7 Common Dreams: Exercise the Dream Muscles


This blog is about common dreams. Did you know a hand has 34 muscles and only 17 of them are located at the palm of the hand?

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Just like a hand is necessary in life, your dream muscles need exercise at a regular basis. And just like the hand, most of your dream muscles are not located in you dreams but in your daily life.

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In this blog I will mention the most common dreams. But don’t take my word for it! You need to keep those dream muscles exercised.

Common Dreams: #1: Back to School

We have all had these dreams where we are back at school, usually to do an exam we have not prepared for.

The common interpretation you read for those types of dreams is that you “have to learn something”. Life is all about learning.

But let’s now exercise those dream muscles!

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Cartoon: Calvin & Hobbes

Ask yourself: “Is my life getting boring?” (remember how bored you were at school?).

“Am I too perfectionist?” Because you keep asking yourself to perform tests, even when you dream. Yes people dream about the things that they do every day!

Sit down, envision the dream and the mark you will get on that exam. What does that say about you?

Common Dreams: #2: Being Naked

We all had these dreams were you walk around and discover that you are inappropriately dressed. Body parts peeping out of clothes, no clothes at all. You discover it all of a sudden and most of the time wake up.

The most common interpretation is that you feel exposed. You have been too open.

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Cartoon: Ged Backland

But let’s now exercise those dream muscles!

Ask yourself: “Is there something that wants/need to get born?”. You are naked at vital moments in your life. When you are born. When you sleep. When you have sex.

Ask yourself: “Am I warm enough?” Emotionally as well as physically?

Ask yourself: “How do I feel about my body?” Is there something you should or could change about the perception of your own body?

Common Dreams: #3: Sex

You have a wild sexy dream. And when it is about an ex, you can be very confused about it. Does this dream mean you made a mistake and want him/her back?

Usually, sex dreams are interpreted as wanting to be closer to the thing your sex partner represents to you.

But let’s now exercise those dream muscles!

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Ask yourself: when I dream about an ex: is there something new being born in my life right now? Each relationship is the beginning of a new adventure. And when you dream about an old adventure, there is a big change a new adventure (not necessarily a relationship) might be waiting for you just around the corner.

Did you know that people who are confronted with upcoming death on a regular basis like soldier are more likely to conduct in an inappropriate sexual manner? Ask yourself: Is there reason to increase the life-juice in me right now? Does the dream give you any clues in how you should do that?

Common Dreams: #5: Teeth Falling Out

One of the most common dreams is about your teeth falling out. You can dream that it is lose in your mouth and you try to put it back in vain. the most common interpretation is that you need to get your tooth into something.

common dreams

But let’s now exercise those dream muscles!

Are you grinding your teeth at night? It can be the case of teeth dreams. And you should get it checked. Tooth grinding is the way your body uses to give you some air. If your partner tells you that you are grinding your teeth, you probably have a (mild) form of sleep apnea you should have checked out.

When you lie down, your tongue falls back and can block your breathing. If this happens once, there is no danger in it, but when it happens on a regular basis you might want to have it checked out before you explore if you need something to put your teeth into.

Common Dreams: #6: Flying

Often, as soon as you drift off in a hypnagogic sleep stage, right before you fall asleep, you feel your body falling or flying.

Because the tension in your muscles decreases once you fall asleep, you experience the sense of falling or flying.

The common dream interpretation is that you want to let go of something. You are not “grounded”.

common dreams
Cartoon: Via 9gag.co

But let’s now exercise those dream muscles!

Ask yourself: Is this my invitation to a lucid dream?  Lots of lucid dreamers have told me that they have developed the ability to stay conscious during a dream by flying conscious into a desired dream situation.

When awake, sit down and let your imaginative mind take you places. Be surprised at your own creative images.

Common Dreams: #7: Toilet

You have to use the bathroom, urgently and it is either already possessed or you can not find it.

Usually, the common interpretation is that you need to let go of something, you need to release.

common dreams
Cartoon: Piraro

But let’s now exercise those dream muscles!

