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Excerpts from "Healing Dreams"
Sunday, February 4, 2001
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"In our era, the past is vanishing like smoke. The ancestors and
gods and spirits who speak through dreams were once welcomed into the
circle of community; were among its essential members. But who now will
listen to them? The cultures that honored them are dying, their very
languages becoming extinct. The thread of received wisdom that has sustained
us is stretched thin to breaking. Shorn of memory, we no longer recognize
as part of life's fabric those who have come before us. The voices of
the myriad beings, visible and invisible, who surround us grow faint,
though they are still talking in our sleep.
"...Our dreams are a continuum, revealing, if we care to look,
that we do not exist alone, but in a skein of relationship with all
that has been, all that is, and all that shall be."
--- Marc Ian Barasch, "Healing Dreams: Exploring the Dreams that
Can Transform Your Life"
On October 7, 2000, I sent out a post that described a new book by
Marc Ian Barasch called "Healing Dreams: Exploring the Dreams
that Can Transform Your Life." I alerted you to this book on
the recommendation of various well-known spiritual leaders. Now that
I have read the book myself, I wanted to add my praise to the glowing
reviews I shared with you in my
To encourage all of you to read this book, I have put together a few
lightning bolt excerpts. Since the book covers virtually every aspect
of dreams and dreaming, the following excerpts only scratch the surface.
They should, nevertheless, give you an idea of the depth, breadth, and
power of Barasch's new book, as well as the depth, breath and power
of dreams themselves. I hope you find these excerpts as inspiring as
I did and, if you're not already, that you begin paying close attention
to the otherworldly visitations we all experience every night.
Following the excerpts from Barasch's book, I have also included a
list of especially important dream resources.
With Love & Best Wishes,
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EXCERPTS FROM "HEALING DREAMS:
EXPLORING THE DREAMS THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE"
By Marc Ian Barasch
Riverhead Books, 2000
WHAT ARE "HEALING DREAMS"?
"Fifteen years ago, I was abducted -- there is no other word for
it -- into the realm of the Dream. It occurred without precedent or
preamble: one day I was going about my business, with its usual mix
of high goals and low concerns; the next, I was cast away in a far country
from which I've never quite returned.
"Before I knew that there are dreams and there are DREAMS, I treated
them as most people do: as nocturnal reshufflings of the mental deck;
as fantasy and wish fulfillment; as psychic leftovers, those emotional
coffee grounds and crumpled-up impulses toward sex and violence the
mind ditches nightly down some inner Disposal.
"But suddenly my dreams, usually hazy and easily dismissed, acquired
a jolting, Technicolor realism. They gleamed with mysteries both opaque
and insistent, their meaning tantalizingly beyond my grasp. 'Weird dream!'
my girlfriend remarked one morning as I washed up, shipwrecked, on wakeful
shores, another traveler's tale on my lips. 'No,' I'd murmured, struggling
to describe it. 'A vision.' I would awaken, stunned, from visits to
places of near-hallucinatory intensity, where the sky was translucent
sapphire, the grass dew-dipped emerald, and discarnate voices tore the
air like thunderclaps. The dream characters I encountered were so vivid
and alive, the landscape so cinematic, that my waking world seemed paltry
and limited by comparison."
--- Introduction, Page 1, 2
"[Carl Jung] described occasions when he was plunged precipitously
into the realm of big dreams. He was notably unsentimental about the
rigors of the experience: 'Unpopular, ambiguous, and dangerous,' he
wrote, 'it is a voyage of discovery to the other pole of the world.'
During what he called his 'confrontation with the unconscious' -- a
period beginning in 1913, after a traumatic break with Freud -- he was
inundated with dreams and visions he was unable to trace back to his
own personal history. Afflicted by a 'mass of doubts,' he withdrew from
the world to his house on the shores of Lake Zurich, resolving to explore
the depths of the psyche. There he felt himself becoming 'a blank page
whirling about in the winds of the spirit,' often fearing he would be
'driven out of my wits.'
"On one occasion, Jung had a dire vision of a monstrous tide of
blood flowing across Europe, bearing untold numbers of corpses. Fearing
that the macabre flood symbolized his own onrushing psychosis, he decided
all that was left was to keep an exact record of the experience -- then,
at least, his demise might make a contribution to science. Scant months
after his vision, the sanguinary tide of World War I engulfed the continent.
