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Dreams: God's Forgotten Language Paperback – March 8, 1989
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"Clear, helpful, and original . . . illustrates the healing relevance of dream material. . . . The most valuable contribution is Mr. Stanford's treatment of dreams and visions in the Bible."--Library Journal
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First published twenty years ago, this revised edition of John Sanford's classic exploration of the psychological and spiritual significance of dream draws on the work of C. G. Jung to show how dreams can help us find healing and wholeness and reconnect us to a living spiritual world. Featuring a new preface by the author and using case histories from his own experience as a counselor, 'Dreams' traces the role of dreams in the Bible, analyzing their nature and examining how Christians, through fear and the constraints of dogma, have come to reject the visions through which God speaks to humanity, making dreams--in Sanford's words--'God's forgotten language.'
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I love that he brings this Jungian approach to psychology into his understanding and presentation of the Bible;
"But today many of us have decided that we do not want to "contaminate" our contemplation of the divine by allowing anything as nebulous and unsettling as the unconscious to intrude. We have decided that we may find God through rational thinking, or a "group experience," or education, or formal worship - everywhere except in our own soul, which is in fact the fountain of religious experience. The result is that we Christians are afraid today of that very soul from which our heritage springs; we want creeds, not religious experiences, and dogma, not inspiration. Above all, we refuse to accept the nonrational unconscious, because it threatens the tyranny of rationality that has gripped us today." (P. 94-95)
And even more succinctly;
"But alas: We Christians all too often reject the very psyche through which God speaks. Dreams illuminate the problem of the opposites and help us to become aware of the irrational, paradoxical center of personality that can bring healing and regeneration. But we all too often cast aside, despise, reject, and fear the very dreams through which God speaks." (p. 167)
Overall this little book goes a long way to strengthen an understanding of the esoteric heart of religion AND the daily glimpse we all get of the divine in our dreams.