Overview–About the Book
Without dreams we could not survive. Each of us spends at least two hours every night dreaming, although we seldom bring the wisdom of dreams back to our waking lives. Dreams have the capacity to guide, heal, comfort, and inspire. Like a wise counselor or sage they navigate us through any storm of life, help us work through fears and insecurities, plan new ventures, and understand the unique contribution we make to the world. Every invention, work of art, piece of music, or book originated first in a dream. This need for dreaming is so critical that a human being deprived of dreaming or the REM state becomes anxious, disoriented, depressed, then begins hallucinating or literally tries to dream while they’re awake. Anyone not allowed to dream or enter REM sleep at all, will die after ten days. In contrast many humans can survive for about 60 days adequate food. why we dream In a Globe and Mail article on dreams, author, Erin Anderson wrote, “Neuroscientists can point to the parts of the brains that are busy churning out those dreams. But 50 years since REM sleep was discovered, and heralded as the new door to the unconscious, research has yet to crack the reason why we dream in the first place.” If we approach dreams strictly from a medical or scientific viewpoint as many neuroscientists do, we will never understand why we dream because dreaming is not strictly a medical or a mental process. These answers can only be found in the human spirit. Dreamwork Uncovered approaches dreams from a spiritual, non-religious perspective explaining why we dream-essentially to work through karma, debt, sins, fears, insecurities, self-esteem issues, anything that prevents us from moving forward in life or evolving. For example, if someone is afraid of their boss, they may experience frequent dreams where their boss chases or pursues them before they develop the courage to stop running from their issues. If they’re afraid of confronting their boss they may practice and rehearse this in a dream before doing it in physical life. If they want to tell their boss off, they may do it forcefully in the dream state, releasing pent up emotions, without risking losing their job! The second important function of dreams is helping everyone carry out their destiny or dharma, the unique contribution that each person makes to the word. Whether our contribution is to write, music, paint, teach, fly planes, sell houses, nurse, or write computer software, dreams assist in every endeavor. Life has little fulfillment or meaning unless we discover ways to give back to humanity or be of service, and dreams are vital in helping us make this possible
I wrote Dreamwork Uncovered because I believed dreams were never meant to be the sole domain of psychologists, psychoanalystics, or academics. It grew from my experience of working with dreams for nine years with my students at St. Augustine Secondary School in Brampton. I’m incredibly grateful to all my students who shared their dreams and innate wisdom with me. Our research together became the subject of my doctoral thesis on dreams, and when it was completed I wanted to write an easy to understand book or manual for deciphering the meaning of dreams. This understanding can take place without years of formal training. I’ve found after only a week or two most people are unlocking the valuable insights contained in their dreams. Several features of Dreamwork Uncovered make it unique.
Dreamwork Becomes Accessible to Everyone Dreams can be studied from many viewpoints; religious, spiritual, scientific, medical, historical, psychological, or academic Dreamwork Uncovered combines elements of each in an easy to read manner. Inclusive in nature, it’s overall tone is spiritual rather than religious which excluding no one, even atheists. It shows the differences between religion and spirituality explaining that whether we are religious, spiritual, or a non-believer we still dream every night and can use dreams and the techniques in this book to enhance our lives.
Explanation of Why we Dream Knowing the purpose of dreams is necessary to understand their messages. Dreamwork Uncovered explains karma and dharma in detail–the main reasons why everyone dreams. Several real life accounts are given so readers begin to understand how dharma and karma affects their lives. Life is not unfair as many believe, no one is a victim unless they choose to be, and everyone has great potential to shape their destiny. Dreams help to dissolve all the illusions, emotional pain, and physical suffering that exists. As the Buddha said, “life does not need to be difficult.” This book is not just about dreams, rather it weaves dreams and waking life together teaching the reader how to live with greater purpose and passion. Understanding these concepts can be life altering and provides great hope.
Intent is Full-Enlightenment Ultimately dreams are preparing us for full enlightenment or self-realization–the process where we transcend our physical bodies and do not need to return to countless incarnations on earth. Achieving enlightenment was never meant to be the domain of saints or mystics; it is available to everyone who truly seeks. This fully enlightened state is explained in detail and how dreams guide us towards this process.
Deja Vu Experiences. Dreamers have deja vu experiences when they go forward in time in the dream state, observe something, then come back to the physical world with no conscious memory of this nocturnal experience. Often a small, seemingly insignificant physical event triggers their memory. In Dreamwork Uncovered fascinating stories are given of the author’s own deja vu experiences along with those of students and clients.
How and Why Dreams Fell From Grace Until a few centuries ago dreams were highly respected as sources of wisdom. Dreamwork Uncovered describes the historical process over the last thousand years that led to the mistrust and demise of dreams.
Teenager’s Unique Sleep Needs The sleep process and unique sleep needs of teenagers is explained. Teenagers have completely different circadian rhythms and need more sleep than adults. This is either unknown or misunderstood in society and is extremely helpful to teenagers, parents and teachers.
