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Saturday, August 04, 2007

About - Dreams

I dreamed . . .

Anything can follow from this phrase. We might be attempting to remember a recent dream that now seems remote. We might be telling someone else about one of our dreams. Or we could be wanting to understand more about dreams.

Try here: is a very interesting website. As you can surmise, it is one of those resources that lets you know "everything you ever wanted to know about _____(you fill in the blank). I have used it for years and subscribe to a number of their newsletters via e-mail.

Beginning with Dream Quotes by Simran Khurana at - Here are a few of my favorite Dream Quotes:
  • James Dean:
    Dream as if you'll live forever... live as if you'll die today.
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe: Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
  • Henry David Thoreau: Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
"Drilling down" is what web surfers do when we want to learn more an more specific pieces of information. This process has always fascinated me because it (of necessity) imposes a very arbitrary sorting system of key words onto my thought process about a subject. Take the subject of "dreams and dreaming." My key words would be very different that those used by Theirs makes the subject appear to be weird, and somehow "out there."
Questioning the connections - Follow the site's thread into the subject of dreams and the internet about which I sometimes blog here at Making Good Mondays. The About titles are in boldface; my reactions follow each:
About> No problem here; it is self-explanatory.
Religion & Spirituality> Dreams are not necessarily connected to either religion or spirituality. Dreaming is a natural and normal physical and psychological process necessary to maintaining sanity.
Holistic Healing> Dreams are not necessarily healing. In some cases the dream is a normal part of the process of maintaining wellness. People plagued by recurring nightmares can have terrible and long-lasting pain, on the other hand.
Holistic Therapies> Dream work does not have to be therapist guided. And it may or may not be holistic. It may be day to day - very routine or even sporadic. Millions of people deal with their own and others dreams in a regular manner.
Innerwork Therapies (journaling)> I agree that it may indeed be self-therapeutic to keep a dream journal. And writing a journal certainly is inner work, even though it may be shared with others.
Dreamwork> Here we have arrived at the key word for me, but by linking of the wrong group of associated words, in my opinion.
Exploring Your Dreams. The About site, to its credit, is very rich with resources and talented writiers. My objection is to how they get us here.
How would I do it you might ask. My thread might look something like this: Brain> Mind> Internal Mental Processes> Psychology> Journaling> Dreaming> Dreamwork> Dream Journal> Exploring Your Dreams.
What would your thread look like?
My links: Cross-posted at Southwest Blogger
My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about what's going on in other countries.
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Mike Davis said...

There are some great links there - I hope I can find an hour today to go and explore them!


Carol Gee said...

My interest in dreams is long-standing. I facilitate a Dream Group for women as an avocation. Enjoy your exploration.


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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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