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The things that go on in my head are far more interesting than what actually happens. My fantasies are still very, very strong. ... You live a third of your life when you dream. So you may as well live in your dreams -- the way you want to be living. The way you want to be. I love lying in darkness.

Nicole Kidman

> from article: Spellbound, by Ingrid Sischy, Vanity Fair July 2005
> image from "Cold Mountain" 2003 - photo by Phil Bray/Miramax Films

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I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.
Emily Bronte  (1818-1848)

 
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*..Awakening Woman: Dreams and Individuation Nancy Qualls-Corbett with Leila McMackin

This book is about a woman becoming herself. When you face the truth that your familiar psychological territory is no longer your moral, spiritual or emotional home, when your map is out of date and the road ahead twists through a dark forest toward the unknown-then you know the experience, both terrifying and exhilarating, of the refugee who slowly evolves into the explorer. 

In this unique collaborative work between analyst and analysand, a woman learns to understand her dreams, visions and emotions, and the kinship between sexuality and spirituality, acquiring in the process an authentic sense of self. Although it is one woman's story, her journey is similar to that undertaken by all those alive to the truths of inner growth. ... [review from cgjungpage.org]

photo: Gloria Steinem - from book Wise Women by Joyce Tenneson

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We've all had them -- those alarming dreams of being chased by something grisly, a loved one getting hurt or dying, driving a car without brakes, not knowing the answers to a test, falling fearfully through the air, appearing naked or half-dressed in public, or racing for the train that has just departed. 

These and other bad dreams that everyone experiences at some point in their lives are too familiar. 

What most of us don't realize is that these very same dreams are universal. They have existed from before the beginning of recorded literature, and will occur tonight in every country of our planet. They cross different cultures and classes. They endure over time.

from article: The Universal Dreams - by Patricia Garfield, Ph.D.

universal dream theme logos [reduced size], designed by Phyllis Clark Harvey and Patricia Garfield - 
from patriciagarfield.com - on page about book: The Universal Dream Key

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We need images and myths through which we can see who we are and what we might become. As our dreams make evident, the psyche's own language is that of image, and not idea.

The psyche needs images to nurture its own growth; for images provide a knowledge that we can interiorize rather than "apply," can take to that place in ourselves where there is water and where reeds and grasses grow. ... Irene Claremont de Castillejo speaks of discovering the indadequacy of all theories about the psyche, including the Jungian framework...

For now, she suggests, we need simply attend lovingly and precisely to the images spontaneously brought forward in our dreams and fantasies.

Christine Downing

...from her book The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine

Irene Claremont De Castillejo. Knowing Woman: A Feminine Psychology

image from book: Marie-Louise von Franz. The Interpretation of Fairy Tales

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In the visual arts, for example, Jasper Johns couldn't find his unique artistic vision until he dreamed it in the form of a large American flag. Salvador Dali and his colleagues built surrealism out of dreams. 

Today, Lucy Davis, chief architect at a major firm, dreams her extraordinary designs into life. In film, "Twice I have transferred dreams to film exactly as I had dreamed them," confides director Ingmar Bergman; so have Federico Fellini, Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Altman, and John Sayles.

...from book: The Committee of Sleep by Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D.

image from cd: Lullaby for Liquid Pig by Lisa Germano

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Creativity sometimes needs the protection of darkness, of being ignored. That is very obvious in the natural tendency many artists and writers have not to show their paintings or writings before they are finished. 

Until then they cannot stand even positive reactions. The passionate reactions of people to a painting, the exclamation, "Oh, this is wonderful!," may, even if meant in a positive way, entirely destroy the chiaroscuro, the mystical hidden weaving of fantasy which the artist needs. ... 

Thus if you notice an unconscious fantasy coming up within you, you would be wise not to interpret it at once. Do not say that you know what it is and force it into consciousness. Just let it live with you, leaving it in the half-dark, carry it with you and watch where it is going or what it is driving at.

...Marie-Louise von Franz - in her book The Interpretation of Fairy Tales

painting: "Into the Tangled Wood" by Anne Sudworth - related book: Enchanted World by Anne Sudworth

 
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The dream unites the grossest contradictions, permits impossibilities, sets aside the knowledge that influences us by day, and exposes us as ethically and morally obtuse. 