Did you know that in alchemy poop was a sign of transformation? That is right. The old alchemical wizards tried to turn feces into gold (recently a guy tried to do the same).

Ask yourself: is there something in my life right now that needs to be transformed?

 

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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independent site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Four Smart Questions and Answers About Dreams You had not Thought of Yourself

This dream is part of a series of four blogs. 
How to Use A Dream as a Tool For Self Development;
How to Analyse a Dream with an Archetype in 4 Easy Steps;
Q & A: 7 Questions and Answers about Dreaming, and Mythology;
Four Smart Questions and Answers About Dreams You had not Thought of Yourself

Most people want to know what their dream means. They assume a psychologist or a dream dictionary will give them instant access to deeper meaning. They even assume a dream might give them a prediction about their future. Mindfunda sets the record straight. It is up to you. Here are  4 smart questions and answers that will instantly help you make much more sense of your own dreams.

Smart Questions and Answers #1

One of the most powerful question is not to seek the answer a dream is giving you. It is to seek the question a dream is asking you. A dream wants to set you in motion. Dreams do not like the status quo, They challenge you.
Look at the small and simple dream discussed in the first blog.

I am standing with my parents and brother in the street, and all of a sudden, a man comes running towards them and stabs my brother down“.

What question does this dream ask the dreamer? I can think of a number of questions. What in this moment of your life threatens you? Why are you watching while your brother gets stabbed? Is it time to move on now?

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Any time you remember a dream and want to know more about its possible meaning, play with these kind of questions. In my eyes this dream-play is even more valuable than the answers you get.

 

SMART QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS #2

A very smart question to ask yourself if you want to know what a (repeating) dream means, is if you should want to hire a dream expert. As a dream expert, of course I would like you to do that. But there are some things you need to consider before you put your valuable money down to pay their consultation fee.

smart questions and answers

  • Can you trust this person? Even if someone has a certification like I do, people who advice other people about their dreams can put a label on a dreamer. I once attended a dream group in which a Jungian therapist called a dreamer “neurotic”. Needless to say this dreamer disengaged from the group. If something like that happens to you, make sure you get out and don’t pay. No self-respecting dream therapist would ever put a label on a dreamer.
  • Is my dream important enough to have clues that will help me improve my general sense of well-being? This is an intuitive feeling. It has to do with the fire that is enlightened in your soul after you wake up.
  • After you pay your money, what do you get? An email? A Skype Talk? A written report with action points to undertake? Is there a follow-up where the dream worker checks to see if you have honoured the dream? I always have a Skype talk and writ out a report for the dreamer. I follow-up after the dream consultation by sending an email a week after the consultation.

 

SMART QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS #3

What about dream dictionaries? Is it alright to use one to attach meaning to your dream?
This is such a complex question, but an important one to address. Online Dream dictionaries are huge. Lots of visitors. Among the majority of people who professionally work with dreams there is a shared contempt for dream dictionaries.

smart questions and answers

I am stuck in the middle with you. I see al lot of people getting stuck into the complexes they think they have. They mentally re-write everything to fit this basic assumption. I estimate about 99.995 percent of people, including myself, fall into this category. So if people interpret their own dreams, those dreams will revolve around those same paradigms. And you want a dream to show you some new information, a dream dictionary might be able to give you that. But just like a professional dream worker, a dream dictionary isn’t always right. So use any interpretation you find online in the most creative way. Let it suggest new layers of meaning to you, not definite answers. A dream can have a different meaning 10 years from now!

SMART QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS #4

What is the theme of my dream? In my eyes dream symbols are nice, but dream themes are gold. Don’t get stuck on dream symbols, look at the big picture. In my eyes there are nine themes in every person’s life.

Who are we?

Carl Gustav Jung was one of the guys who made a living out of exploring every inch of the Self and he created a model of the psyche that isn’t scientifically validated but is still extremely popular. But you don’t need Jung to answer this question. As long as you experience your life as a journey in which you can surprise yourself, you will discover amazing things about you.

