Dreams are Real When they Make a
Dreams That Change our Lives
Robert J. Hoss and Robert P. Gongloff
Dreams are Real When they Make a Difference
Dreams are private
experiences. If no one ever told anybody about a dream, we might never learn
about dreaming. It's because of the sharing of dreams that we've come to know
about them. It is through the sharing of dreams that we introduce their alien
consciousness into the conventional social world, sometimes with evolutionary
impact. To gain an appreciation for how tremendously important that it is to
share dreams, consider perhaps the earliest recorded example of the dreams being
honored publicly. By the time of Hippocrates, the dream healings attributed to
the god Asklepios were the stuff of legends. A person would go and sleep in one
of Asklepios's temples, such as at Epidaurus, and during the night the person
would awaken with a visionary dream that healed them off the ailment. Such
pilgrims were required to record a testimony of their dream vision by inscribing
it in stone. If it were not for the carved inscriptions giving testimonies to
these medical miracles, the history of medicine would be much different.
Hippocrates attributed the medical remedies of his day to lineage connected back
through time to the ancient temple dreams.
Today, compared to fifty
years ago, there is a great deal of sharing of information from dreams. More
people are aware that we dream every night. There are hundreds of books
available today about dreams, their value, and how to benefit from them.
Although the interpretation of dreams may remain a subtle, complex, illusive,
and controversial process, evidence is accumulating that confirms their value.
The evidence that is most compelling comes from first person testimony. A new
book, potentially quite influential, consists completely of such stories.
Dreams that Change Our
presents hundreds of such stories. A dream is real when it makes a difference,
and judging from these stories, dreams can make all the difference in the world.
The book has chapters on twenty-one different ways dreams have changed lives.
Providing a sense of purpose, resolving conflict, making choices about the
future, experiencing a spiritual awakening, having a medical healing, a
turnaround in a career, or a new invention, to name a few. Taken together, the
stories provide believable examples of the power of dreams. The book is an
example of the importance of sharing dreams, letting other people know that
there's an alternative world going on our midst, with resources and ideas that
have the potential to make our lives better, more humane.
The book is a project of
the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD.org). A recognized
expert on the topic introduces that chapter with a personal story of how dreams
made such a change for that person. The expert then presents several first
person stories from other folks who also had experienced such a change from a
dream. Robert J. Hoss and Robert P. Gongloff were the editors and deserve
special credit for the care with which the stories are presented. An
introductory chapter explains some of the issues involved and why the sharing of
the dreams is so important. It is significant that so few of the stories involve
working on dreams in therapy, but instead are about waking up from a dream and
right then things are no longer the same. Sometimes the dream itself was
sufficient and to bring about the change, just as it was back in the mythical
days of Asklepios.
One of the most powerful
ways of sharing a dream is to act upon it. Doing so really makes a difference. I
myself have had dreams that changed my life. I might not have had such dreams
had not someone told me about the dreams they had. It was James Turrell, today a
world famous artist, who, as a college fraternity brother, share with me dreams
he was having that helped him create his successful lifestyle. I’ve published
many of my dream stories. I had one especially important dream back in the early
1970s that revealed the potential payoff of folks sharing their dreams. I acted
on that dream by creating a magazine for people to share their dream stories. A
dream gave me the name of the magazine:
Sundance: The Community
Edgar Cayce’s Atlantic University sponsored it for six issues, from 1976-1978.
According to the official history of the I.A.S.D., the publication of
was one of the dynamic factors that led to the founding of the organization. As
a matter of fact, some of the authors in this new book published their first
dream writings in the
During the the
published a collection of dreams for America (see
http://creativespirit.net/Sundance-1-1/126.htm), that revealed a national
unconscious at unrest, already concerned about some directions we were taking,
and yet optimistic about our potential. The
“American Dream” need not
be dead, because we can dream for America, and tap into that special resource
for the challenges that lie ahead. Dream medicine can be contagious. I would
really encourage you not just to buy this book, but also to share it with others
I think it has great power to increase everyone’s motivation to cultivate dream
awareness and to learn to follow their dreams, sharing as we go.
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