'Shocked and horrified at the news as he was,' writes biographer Barbara
Hannah, 'he was completely and for always relieved of his fears about
his own sanity, for he then recognized the vision for what it was: a
singularly clear premonition.' Over time his inward journeying, at once
perilous and revelatory, led him to a breakthrough insight, which he
called 'the objectivity of the psyche.' The images of the unconscious
were not just fragments of memory or symbols of repressed inner drives,
he decided, but had their own mysterious life ('like animals in a forest')
and would speak if we learned to listen."
--- Chapter 1: What Is A Healing Dream?, Page 22
DREAMS & PHYSICAL HEALING
"The most plentiful claims of dream cures come down to us from
the ancient cult of Asklepius. The Greeks believed that if an ill person
slept in one of the god's temples, he would awaken from a divinely inspired
dream physically healed."
--- Chapter 3, The Dream Of The Body, Page 78
"Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, spoke often of the
medical value of dreams, and anecdotal reports date back to Galen, the
master surgeon of ancient Rome..."
"There have been various modern attempts to systematize the use
of dreams in diagnosis. In a massive 1967 work, the Russian psychiatrist
Vasily Kasatkin catalogued more than ten thousand dreams from twelve
hundred patients suffering a range of disorders, from tooth infections
to brain tumors. He noted that changes in dream content often preceded
clinical diagnoses, and that illness seemed to enhance dream recall.
The images were most often nightmarish, showing scenes of war, fire
or battles, bloody raw meat, corpses, graves, dirt, garbage, muddy water,
and spoiled food, usually accompanied by feelings of terror and alarm.
The dreams tended to change, becoming more unpleasant or less so depending
on the progress or regress of the disease. Kasatkin has even stated
his hopes of developing an 'early warning system' based on specific
images-repeated dreams of a chest wound symbolizing impending heart
attack, for example, or of stomach wounds indicating liver or kidney
--- Chapter 3, The Dream Of The Body, Page 64
"Dream researcher Jayne Gackenbach cites a pilot study at the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in which subjects who
characteristically had 'lucid dreams' were instructed to visualize an
increase in cancer-destroying natural killer (NK) cells in their blood
during dreaming. Normally, NK cell levels drop during sleep. But drawing
blood throughout the night, researchers found that cell levels in several
subjects unexpectedly rose to waking levels following periods of lucidity.
"Gackenbach cites two intriguing anecdotal cases. In one, a construction
worker in Tennessee had injured his arm so badly during an arm-wrestling
match he was unable to work. He suggested to himself before falling
asleep that his arm be healed. 'I recall a man in my dream state twisting
and poking around on my elbow,' he reported, 'and it hurt.' The dream
figure explained that he was healing him, and upon awakening, the man
discovered his right arm was tingling as if it had gone to sleep. When
the tingling dissipated, the pain was gone, and his arm, he claimed,
was 'as good as new.' Another lucid dreamer with a badly sprained ankle
reported a dream in which 'I reached for my ankle with my dream hands,
which caused me to tumble in my dream. As I held my ankle I felt a vibration
similar to electricity. Amazed, I decided to throw lightning bolts around
in my dream.... I awoke with next to no pain in my swollen ankle and
was able to walk on it with considerable ease.'
"Lucid-dream researcher E. W Kellog has reported at least one
case where someone claimed to have been healed by a 'warm, buzzing,
electric' sensation in a dream. He also showed me a fascinating account
he received from a woman who had gone to bed one night barely able to
walk from the pain of six plantar warts on her feet, each about one
centimeter across. Here, abbreviated, is the lucid dream she had that
"'I am walking through what appears to be a museum. I see small
lamps attached to the walls, illuminating alcoves where religious objects
sit on display. I realize that while I have visited museums like this,
this one appears more like a movie set. I think of my feet because they
are hurting as I walk. I sit down on a wooden cube. Then I remember
I can heal my feet. A ball of white light I had been visualizing before
sleep appears around my hands. I put my hands on my right foot, and
the light enters it, glowing golden from within. I hold it there for
several seconds, then move to the left foot. Same process. It seems
amazing and terrifying. The feeling is so intense that I wake up with
my heart pounding.'
