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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Original edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585427543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585427543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Much more than another 'dream book' . . . A creative, hopeful, constructive approach to life."
-Richard Woods, O. P., Ph.D., associate professor of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jeremy Taylor, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, has worked with dreams for more than forty years, blending the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective. He is also the author of The Living Labyrinth: Universal Themes in Myths, Dreams and the Symbolism of Waking Life, and Dream Work. Taylor is also a published poet and a prize-winning screenwriter. He lives in Fairfield, CA, with his wife, with whom he lead Myth and Dream Tours all over the world.

More About the Author

Dr. Jeremy Taylor, a Unitarian Universalist minister, has worked with dreams for over 40 years. He blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective. In the late 60's, while doing community organizing in Oakland, CA, and in the early 70's, as Director of Marin County (CA) Headstart, he discovered that dreams were a tool for both personal and social change. Since then Jeremy has taught thousands how to work with their dreams in groups and individually. He teaches at many colleges, universities and seminaries, and has led workshops all over the world. He is one of four founders of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and served as its president 1994-95. Jeremy is also a published poet and prize-winning screenplay author. He lives near the Napa Valley in California. More information on his scheduled workshops at jeremytaylor.com.

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I highly recommend this book, and will continue to do so for years to come!
Anne Hill
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring their dreams, particularly through a dream group.
Judith P. Carpenter
This book is highly recommended no matter what stage of dream work a person finds themselves.
James J. Baylis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James J. Baylis on November 18, 2009
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Jeremy Taylor is a master dream weaver and teacher. I read the original "Where People Fly"... and this book was long overdue to be renewed and energized. I have worked with Jeremy in a dream group and this is a truly joyful and enlightening experience. I hear his voice and wisdom imparted in this wonderful book. He offers a specific blueprint to build your dream work upon. Dr. Taylor is a wizard and his extensive love of dreams shines through this narrative. The book is practical in its scope of how dreams connect us to ourselves, others and the universe. This book is highly recommended no matter what stage of dream work a person finds themselves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jess Hayes on January 13, 2014
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I've heard author Jeremy Taylor referred to as a master, dream weaver, wizard, and teacher. From the decades of experience he has with dream work, it only seems right that his book should do a top-notch job at sharing his methods. This revision of "Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill" is fresh, approachable, and best of all, life-enhancing. The hippie within me loves his message that dreams are tools for personal and social change. The analyst in me demands solid case studies and specific steps to achieve that, and on this, Taylor delivers.

I have not only started a dream-group but also started helping my daughter with addressing her son's troubling dreams. This book touches on how childhood trauma can continue to recur in adult dreams but what can you do when the person is still a child? We found The Nightmare Solution to be a great guide for working out his dreams through drawing exercises - something I think I think Taylor would encourage as we are following still his four core principles:

1. All dreams speak a universal language and come in the service of health and wholeness.
2. Only the dreamer can say with any certainty what meaning his or her dream may have.
3. There is no such thing as a dream with only one meaning.
4. No dreams come just to tell you what you consciously already know.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne Hill on February 20, 2010
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Like many people, I was drawn to group dreamwork through reading Jeremy's original book, "Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill." 17 years later, my dream group is still meeting almost every week, and 4 of us are original members of the group we started back then. I have recommended this book to many, many people over the years, and it was with great pleasure that I picked up "The Wisdom of Your Dreams" recently and re-read the material that got me curious about dreams in the first place.

Jeremy's book still stands, and his insights are as fresh and valid today in this revised edition than they were when the book first came out. I particularly loved the last section, "Dreams and the Evolution of Human Consciousness," new material that has given me much to think about in terms of the role that dreams play not just for individuals but for cultural growth and change. I highly recommend this book, and will continue to do so for years to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judith P. Carpenter on March 24, 2010
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This book is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring their dreams, particularly through a dream group. Taylor's life-long experience of working with dreams all over the world makes him a wise and trustworthy guide to this fascinating subject. His approach and advise about how a group can best function are very appealing, and the dreams he offers as examples throughout the book are convincing proof that our dreams come as gifts from the unconscious in service of our overall health and evolving consciousness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Iso on March 6, 2013
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I espected to find some guidance to understanding my dreams, while it was mainly about the importance of dreaming and its benefit for our society. Personally I wish it had spoken more about how to "read" one's own dreams. Maybe it was targeted to people who already know how to do it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Julie Clayton VINE VOICE on November 25, 2009
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The Wisdom of Your Dreams is far more than just another dream book: it is a unique and exciting journey into our unconscious, where symbols, soul urges, and the creative muse romp, untethered by earthly anchors. Understanding the language of your unconscious and its dream messages can transform your life deeply and profoundly. If you're looking for cookie-cutter interpretations of dream images and a quick dream-meaning fix, this is NOT the book for you.

Author Jeremy Taylor is an erudite and eloquent dream master who draws from four decades of teaching and facilitating thousands of people to work with their dreams individually as well as in dream groups. His classic guidelines for working with dream imagery and sharing dreams in group dreamwork are unparalleled in their non-dogmatic approach and scope of application. A new introduction and chapter in this updated version of "Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill" elaborates on how the evolution of consciousness, something that is highly relevant in this modern era, is yet another layer of meaning that we can glean from working with our dreams. And, as is one of Jeremy Taylor's trademark signatures, we are reminded that even (or especially) in an evolutionary context, and regardless of the content, "dreams always come in the service of health and wholeness."

With Taylor as our guide, in The Wisdom of Your Dreams we find ourselves popping down rabbit holes of psyche and psychology, culture and mythology, symbols and spirit, creativity and potential. He brings to this field astounding and original theories about the universal and personal meanings of dreams and dreamwork and offers many real life stories and dream examples, which convey the astuteness of his perceptions. A veteran teacher and dream group leader, Taylor's understanding of how archetypes, mythology, psyche, and culture weave together a vibrant dreamscape that is indeed the "workshop of conscious evolution" is nothing less than brilliant.
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