- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Crossing Pr; 1 edition (April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895948923
- ISBN-13: 978-0895948922
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,971,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recurring Dreams: A Journey to Wholeness 1st Edition
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In "Recurring Dreams," Kathleen Sullivan presents a warts-and-all view not only of her own inner process of healing and recovery via the meandering path of dream work, but also a series of Inner Exploration hints and exercises to help the reader begin or perfect her or his own journey down that path. While reading it, I experienced a number of "body hits," as Sullivan calls the physical sensation associated with realizing a deep truth about oneself. To quote Sullivan's chapter on "Changing World View:"
"One of the many thrilling benefits of dream work is the release of energy when a previously buried truth is uncovered. New power is now available to commit to a new goal and direction. It very much feels like the soul gulps in a breath of relief, knowing that the right track has been found, leading where the soul--not the personality--wants to go."
One of the most useful portions of "Recurring Dreams" deals with resistance, a concept with which I myself am clearly wrestling. I thought I had resolved one particular aspect of my life, but realize after reading Sullivan's book that my best efforts have barely scratched the surface. Judging from the number of sticky notes, underlined passages, and notes scribbled in the margins of my copy of this book, it's a useful tool for me. Sullivan's sage advice about "recovering that natural self (which) requires as much awareness of who we are not as of who we authentically are" will! no doubt help me walk the balanced path between honoring my Self and the toxic self-absorption which constantly beckons to anyone who attempts the journey to wholeness.
I salute Kathleen Sullivan's brave heart, and wish her well on her continuing journey. I also look forward to her next book, which she mentions in "Recurring Dreams" as forthcoming. Among the myriad authors out there writing "been there, done that" books, Sullivan emerges as someone worth listening to. Kathleen, I'm all ears.
Each chapter begins with interesting information about dreams in general. This is then followed up by an insightful quote relevant to the presented material. From page l67, on a chapter titled "Imperfection", by Joan Borysenko,Ph.D.: "It takes a lot of nerve to believe that we can or should be able to outwit natural laws, but perfectionism requires just that. As a strategy evolved to ensure love and approval, (perfectionism) is rooted deep in the fears and longings of childhood, making it an emotional need, not an intellectual choice."
I found RECURRING DREAMS to be not only satsifying but exciting as well. Through dreams, we can get to know ourselves from the inside out. How intimate and how necessary!