"The next morning, the woman was surprised to feel no pain upon
walking. She checked her warts and discovered they had uniformly turned
black overnight. All fell off within ten days.
"The psychosomatic disappearance of warts is a well-known medical
phenomenon. But what to make of occasional reports, like that of St.
Peregrinus, of healing from significant disease associated with a vivid
dream? Dr. Larry Dossey cites in a recent book a letter he received
from a thirty-six-year-old man diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor
in 1994. Chemotherapy was not an option. He had received the maximum
dosage of radiation. Not knowing where else to turn, he obtained holy
water from Lourdes, which he rubbed in his scalp daily while supplicating
Mary to heal him. An MRI showed some shrinkage of the mass. A year and
half after his diagnosis, he reported a 'very unusual dream' of an ineffably
simple encounter: A plainly dressed woman 'about my age' named Mary
said to him, 'Jeff, be happy.' What was extraordinary about the dream,
he says, was the 'the incredible love I felt from this woman. It was
the most unusual feeling I have ever had. It was not a sexual love,
but one that resembles a mother's love for her child. I did not believe
it was possible to feel such deep love and warmth.... The dream and
the sensations associated with it lingered for several days. I could
not think of anything else.' When the man went to a scheduled MRI three
days later, he wrote Dossey, 'The tumor had virtually disappeared.'"
--- Chapter 3, The Dream Of The Body, Page 76, 77
DREAMS & OTHER KINDS OF HEALING
"Perhaps, in the end, there are no dreams intrinsically more healing
than those that demonstrate that our separation is an illusion; that
we are part of a living web that extends beyond our own skin and skull.
No matter what turmoil we go through with our families, it seems that
our ties -- sometimes to our chagrin -- are nonnegotiable. On some subliminal
level, in the very coursing of the blood, we seem to 'track' our loved
ones through life. My own dreams about my parents, grandparents, children,
ex-wife, lovers, and close friends have been so striking that I no longer
hesitate to phone them upon awakening from a significant dream. More
often than not, it turns out there is a good reason..."
"I was reminded of this recently when I orchestrated an informal
experiment, asking a few dozen people to incubate a dream on my behalf.
It surprised me that my father, who claims he rarely dreams vividly
(and then, never about me), had the most striking dream: Marc tells
me he's living at 116 Village Avenue. I say, My God, that's the apartment
over the store my father once owned! Tile door to Marc's room was closed.
I open it and see him surrounded by books stacked on the floor, which
he gestures to, saying, 'I have to read them all.'
"My father was surprised that his attempt to dream about me, skeptically
undertaken, had actually 'worked.' The pile of books was easily explained
-- I was in the thick of a writing deadline. He had gotten an accurate
dream picture of my chaotic office, dominated by a tower of dog-eared
volumes rising from the floor, all of which I had compulsively decided
I had to read. I asked him for his associations about his father's apartment.
'It was over the big clothing store that we used to own,' he informed
me, 'until my father made some bad investments and went bankrupt.' He
added, with a catch in his voice, 'It was a family catastrophe I never
got over. Why in the world would I have dreamed such a thing?' my father
"Now it was my turn to be taken aback, for I had been keeping
a secret from my family: I was on the edge of bankruptcy as a result
of my own bad investment decisions. Now virtually penniless, I had contacted
a bankruptcy attorney and had begun drawing up papers, but had not been
able to bring myself to tell my parents.
"After hesitating a moment, I realized I had to confess my quandary.
I could not morally leave my father to fret about his dream after I
had, in effect, invited him to open the door to my psyche and walk in.
When I told him the truth, he was dumbstruck. The silence lengthened;
I'd knocked the wind out of him..."
"Our dream exchange had a surprisingly tangible result. My father,
now knowing my predicament, offered me a personal loan that pulled me
back from the financial brink. The effects of our dream sharing have
rippled through my life, not only enabling me to climb back onto solid
ground but also making it possible to consider moving back to New York,
where my entire family, from my daughter to brother to parents, now
lives. Looking back, I am astonished at how a single dream has begun
to heal generations of family karma."
