Useful Link: 7 Dream Blogs That Inspire Me

I have been blogging about dream related subjects for almost two years now. My first blog was published in February 2015. Today you read blog post number 235 and I wanted to give you an oversight for blogs about dreams that I often read. The order of the links is at random, and 7 is my favourite number. Do you miss a link? Let me know in the comments…

 

Link #1: Jean Raffa’s Matrignosis

I know Jean because of the invitation she got to be a keynote speaker of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) annual conference. I read her book Healing the Sacred Divide and asked her to do an interview with me.

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Her blog is called Matrignosis, A blog about Inner Wisdom. Matrignosis means the knowing of the Mother: the creating principle. Jean wrote a guest blog for Mindfunda: Inanna: Myth of Descent. Inanna the Sumerian Queen of Heaven, who was trapped in hell, a paradox that every woman has experienced in her life,

Jean her perspective on dreams and dreaming is wise and I always learn from her. If you like dreams you will certainly love her films about dreams. What I like so much about her blog is that Jean continues to put every day life experiences in a greater perspective. If you are a fan of the Goddess, like I am, this is a blog that is worth reading.

 

Link 2: Elaine Manfield: Grief is a sacred Journey

Elaine has such an expansive knowledge about dreaming that you can spent hours reading her blog. I was deeply honoured when both she and Jean wrote a guest blog for Mindfunda, about their joint presentation on the decent of Inanna: The Redeeming Dark.

Just like Jean Raffa, she is a skilled author, who wrote Leaning into Love. She did an inspiring Ted Talk about Grief.

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Leaning into Love
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What I like so much about Elaine, apart from the fact that she is a very skilled writer, is that she is not afraid. She faces death, grief and how live continues without the persons we held so dear. In her vulnerability you can see how strong she is. She is a model for how I want to encounter life with all its ups, downs and dreams.

Link #3: Delia Puiatti: Dreamgazer

Delia is an awesome dreamer. But what makes her special is that she interprets her dreams not in the ordinary way. The ordinary way being: “What is your first association with … (name dream symbol)”.

Delia looks for patterns. Literally. Delia is an artist, and that has its reflection on the way she looks at dreams. Reading her blog will inspire your own dream life and you will soon detect new perspectives. Looking at geometrical patterns in dreams for example, and not only at symbols. I like to be challenged by that way of thinking about and working with dreams.

 

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Link #4: Kirsten Backstrom: Compass Dreamwork

Trained by Jeremy Tailor, Kirsten has got such a clever way of looking for that one special angle in dreams that you yourself would have never thought of. I met her a number of times at the annual dream conference of the International Association of the Study of Dreams, IASD, and she stood out because of her intelligent questions. Each time, I thought to myself: “what a brilliant thought”.

 

Link #5: Ryan Hurd: Dream Studies

I have the secret wish that Ryan Hurd will become my mentor.  I admire what he has achieved!  I always want to learn from the best. I remember one day participating in one of his lucid dreaming challenges: we dreamers had to go to the Roman times and participate in a gladiator fight: “let yourself be surprised by who your opponent is”.

If he is not busy lucid dreaming, he is doing research about dreams (for example his latest research about galantamine and dreaming), writing about dreams, blogging about dreams and changes a diaper in the process (of his newborn baby of course).

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Link #6: Robert Moss: Way of the Dreamer

Robert Moss has a way with the word. He has written many books. The last couple of decades, his emphasis has been on dreams. They are all a joy to read. His blog is well-known, but I share it with you here because this guy is so original. Each time I am pleasantly surprised by his vision on things. He has the capacity to elevate common subjects into mythological struggles and carefully analysis the way the shamanic energies interact with each other. Never a dull moment when you are reading Robert Moss.

 

Link #7: Tony Crisp: DreamHawk

A Hawk is a messenger from the spirit world. On this blog you can find a wealth of information. If I am ever in doubt about a specific meaning of a symbol, or an archetype, I usually end up here. Tony, I have never met you but i hope you and your blog will be around for a long time.

 

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Lucid dreaming book tips

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How to become aware in a dream that you are dreaming? A lot of books have been written on the subject. Some better than others. Mindfunda gives a list of the five best books about how to lucid dream.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #1

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The art of dreaming

The ultimate classic of lucid dreaming. It has taught many people the skills to achieve lucid dreaming by carefully looking at their hands before falling asleep. While doing so you must decide that every time you see your hands (you always have them with you) you ask yourself whether you are sleeping or not. A very succesful method that has helped many people who are now famous in the area of dreaming like Robert Waggoner and Stanley Krippner.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #2

 

Lucid dreaming paperback

I will start out our list with a classic. Stephen LaBerge wrote this basic guide years ago. it is still one of the best guides around. It teaches you to remember things, it teaches you to become aware, and it teaches you to test the reality you are experiencing. A very good beginners book.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #3

Robert Waggoner wrote a basic book together with his student Caroline McCready. Mindfunda did an interview with Robert Waggoner you can read more information about it here.

Lucid dreaming plain and simple

This book gives very useful and practical how to exercises that challenge you to improve on your lucid skills. It is filled with the history of lucid dreaming and really a good source of information.

Lucid dreaming Book tip #4

If you have more experience in lucid dreaming, this guide is as useful as it is practical.  Lucid dreaming, New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (Practical and Applied Psychology)

Written by Ryan Hurd, edited by Kelly Bulkeley. Fariba Bogzaran, Clare Johnson and many others participated in this historical overview of experiments, articles and books about lucid dreaming.

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Lucid dreaming Book tip #5

Since ancient times there is a special way of falling asleep and keeping conscious. Dream yoga. Dream yoga is an ancient Buddhist monk practice that is described in various books. Here is one of the best: it is useful, practical and easy to read.

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Dreaming yourself awake

Dream yoga are buddhist practices to learn the skill of lucid dreaming as a spiritual transformation. Several levels of awareness while dreaming can be taught. To become aware that one is dreaming, to face up to aspects of ones inner shadow, to practice changing objects in dreams.

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Dream recall, a question of packing things together

brainpower-300x299Is it possible to improve your dream recall? I would like to think so. I have written a Mindfunda about it you can read it here.

 

Using a dream journal is a good way to improve dream recall

But there is another difference in the brain between high dream recallers and low or average dream recallers. Research done on 41 respondents: 50% had a high dream recall, 50 % where low or average recallers showed that there is something different between the two groups. Brain activity during sleep was measured. It turned out that people who remember dreams often have more activity in the temporal junction of the brain.
This part of the brain packs information together in a package that makes sense.

Dr Gregory Scott Sparrow is searching for people to investigate dream recall. See his call for dream reports underneath:

With the help of Dr. Kelley Bulkeley and Ryan Hurd (www.dreamstudies.org), I have developed on a research study on dream recall, which has been approved by the University of Texas-Pan American’s Institutional Review Board. The study simply involves recording six of your own dreams in response to specific dream reporting requests. If you are interested in participating, you will receive a free pdf of Lucid Dreaming: Dawning of the Clear Light upon completion. I’m also offering a 30-minute debriefing/dreamwork session via Skype or phone for the first 20 participants who complete the study.

If your age is an odd number, go to the survey at https://utpa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Db1vlY4T9S922p. If your age is an even number, go to the survey at https://utpa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cLRbxnoHNsyTsWN. I hope you will join us! More information about the study will be there.

We will debrief all participants via a summary of the study’s purposes and findings, and then publish our findings in a peer-reviewed journal, and at www.dreamstudies.org, and www.dreamanalysistraining.com. We also plan to report the results at the 2016 conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams in Holland. — Dr. Scott Sparrow, www.dreamanalysistraining.com