Reality

A dream is a place to test boundaries of reality. A place to explore new forms of being, new worlds, new phases of life, new genders.

Culture

Usually in a dream an archetype reflects the values of the culture you are living in. We are social creatures and I am convinced that we are able to “pick” things up and pre-dream the future, even though this is not the commonly excepted Western vision about dreams. You can test it yourself very easily: try to dream for someone else. You will find out that when the emotional connection is high: it is a person that belongs to your “tribe” you will definitely pick up something.

Behaviour

What does you dream say about your behaviour? Does it give you a direction to change your ways?

Bias

Wat kind of bias does the dream indulge in? One of the hardest things to discover yourself. Usually you would have to take a step back and tell yourself the story of your life as if you are the hero.

Perception

Whose perception is told in the dream? Let’s look at the dreams I have discussed in the two case studies in this blog-episodes. The first small dream from the blog How to Use A Dream as a Tool For Self Development:

I am standing with my parents and brother in the street, and all of a sudden, a man comes running towards them and stabs my brother down“ talks about a first person perspective. In general this could be a clear indication that the theme of the dream is the Self of the dreamer. But the dreamer is not a participant she is an observer. Whose view is she observing? Who is the hidden dream maker?

The second dream is from the blog  How to Analyse a Dream with an Archetype in 4 Easy Steps:

In the first part of this dream which I vague recall, I am in a boat on a large lake – as if I arrived on a boat… I have arrived with Catherine who is in early pregnancy. I am bringing her to a woman who is refusing to see her because Catherine intends to terminate the pregnancy. I look out at the lake, its distant coastline, and the small boat that I will be returning in. The lake is calm and peaceful and smooth like a mirror. I think to myself, “I can do that.”
Now from a position of standing in the water [although I don’t feel the water] observing Catherine on the shore. I see a black bear above her in a tree. I call out to her, “Catherine, there’s a bear!” She doesn’t seem to hear me. Then I see four bears in the tree shaking it wildly. “Catherine! Catherine!” She moves to the other side of the tree I think she sees the bears and is ok.
Here the first person perspective is used but there is a moment in the dream where the dreamer looks back and sees the bears in the tree. To me this si a key point in the dream worth exploring further. If I was to professionally work with this dream, I would focus my attention on this aspect. Because right after the dreamer looks back while standing in the water, the tree of life with the four bears appears. All very strong archetypical symbols.

 

Where do we come from?

 

This theme is associated with the first theme of the Self. We belong to a tribe, we are the product of our ancestors. It is a melting pot that alchemically shapes our sense of Self.

 

Emotions

 

For many people emotions are at the core of every dream. I would never reduce someone to an emotion however… Emotions are a key to decipher what a dream might mean to you dreamer. But one of means keys, I hope that I have given you several others in this blog that you can use right away!

 

Consciousness

 

The big mystery. For years and  years I have educated myself in neurology, hungry to discover the origin of consciousness. It is still a mystery. It is an accumulation of neuronal activity, that exceeds a certain threshold.
In the second dream consciousness is gradually introduced, there has been a vague beginning of the dream. I would definitely see that as a suggestion towards a new found consciousness about life and death.
smart questions and answers

 

I hope I have helped you to see your dream in ways that enlighten your life. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with a dream.

 

Did I forget any smart questions you usually ask yourself when you remember a dream?  Let me know in the comments or send me your feedback!
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My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

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Elephant in dreams: 3 archetypical implications

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"I am in a garden, outside, and I see a stone. A grey stone. When I pick it up, a whole range of grey little elephants come crawling underneath it. accidently I drop the grey stone and see the elephants running away, bringing themselves into safety"

Given that it is the week before my birthday, I always am alert to dreams that might tell what the next year of my life will have in store for me. In my Mindfunda Mythology courses I give much more information about the archetypical meaning of symbols.

