Once we have worked with clients and patients with techniques 1-3, and having established a rapport with them, it may be appropriate to move them into the deepest level of dream interpretation. It is however, only appropriate when the dreamer is ready to delve into the deepest realm of the unconscious. It is here that life-altering insights can be had.
This level of dream interpretation occurs in a practice with relaxation and guided imagery. If this level of interpretation is to occur, then relaxation training must occur for several weeks prior to using the method, called Meditative Dream Re-Entry (DeCicco, 2008). One very good protocol is to introduce relaxation in the first week or two of therapy, which is always beneficial even if dream interpretation is not introduced. Once the patient is comfortable with relaxation and the three other methods of interpretation are being fully used, then guided imagery can be introduced.
Meditative Dream Re-Entry, is a guided imagery that leads dreamers back into a dream and allows it to evolve. This is one of the most profound and useful techniques for dream interpretation. The method allows the dreamer to access the vast and complex landscape of the psyche which only a portion is realized by conscious awareness. The Giant Compass (2009) illustrates how therapists and clinicians can guide their patients into the dream world with guided imagery. This must be used with caution however, because one does not want to move the patient too quickly into the unconscious without preparation and readiness.
When Meditative Dream Re-Entry is used, is has been found that many levels of discovery are possible: emotional, mind-body connections, relationships, and all other matters of waking day that are important to the dreamer. This is one technique that can help and guide both dreamer and therapist into the transformative potential of dreams.