Book Review 6 - Healing Dreams: Exploring the Dreams that Can Transform Your LIfe
Posted May 22 2009 11:55pm
Chinese Character for Dream. Photo Credit Marc Ian Barasch wrote Healing Dreams a few years ago, and I used to have it on the required reading list for the Interpretation of Dreaming classes I taught at university. There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of dream books available on the market, so why this particular one?
I could not say it better than two of the original reviewers of the book:
"Healing Dreams is destined to be remembered as a watershed event in the study and appreciation the psyche. Marc Barasch takes us on an intimate journey through the complex world of the dream and, with stunning clarity, distills for us the emotional and spiritual riches to be found there, leaving us stronger, wiser, and better equipped to bring the power of our dreams into our waking lives."
Joan Borysenko, author of A Woman's Book of Life and A Woman's Journey to God
"In all my years of working in the field of human potential there are perhaps only a dozen books that I would accord the status of 'critically innovative.' This is one! The writing is luminous, and speaks to everyone who has ever had an important dream. This book offers new pathways to self-knowledge. I myself am buying hundreds of copies for my students, and strongly suggesting that others in my general field do likewise. Healing Dreams could mark a revolution in the study of consciousness and its capacities. "
Jean Houston, Ph.D., author of Jump Time and The Mythic Life, founder of The Mystery School
The author's website offers a great deal of information, among others this:
"Most of us have had (or will have) a dream that stops us in our tracks, forcing us to question the major choices in our lives, offering a startling new image of a loved one, or provoking a greater awareness of our very existence. Such "big" dreams tell us that we're not who we think we are, and reveal dimensions beyond everyday reality. But even when we're certain we've encountered a vision of life-altering magnitude - something as vivid and memorable as anything in waking life--the question remains: what exactly are we to make of it? What does such a dream really mean? And, more challengingly, what does the dream want from us?
With breathtaking clarity, this book sets out a new, multi-layered method of dreamwork, and shows us how unlocking its mysteries can help us discover our greatest potential for authentic life.
Through hundreds of revealing examples of unusually vivid dreams, the author takes us through the fundamentals of interpretation and appreciation, focusing on the different aspects of life - health, work, relationships, and spirituality - that can be transformed through the unimaginable power of listening to one's inner experiences.
Healing Dreams shows us that, at their best, dreams can help us to embrace our own contradictions, and heal the rifts that arise around life's major passages. Drawing upon fifteen years of research, this book represents a major addition to the dream literature, and a bold new perspective on how dreams can be our greatest hope for finding wholeness.
Healing Dreams offers a bold new perspective on the power of dreams. It is a call to spiritual adventure, an invitation to stir up the soul and question our certainties. It does not guarantee easy answers; rather it is an invitation to begin a journey. "
The website offers chapter excerpts from the book for the potential buyer to peruse. I highly recommend you do so.