Continue reading Elephant in dreams: 3 archetypical implications

Can I quote you on this? A list of the 7 best quotes

 

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Today’s Mindfunda is about quotes. Don’t you love it when you are reading a good book and a chapter starts with the perfect quote? In this Mindfunda I will give the top list of my favorite quotes.

Quote #1

‘There is no such thing as spiritual integrity without emotional integrity. Like it or not, we need to own up to our honest feelings and figure out what to do with them’.

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Jean Raffa

Jean Benedict Raffa in Healing the Sacred Divide (click to read more about Jean and her work). To see her interview with Mindfunda click here.

Quote #2

‘No sailor controls the sea. Only a foolish sailor would say such a thing. Similarly, no lucid dreamer controls the dream. Like a sailor on the sea, we lucid dreamers direct our perceptual awareness within the larger state of dreaming’.

Robert Waggoner in Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple. (click to read more about Robert and his work). To see his interview with Mindfunda click here.

Quote #3

‘When you look into a mirror, you know on some level that you are seeing the reverse reflection of yourself. However, the apparent accuracy of the reflection convinces you that you are seeing the real thing. When we look at our dreams without our sisters, we look into a reverse mirror. As dreamers we must know when we are seeing in reverse.

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Connie Kaplan

Connie Kaplan in The Woman’s Book of Dreaming (click to read more about Connie and her work). To see her interview with Mindfunda click here.

Quote #4

‘Myth is not an empirical science which has yielded considerable information about the natural world; indeed, it appears to be its polar opposite. However, the same shamans who told their communities imaginative stories about the origins of the world also used trial and error, as well as logical deduction, to determine which herbs had healing qualities, which substances would alter consciousness, which path hunters should pursue to find game, which changes the weather might take, and which direction would be the most propitious when it was time for a tribe to relocate’

Stanley Krippner in ‘Introduction: Some Perspectives on Myth’. The Humanistic Psychologist 22 (2), 122-123 Click here to read about Stanley Krippner. To see my Mindfunda interview with him click here.

Quote #5

‘Alchemy was the secret tradition which taught that the priceless treasure spoken of in so many myths and legends of the ancient world lies within our own human nature – unrecognised, despised, neglected. It transposed the images of mythology and in particular the myth of the sacred marriage and the divine birth to the human soul. The alchemist descended into the depths of his soul to experience a death and rebirth, to be transmuted from lead into gold, to redeem the treasure buried in the primal matter of his instinctual life and to be reunited with the divine ground of the Soul personified by the feminine image of Divine Wisdom’.

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Anne Baring

Anne Baring in ‘Dream of the Cosmos.’ Click here to read more about Anne and her work. To see my Mindfunda interview with her click here.

Quote #6

‘The Gods themselves require additional knowledge, gained, it seems , from the underworld, to interpret great and significant dreams which indicate the destiny of gods, kings and man’

Hilda Davidson, quoted in ‘The Well of Remembrance’ written by Ralph Metzner. Click here to read more about the Well of Remembrance. To see my Mindfunda interview with Ralph Metzner click here.

Quote #7

‘The only real death that ever occurs is when a dream we cherish dies’

P.M.H. Atwater. Click here to read more about all her work on near death experiences. To see the Mindfunda interview with her click here.

 

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John Dee, betrayed friend or accomplice?

What if you were held in high regard at the court of the English Queen, lost her favor, dwelled over Europe in company of a man performing seances, traded wives, returned home again to find your home ruined…it happened to John Dee!

John Dee
John Dee

John Dee was a respected scholar and one of the confidants of Queen Elizabeth I in England in the 1550’s. He calculated the right time for her to be crowned in 1558. He was held in high regards for publishing his view on the importance of mathematics for the arts. Here you can find a newly published copy of this work:

John Dee –
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His proposals were refused time and time again. Once his hopes for a flourishing political career were gone he invested his energy in spiritual matters. He wanted to talk with angels. Maybe angels could help him to get the best out of life. The first man he hired was a complete disappointment but then Edward Kelley came into the picture.

