An exploration of dreaming history, science, traditions, and practices from prehistory to today
• Examines ancient dream traditions from around the world, shamanic dreaming, and the profound role of dreaming in Native American and African-American cultures
• Investigates dream psychology and the neuroscience of the dreaming brain
• Explores the practice of dream incubation, lucid dreaming, and telepathic dreaming with tips on remembering your dreams and working with them
We have been dreaming for all of our 3 million or more years of existence. Dreams provide an extraordinary way to process the day’s events and uncover new perspectives. Many cultural creatives credit their world-changing creations to their dreams, and science now believes that dreams helped evolve the very process of thought itself.
In this book, Stephen Larsen and Tom Verner examine dream traditions from around the world, beginning with the oldest records from ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and Australia and expanding to shamanic and indigenous societies. The authors investigate the psychology of dreaming, the neuroscience behind the dreaming brain, the Jungian perspective, and the intersections of yoga and modern dream research. They show how dreams and myth are related in the timeless world of the Archetypal Imagination and how dreams often reveal the wishes of the soul. They explore the practice of dream incubation, an age-old tradition for seeding the unconscious mind to help solve problems and gain deep insights. They examine the profound role that dreams have played in the survival of exploited and persecuted cultures, such as the Native Americans, African slaves, and the Jews during the Holocaust, and share inspirational dream stories from exceptional woman dreamers such as Hildegard von Bingen, Joan of Arc, and Harriet Tubman.
Drawing on their more than 50 years’ experience keeping dream journals, the authors offer techniques to help you remember your dreams and begin to work with them. They also explore the clairvoyant and telepathic dimensions of dreaming and the practices of lucid dreaming and shamanic dreaming. Revealing how the alchemical cauldron of dreaming can bring inspiration, healing, and discovery, the authors show how dreams unite us with each other and the past and future dreamers of our world.
Diverse yet cohesive, this encyclopedic work invites readers to explore the "partnership we are in with the deeper more autonomous parts of our being" through an understanding of dreams. Larsen, professor emeritus of psychology at SUNY Ulster, and Verner former professor of psychology at Burlington College, practicing psychotherapist, and professional magician aim to inspire by exploring the cultural history of working with dreams: "the most eloquent and creative voices of our soul." The traditions of ancient Greece and India are considered alongside Jung's archetypes, Cayce's intuition, and Kelsey's spirituality. The authors also show how mythic visions brought to the West by the works of Hildegard, Dante, and Einstein complement insights of modern neuroscience. Dream narratives from the authors themselves, their friends and clients, and from historical notables are considered. Explicit delineation of Larsen's psychological sections from Verner's more spiritual and mythopoetic sections emphasizes the importance of considering dreams through multiple lenses and keeping an open mind. Discussions of methods like dream journaling and dream incubation are included to provide practical advice for "developing and nourishing a relationship with the soul." More than a facile New Age how-to, this book provides context and history about working with dreams that will appeal to readers who want to engage the sleepy side of the mind.