Awaken to the wonders of your dreamself, and energize your spiritual potential for self-understanding and self-healing."Without a doubt, people of all times and places have had the capacity to dream the sacred. I write this book in a sincere effort to create space for us to share these dreams and to provide a practical guide to nurturing sacred dreaming as an art."--from tAwaken to the wonders of your dreamself, and energize your spiritual potential for self-understanding and self-healing."Without a doubt, people of all times and places have had the capacity to dream the sacred. I write this book in a sincere effort to create space for us to share these dreams and to provide a practical guide to nurturing sacred dreaming as an art."--from the IntroductionSacred dreams--those in which the dreamer experiences the immediate presence of or communication with the Divine----have shaped the spiritual history of humankind. Jacob's ladder dream, Joseph's dream verifying Mary's virgin pregnancy and Herod's plans to destroy the child, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha's auspicious dreams on his journey to enlightenment, Muhammad's night journey dream--the pervasive power of the sacred dream is part of the scripture and lore of virtually all the world's religions.This fascinating introduction to sacred dreaming celebrates the dream experience as a way to deepen spiritual awareness and as a source of self-healing for people of all faith traditions--or none. Includes practical, step-by-step exercises in every chapter....
|Title||:||Dreaming - The Sacred Art: Incubating, Navigating & Interpreting Sacred Dreams for Spiritual & Personal Growth|
|Number of Pages||:||196 Pages|
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Dreaming - The Sacred Art: Incubating, Navigating & Interpreting Sacred Dreams for Spiritual & Personal Growth Reviews
If someone wanted to tell me about their " OMG! 'AMAZING' dream last night!" I'd find a way to leave the room. Not gonna lie, it's boring. But when it comes to figuring out say, why I've had a recurring themed dream or why certain imagery repeats, well, I'm selfish like that. I'll do a little research to get some answers for myself.This book was nicely outlined the cultural history/mythology behind dreaming. Of course, Westerners tend to avouid delving too deeply into this realm. Most esoteric topics fall by the wayside in our culture. Even in the Qu'ran, the bible and other religious texts dreams were given credit for being prophetic and momentous. Even in Iran, a place where women weren't (and still aren't) heeded for their insights and advice the male head of the household will base his decisions on a dream shared by his wife. Women throughout history have cornered the market on dreaming/shamanic channeling.Swick explained the importance of understanding our dreams; doing this enriches our lives and makes navigating (and resolving) our problems easier. In her research she noted that most people (even those who claim to forget most of their dreams) have had a few dreams that have stuck with them; imagery so vivid, such a visceral reaction to what happened that they never forget. This type of dream is significant and could be deemed 'sacred'. Sacred dreaming is merely anything that brings us closer to our higher self. The bare bones of the book was solid: it was very straightforward and her advice is easily followed. There's ways to dream with intention. Incubating a dream is a way to problem solve; letting our subconscious take over with possible solutions is a neat idea. We're overwhelmed with information and stresses in our daily lives. If we 'incubate' a dream it's akin to letting an issue marinate while we sleep. Swick gave many interesting examples of how this has worked for her (and others) as well. Writing what we remember down is key of course. A particularly neat part of the book explained how the Sufis and Tibetans approached the dreamscape. She explored the differences between Carl Jung and Freud's dream interpretations as well.The only part of the book that didn't resonate with me was the bit on creating 'dream art'. It seemed very involved, time wise. I don't know many people who'd have that kind of spare time either. But for the artistically inclined reader it would be very useful.Instructions on how to lucid dream were pretty fascinating. I used some of her tips and the very first night I got an interesting dream with plenty of symbolism. Luck? Maybe. But after reading this book I also figured out several components of a vivid dream I had years ago; it came together finally. This book has a lot of info in one place so it's a good start. She made many references to Robert Moss (dream experts, many books) and Caroline Myss as well. I'll be checking them out as she's piqued my interest in their works. Another riveting part of the book explained how paying attention to our dreams can benefit us not just psychologically but improve our health, too. According to Caroline Myss our dreams can correspond often with one of 7 chakras. Another added benefit of the actively dreaming process? It keeps us in tune with ourselves but others, too. It builds self awareness and empathy. It makes us hyper aware of how even the smallest things we do in waking life can have an affect on us in the dream world. In a way it makes us more .. careful and discerning in how we approach things. It makes us thoughtful about how we resolve conflicts. All worthwhile in my book.
I may have missed the boat but this book did nothing for me. Very uninformative.