Now we have the magicians that so many books and songs have been written about.
Melmoth the wanderer written by Charles Robert Maturin:  

The angel of the west window written by Meyrink:
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Daemonomania
written by no other than Crowley,

Snow White and Rose Red written by Patricia Wrede

and the Iron Maiden song The Alchemist to name a few. The two held daily seances and composed a ritual to hear messages from angels. They composed several works channeled by angels. These methods are still available and some say that you gain good results by practising them. It is called the Enochian method of magic.

 

John Dee
Complete enochian dictionary – –
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In 1583 they met with alchemist and noble man Olbracht Łaski who invited them to join him in Poland. But he turned out to be out of favor at the Polish court and bankrupt so the two magicians went elsewhere. Training himself in alchemy, Edward Kelly convinced Emperor Rudolph II in Prague to hire his services. Here you can see a picture of the laboratory of Kelly in Prague:

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Edward Kelly’s lab in Prague

Being more of a spiritual man, John Dee was far more interested in communicating with angels. John Kelly had become sought after, for his knowledge as alchemist. One day Kelly claimed that archangel Uriel had demanded that the two men would share everything. Yes everything, including their wives…

John Dee
Raising spirits making gold and swapping wives –
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Can you imagine how old bird John Dee, 60 at that time, most have felt when flamboyant 32 year old Edward Kelly made out with his lady? But he agreed (and so did his wife) And did you know nine months later she gave birth to a baby boy? But is caused Dee to return to England. By this time Edward Kelly had been thrown in jail by Rudolph II because he had not been able to produce gold.

John Dee returned to England. His house was plundered during his 6 years of absence and the new King James I did not want him around. He had to sell his possessions, a lot of valuable books and died a poor man.

Two friends, two swindlers? Was John Dee an accomplish of Edward Kelley? was John Dee a victim of Edward Kelley? Or was Edward Kelley indeed the clairvoyant alchemist he claimed to be?

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Lego Ninjago

Today’s Mindfunda made possible by Luc van Nijnanten, Lego Master by birth

lego ninjago
lego ninjago

Mythology isn’t gone. It is very much alive. In the stories of the children playing with Lego bricks, in the games they play. Take for example Lego Ninjago. Each Ninjago master represents an element.

Lego Ninjago on Amazon: Jay, Cole, Kai, Zane

Lego Ninjago Cole: is the master of Earth, Lego Ninjago Jay, the master of lightning, Lego Ninjago Zane. the master of ice and Kai is the master of fire. All elements are present!

Lord Garmedon is the bad guy in the story. He was not always bad, but once he was bitten by the Great Defeater snake. The badness started to drip into his soul after this bite. It made him steal the weapons of the four masters. It became the battle between good and evil. After this battle Lord Garmadon was banned into the underworld where he reigns the evil skeletons.

Do you recognise some familiar themes? Seductions by snakes, a master of the underworld, lord of all evil. It is very symbolic for the way we understand our psyche today. We need the weapons of our inner ice, fire, earth and air.
We need the psychic energy of the opposing elements that conflict within our soul: ice versus fire, earth versus air. We want something and we need to find an inner balance between our inner fire and the cold cost-benefit analysis. We aim for something, but we have to make sure the goal can be manifested on earth.

Children getting to know the energy of their shadow through Lord Garmadon is a very important thing. I even dare to say it is not only a personal, but a cultural shadow.

It reminds me of the experiment conducted by Milgram. He wanted to find out if people who are well-behaved and socially adjusted can commit crimes. In his experiment people had to punish a student (not a real person, but the people in the trail did not know this).  I think it is a good thing to make people aware of this  at an early age.

Tree of life: 3 visions on how climbing the tree of life can restore our well being

The Tree of life is a wide recognized symbol. The green of trees are healing, Research shows that it is one of the healthiest ways to spent your life. Surrounded by green listening to birds, enjoying the sounds and life around you. We are hairless monkeys with arms made to climb trees. Trees gave us protection. Trees give us oxygen. There is a whole movement of research that indicates that plants have a form of consciousness.