Reoccurring Dreams, Nightmares, or any Parasomnia All the parasomnias are explained in detail, along with what causes them and how they can be released. Sleeping disorders are widely misunderstood because they are approached from a medical rather than spiritual viewpoint. This is perhaps one of the most ground breaking aspects of the book, because medicine still contends we don’t understand why nightmares or parasomnias occur. Once the root causes are understood, drug free techniques can be used effectively. The author has worked with clients who have banished bad dreams and nightmares permanently.
Nineteen Keys for Understanding Dreams. This section presents nineteen steps that enables the reader to begin the process of understanding their dreams. They have been field tested with numerous high school students, clients, and participants who have attended my workshops.
Reliable Dream Dictionaries. Many people assume that any dream dictionary is accurate, but unfortunately this isn’t true. The reader learns how to identify credible dream dictionaries, and a comprehensive list of dream dictionaries, symbolic dictionaries, and books on symbolism is provided .
Arriving at Truth–Knowing if our Understanding is Correct With so much information at our disposal, it can be difficult to know what is right or true. The final chapter clearly outlines why dreams seem enigmatic and how we know if our understanding is correct. It offers several guides and suggestions for arriving and knowing personal truth.
BOOK SYNOPSIS Dreamwork Uncovered provides everything the reader needs to become experts of their dreams. Everyone is here to clean up karma, sins or spiritual debts while simultaneously enacting their dharma or destiny. Everyone is a complex combination of light and dark and every single dream is either helping us clear up karma or carry out our dharma, destiny or path. The book explains how dreams are essentially the soul having experiences in different dimensions to help the dreamer evolve. Dreams are like movies or simulations helping us work through the challenges of life. It describes how the soul often travels forward in time creating deja vu experiences. Readers are given step by step instructions on how to remember dreams and keep a dream journal. An historical perspective on dreams is provided. There is a fascinating chapter on famous dreamers and how their dreams changed the world. Readers learn how dreams were revered in ancient times and why they fell from grace. The fascinating process of sleep is revealed. The reader learns what happens to their body during the beta, alpha, theta and delta stages of sleep. They learn how much sleep we need, what happens when we’re sleep deprived, the unique sleep requirements of teenagers, and how to catch up on lost sleep. The underlying reasons for all sleep disturbances such as reoccurring dreams, nightmares, sleepwalking are explained. Proven techniques are given to cast out all demons of sleep. With this foundation in place readers learn the actual techniques or keys to begin the process of decoding dreams. They become acquainted with the 29 most common dream symbols. Many examples of actual dreams and their meaning are provided. Readers learn how to recognize a good dream dictionary. Finally personal truth in dreams is discussed providing insights and techniques for each dreamer to know whether their understanding is correct.
SAMPLE DREAM AND ITS MEANING The Frustrated Frog
This was a very peculiar dream I had that took place in the forest located in my backyard. In the forest the most important detail that I focussed on was the little river or creek that runs through it. At first the forest looked peaceful and gentle, and the little creek was running smoothly. However, the forest started to change and soon became very lifeless. The little creek turned murky and the water ran rougher. In one section of the creek, there was a little frog lying just beneath the surface of the water. As the water flowed it just remained in its place. Then certain objects like twigs and branches started accumulating around the frog and they kept adding up. The most bizarre part of the dream occurred when the arms and legs of the frog started being stretched out. They kept extending out as the water became more rapid. Eventually, the bits and pieces of branches that had gathered around the frog were taken away with the water. The creek became calm once again and the limbs of the frog returned back to normal. At the beginning of the dream I felt relaxed, but as the forest and creek started turning murky I felt upset. I felt sorry for the little frog just laying there and when the twigs started accumulating around it I felt angry. A feeling of frustration came over me when the limbs of the frog were being stretched. After things returned back to normal and I awoke I was filled with a feeling of relief.
Student’s Meaning: At first I considered this dream very bizarre and thought it has no relevance in my life, however it turned out to be the most symbolic dream. The forest and creek symbolizes my life. At first it was very calm and peaceful but then it became very hectic, just as the water became more rapid. At this point in my life I am under a lot of pressure especially with school. With the year ending soon I have been bombarded with work such as essays, projects and other assignments. Also, exams are coming up and I am under extreme pressure because of that too. In this dream, I think the frog symbolizes me. The twigs and branches that accumulate around it probably reflect the work and assignments I am trying to finish. As the water gets rougher the frog still struggles and remains in its place which is what I am doing. The fact that the frog did not get washed away, shows how I am not giving up and am still holding on. The peculiar part of the dream which includes the limbs of the frog being stretched could symbolize how I am being stretched or pulled into many different directions. The mood in my dream parallels that in my life because I have been very angry and frustrated with all the work that has been building up. The fact that the frog and creek returns back to normal could foreshadow that soon my life will turn back to how it was and this probably will happen after exams.”