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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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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684801728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684801728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book changed my life.
Maria_airaM
I was prompted to write this review when I read below that some people think she's an idiot... I thought she did a very good job.
shetakaey
Dr. Garfield's approaches to dream work is lucidly (word play)described.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moss on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Patricia Garfield's classic work is one of the landmark books of the century we are now leaving. She takes dreaming out of the hands of tenured "experts" and encourages all to become active explorers of our personal dream experiences, and of dream reality, learning from cultures - especially those of the ancient world and of indigenous peoples - that value dreaming as a source of direct revelation on the critical issues of life and death. Her account of Senoi dream practices (though sniped at by some academic nitpickers as idealized rather than anthropological) provides excellent guidance on braving up to nightmare terrors and forging alliances with dream allies who may at first appear as adversaries.
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.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Maria_airaM on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time in high school while I was doing research for a term paper. As a by product of that research, I learned how to manipulate my dreams, and best of all, how to fly in them. This has been one of my favorite things to do for the last 30 years. Yes, something I do while asleep. I also learned how to stand up to my fears within the dream, and consequently, in my waking life. Another benefit is that I have dreamed about work, real detailed dreams where I'm sort of reviewing things I have read in manuals and reached conclusions within the dreams that solved problems I was having at work in my waking life. I've gone into work the next day and attempted the procedures (I support computers) that I thought would resolve the problem, and they have! And not just once.

This book changed my life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erik Wood on May 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book many years ago when it was still in hardcover. Unless it has significantly changed with newer editions, it does indeed contain solid techniques on how to evoke a lucid dream. The techniques are simple and few, but they are all one needs to prepare the unconscious mind for the journey, and then to notice that it is in the dream state upon arrival.

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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By shetakaey on June 15, 2003
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I've had this book for years, and really have gotten a lot out of it. It talks about confronting your fears in your dreams, and the important of the dream life to various cultures. If you are a magick user or pagan, you would probably enjoy this book. I was prompted to write this review when I read below that some people think she's an idiot... I thought she did a very good job.
This is a book about dream control. It's worth the ten bucks.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "dirtpile" on July 5, 2001
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To put it briefly, this book will guide you to PLAN what you dream, be LUCID when you dream, and most importantly to USE your dreams to create to a better developed you.
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!
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