Michael Pollan wrote a very interesting bestseller about how we use plants and plants use us: “The Botany of desire”. It is a mutual benefit. It is such a revelation to have Michael speak for the plants and give them their perspective. To become fully aware of the way we are connected to nature and how the plants we eat become part of us.

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The Botany of desire

Michael tells us that there are trees who really like to do business with us like the apple tree (It is no coincidence that the current tree of knowledge is a phone with an Apple on it). But there are trees that did not want to enter into this mutual beneficial relationship like for instance the Oak tree. Acorns are not to our liking.
The Tree of life is a tree that resonates with us. The Tree of life makes us dream.
The Tree of life protects us. The Tree of life nurtures our body and spirit.

Today I want to share Our Dreaming about the World Tree panel.
Last summer June 2014 I presented about the Tree of life at the Conference of the International Association of the Study of Dreams (see link to subscribe to this years’ conference). Together with two lovely knowledgable ladies: Linda Mastrangelo and Jodine Grundy.

#1 The first vision on climbing the Tree of life: listen to your dreams
I was invited for this panel by Linda Mastrangelo. Linda, dreamer, psychologist, alchemist and writer moved into the Red Woods and met the tree people in her dreams.  In this panel she shares a very powerful dream that will move you.

#2: The second vision on climbing the Tree of life: look at mythology:
My part of the panel presentation is to remind you about the mythology of trees. In mythology there are trees that give us knowledge, trees that give us life and trees that give us dreams. My story is about a dreaming tree. An ancient myth about a sacred tree, hidden in the would that gives knowledge through dreams. Profound knowledge. Shamanic knowledge. Listen to it and open your ears for the ancient whispers of the trees in your dreams.

#3: The third vision on climbing the Tree of life: plant a tree in your environment
In our panel, Jodine Grundy is very concerned about the earth. Jodine is an advisor for Green Partnership.  As an advisor she is involved in Taking Root: a reforesting organization that aims to plant a million trees, one for every man, woman & child in the region of Greater Cincinnati. At the conference she made sure we had green plants in our conference room. She pleads for us to start living consciously, in tune with the call from the earth.

 

 


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What is Mindfunda about?

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist, blogger and author. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study in psychology at Tilburg University. I made this independant site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life.

This posting is categorised as Mythofunda:
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10 Dream books you should read

I have been working with dreams for several years now, and I read a lot of dream books. But sometimes there is that one book that really has a special edge. A way you have not looked at dreams before. Here is my list of 10 dream books you should read i.e. I can recommend all of you to buy and read. Please let me know if you agree with my choices. If one of your personal favorite dream books is absent, let me know by using the comment section below the blog.

  • Dream books tip #1: ‘Creative Dreaming’ by Patricia Garfield:
    Years ago, in the eighties, I read this book, in one night. It was the first book ever that discussed dreams as creative material. I fell asleep and had my first lucid dream (a dream you have while being aware that you are dreaming). This is not only about lucid dreams however. It is about getting the most out of a dream to make your life better. Patricia was criticized for not being scientific and for not having visited the Senoi people she wrote about. But that does not change the fact that this book gives you a method you can use that will change your dream-life. Patricia was on the panel I organized on the conference of the International Organisation of the Study of Dreams (IASD) in 2014 click here
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Dream books tip #1: Creative dreaming – Patricia Garfield

 

  • Dream books tip #2: ‘Extraordinary dreams and how to work with them’ written by Stanley Krippner, Fariba Bogzaran and Andre Percia de Carvalho. This book gives you such a good insight in all the different types of dreams: creative dreams, Lucid dreams, Out of body dreams, healing dreams, mutual dreams… It is carefully organized and there are a lot of references to very good research about dreams. There is even a paragraph about “Working with dreams within dreams”.  I have only come across this phenomena in books about dreams in Frederik van Eede’s Dromenboek  (A Dutch lucid dreamer and writer who was in the same circle as Carl Gustav Jung).
    This book will give you so much information about dreams, your head may spin. read it one chapter at a time so you will digest all the information in it. After all these years it is still a source of reference for me.
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Dream books tip #2: Extraordinary dreams and how to work with them

  • Dream books tip #3: ‘a Branch of the Lightning Tree’ Stanley Krippner came over in 2013 to do a workshop Personal Mythology in Utrecht. Identifying mythological themes in your life and your dreams can give you so much more understanding. About yourself, about the situation you are in and about the steps you can take. Reading  a Branch of the lightning tree written by Martin Shaw has taught me a lot about distilling mythological information out of stories. Dreams are stories told by the night. So even though this book is not about dreams, it will help you understand them better.

