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Creative Dreaming: Plan And Control Your Dreams to Develop Creativity, Overcome Fears, Solve Problems, and Create a Better Self Paperback – July 1, 1995
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I vividly remember discovering "Creative Dreaming" soon after it first appeared in the mid-1970s. I felt as if this queenly, elegant woman had picked up a sledgehammer and broken away some of the chains that had fettered our society's appreciation of what is actually going on in dreaming, and why we need to recover the ancient arts of dream incubation and dream healing. Patricia's book encouraged me to follow my own path as a dream teacher with greater courage and openness, and was a vital early influence in the research and practice that eventually led me to write CONSCIOUS DREAMING and the books that have followed. Before I ever met her in ordinary reality, she appeared several times in my dreams both as a guide and as a kind of anima figure. Thank you, Patricia, for all you have contributed to the rebirth of a dreaming culture - a dream I profoundly hope we will see fulfilled in the 21st century.
This book changed my life.
When we dream, we accept what we experience as reality. The techniques help make it second nature to notice the differences between dream reality and waking reality. Once we are practiced at paying attention to our surroundings in our waking state, we naturally continue that behavior in our dream world. Say the dog starts talking to you... You'll notice it's odd and you'll become aware of fact that you're not really awake, but floating in the 'Matrix' of your unconscious mind. All of a sudden you have awareness. With awareness you'll suddenly have control over your reality. With a little practice you'll soon be flying, changing your surroundings, adventuring, drinking from streams of pure creativity and having great sex with anyone you want. Just don't get yourself too excited about the fact that you're there or you'll wake yourself up.
I'd like to point out the fact that your brain continues to run its own programs whether you're lucid or not. When you're lucid, you will have control, but you are not in control. There will be characters, situations, surroundings, and the usual bizarre gamut of dream content that will pop up everywhere. You'll never be out of things to do. The kicker is that unlike the waking life distractions of television, video games, or drugs, literally EVERYTHING in your dream state is built upon the symbolism, meaning and combined experience of your memory and creative inner life.Read more ›
This is a book about dream control. It's worth the ten bucks.
Dr. Garfield, an experienced 'dreamer' herself, provides effective suggestions on how to control and plan your dreams based on successful methods used by other ancient cultures, such as the American Indians.
She also analyses what common dreams mean, such as those in which you are attacked, and consequently provides suggestions to utilise the dream to have it work for you instead of against you.
Dr. Pat primarily focuses on the psychology of dreaming rather than the techniques in inducing dreams, that is, more of the book is devoted to how you can become a better person through analysing your dreams.
Along with delightful personal dream experience and anecdotes, Creative Dreaming is a comprehensive, all-you-need, guide to having wonderful nights dreaming and a more 'free' attitude while awake. Good on ya Dr. Pat!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a classic. It was groundbreaking when first published and remains a definitive work on the subject of dreams. I've bought an given this book as a gift many times.Published 9 days ago by Luisah Teish
Different ideas for using dream control and planning to combat nightmares and help with your creative work by getting ideas in and the remembering of dreams. Read morePublished 2 months ago by thirdtwin
This book is number 1 of my top 10 books to read about dreaming list.
This lady changed my way of looking at dreams from the time I was 16. Read more
Though first published some 40+ years ago, this remains one of the best books about interacting positively with one's dreams, even to the extent of developing genuine agency within... Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Timothy Lukeman
Can you imagine living dual lives? One life you go to work, see your loved on,friends ect it's a good life. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cowboy
I admit that I was curious to purchase Creative Dreaming: Plan And Control Your Dreams to Develop Creativity, Overcome Fears, Solve Problems, and Create A Better Self by Patricia... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stella Carrier
I really enjoyed reading about the Senoi tribe and their take on dreams. Also very informative when it comes to the dream journal. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Deborah Rimer
In 1975, curiosity about the dreaming state led to my discovery of Creative Dreaming, by Patricia Garfield, PhD. I had never looked closely at dreams, particularly my own. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Annette and George