Dreams - Dream Interpretation With James Harvey Stout
Welcome To the Dreamscape
We are all dreamers. We dream several times each night, and we daydream
during wakefulness. Whether we are asleep or awake, our minds are
natural dream-weavers, creating stories from our images and experiences.
During our lifetime, we enter the dreamscape approximately 500,000
times, for a total of about 5 years; dreamless sleep claims at
least 15 additional years.
Our dreams can become important to us. In this book, we will
see how dreams can be integrated into our lives, such that we become
more conscious, more whole, more productive, and more joyful. Dreams
provide information about ourselves which we might not recognize
otherwise. This self-knowledge has been one of the main emphases of
religions and the modern psychologies of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud
(who called dreams "the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious
activities of the mind").
Dreams add new dimensions to our lives. For those of who are
adventurous, dreams offer a new world to investigate. While our wakeful
life might be reasonably interesting, the dreamscape offers an
additional frontier, filled with people and activities which we would
never encounter during wakefulness. Particularly if we are conscious
(lucid) during our dreams, we can expand our ideas of who we are and
what we can do -- whether in a silly fantasy or in a scenario designed
to experience a new psychological mode.
Dreams give us the incentive and the means to study "reality."
We tend to be "wakeful-centric," believing that our world revolves
around our wakeful life, and that dreams are secondary or even
irrelevant to wakeful reality. But our study of the dreamscape shows us
that wakefulness is only a small part of our total self, and the wakeful
world is only one world of many. We learn that the dreamscape is as
"real" as our wakeful world -- perhaps more real in the honesty
and directness (however symbolically) of the expression of our true
feelings. We might even begin to experience life in the manner of Chuang
Tzu and the butterfly in that famous tale: Chuang Tzu dreamed that he
was a butterfly. When he awoke, he wondered: was he Chuang Tzu who had
dreamed of being a butterfly, or was he a butterfly who was now dreaming
that he was Chuang Tzu? May your experiences be less confusing but
equally thought-provoking as you explore your dreams, your identities,
your realities, and your possibilities.
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