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An Abundance of Dream Books | Blog Your Blessings!

December 30, 2007 on 3:10 pm | In Dream Books, Dreamwork | 1 Comment

I’m reading a wonderful book on dream therapy right now, The Elements of Dreamwork, by Strephon Kaplan-Williams. I will review it and discuss parts of it in more detail in future posts, but for now, you can get it on Amazon and read it if you’re interested. Sadly it is out of print, but you can pick up a copy for just pennies (plus shipping.) I highly recommend it.

I also have several more dream books to discuss on this blog. If we could only buy time along with books….

Anyway, I’m grateful for great books and a place to share them. So I guess the Internet, WordPress, and the dream books are this Sunday’s blessings.

Have a safe New Year’s Eve and a wonderful New Year!

P.S. Book reviews and discussions coming soon.

When Novelists Dream | Blog Your Blessings

December 23, 2007 on 3:16 pm | In Dream Types | 2 Comments

I’ve been dreaming a novel for years. Only recently have I started to write it down. Oh, it comes to me in the daytime, too. But much of it (probably the best part) has come to me in the light dreaming state just before and after true sleep.

I have long believed that all original art is channeled. It could be from our deep inner selves or from the shared dreamworld that Jung wrote about. Wherever it comes from, original art—whether written, performing, or visual—does seem to come from somewhere other than our conscious, rational minds.

And so I feel blessed by such dreaming. I hear words and see pictures that I would otherwise never see without dreaming.

May your dream visions be beautiful, inspiring and entertaining! And may you share those blessings with others in whatever creative way you choose.

Dream Information for All | Blog Your Blessings

December 16, 2007 on 6:33 pm | In Dream Books, Dream Symbols, Dreamwork | 2 Comments

In the last two generations there has been a huge amount of scientific research into dreaming. Researchers have studied both the physiology and the subjective experience of dreaming. Therapists have kept careful notes and published their findings from thousands (millions?) of patients.

One of the interesting findings is that the kinds of dreams we have (the metaphors and meanings of symbols) are shaped by our culture, our beliefs, and the school of therapy that the therapist believes in. One psychologist documented how her dreams used Freudian metaphors when she was in Freudian analysis, Jungian symbolism when studied by a Jungian therapist, and so on.

The point of this is that there is now so much good information about dreaming that you can find a wealth of good books, CDs, tapes, DVDs, and such on line and in local bookstores and public libraries. You can find information on modern dream research. You can also find formerly secret traditional dream lore from many cultures around the world, ancient and modern, indigenous and mixed.

We are indeed blessed to live in a time when so much scientific, traditional, and esoteric dream knowledge is easily available to us. May we use it wisely!

Creative Dreaming While Half Awake

December 15, 2007 on 5:33 pm | In Answer Dreams, Dreamwork | 1 Comment

Many of us dream of work. Unfortunately those are often anxiety dreams. Some result from working too many hours with not enough sleep.

Sometimes we are neither completely asleep nor completely awake all night. Instead, we may be endlessly hashing over work problems and tensions, unable to let go and really sleep. Sometimes we are kept from true sleep and true dreaming just by knowing that the alarm clock will be disrupting our sleep in all too short a time.

But work need not be a destroyer of sleep and rest. And those half-awake states can be put to positive use. Dream states of all kinds can be useful sources of creative ideas and problem-solving.

I get some of my best creative ideas in the half-awake reverie between dreaming and waking. I also often get creative answers to questions or problems. Usually I remember them, too.

(Isn’t it frustrating to sometimes remember that you had a great idea or found a solution to a problem while dozing but then not be able to remember what it was?)

The most productive times seem to be just before falling asleep and just before getting up. In fact, sleeping late can sometimes be a very productive time for working on creative projects and solutions. Somehow, being awakened in the night—for whatever reason—does not seem to be conducive to creative dreaming for me.

How about you? What is your experience with finding creative solutions while dreaming in a half sleep or lightly dozing reverie?

Don’t You Want to Remember Your Dreams? | Blog Your Blessings

December 9, 2007 on 6:03 pm | In Dreamwork | 3 Comments

I work with a group that sometimes does dreamwork. I have mentioned them here before.

Last month one member requested that we repeat an active dreaming exercise that we tried a couple of months ago. So this month people were reminded to bring dreams that they wanted help with interpreting.

But no one did—not even the person who requested the dreamwork session. (Fortunately we had plenty of other good material to work with.)

This month I’ve been trying to remember dreams so that I would have one to work with in the group. But most of my attention was really on business, family, and recovering from a respiratory infection. I dreamed, but I could only remember fleeting glimpses.

Did I really try? I certainly was not writing down those dream glimpses. Why not?

All this got me to wondering: Do we often forget our dreams because we fear to remember them? That might not be because they are nightmares. We may not want to deal with the messages or future visions they would show us.

Maybe we feel that we already have too much to cope with in our busy modern lives, without taking time to work with dreams, too. If so, then we are mistaken, because working with dreams can help us resolve issues and prevent worse problems.

When all is said and done, dreams are just our inner selves’ way of talking to us (even if only to tell us to eat less spicy food!). Dreams are a blessing. And that’s all I have to say about that.

What are your thoughts on dreams, dreaming, and why we don’t try harder to remember and work with them?

Teach Yourself to Dream?

December 5, 2007 on 7:04 am | In Dream Books | 1 Comment

Teach Yourself to Dream, a Practical Guide, is a pretty-looking book by David Fontana, Ph.D. Is it a practical guide? No.

Cover of the book,

At first I thought the reason I could never really get into reading this book was the profusion of graphics. But that is not really the problem.

Oh, the graphics are distracting all right, really distracting. There are too many of them, they are somewhat odd, and they do not especially relate to the text.

But the real problem is that the text is just too small to read comfortably. That is not the author’s his fault. Dr. Fontana was victimized by the “trendy designer” syndrome.

The editor or publisher chose the designer, no doubt. That’s the way things are done in the book publishing business. And they did both the book and the author a bad turn.

There is absolutely no need for the text to be so tiny. The designer provided too much extra white space between lines instead of using a normal size typeface for the text.

So with the same number of pages, and even the same number of graphics, the text could have been a comfortable size for reading, with plenty of white space. If they wanted to save even more space, they could have done away with a few of the oh-so-trendy but meaningless graphics.

As for what the text is saying, it seems to be worthwhile. In fact, it could be great, but there are plenty of other good dream books that don’t hurt your eyes.

And what’s with title, “Teach Yourself to Dream”? As we know, everyone dreams. So what’s that about? Does it mean “teach yourself to remember your dreams,” or “teach yourself to have lucid dreams”? Sadly I’ll probably never find out, because I can’t be bothered to read such tiny text.

Have you have read the book and tried out the exercises? If so, please share your experiences. What do you think of the book?

Dream Answers | Blog Your Blessings

December 2, 2007 on 7:35 pm | In Answer Dreams, Dreamwork | No Comments

You really can get answers to your questions in dreams. But dreaming does not always require that you be asleep.

Your subconscious mind knows many things that you do not. So if you are wondering about something (that you cannot simply ask about or look up somewhere), allow yourself to fall into a reverie (dreaming state) either right before you fall asleep or just as you are waking up.

Often the answer will be shown to you. Usually it will be visual, but sometimes you may hear a voice, or “just know.”

Being able to tap into the wisdom of the subconscious mind is something that I consider a blessing. Try it, and see how it works for you.

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