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Nancy Wagaman's insightful book about dream interpretation takes the labor out of understanding dreams.
Presented in accessible language, the Curious Dreamer's guide provides definitions of dream content and symbolism and lays it out in an orderly progress that any novice can follow easily through the Kindle version. The book's chapters include a variety of handy "tool" cross references for readers to explore the range of dream topics in more detail, and those are supported with useful examples.
I pre-ordered the book and in doing so received access to a couple of other short, handy dream resources made available in Adobe Reader links: "6 Myths About Dreams" and "Sleep Well, Dream Well, Interpret Well."
The author's accessible and friendly language and the ease of using the book on my computer with a Kindle link make me far more interested in pursuing the meanings of dreams than by wading through an exhaustingly dense tome weighted with wordy psychological significance.
The Curious Dreamer's Practical Guide to Dream Interpretation is made for curious people who want to understand their dreams through a quick and easy reference tool.
JH is a retired English teacher who lives in Brookfield, Missouri.
To understand a dream that's been recalled
To learn if anyone has come up with any evidence that dreams are worth the bother
To rekindle motivation to recall dreams and engage in dreamwork
To add to one's repertoire of dreamwork methods
To maintain awareness of what is being published about dreams
To use as a resource to develop a personal program, or a public course, of dreamwork
"Whatever you learn from a dream you can use in a positive way." That's one of the sentences in the opening of this book. I find that I am attracted to that philosophy, as it suggests a workaround the problem of the "correct interpretation" of the dream. It relaxes one so that there could be some enjoyment simply in feeling a connection with the dream. That tone makes it a valuable resource for dreamwork, an attitude that really helps, is conducive to experiencing the value dreams have to offer.
If you have recalled a dream and wonder "what it means," you'll find many chapters in this book that will provide you with specific instructions on how to develop an interpretation of the dream, to discover or create value from the dream in many different ways.
It is not a book of case studies, or inspirational stories. Nor is it a survey of the state of the art of dreamwork. Clearly the book is for someone who comes already knowledgeable enough about dreams to want to get some tools, would enjoy some good insights on creative or especially conducive approaches, attitudes and the like on dealing with dreams and dreamwork.
This book is very practical and deals with the nuts and bolts on dreamwork, as well as how to take care of your tools. What I especiallly appreciated was how the author would revisit the use of a particular "tool" in the dreamkit when it came to a different kind of dream. The book is for someone who is active in dreamwork and spends time on this activity. It's a good resource for a dreamworker.
Her work is a mixture of psychology, spirituality and practicality. The spirituality is limited, though, so this is not a book for those mostly looking for deep spiritual dream work; but for those who are looking for dream work that will help them with everyday life, and hopefully improve and enhance their everyday life. Yet Nancy Wagaman is not like Stephen LaBerge and is telling you that you could not possibly have met up with a deceased loved one in a dream, since dead is dead, but were actually just talking to yourself. Ms. Wagaman believes you may have indeed encountered a deceased loved one in a dream, or you may not have. She believes only you can fully understand your own dreams, but individuals, such as herself, can help you understand how to do so, can show you the way.
(Note: I received a free e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher or author.)