--- Chapter 5, Dreaming Together, Page 122 -125
DREAMS AS AGENTS OF COLLECTIVE WISDOM & TRANSFORMATION
"In dreams, writes the psychoanalyst Frich Fromm, 'we are concerned
exclusively with ourselves... in which 'I am' is the only system to
which thoughts and feelings refer.' Yet the privatization of the dream
remains a peculiarly Western practice. Dreams in many cultures -- the
Plains Indians, for example -- are key components in social problem
solving, with vital public and even political implications. My Cree
Indian friend Sylvia, known in her community as a dreamer and a healer,
finds the notion that her dreams might come for her alone puzzling.
She doesn't see their characters as simply aspects of herself wrapped
in symbolic clothing. For her, a dream is often a social occurrence,
to be shared with her own extended kinship network and sometimes with
the entire tribe."
--- Chapter 6, The Dream Society, Page 149
"According to the account from Genesis, Pharaoh declared a national
emergency after his nightmare, rounding up every forelock-tugging sage
in the land to divine its meaning..."
"We tend to view such accounts as quaint biblical footnotes. The
days when a single person's dream could set a national agenda are long
past. But consider, for example, the famous Healing Dream of Mohandas
Gandhi. During a period of horrifying civil unrest in India, with daily
reports of torching, looting, and rioting, Gandhi had spoken at public
meetings to beg for restraint. Shouted down by the agitated crowds,
unable even to get his letters published in newspapers, he felt helpless
to advance his goal of nonviolent struggle. He retreated to a friend's
summer home to fast and pray for a solution. After a week, he awakened
one morning with a startling dream.
"In his dream, all of the warring religious factions in India
-- Hindus, Muslims, Parsis, Jams, Buddhists, and Sikhs -- had forsaken
their own holy festivals in order to gather together in prayer and public
procession (hartal) on a single day. A psychologist might have categorized
Gandhi's dream as mere wish fulfillment, a compensatory response to
hopes dashed by waking realities. But Gandhi took it as instruction,
demanding that Nehru and the Congress party follow the dream's directives
and 'call upon all the religious sects in India to practice hartal at
"His own party greeted the idea with some derision. Gandhi, undaunted,
sat down to write a series of remarkable personal letters to religious
leaders across India, recounting his dream and inviting them all to
gather beneath its nonsectarian banner. Surprisingly, nearly every religious
leader he notified accepted, organizing their followers to gather in
the streets for massive worship ceremonies. Not only was violence reduced,
but the various Indian factions opposing colonialism -- previously disorganized
and feuding -- now found a common voice. The movement paralyzed the
colonial administration with its first successful general strike. The
government was forced to rescind a series of hated acts and restore
to Indians the rights of British citizenry, including freedom of assembly,
press, and local elections. Ghandi's dream helped free an entire country."
--- Chapter 6, The Dream Society, Page 162, 163
"Clearly, however, some cultures have descended into chaos when
the unconscious was given too much social credence. I had the good fortune
to once spend an afternoon with Sir Laurens van der Post, Jung's friend
and biographer, shortly before he died. In the sweep of our conversation,
I mentioned the late-nineteenth-century Paiute Ghost Dance, where the
dream of a prophet named Wovoka had galvanized Plains Indians tribes
into a last attempt to restore their vanishing world. If this dance
were performed, the vision promised, the buffalo would return, fallen
warriors would spring from the earth, and society would enter a new
golden age. Though Wovoka's dream had emphasized peace, the Sioux interpreted
it as a call to resistance. The movement triggered a brief war that
proved to be their last hurrah. 'They ran into the soldiers' guns believing
their ghost shirts would stop the bullets,' I told van der Post. 'Isn't
this what we fear? That dreams don't tell the truth, and we follow them
at our peril?'
[See "APOCALYPTIC NATIVE AMERICAN MOVEMENTS" in Smorgasbord
6 (01/07/1998 - <http://www.nhne.com/smorgasbord/smorgasbord0006.html>)
for more information about this sad incident in American Indian history.]
"Van der Post, whose writings make clear his own passionate belief
in dreams, replied by summing up his core belief 'A dream is never false.
Every detail is there for a reason, and has a meaning.' He offered an
example that he was familiar with from his many years in South Africa.