 

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Dream books tip #3: A branch from the lightning tree

 

  • Dream books tip #4: ‘Active Dreaming’ – Robert Moss is an excellent writer. He knows how to tell a story. When he came to Utrecht to give a workshop Active dreaming, people were glued to his lips. His books are filled with useful well researched information. Robert has written a lot of books and they are all good. I have chosen Active dreaming because I like the exercises in them. There are coincidence games in it, the mapping of your energy path, a low maintenance plan for your health… It is just a very good book. A dream is something to act upon and Robert gives you the keys to unlock the secrets in them.
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Dream books tip #4: Robert Moss Active Dreaming


  • Dream books tip #5: Another book that changed my way of looking at dreams is the ‘Woman’s book of dreams’. The knowledge Connie Kaplan shared about the moon and dreaming is something I have never read before in any other book.  She connects dreaming with astrology. It made me grab my dream notes and look at what sign the moon was in while I had these dreams. In that way I made discoveries about myself, my dreams and their content that I would not have been able to make without reading this book. She also discusses a way of working with dream groups that I have used several times. One time, before doing a workshop with pregnant women and their dreams I took this book out of my closet in a dream. It made me change my workshop in the “Connie Kaplan” way and it was a good decision. In the workshop some very profound discoveries were made and people were able to engage with each other on a deeper level because of the method I used.
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Dream books tip #5: The woman’s book of dreams Connie Kaplan

 

  • Dream books tip #6: ‘Lucid Dreaming’ – Robert Waggoner is a very experienced lucid dreamer. But what is so intriguing about this book is that he helps you to shift perspective. He asks you who the writer of your dream story is (you can read more about this perspective here). A lot of people who are involved in dreaming are against lucid dreaming. A dream should take its natural course. Don’t mess with it because that would be messing with the natural psychological process that dreams are made off. But Robert simply asked “Does the sailor control the sea?” and shows us that no lucid dreamer ever fully controls the content of the dream. And he has some other thought-provoking suggestions and experiences to share.

 

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Dream books tip #6: Lucid Dreaming Robert Waggoner

 

I have not read his newest book ‘Lucid dreaming plain and simple’ yet.
He wrote it together with Caroline McCready. But it is on my list. I plan to do an interview with him and put it on this blog, so stay tuned!

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Dream books runner-up: Lucid dreaming plain and simple Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready

 

  • Dream books tip #7: Robert Gongloffs’ book ‘Dream Exploration’ changed my way of working with dreams because he taught me to take a step back. In this book you will find a matrix that enables you to look at the theme of a dream. Not focus so much on the meaning of a single symbol but look at the greater picture.
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Dream books tip #7: Dream Exploration Robert Gongloff

 

  • Dream books tip #8: I used to think alchemy was mighty interesting but beyond my understanding. So many old manuscripts, very hard to read and even more difficult to understand. Then a friend of mine gave me a copy of Monika Wikmans’ ‘Pregnant Darkness‘. She leads you through the alchemical process using dreams and symbols. Reading this book gave me so much more understanding of the path of transformation we all have to travel in live. It is well written and the examples she shares with us make us reconsider our own dream material.
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Dream books tip #8: Pregnant Darkness Monika Wikman

 

