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What if you could dream 24 hours a day, even while awake? According to innovative psychotherapist Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., we already do. The seeds of dreaming arise in every moment of the day, in body symptons, problems, relationships, subtle feelings, interactions, random thoughts, and fantasies. We're getting countless little cues from the unconscious every minute. All are signs from the world of dreaming. And, according to Mindell, we can be in ths state of lucid dreaming all day long.

In "Dreaming While Awake," Mindell shows how to become aware of these "flirts" from the dreamworld and how to interpet their message. The goal, he says, is to be wide awake and lucid 24 hours a day in the midst of this unending dreamfield of information. Practicing 24-hour lucid dreaming:

- Helps you solve personal, and emotional problems - Serves as a preventive medicine for relationships and health, helping you catch the earliest warning signs before they turn into problems - Helps resolve conflicts in relationships, families, large groups, corporations, even politics

Dreaming is the mystical source of reality, says Mindell. "My goal is to make the Dreaming roots of reality so accessible, so visceral, that your conscious mind will give you back your right to dream." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Series: Techniques for 24-Hour Lucid Dreaming
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571743596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571743596
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arny Mindell developed process work or what is called today, "process oriented psychology" (p.o.p.), in the mid 1970's. Beginning with Taoism, physics and Jungian psychology, by the 1990's he expanded process work to include quantum theory and deep democracy, a deeper form of democracy that applied to all states of consciousness for individuals and groups. Now process work applies to individual therapy, body problems, coma and near death experiences, large group, and organizational change management.

Arny is in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and teaches with Amy in many places around the world. He is known for his development of the "dreambody" and "process work" (process oriented psychology). He is the author of 21 books in 31 languages, including Dreambody, The Shaman's Body, Quantum Mind, Quantum Mind and Healing, and ProcessMind. Arny has an M.S. from M.I.T., was a Jungian training analyst, and has a Ph.D. in psychology. He is also known in the area of conflict management for his Sitting in the Fire and for his integration of psychology and physics, work on dreams, bodywork, relationships, and for interventions in near death situations. His newest work is the "Dance of the Ancient One" published by the Deep Democracy Exchange, was released in 2013.

See for more about Dr. Arnold Mindell's biography, seminars, and work in psychology, physics, social and world issues

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Barnes on March 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Arnold Mindell, Ph.D. has written more than a dozen books, and is known throughout the world for his work with dreams, bodywork, consciousness, shamanism, and conflict resolution. He's the founder of the therapy known as Process Oriented Psychology and has established training centers in 22 countries. Dr. Mindell has appeared on TV and radio and at conferences worldwide. He draws on his extensive experience and knowledge in his latest book, Dreaming While Awake: Techniques for 24-Hour Lucid Dreaming.
In it, he explains that Dreaming (always with a capital letter) is "the energy behind everything; it is the life force of all living beings, the power of trees and plants, and the power of motors, business, and financial centers." While the dreaming we do at night has an important part in all this, Dreaming occurs 24 hours a day. Dr. Mindell says that "the Dreaming is always present, like an aura shimmering around the objects and events you call everyday life."
His goal is to help readers "learn to move through and behind the world of everyday life, exploring the world of healing, divination, and immortality." He begins by defining Dreaming and discussing it in terms of religion, philosophy, and science. He then explains how it enhances personal health (mental and physical), relationships, and work situations.

Dr. Mindell provides several simple exercises that individuals can use alone or with others to train themselves in becoming aware of the subtleties of Dreaming. He says that many people have an undefinable sense of something wrong or missing in their lives and says this is because they unwittingly are only seeing half their lives and half the world--they aren't accessing Dreaming.
Dreaming While Awake is not a dream interpretation book.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Franc on May 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is something of a relief after the complex difficulties of Mindell's previous book Quantum Mind (which itself is well worth working through). I think that Mindell's sense of playfulness comes through this book perhaps more clearly than through any of the others and this helped me to entertain some of the theoretical ideas with my own sense of playfulness. I don't mean that this isn't a serious book - it is thought provoking and challenging with exercises which encourage the reader to explore the ideas through practice - but that it is essentially a creative one. All the basic ideas of Process Work are here in an accessible form.
What's the key idea in the book? That we marginalise 'the deepest unformulated experiences that create [our] actions in everyday life', that is, we ignore the subtle signals from the dreaming background to our reality, those 'vague feelings and intuitions that can barely be verbalized', and that this marginalization is at the heart of our problems. Dreaming While Awake offers a way to bring this dreaming background into awareness.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Steve Gillard on February 19, 2001
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As an aficionado of books about shamanism, dreaming, and quantum (meta) physics, I have been a fan of Arnold Mindell since reading Dreambody several years ago. Two of his most recent books, Quantum Mind and this one, Dreaming While Awake, are absolutely benchmarks. Arnold connects lucid dreaming, aboriginal spirituality, Buddhism, Hinduism, process psychology, group work, body work, and a host of other intriguing elements in a clear and practical way. Eminently readable and enthusiastically recommended.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 10, 2004
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Dreaming While Awake is one of the best books I've yet read on the subject of recognizing one's fullest spiritual identity. Author Arnold Mindell explains how playing with nonconsensus and consensus reality can help one attain a sense of lucid living... of recognizing the "Big You." Mindell describes how the Big You creates the world and sees through the illusory nature of consensus reality, to rise above the petty (yet often infuriatingly stressful) situations we find ourselves in. When you are not lucid, the universe can seem inexplicable. When you are lucid, you understand that you can stay present in the cloudedness of your ordinary senses, sensing information around you with highly tuned intuition. In a state of Big You lucidity, even your opponents are understood to be another part of the Big You... and you can find your way to better outcomes than you have ever imagined.

I love the way Dreaming While Awake takes the reader on an odyssey of exploring the furthest reaches of consciousness, to discover how reality itself can be a magical symbol that flirts with our awareness. I also love the way Mindell includes real-life examples of how he has felt when he became aware of his own "Big You" and dealt with difficult situations from that elevated state of mind. Dreaming While Awake is a classic book on the subject of consciousness and reality that is destined to be read and re-read and cherished forever.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scot M. Fritz on August 21, 2008
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First let me say that Mindell has something important to add to the field of dreaming and psychology. This guy is no hack.

Having said that, this book could stand a good editing. There are references and diagrams that add nothing to the text. And he frequently must bring in the Aborigine, Buddhist, and Psychoanalytic perspectives, even when they add nothing to the discussion. On one occasion, he reprints a diagram a scant page and a half after the first occurence, because he wants us to look at it again and it would be too hard for us to just turn back a page and look at the first presentation. (It's things like that which cause me to think he's just padding to make the book longer.)

The book is good. I just feel a little patronized by the redundant way he describes simple ideas, as if they were great and important concepts.
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