Dalfen is a better choice because she includes many of the ideas of these classics, but in a down-to-earth form you can use.

I liked Layne’s book because she gives various approaches to understanding and using your dreams. A lot of other authors will give you a pretty rigid set of steps to follow, and if they don’t work for you, tough luck. (Even worse, dream dictionaries tell you exactly what your dream means, regardless of who you are or what your life experiences have been!) Layne gives you different approaches and exercises to try, so if one doesn’t work you can try another. Or you can go through all the exercises with your dream, so that you keep arriving at a new, deeper understanding of the dream. And once you know what the dream means, Layne also gives you different exercises for using your dream to work out your problems and improve your life.

Of the different self-help books I’ve read, this is one of the few that really help. Highly recommended.


Norwalk, CT

What makes it special is the sensibility that Dalfen brings to the material. She as Many good examples of actual dreams and dreamwork to illustrate her points, and, in an informal heartfelt and convincing voice, takes the time to explore them fully. As a result, the experience of reading this book is like a special opportunity to sit down with an experienced dream worker for a long, intimate talk about dreams.

DreamTime Magazine

Summer-Fall 2002

At the outset of Dalfen’s insightful book, dreamers find guidance on understanding how their dream images and events relate to current issues in waking life. Then they are guided to uncover the deeper, life-changing layers of meaning in the same dreams. Dalfen shares her journey of self-discovery through dreams while leading dreamers to their unique version of the universal quest.

Patricia Garfield, Ph.D.

Author of Creative Dreaming and The Universal Dream Key: The 12 Most Common Dream Themes Around the World

Surrounded by a wealth of dream material Layne Dalfen elucidates a wide variety of ways to approach your dreams. She makes it abundantly clear how useful dreams can be in our struggles with daily life, and how our lives may be enriched, if only we take the time to read the subtitles, which appear to us at night. This book may lead to an entry way into a forgotten world of treasure. Layne Dalfen shows how dreams are the magma of creativity flowing constantly through the cracks of sleep.

Robert Bosnak

Jungian analyst, author of ‘A Little Course in Dreams’ and Tracks in the Wilderness of Dreaming.

I have just finished reading Have a Great Dream, which I found very intriguing and informative. It gives the readers practical tools to begin the journey of interpreting and understanding the meaning of their dreams. I enjoyed Layne Dalfen’s conversational and friendly manner to write about her life experience with dream interpretation. Her book opens a door for the readers to walk out into the field and see the landscape of their own personal human experience, and is an invitation to explore it.

L. Torres

(Arlington, VT)

Hidden messages
While I think that traditional dream interpretation may be an over-analysis of random brain impulses, certainly certain poignant events during the day can trigger dreams that deliver secret messages to us.

After reading Layne Dalfen’s book, I had a nightmare. I was able to discern a warning in the dream, a warning about an issue that was bothering me and that I hadn’t dealt with.

Perhaps dreams are sometimes messages and sometimes random, but a really memorable dream is worth examining. If there is a hidden message there, “Have a Great Dream” can help you find what you might be telling yourself.

Joanna Daneman

Middletown, DE USA

Layne –
I’ve been meaning to write to you for five weeks now… even since I came home from the conference and read your book. The day after reading it I had a dream where I was trapped and unsavory guys came out to grab me, kidnap-torture-&kill me. I was too exhausted and too trapped to run. I naturally woke up upset – then decided to look at it from Layne’s method…..And it all came so easily because of reading your book!!!

Layne, your book is the best. It’s so clear and practical and right on the mark. Much love and admiration and thankfulness…


Down-to-earth and easy to read
This book’s strength is its accessibility and down-to-earth style. Throughout the text the reader has a sense of having a private conversation with Dalfen whose style is friendly, colloquial and upbeat. Anyone who is new to working with their dreams will find a refreshing and demystifying explanation of how dreams contain treasures for us both in how to understand ourselves better and in offering solutions to the problems in our lives.

Mary Harsany

C. G. Jung Society, Montreal

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From radio hosts who have worked with Layne

Your dreams are trying to tell you something important… And for those, like me, who need it spelled out for them in plain language, Layne Dalfen is the dream guru! Each time we have Layne on our show to help the listeners figure out what their dreams are trying to tell them, she inevitably sorts ME out within minutes during our set up call! We love Layne! She is a welcome repeat guest and brilliant at what she does. The answers to your life’s questions are in your dreams and Layne Dalfen is the one you want leading your safari to find them!

Leanne Cater, “Lea”

Host of Lea & Paul In The Morning, The New Country 95.3 Toronto/Hamilton

No hocus pocus. It’s the real deal!

Tommy Schnurmacher

CJAD Radio, Montreal

Layne. You are just so playful and wonderful! Your expertise on dreams is just amazing. You are our favourite authority, ever!

Mimi Burns

Host, Word of Mouth, KUCI 88.9, Orange County, California

Layne, you are a great dream in a world full of small dreamers!

Joey Reynolds


Everyone has dreams, and thanks to Layne, I know mine are really sick and twisted.

Leslie Gold


Insightful and funny, Layne Dalfen’s analyses are as brilliant as they are
entertaining. Everyone enjoys her segment immensely.

Joey & Heather

KKWD Wild 97.9 Oklahoma City

One of the best guests I have had on my program! Fun and entertaining!
Definitely a repeat guest! The phone always light up!


Majic 95.5 Lovesongs Hostess, Austin, Texas

She gently talked our callers through the various techniques she uses to interpret their dreams. She engaged our listeners with a sample of light hearted anecdotes that make this rather esoteric field of analysis accessible to all.

Avril Benoit

Talk show host, CBC Radio

Layne Dalfen is an engaging guest. She prepares meticulously and is always willing to make the extra effort to inform and entertain.

Yvan Huneault

CJAD 800 AM, Montreal

Her knowledgeable, warm manner, brimming with insight and empathy makes her a popular guest on radio phone-in programs in Montreal and New York.

Susan Schwartz

The Montreal Gazette

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James Gavin PhD

Concordia University, Montreal

From people who have attended Lectures and Workshops

Layne Dalfen presented a dream interpretation workshop at Concordia University during the month of November of 2008, in which I attended as a student. Layne was interactive, energetic, and knowledgeable in her discipline of dream therapy. Layne introduced several theories, interpretations and respective insights on dream therapy and its uses. Her presence at Concordia university produced high energy and a positive environment for all the attendees. The entire workshop participants were thankful of her presence, which included, from her, a humble and humorous attitude throughout the course of the workshop.

Kelly Wilkinson

The most meaningful aspect of the lecture was having my dream analyzed by Layne.
She was so bright and articulate.

Canyon Ranch guests

Lenox, MA


Hi Layne,

Thank you again for your wonderful lecture and your encouragement and support. I started reading the book as soon as I got home and didn’t want to put it down. I also couldn’t wait to see what I dreamt about so I could try and analyze it this morning.


Dear Layne

I received your book yesterday and have not done a thing except sit and read ever since it arrived…I am fascinated with your dream maps and have already gone to my dream journals and mapped out a few of the shorter dreams with great success. Your map puts “things” in a much clearer light and now some of the odd images are beginning to make sense somehow. What a great way to analyze my weird mind. Thanks so much.


Hello Layne.

I would just like to thank you. You see every class gives me one new window that opens in my head and you did not fail me….. I was blown away by the idea that anxiety lives in the future. After a good nights sleep my slightly less than immediate response to that is…
Those with no anxiety live in the present. That works for me and again, thank you very much.


Hi Layne,
I just wanted to say that I love your videos on youtube and the website you have about dreams!