Ariadne Green is the author of "Ariadne's Book of Dreams" and "Divine Complement" and the founder of the web site dreamthreads.com. She teaches around the world a blend of shamanism and dream work to help her students awaken their inner mysteries.
"Just about everyone has had an animal power dream. From a shamanistic perspective, when animals emerge from within a dream the dreamer is initiated and meant to accept the attributes and spiritual power of the animal. If not fought off or chased away, the animal will lend its wisdom as "medicine" for the soul, supernatural power for healing, and instinctive characteristics to strengthen the dreamer's personality."
Michael Harner's Foundation of Shamanic Studies recently released their Core Shamanic Theory of Dreams. It is made up of 10 guiding principles. The FIRST PRINCIPLE: Spirits are real. Ariadne Green has 8 precepts including Every Dream Has an Intended Message, Dreams Come From a Wise and Intelligent Source, Wisdom Is Derived From Intuitive Dream Work.
"Every character in a dream is important whether a villain or romantic partner. Rather than viewing all characters as merely parts of your own personality, a better approach is to consider them messengers, reflections or complements. In this way, a dream can be more accurately interpreted."