As your final lesson, here are some good dream books you might enjoy
if you want to learn more about dreams.
Some Good Dream Books
Ron Masa, Ph.D.
There are many excellent books about dreams. In addition to the
simple starter list below, you could learn a great deal from the works
of Carl Jung, Patricia Garfield, Montague Ullman, Gayle Delaney, Robert
Van de Castle, Robert Moss, Ann Faraday, Marion Woodman, and many
others. It's only fair to note that there are also many lesser books
on the topic. Perhaps the most common culprit here is the "dream
encyclopedia" format with fixed, and often far-fetched, meanings that
mislead the dreamer. You can use a "symbol dictionary" for more
advanced research. I use the out-of-print "The Encyclopedia of Symbols"
by Kevin Todeschi; if you find a used copy, it is practical and
helpful. Remember to use any outside source only to suggest ideas
that you can test out to feel their truth value for you.
To keep things simple, here are half a dozen wonderful books that are
appropriate for getting started and rich enough to offer a great deal
to anyone who is receptive to learning the higher wisdom found in
their dreams. Click to view any of these books.
1. Dream Work
by Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor is a Unitarian Minister from California who is a master
practitioner of group dreamwork; he has written several excellent
books on dreams. Dream Work has stayed in print for many years because
of its clarity, detail, and practical help. There are hints for dream
recall, for working on your own dreams, the community implications of
dreams and other profound topics. A great book to start with. I have
been in several workshops with Jeremy and I have the highest respect
for his mastery and inspired motives. This 1983 classic is still in
print, because it is one of the best.
2. Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill
by Jeremy Taylor
Where else could this title point to... but the land of dreams? This
1992 follow-up volume covers many of the basics in Dream Work, with
additional insights and comments, imagination and humor. Taylor does
an excellent job with the layers of meaning in dreams and the multiple
viewpoints that may all apply. This is a rich and sophisticated look
at dreams and their transformative power in individuals and society.
There are also topics like shamanism and lucid dreaming and the role
of dreams in the evolution of the psyche.
3. Inner Work
by Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson is a beloved elder teacher of Jungian psychology, myth,
archetype and spiritual growth. Three of his classic books, He, She,
and We explore gender roles via ancient myths that root the issue in
deep sources. Inner Work addresses both dreamwork and the Jungian
practice of active imagination, a form of waking-dream process that
allows conscious and unconscious to interact directly. Johnson takes
the process of understanding dreams a step further than most. He shows
how we can bring the power of the dream into waking life through
simple ritual enactments that invigorate and inspire.
4. Mutual Dreaming
by Linda Lane Magallon
The subtitle to this book is When Two or More People Share the Same
Dream. Like the wonderful shamanic dream books of Robert Moss,
Magallon expands our understanding of the nature of the dream world
and the nature of mind. This is a delightful story of meetings in
dreams (very common), and even of groups that primarily meet in their
dreams. I have seen many examples of dream communications that bring
back information not available to the dreamer consciously.
5. The Art of Dreaming
by Jill Mellick
Dr Mellick offers a broad array of ideas and techniques for working
with dreams. You can express and explore dream content through
writing, maskmaking, voice work, word play (very important), movement,
collage, and drawing. The approach is gentle, respectful, creative and
poetic. You could turn a dream into a haiku to capture its essence or
draw a healing mandala. Enjoy this wealth of inspiring approaches you
could take to relate to, and learn from, your dreams.
6. The Way of the Dream
by Marie Louise von Franz
This book is currently out of print, but worth tracking down. I love
this classic transcript of 20 half-hour films in which Carl Jung's
star student provides some of the most inspiring work with dreams
available anywhere. See the videos if you can; they have been shown
around the country, often in a single weekend. The films are amazing.
This rich, practical book is the transcript. The film format makes it
very conversational and clear. Von Franz is a wise expert of the
highest order, and her respect for the powers of the dream is
7. Understanding Your Dreams
by Ron Masa, Ph.D.
This is my own ebook summarizing many of the dreamwork principles I
have arrived at after three decades of practicing dreamwork. We can
make sense of dreams if we can see the mystical principles that
underly them. It turns out, these same rules underly much of waking
life as well, so dreams are a key to making sense of the bigger
questions in life. Written in an easy to read "50 hints" style format.
Available via immediate download ($7).
Good luck with your dream studies, whether you're reading, recalling
dreams and recording them in your personalized
dream journal, interpreting them, discussing them with others, or
applying them to your waking-life concerns. Whoever makes us, makes
our dreams. Dreams have much to teach us. Debbie and I hope we have
taken you one step closer to the gifts every single dream brings with
As Marie Louise von Franz put it: "Our dreams are nightly letters from
God." If so, do you plan to open your mail?
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