ABSTRACT

At thirteen, the vast wonders of the inner world opened themselves to me. I accompanied a school friend’s older sister to a university class to hear Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams (1900a) and a lecture on the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Suddenly, the richness of meaning implicit in play, dreaming, and poetry became apparent to me. I likened discovering meaning in these activities to exploring a mountain … and I have never stopped my climbing through the interior world … trying to make sense of people’s actions and children’s play … trying to understand the unconscious. I hope this chapter will motivate you to continue this journey with me … to explore meaning present in your own dream life and in your child’s play.