A young girl of the Amacoza people dreamed that her tribe needed to
sacrifice all their material possessions -- 'to eat up all their cattle,
which was the greater part of their wealth. The dream said that on the
day they consumed their last worldly goods, their ancestors would come
out of the sea and drive out the white man.'
"The tribe, he recounted, took the girl's dream literally. As
they began to slaughter their cattle, the area's governor, Sir George
Gray (who was later to make a study of Maori dreams and mythology),
tried desperately to persuade them to consider other interpretations.
'They wouldn't listen. The girl told them, 'It's another trick of the
white man to keep you in their power': All Gray could do was ready all
the supplies he could to move up to the frontier and await the inevitable
famine. The Amacoza kept faith with the dream, and hundreds of thousands
died as a result. They didn't see the dream's symbolism.'
"What, I asked him as the afternoon shadows lengthened, did he
think the symbolism was?
"That they mustn't be preoccupied with the material world and
its values but rather turn back to the spiritual values of their ancestors.
You've got to see imagery both literally and symbolically. Only then
will the dream never betray you."
--- Chapter 6, The Dream Society, Page 160, 161
"What if a dream is confined within the individual psyche, never
to escape? In a book entitled 'The Third Reich of Dreams', the German
journalist Charlotte Beradt catalogued the dream lives of three hundred
of her fellow citizens during the rise of Nazism. She found that while
her informants felt constrained to go along with the devastating rending
of the Weimar social fabric, their dreams were telling the dark parallel
"Beradt heard the first dream that alarmed her in 1933, three
days after Hitler seized power. Her acquaintance Herr S., an industrialist,
dreamed that propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels visited his factory
and had all workers line up in two rows facing each other. Herr S.,
who employed many Social Democrats who had opposed Hitler's rise, was
forced to stand before them all and raise his arm in the Nazi salute.
Goebbels watched him impassively as it 'took me half an hour to get
my arm up, inch by inch.' Finally when he did manage, 'Goebbels said
coldly 'I don't want your salute' and turned on his heel out the door.
There I stood in my own factory arm raised, pilloried right in the midst
of my own people. I was only able to keep from collapsing by staring
at his clubfoot as he limped out. And so I stood until I woke up.'
"The dream, says Beradt, 'swept him off his self-made foundations,
destroyed his sense of identity and left him disoriented.' It recurred
again and again, each time with humiliating new details -- in one, Herr
S. found himself struggling to lift his arm until his backbone literally
broke. Such nightmares, she began to suspect, were becoming common,
yet remained each dreamer's private hell. The atmosphere was becoming
so poisoned, the ground so treacherous, that people were afraid to tell
each other their dreams.
"Until she was compelled to leave the country in 1939, Beradt
continued to compile her dream history. She quietly asked the people
she normally came in contact with to tell her their dreams -- dressmakers,
neighbors, an aunt, the mailman -- without revealing her purpose. She
had to write her notes in code, camouflaging them as family anecdotes
(Hitler, Goering, and Goebbels became "Unde Hans, Uncle Gusta,
and Uncle Gerhard") and hiding them in the bindings of books scattered
throughout her large private library.
"Beradt's work sheds light on the power of truth that Healing
Dreams wield, and how, to society's tragic loss, that power can be reduced
to a voice crying in the wilderness..."
"These dreams remarkably prefigured many of the horrors that were
not yet manifest -- the subversion of medicine into torture and human
experimentation; the elimination of the unfit and racially 'impure';
the contempt for civil procedure; the breakdown of individual psychological
autonomy, allowing evil to run rampant. The uniqueness of these dreams,
Beradt noted, is that they were not produced by conflicts in private
life or personal psychological wounds but in response to a pubic realm
of lies and imminent violence. Before the totalitarian ruthlessness
of the Nazis was fully revealed -- when, as she wrote, 'the regime was
still treading lightly' -- many already knew the facts in their dreams.
"It struck Beradt that the dreams tended to be unusually straightforward:
'These dreams adopt forms and guises which are no more complicated than
the ones used in caricature or political satire, and the masks they
assume are just as transparent as those worn at carnivals...'"
"She was amazed that even seemingly unexceptional people were
envisioning the 'true apparitions of a new order.' 'On the basis of
wide-spread experience,' Beradt concluded, 'one can safely assume that
a great number of people were plagued by very similar dreams during
the Third Reich.'
