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Healing Dreams: Exploring the Dreams That…

Healing Dreams: Exploring the Dreams That Can Transform Your Life

by Marc Ian Barasch

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I lack words to express the excellence and brilliance of this comprehensive, divinely expressed book.

The author diagnosed his own cancer of the thyroid gland through a series of nightmares he experienced that drove him to the doctor. These dreams saved his life.

He states that healing dreams tend to have spiritual themes rather than purely psychological ones. They address not only our personal situation but also the human condition. They may have the qualities of omniscience, omnipresence, truth and compassion. But our most vital dreams, the ones that spiritually mature us “play out at the level of blood and muck, lack and deformity”.

Healing dreams might be conceived as “visits to an otherworld with its own geography and inhabitants”. Or the Healing Dream might be regarded as a wise teacher. It often comes to redress imbalance. We should note that “whatever we deem most ridiculous upon waking is the fulcrum point of what the dream wants to tell us”. Note also key dream words, since dream language “reveals a dense richness” – a dream word may have half a dozen definitions, “each with a different or even opposing nuance”, and each of these definitions will have significance.

There is a chapter asking “What does the Dream want?” and one on inner journeys of health and illness. One chapter relates to dreams of “personal calling”, and includes healing dreams in childhood and “heeding the call”.

The book comprises exciting chapters on the Otherworld and Healing the Shadow.

The author is exceedingly learned, and refers continually to Freud, Jung (mostly Jung), Milarepa, Cicero, Greek writers such as Macrobius and Artemidorus of Daldis, J.W. Dunne, etc etc etc, and to reports by many of his friends from other cultures, including Indian tribes, such as the Cree.

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such a learned and gifted writer, who at the same time is so exceptionally articulate and writes in such an enjoyable, discursive manner.

The book is a work of genius.

The author cites innumerable illuminating and insightful dream reports, both on his own dreams and those of many others.

This is an important work, one of the absolute best on the subject of dreams, if not the best, together with “Conscious dreaming” by Robert Moss and “Lucid Dreaming” by Robert Waggoner. I highly recommend that you read this excellent, mind-expanding book. ( )
  IonaS | Jun 24, 2014 |
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