  • Dream books tip #9: Communing with the Gods’ is a well documented anthropological exploration into dreams. Charles Laughlin takes the reader on a journey to explore his neuroanthropology of dreaming. An attempt for a cross-fertilization between neurology, psychology, sociology and anthropology. Ambitious yes, but very interesting. I wrote about this book before you can read it here. The way Charles Laughlin builds the evidence for his Neuroanthropology of dreaming will give you a new way of looking at dreams.
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Dream books tip #9: Communing with the gods Charlie Laughlin
  • Dream books tip #10: Last but not least, my translation of Vasily Kasatkins’ classic ‘A theory about Dreams’. You can hear my presentation about it in this link. The reason why this book will change your vision on dreams is that it makes the relationship between the body and the dream content crystal clear. Even a hard-core scientist as psychiatrist Vasily Kasatkin was convinced that dreams are the early indicators of physical illness. A dream can safe your life.
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Dream books tip #10: ‘a Theory about Dreams’ – Vasatli Kasatkin translated by Susanne van Doorn

Did you enjoy this list of Dream books? Please use the comments box below to share your thought!

 

Alchemy: transformation of matter and spirit

Alchemy is the practice of transforming matter into other substances. In a very precise, orderly way.  Alchemy studies matter and its relationship to magic.

Alchemy is not only the transformation of matter, it also symbolizes the
transformation of spirit.

Alchemists did experiments to find relationships between matter, philosophy, astrology and spirituality. The aim of alchemy is transforming lead into gold. The way to do that was by the philosopher’s stone. Alchemy was practiced by respected researcher like Sir Isaac Newton’s. When John Keynes, yes the famous bought Newtons’ alchemical works he stated that Newton was “not the first in the age of reason, but the last of the magicians.”

Linda Mastrangelo, dreamer, teacher and alchemist has a wonderful Etsy shop where she sells jewelry that helps you strengthen the work of your soul. Can you imagine how powerful it is when you, on the verge of an alchemical process are reinforced by a beautiful jewel? A jewel that softly reminds you about the step to be taken in your alchemical process?

Linda M and the dragonfly

To do this Great Work, transforming lead into gold, alchemy uses a process of four stages. Each stage has a color to signify its chemical change:

  1. Nigredo: the blackness: all ingredients had to be cooked into a black matter, a decomposition. the dark night of the soul.When you have been kissed awake to go into your transformative process, this it the talisman for you. When I first met Linda, she was sitting on a terrace in beautiful sunny Virginia. Dragonflies kept flying up to her and landing on her hands. It was time to change. Linda put this urge of the universe into her Etsy shop, and now you can profit from this experience. This beautiful talisman will keep you aware of your determination to make a change for the better:
  2. Albedo: the whitening: after the chaos in the first stage, the alchemist washes away the shadow, the darkness and purifies it. Things you do not need any longer in your personality are moved away. Carl Jung considered it the animus anima stage: in this period you become aware of your other side.Between the Nigredo and the Albedo, there is the stage of the peacock. If you have had an inner experience of other world, the peacock is a multi colored symbol of the emotions you experience Linda’s peacock’s tail in heartshape form is a reminder of the work to come, It prepares you for the journey ahead. The peacock is a symbol of the many colors proceding the alchemical process. The Peacock has many eyes upon its feathers looking inward to spread your wings.

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    Alchemy Peacockheart
  3. Citrinitas: yellowing: the light found in the last step must now be put into conscious awareness: the silver of the moon must transform into the golden light of the sun. Carl Jung equated this stage with the archetype of the Wise Old Man or Wise Old woman.Linda has the perfect ring for this stage: The talisman of the Initiate, you delve into the deep Mysteries without flinching:

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    Alchemy: Flowering eye ring
  4. Rubedo: reddening: alchemical succes. The end of the Great Work, the Self.
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True spiritual emergence and awakening. Alchemy hairpin Linda’s Etsy shop

Meet the King and Queen of Nature! The Uraeus, like the Caduceus, is Snake of duality; right and left brain and kundalini energy: Two serpentine energy flows called the “ida” and the “pingala”. True spiritual emergence and awakening. The Third Eye. This is the healing medicine of Kings and Queens.

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