"Beradt's observations raise an intriguing question: Could countervailing
forces arising from the psyche have mitigated fascism before it attained
its final, distilled virulence? If pre-Nazi Germany had been honeycombed
with grassroots dream groups -- if people had shared their nightmares,
spoken them aloud -- would this have acted, in some small way, as an
inoculation against totalitarianism, allowing people to draw courage
from each others' inner visions?
"Or what if people had simply believed their own dreams? We often
think of Nazi Germany as a cautionary tale of the unconscious run rampant,
when the civilized ego-structure of a nation is overcome by its unleashed
id, and the blind directives of Eros and Thanatos gather the collective
force of an avalanche. But might it be more accurate to say its citizens
had become deaf to their own unconscious, blind to their own nightmares
and mute to the psyche's expression?
"There is one well-documented nightmare that helped a man dare
to throw himself before the onrushing juggernaut. Franz Jaegerstetter
was an Austrian who, before World War II broke out, publicly refused
Nazi conscription, one of the only such cases for which we have a detailed
dossier. During his trial, he testified that his actions were inspired
by a powerful dream: 'I am in a valley, seeing a great train gathering
speed as it comes down a mountain, watching in amazement as hundreds
and then thousands and finally millions of people jump on. I am debating
doing this myself when a booming voice proclaims, 'This train is going
to Hell!' He knew come what may, he could never get aboard this terrible
conveyance carrying such a great part of humanity into the abyss. In
1938, with all the barbarous pomp of Prussian militarism, Jaegerstetter
was convicted of treason and publicly beheaded."
--- Chapter 6, The Dream Society, Page 168, 169
"One wonders sometimes if we should not follow the example of
the Roman Emperor Augustus, who issued a proclamation that anyone who
had a dream about the fate of the republic was duty bound to announce
it in the marketplace."
--- Chapter 6, The Dream Society, Page 170, 171
"Many dreams today speak of what the Hopi call KOYAANISQATSI --
life without sacredness, leached of soul, riven by disharmony. Many
indigenous people say the trees and animals and rocks and streams are
'telling' them our situation has become dire, that Mother Earth is groaning."
--- Chapter 6, The Dream Society, Page 172
MISCELLANEOUS QUOTES FROM "HEALING DREAMS":
"The Jungian psychologist Robert Johnson tells of a time he had
a dreamlike vision of a 'spirit man' with burning orange fire coursing
through his veins. The man plunged to the bottom of an indigo lake,
but the fire was miraculously unquenched. Then the spirit man took Johnson
by the hand and flew him to a great nebula coruscating like a diamond
at the center of the universe. Standing on the very threshold of divine
majesty, before vast, dazzling whorls of light eternal, Johnson tugged
at the man's sleeve and asked impatiently, 'This is fine, but WHAT IS
IT GOOD FOR?'
"'The spirit man looked at me,' wrote Johnson, 'in disgust: 'It
isn't good for ANYTHING.'' Still, Johnson wondered for a long while
afterward how his experience might tangibly change his life. Then he
had a key insight: HE WOULD NEVER KNOW. 'This magnificent power,' he
wrote, 'is transmuted into small things, day-to-day behavior, attitudes,
the choices that we make in the ordinariness of daily human life.'
"Johnson's experience emphasizes that, contrary to a slew of popular
works (beginning with the dream manuals of the early Egyptians), there
may be no surefire, direct method to utilize the power of dreams. We
may be astonished by a bolt of lightning, but that doesn't mean we can
harness it to flash down upon the grill to cook our steak. Healing Dreams
offer few outright prescriptions. They often require us to live our
questions rather than furnish instant answers."
--- Chapter 1: What Is A Healing Dream?, Page 26
"Healing Dreams might be conceived as visits to an otherworld
with its own geography and inhabitants. From this perspective, we are
explorers visiting a foreign land whose citizens have customs, beliefs,
and language that are not entirely familiar."
--- Chapter 1: What Is A Healing Dream?, Page 27
"Jung told one dreamer: 'Look here, the best way to deal with
a dream is to think of yourself as a sort of ignorant child, ignorant
youth, and to come to the two-million-year-old man or to the old mother
of days and ask, 'Now, what do you think of me?''"