Anyone who behaved while awake in the way the situations in the dream present him would be regarded as insane; anyone who while awake uttered or sought to communicate the kind of things that occur in the content of dreams would impress us as being confused or weak-minded. 

Accordingly we believe we are only stating a fact when we express a very low opinion of psychical activity in dreams, and in particular declare the higher intellectual capacities to be in suspension, or at least seriously impaired, in the dream...


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The content of the dream is given as it were in the form of hieroglyphs whose signs are to be translated one by one.... We would obviously be misled if we were to read these signs according to their pictorial value and not according to their referentiality as signs...
*The Interpretation of Dreams - by Sigmund Freud

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He obviously doesn't know the difference between his dreams and reality. The whole time, he doesn't know if he's crazy or if he's changing the world. It was a very interesting dynamic to get to play. 

[Haas drew upon his own dream experiences for the role.] I actually write down my own dreams, whenever I have one that I remember. Writing down dreams is a really therapeutic thing to do.

Lukas Haas***[LA Times 9.8.02] 
about his character in the "Lathe of Heaven" - based on the book by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Neuropsychologist David Weeks also said his studies show "it's the people who are
eccentric who have the most vivid dreams who turn out to be the most original thinkers.
They're the only people in the world that I know of who have both vivid dreams at night,
when they're asleep, and also a vivid visual imagination by day.."

    from article Eccentricity and Creativity
 

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We demonstrated some intriguing relationships between dreaming and thinness of boundaries measured on the boundary questionnaire... frequent dreamers (reporting 7 or more dreams per week) had.. thinner scores in all 12 categories of the boundary questionnaire covering everything from sensitivity to views about organizations and the world. ... 

Finally, the dreams of people with very thin boundaries were rated by blind judges as significantly more vivid, detailed, emotional, bizarre, and dreamlike, and with more interaction between characters compared to dreams of those with thick boundaries...

Also, we found that certain definable groups who scored significantly thicker than average on the boundary questionnaire (naval officers, lawyers, patients diagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, patients with alexithymia) all reported very few dreams, much fewer than average. 

Conversely, groups who scored thin on the boundary questionnaire (including art students and patients diagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder or Schizotypal Personality Disorder) reported more dreams than average. Thus thin boundaries and dreaming are related in some way.


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Also, in terms of their mental functioning, people with thick boundaries are described as more focused, thinking in a straight line, thinking from A to B to C to D with relatively few detours, whereas people with thin boundaries explore all kinds of side connections; their thinking is less straight-forward but more flexible, more creative.

from article: Outline for a New Theory of Dreams by Ernest Hartmann M.D. [in journal of The Association for the Study of Dreams]

...Dreams and Nightmares: The Origin and Meaning of Dreams 
by Ernest Hartmann M.D.

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One of the most powerful tools to access our underinvested qualities through our dreams was invented by Perls. It is highly interactive, and also happens to be a lot of fun. Think of your dream as your own personal play or movie. You are the writer, the director, and all the players. 

In this exercise, you pick any aspect of the dream you want -- a house, a person, an animal, a rock, anything in the dream at all -- and pretend you are that thing.

 You speak in its voice, you imagine its reactions, and you feel its emotions. Then you pick another aspect of the same dream -- again, anything you want -- and imagine a conversation between these two dream-characters. 

You will find that these dream-characters start to argue with each other, reason with each other, and eventually learn something from each other.

...excerpt from book: Dreams Do Come True
Using Your Dreams to Discover Your Full Potential 
by Layne Dalfen

photo from her site: The Dream Interpretation Center: dreamsdocometrue.ca


 
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The concept of synesthesia is very possible a mixing of the senses. To taste a sensation; to image a taste. My grandfather used to say, when he'd get a meal in front of him, "Be quiet, I'm listening to the taste." 

And to me, dreams do that; they have that capacity to simply mix the senses. We have to find a way to open up to that language that goes beyond storytelling. 

When we simply speak about the dream; when I try to tell you about my dream this morning, I'm still going to get caught in that Western hole to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end. 

I will probably say "and then", or "the scene changes" or "it stops there" and there'll be a note of apology in my voice because it didn't have an end. ...

Dreams are more than stories; more than the conventional Western story line ... from the 19th century on, with fiction, we became bound by the Western form of the story, whereas in the arts and other cultures ways of telling stories are not bound by those things; the dream is not bound by those things. 

