The Dreaming Universe: A Mind-Expanding Journey Into the Realm Where Psyche and Physics Meet
Simon and Schuster
, Jun 1, 1995
- 416 pages
What is Dreaming? Why do we dream? And what is the connection between our dreams and those of others? Now, in The Dreaming Universe, Fred Alan Wolf probes into the furthest recesses of the human mind and proposes a new understanding of how and why we dream. Uncovering the mysteries of out-of-body and near-death experiences, lucid dreaming and telepathy, Wolf brings groundbreaking new research to life and illustrates how dreams link us together. In this mind-opening account, he travels from the ancient Greek "dreaming temples" to the sleep research laboratories of today, from Australian Aboriginal dreamers to the Tibetan monks' "dream into being." Drawing on his own background in physics, Wolf links quantum physics to Freudian and Jungian models of consciousness to explain the imagery of dreams and how dreams relate to the mind. The Dreaming Universe argues that matter evolves into life-forms through dreaming as a means of developing self-consciousness - that is, we dream to develop a sense of self. Wolf's unique perspective as a physicist and his experiences throughout the world, from St. Petersburg to the Australian outback, bring to life the world of dreams and dreaming. Everyone dreams - and everyone will find a fascinating exploration of our most personal experiences in The Dreaming Universe.