Understanding Dreams

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages

It has been said that dreams are the windows to the soul -- andnow those windows can be opened wide! The book you hold in your hands is a concise compendium of prescriptive information, an easy-to-use reference guide to the meanings and import of the remarkable visions that visit us while we sleep.

Here in one volume are the essential keys to unlocking themysteries of the subconscious -- and to putting the power of dreams at your fingertips!

  • The meaning behind more than 800 dream symbols
  • The history of dream interpretation
  • Lucid, repetitive, and sequential dreams
  • Sleep patterns and the workings of the unconscious mind
  • How to keep a "dream diary"

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Page 11 - For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
Page 11 - Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his...
Page 46 - ... Porlock, and detained by him above an hour, and on his return to his room, found, to his no small surprise and mortification, that though he still retained some vague and dim recollection of the general purport of the vision, yet, with the exception of some eight or ten scattered lines and images, all the rest had passed away like the images on the surface of a stream into which a stone has been cast, but alas! without the after restoration of the latter!
Page 11 - Bethel, to commemorate the glorious and comforting vision that had cheered his exile, of " a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven ; and behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it ! " With his staff he passed over Jordan, and has become two bands.
Page 34 - The view that dreams are merely imaginary fulfilments of suppressed wishes has long ago been superseded. It is certainly true that there are dreams which embody suppressed wishes and fears, but what is there which the dream cannot on occasion embody ? Dreams may give expression to ineluctable truths, to philosophical pronouncements, illusions, wild fantasies, memories, plans, anticipations, irrational experiences, even telepathic visions, and heaven knows what besides.
Page 12 - Was it not to be supposed that he who could foretel that seven years of plenty would be followed by seven years of famine...
Page 34 - All dreams are in a sense dreams of convenience: they serve the purpose of prolonging sleep instead of waking up. Dreams are the guardians of sleep and not its disturbers
Page 53 - Freud is far wiser and more experienced than you. For the present you must simply listen to what he says and learn from him." And then, to my own surprise, I found myself dreaming of him as a peevish official of the Imperial Austrian monarchy, as a defunct and still walking ghost of a customs inspector.
Page 43 - All elongated objects, such as sticks, tree trunks and umbrellas . . . may stand for the male organ ... as well as all long, sharp weapons such as knives, daggers and pikes ... boxes, cases, chests, cupboards and ovens represent the uterus, and also hollow objects, ships and vessels of all kinds . . . Rooms in dreams are usually women...
Page 104 - Death of a parent— may express subconscious rivalry between a son and his father or a daughter and her mother, and act as a safety-valve for angry feelings.

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