So if I have a dream feeling or a dream image, I can express that in a non-linear way that's not bound by beginning, middle, end; by causality; by steadiness of viewpoint. 

If I paint it or take the clay and breathe my experience of the dream into it, the clay can hold that form of the dream that goes beyond those constrictions. 

from interview with Jill Mellick by Kathleen Sullivan

...The Art of Dreaming: A Creativity Toolbox for Dreamwork 
by Jill Mellick, Ph.D.

"We can let our dreams express their artistry in our waking 
world as well as in our dreaming world."


 
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...Lucid Dreams in 30 Days

by Pamela Weintraub

 
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They dig up buried truths and lay them at our feet... Shadow dreams force us to face not only
our own unresolved inner contradictions, but the most pressing questions of human existence:
What do we do with our hatred, greed, lust, and avarice? With that bifurcated heart that so often
puts us midway between heaven and hell?

The shadow comes to us in our dreams like some dark fallen angel, demanding we wrestle it for an answer....

**book: Marc Ian Barasch. Healing Dreams   // author site
 
 

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The Day Dream

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by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

image from artmagick.com

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Stockholm (Reuters, Dec. 9, 2001) - A few nights ago Ingmar Bergman dreamt that a large
green shimmering bird came to him in a meadow, and they talked. "I am normally afraid of
birds and have never dreamt of any big bird in my life," the Swedish film director told Reuters.

Whether the bird was a harbinger of death, like the mysterious knight in Bergman's early
success "The Seventh Seal," or something more private, he does not say. But he believes
the bird was sent by his late wife Ingrid rather than a manifestation of the demons that have
tormented and inspired him through his 60-year career.

"The demons are innumerable, appear at the most inconvenient times and create panic and
terror," Bergman said. "But I have learned that if I can master the negative forces and harness
them to my chariot, then they can work to my advantage." ...

He traces his gift for story-telling to childhood Sundays, when his mother Karin read aloud as
family and friends gathered around the open fireplace. Bergman, the son of a clergyman, said
his work has also been influenced by a childhood marked by corporal and psychological
punishments which created a need to flee into a world of his own.

"Hence my difficulty in separating the dream world from the real one. I became a great liar to escape
the punishments," he said. "Caning was at the core of upbringing 70 years ago but it was still horrific."
 

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*sites:
 

The Dream Interpretation Center

The Dream Tree
"resource center for people interested in dreams... you can discover the latest dream news, explore the world of dreaming,
learn about the role of dreams in history and culture, and connect with other dreamers worldwide..."

Patricia Garfield, Ph.D.

The Lucidity Institute
"..founded in 1987 by lucid dreaming researcher Dr. Stephen LaBerge to support research on lucid dreams and to help people learn to use them to enhance their lives. Lucid dreaming means dreaming while knowing that one is dreaming and allows people to consciously guide the direction of their dreams."

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*articles:**
 

Conscious Dreamplay: The Practical Side of Symbolism and Dreams by Kevin J. Todeschi
"One of the reasons that the use of dreams and symbols has not yet become a part of our cultural worldview may be due to a tendency for dream professionals ? therapists, psychologists, even many dream interpreters ? to make them too complicated. To be sure, much of this work is extremely important, providing inroads into the exploration of consciousness and the nature of the mind, but dreams have meanings on multiple levels."

Creativity and Irrational Forces: Eccentric Artists and Mad Scientists by Laura Gosselink

The dream canvas - by Tori DeAngelis [APA Monitor, Nov 2003]
Popular literature abounds with examples of famous people who have used dreams to aid their creations. ... But from a scientific perspective, there is scant evidence to connect these compelling areas. While recent neuroimaging studies have examined the brain regions responsible for dreaming, for example, parallel research on dreams and the brain in the throes of creation is not yet under way. That said, intriguing new work suggests possible links between dreams and creativity.

Dream on! - by Tori DeAngelis [APA Monitor on Psychology, Nov 2003]
If properly heeded, dreams offer ordinary people creative solutions to everyday problems. Harvard astrophysicist Paul Horowitz puts a lot of brain power into one of his main jobs, designing the control systems for high-tech telescopes. Yet when he's stumped about a particular design problem, he knows all he has to do is sleep on it: His dreams give him the answer in perfect detail.

