Sleep and Dreams: Selected Talks, 1910-1924
What are Dreams? Every age, every culture, perhaps every person, have different answers. We can at least agree on one thing, however: dreams are other. Their presence in our lives demonstrates that we are not limited to a single mode of consciousness. The world of sleep is largely a blank for us, an abyss of non-consciousness, yawning between one day and the next, but the very fact that we can dream announces our potential for awareness within that abyss.
We spend a third of our life asleep--a fact that dream theorists rarely consider. This startling collection of lectures by Rudolf Steiner, selected and introduced by the psychologist Michael Lipson, provides a truly unique way of approaching dreams, based on an understanding of the spiritual nature of human beings. A radically new view of dreams "as the threshold to spiritual reality" arises, once we acknowledge that physical existence is only the tip of an iceberg hidden largely in the spiritual world.
Sleep, death, and meditation are the three realms in which consciousness has the opportunity to deepen its immersion in the divine flow of existence. In principle, we can become infinitely more self-aware in each of them, since human consciousness is not fixed--neither in contents nor in terms of alertness. All day long, the contents of our consciousness change, and during the night, the level changes.
These lectures permit readers to glimpse the fantastic depths of experience we normally "sleep through" and to contemplate Steiner's astounding program: to maintain self-aware consciousness through sleep, through death, through all being.
Introduction by Michael Lipson
1. The Secrets of Sleep
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A genuine synchronicity!
My wife and I just enrolled our four year old daughter in a Waldorf school, founded on the work of Rudolph Steiner. Up until now, I'd never heard of the man. At the same time of her enrollment, I'd just finished and published my first book on Conscious Sleep in which I outline my system called Subliminal Cognition Training™. Long story short, I decided to research the man upon who's philosophy my daughter's education will be founded. The first thing that an Internet search turned up was Steiner's views on Conscious Sleep and this book I'm writing a review for! My own book is entitled, "Behind the Veil: the Complete Guide to Conscious Sleep", by me, Daniel A. Kelley. In this book, I outline very similar ideas to those offered by Steiner.
Coincidence? Perhaps. Perhaps not.
At any rate, this book is a fascinating read and I thank the author for it.
The Secrets of Sleep
Sleep and the ThreePart Soul
Sleep and the World of the Stars
Understanding Sleep through Imagination Inspiration and Intuition
Dreams and the Spiritual Researcher
A Continual Dreaming
Preparing for a New Birth
Dreaming and the Etheric Body
Bringing the Unconscious to Consciousness
Confronting the Totality of Our Lives through Dreams
The Logic and Illogic of Dreams
Dreams and Human Development
Interpreting Dream Images
The Human Essence in Spiritual Connection