Last change: October 6, 2001.
My favorite books about dreams
When I started with dreaming, Patricia Garfield and Ann Faraday seemed to be the only ones to have written useful books about the topic. Nowadays, there are so many good books, that it is hard to make a selection. Here are just a few of my favorites.
|Taisha Abelar, The Sorcerers's Crossing|
|1992, ISBN 0-14-019366-9|
|This a book by one of the female members of brujo Don Juan's group. Don Juan by the way, is the man who trained the well known Carlos Castaneda (see my comments on the Castaneda book). I like Abelars book for how much she tells about the recapitulation process. Recapulation is needed for building up your energy. And amongst others, more energy will give you more lucid dreams.|
As lucid dreamers will know, lucidity and flexibility come hand in hand. That's another thing I like about this book, it helps in questioning your ideas about reality.
|Marc Ian Barasch, Healing Dreams. Exploring the Dreams That Can Transform Your Life|
|2000, ISBN 1-57322-167-8|
|Healing Dreams is about reconnecting with the unknown force of life. Like no other book it presents the grandness of dreams, backed by an almost overwhelming number of personal testimonies to the power of dreams. The part that impressed me most was the chapter about dreams calling people to a specific life task. Naturally, the book also treats healing in the more limited sense of healing personal disease. The last few chapters discuss the difficult relationship of dreams to our rational consensus world view.|
|Carlos Castaneda, The art of dreaming|
|1994, ISBN 90-6325-450-4|
|This book takes lucid dreaming to a whole new level. This book may also severely affect your view of the world. Essentially Castaneda writes about becoming a sorcerer. One of his techniques consists of going to sleep in your lucid dream and waking up in a second lucid dream. This lucid dream within a lucid dream is said to be easier to maintain (even for several hours!) and to be more vivid than the lucid dream you started with.|
|Ann Faraday, The Dream Game|
|1989, ISBN 90-244-05 18-1|
|Faraday together with Garfield has done a lot for bringing more public attention to dreams. At least, that is what I think. The Dream Game is still one of the best introductions to dreaming. I'm not sure about her methods of interpretation, but if you want to read something about interpretation and working with dreams, you will certainly pick up many ideas from this book. I mostly prefer to take my dreams at face value, or at least expect (or ask) my dreams to keep the message simple. I'm not completely sure but if I remember well, asking to keep it simple was an idea from The Dream Game, (when I'm wrong it has to be from Garfield's Creative Dreaming). It's at least the kind of idea you can expect in The Dream Game. If you're looking for things you can do or expect with dreams, I found this book very useful.|
|Patricia Garfield, Creative Dreaming|
|1988, ISBN 90-6325-326-5|
|I like this book as much as Faraday's The Dream Game. It's the anthropological perspective that makes this book special. Garfield discusses the role of dreams in the life and culture of the old Greek, the American Indians, the Senoi and the Tibetan Yogi's. There's more of course, making this book a another good general introduction to dreams. A must have this book.|
|Patricia Garfield, Pathway to Ecstacy. The Way of the Dream Mandala|
|1981, ISBN 3-7157-0046-7|
|The title says it all. I can add that this is a rather personal story of Garfield about how she uses dreams for growing towards a fuller and more fulfilling way of life. The things she does with dreams always amazes me and in that sense this is a very inspiring book.|
|Jane Roberts, The Nature of the Psyche. Its Human Expression. The New Seth Book|
|1984, ISBN unknown|
|Not your typical dreambook. All the Seth books provide a broad framework in which life as we usually see it is related to a kind of Aboriginal Dreamtime. Compared to some other Seth books I find Nature of the Psyche the most down-to-earth in its description how dreams and waking life interact. Seth talks about the important role of emotions in generating dreams, the various levels of dreams, the archaic relationship between language and images, the mingling with other identities, being several identities simultaneously and much more. Pay a visit to the Seth Network International Welcome Page if you want to learn more about the Seth material.|
|Kathleen Sullivan, Recurring Dreams. A Journey to Wholeness|
|1998, ISBN 0-89594-892-3|
|Kathleen Sullivan had many healths problems that CFS patients will recognize. The book starts with an emotionally intense dream that warned her about her critical condition. From that moment, Kathleen is determined to do something about it. Each chapter in the book describes how dreams describe different aspect of her health problems. Eventually, after many years of work, she does solve her health problems. The whole book provides a beautiful example of how dreamers work with dreams over an extended period of time.|
Harry Bosma is looking forward to comments, email him at email@example.com. For dream interpretations please visit the Mythwell.com site for the Alchera dreaming software.