"Often in his waking life he has two solutions he's debating, and occasionally his dreams will tell him which one is better,"
says Harvard University psychologist Deirdre Barrett, PhD, who interviewed Horowitz and others for her book
The Committee of Sleep... "But more often, they'll tell him something he hasn't yet thought of. It's that straightforward."

Understanding Disturbing and Violent Dreams that Create Anxiety - by Deanne Repich / ConquerAnxiety.com
For many anxiety sufferers, the worry of the day and the battle to fall asleep is followed by disturbing and sometimes violent dreams. In our dream world we find ourselves doing things that we would never do in real life. Many anxiety sufferers fear disturbing dreams because they feel out of control and have the mistaken idea that these events will happen in real life. However, dreams are not to be taken literally.

The Universal Dreams - by Patricia Garfield, Ph.D.
  


 
**books:
 

The Committee of Sleep : How Artists, Scientists and Athletes Use Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving--And How You Can, Too
by Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D.
[reader:] Barrett does a most excellent job of detailing numerous accounts of how renown musicians, authors, playwrights, inventors, athletes, scientists, poets and figures from many other disciplines have used dreams to either directly or indirectly bring about their creations. Some of the examples are quite famous such as.. Paul McCartney's hit "Yesterday". ... author Graham Greene would dream the dreams of the characters from his novels in first person as his own and then later transcribe them as his characters dreams in his novels.

Creative Dreaming - by Patricia Garfield, PhD.

The Dream Book: A Young Person's Guide to Understanding Dreams - by Patricia Garfield, PhD.

Dream Interpretation (and more!) Made Easy - by Kevin J. Todeschi

Dreams and Nightmares: The Origin and Meaning of Dreams by Ernest Hartmann M.D.
"Great things can happen in dreams -- great discoveries in science and in art.  ... Robert Louis Stevenson reported that his novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde came to him directly from a dream. Mozart claimed that many of the themes for his music came to him in dreams, and Tartini wrote a well-known violin sonata that he says he simply transcribed from a dream in which he heard the devil playing it for him on a violin. ... Once we start examining dreams, they turn out not to be junk at all." [excerpt]

The Interpretation of Dreams - by Sigmund Freud

The Natural Artistry of Dreams by Jill Mellick, PhD

The Variety of Dream Experience: Expanding Our Ways of Working With Dreams - by Montague Ullman, Claire Limmer
"Thirteen essays collected with the purpose of showing the variety of ways dreams can shed light on the projects of different disciplines. Drawn from such fields as psychoanalysis, anthropology, computer science, theology, and sociology, the articles explore group dream work, dream reflection and creative writing, clinical social work and dreams, the meanings dreams bring to cultural anthropology, and other topics." [Book News]

Who is the Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream? : A Study of Psychic Presences by James S. Grotstein, Thomas H. Ogden.
Grotstein integrates some of his most important work of recent years in addressing fundamental questions of human psychology and spirituality. He explores two quintessential and interrelated psychoanalytic problems the nature of the unconscious mind and the meaning and inner structure of human subjectivity. To this end, he teases apart the complex, tangled threads that constitute self-experience, delineating psychic presences and mystifying dualities, subjects with varying perspectives and functions, and objects with different, often phantasmagoric properties.  [from Amazon.com review]....

The Universal Dream Key : The 12 Most Common Dream Themes Around the World - by Patricia Garfield, PhD.

Women's Bodies, Women's Dreams - by Patricia Garfield, PhD.

Writer's Dreaming by Naomi Epel
It's well known that Coleridge dreamed, word-for-word, his great poem ``Kublai Khan'' -- but not that William Styron wrote the opening paragraphs of Sophie's Choice after dreaming of a woman with tattooed numbers on her arm, or that Stephen King based the horrific Marston House of Salem's Lot on a dream he had as an eight-year-old. Here, Epel.. presents commentary from 26 writers on how dreams have influenced their work and their lives. ... from the likes of Maya Angelou, Clive Barker, Elmore Leonard, Gloria Naylor, Reynolds Price, Anne Rice, Robert Stone, and Amy Tan.. [Kirkus Reviews]

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The symbolism in my work comes from all sorts of things. It's usually deliberate but probably done subconsciously as well. I draw on many things for my work, dreams: mysticism, nature.. 

    Anne Sudworth - from her website

image from book: Enchanted World by Anne Sudworth

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