--- Chapter 1: What Is A Healing Dream?, Page 29
"When we take our dreams seriously, their images and feelings
subtly begin to alter our waking lives. Meaning seeps in through a kind
of osmosis. We begin to glimpse the principle that connects each to
all. Any sincere attention (and commitment) to dreams renders us spiritually
--- Chapter 1: What Is A Healing Dream?, Page 26
"A dream, once loosed, becomes a living presence with unpredictable
effects upon the destinies of all whom it touches."
--- Chapter 6, The Dream Society, Page 163
"We rarely bother to interpret our dreams. It is an omission akin
to leaving a letter containing a vital message unopened on the breakfast
--- Chapter 8, Binding The Wounds Of Time, Page 222
"The thirteenth Dalai Lama, talking in a recent TV broadcast about
the difference between 'important dreams' and ordinary ones, casually
mentioned receiving in his sleep fresh teachings from the fifth Dalai
Lama, a historical figure known for his ecumenical skills."
--- Chapter 7: The Invisible Community, Page 174
"it is not surprising, perhaps, that a man destined to be a great
chief would be vouchsafed a dream of his people's fate. The Sufis believe
the dreamer's status in waking life determines whether a future dream
concerns worldshaking events or personal matters."
--- Chapter 8, Binding The Wounds Of Time, Page 227
"Shadow dreams, in their refusal to kowtow to the idealized self,
offer a deeper knowing of ourselves and world we live in. They dig up
buried truths and lay them at our feet like reeking, dirt-clotted bones.
It is to our tragic loss that we strive, upon wakening, to sweep these
'gifts' under the rug. The shadow images in our dreams, Jung suggested,
represent our undeveloped potentialities -- those parts of the personality
which are still 'becoming;' inner places where 'we are unfinished; we
are growing and changing."
--- Chapter 10, Healing The Shadow, Page 272, 273
"The emotionally fraught dynamic between self-image and shadow
springs to life in the classic 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', a story that
author Robert Louis Stevenson claimed came to him in a rip-roaring nightmare."
--- Chapter 10, Healing The Shadow, Page 275
"Another aspect of appreciating a dream involves sharing it with
others. When we work on a dream alone, we tend to repress those aspects
we don't want to see. To encounter a dream in the company of others
helps us see what we would otherwise gloss over."
--- Chapter 2, What Does The Dream Want?, Page 52
"A Healing Dream seems to demand its own being in the world. It
wants to be seen and heard. Tribal cultures say something is lost if
we don't take our dreams seriously enough to embody them -- that we
ignore them at the peril of our souls, if not our lives."
--- Chapter 1: What Is A Healing Dream?, Page 34, 35
"The world as dreamed and the world as lived cross-pollinate each
--- Chapter 1: What Is A Healing Dream?, Page 35
"What does the dream want? We would have to say it wants these
primal connections. It wants us to know ourselves not as solitary dots
moving from past to future but as strands in a web of ancestry... As
players, even minor ones, in the great serial drama of human generations.
The Healing Dream reminds us that some relationships, in an era of broken
families and romantic angst, are well-nigh indissoluble."
--- Chapter 5, Dreaming Together, Page 129
HEALING DREAMS WEBSITE:
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ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT DREAM RESOURCES:
DREAM JOURNALS & PENS:
VITTORIA STUDIO DREAM JOURNAL
ANYTHING BOOK/BLACK BLANK BOOK
THE 5 YEAR JOURNAL
DREAM JOURNALS FROM THE DREAM ZONE
POWER GLOW PENS
DREAM JOURNAL SOFTWARE PROGRAMS:
PEOPLE FLY & WATER RUNS UPHILL
By Jeremy Taylor
From Amazon.com: "Based on intensive study and thousands of case
histories, this remarkable guide opens up the world of dreams by showing
readers how to remember and interpret dreams, establish a dream group,
learn the universal symbolism of dreaming, and change their lives using
TECHNIQUES FOR DISCOVERING THE CREATIVE POWER IN DREAMS
By Jeremy Taylor
From Amazon.com: "All people dream regularly, regardless of their
circumstances, whether they remember their dreams upon awakening or
not. From the beginning of human history, dreams have been a source
of creative inspiration and spiritual renewal, emotional and psychological
insight, and scientific and cultural innovation. Beginning with simple
practical suggestions for improving dream recall and recording dreams,
and continuing with a complete discussion individual, group and community
techniques for discovering more of the multiple levels of meaning found
in every dream, Dream Work offers an invaluable tool for the exploration
of the inner life."
THE LIVING LABYRINTH:
EXPLORING UNIVERSAL THEMES IN MYTHS, DREAMS,
AND THE SYMBOLISM OF WAKING LIFE
By Jeremy Taylor
From Amazon.com: "Looking at myths and folktales from around the
world, Jeremy Taylor reveals parallels between these ancient sacred
stories and the dreams of contemporary people, showing how the universal
archetypal symbols continue to shape our lives."
By Gillian Holloway, Ph.D.
Simple, clear and easy to understand, this book is a "user-friendly"
introduction to the world of dreams. Along with lucidly exploring various
aspects of dreams and dreaming, Gillian also offers a solid 5-step plan
for discovering the meaning of your dreams.
DREAM YOGA (Joseph Dillard):
A "yoga" is any path whose purpose is union with your spiritual
source. Dream Yoga teaches you how to use your dreams as a spiritual
path leading to oneness with the divine within. It involves daily application
of the guidance that you receive from your dreams.
JEREMY TAYLOR WEBSITE:
The Rev. Jeremy Taylor, a Unitarian-Universalist minister, has been
a pioneer in the field of dream interpretation and exploration for more
than 30 years. He is one of the original co-founders of the international
Association for the Study of Dreams and is the author of several books
and numerous articles on the subject of dreams and myth.
The following website descriptions are taken from Taylor's Website:
A premier dream resource site published by Richard Wilkerson. Between
this site and Dreamtree you'll have all the resources you ever need!
This address gets you to all his resources including Electric Dreams,
a growing collection of annotated links to groups involved in dream
sharing, online ezines, dream and sleep science research, dream anthropology
and sociology, lucid dreaming and shamanism, Jung, Freud, dreams and
film, dream inspired art galleries, personal journals, dream software,
and a cyber-dream library, which is an attempt to organize material
online for those interested in learning more about dreams, dreaming
and dream events. An astounding resource.
Peggy Coates and Richard collaborate on bringing fantastic resources
to the net. This magnificent site gives you the Global Dreaming News,
published by DreamGate and directed by Peggy of DreamTree. Here, among
many other things, you can get the monthly supplement to Electric Dreams
which contains the latest scoop on dreams, new websites, programs, seminars,
conferences, reviews and much, much more.
Dr. Linton Hutchison has put together a very dynamic, interactive site
about dreams and dreamwork. There are 21 different areas to this
site, including a BBS, lots of links and other resources, and DreamLynx
interns ready to help you translate your dreams.
DREAM NETWORK: A JOURNAL EXPLORING DREAMS AND MYTHOLOGY
This pioneering journal encourages individual and cultural appreciation
of the value of dreams. Offers many perspectives on dreams, including
the non-academic. A delightful forum for diverse voices.
Editor Roberta Ossana has faithfully nurtured and carefully refined
the old Dream Network Bulletin into an exciting and eclectic journal.
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DREAMS
Here you'll find info on the organization and on their two publications:
Dream Time, a newsletter, and The Journal Dreaming, a professional journal.
Also, info on joining, on conferences, and so forth. The association
is well worth joining for its publications and conferences and the chance
to meet others on the dream journey.
EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DREAMS
Based in France, the EASD brings together a large range of people interested
in the study of dreams: analysts, artists, researchers, teachers, ethnologists,
psychologists, lucid or ordinary dreamers, therapists, etc. They
are affiliated with the American Association for the Study of Dreams
and offer an alternative to American provincialism. They have
a great planetary perspective!
CHAPLAINCY INSTITUTE FOR INTERFAITH AND ARTS MINISTRY
Formal training in dream work (among other things), leading to commissioning
as an Interfaith Chaplain, (and/or ordination as an Interfaith Minister),
with a specialization in dream work can now be found through the Chaplaincy
Institute for Interfaith and Arts Ministry.
Guide to this fascinating area of dream research, primarily through
the work of Stephen LeBerge, pioneer in lucidty research.
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