the Secret Language of Waking Dreams,
These are books that, for the most part, I find seminal, inspiring, and worth reading or consulting often, or at least once in awhile. The notes are quite subjective. Make up your own mind and heart about them.
The front cover of this book says “Discover how life speaks to you each day to help you reach success and happiness”. Working with this book, one learns to notice the correspondences between sleeping dreams and things that happen in waking “dream”. Then one can go further and actually create “keys”, inviting Life, Spirit, to give us messages using keys that we will recognize. Powerful stuff! It’s out of print, but copies are available on the Internet.
Bryant, Dorothy, The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You, Moon Books/Random House, 1971.
This is a novel, but not really. It’s my favorite book on dreams and dreaming, to say nothing of community and the evolution of the human family. Ms. Bryant has said that it came like a channeling from an emerging feminine consciousness. I read it every year. (When you first begin, you’ll think it’s a mistake and this is really a Mickey Spillane novel, but do persevere.)
Cunningham, Scott, Dreaming the Divine: Techniques for Sacred Sleep, Llewellyn Publications, 1991.
Scott Cunningham was a prolific writer, creating more than 40 books in the area of Wicca and neo-paganism, despite the fact that he died in his late 30s. This book gives a history of dream incubation in ancient cultures and other interesting stuff, but the reason it stays in my library is for the chapters on “Preparing for Sacred Sleep” and “Dream Rituals”. Rituals are powerful, and since they partake of a common “world” with dreams and dreaming, they are especially useful. I like to read his suggestions for inspiration and then craft my own rituals.S
Jung, Carl, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Pantheon Books, 1961.
This book is very special to me. At a very difficult time in my life, when I was urgently seeking sources of a deeper meaning, my then husband Gary was walking down Irving Street in San Francisco and passed by a bookstore. He saw this book in the window and felt compelled to stop. The old woman who ran the shop caught his eye and nodded, and motioned him to come inside. He told her he was drawn to buy the book for me, and she nodded again. He bought it, and it’s been a companion of mine ever since; it’s now 38 years later, and I still feel drawn to re-read it from time to time. This is Jung’s spiritual autobiography. He inspires me with his courage to explore the unconscious, the inner life, and awes me with the amazing psychic experiences he had.
Karcher, Stephen, Total I Ching: Myths for Change, Time Warner Books, 2003.
I've been consulting the I Ching for decades, and from time to time have experimented with using versions other than the classic Wilhelm version. Nothing ever ended up being as profound and useful. Then along came this one, thanks to Caroline Casey (about whom elsewhere). Now I use them side by side, and actually spend more time with the Total I Ching. It's powerful, wise, and deep, and incorporates several classical Chinese approaches to the oracle, from different time periods. If you consulted it on every dream you have, you'd have to quit your day job, because there's so much material. But I use it when those blockbuster dreams, or ones that are particularly puzzling, come along. The question might be "What is this dream trying to tell me?" Enjoy!
LaBerge, Stephen, Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and inYour Life, Sounds True, 2004.
I have had only one lucid dream in my life, and it must be
that Taurean stubbornness (ascendant) that keeps me trying. I still
say my affirmation every night that “I will know that I’m
dreaming while I’m dreaming”. It hasn’t happened
yet. I try not to be jealous of my fellow dreamers
who routinely have lucid dreams. But if anything
would help, this book would. It comes with a CD of
visualizations and inductions. I would love to
attend one of LaBerge’s lucid dreaming intensives,
satisfaction guaranteed; if only he would just do one in
an ordinary place where the price is lower than it is in
Paradise (read posh resorts in
discovered Robert Moss' work a few years ago, and it has
transformed my own personal dream practice as well as my
teaching and participation in dream groups. This is
his basic text, a really essential guide to working with
dreams and bringing their power into everyday life.
Moss, Robert, The Three 'Only' Things,Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination, New World Library, 2009.
wonderful keys to a rich, full life connected to Spirit
are often discounted: "Oh, it's only a dream, it's only
coincidence, it's only your imagination." This
book is about all three, and reading it inspired me and
awakened me more fully to the power of these three
footprints of the Divine (that's what they seem like to
me anyway). Very highly recommended.
Moss, Robert, Dreaming the Soul Back Home ,
Powerful stuff, this. It's a dreamworker's approach to the shamanic practice of soul recovery. When dreams show us parts of ourselves that have been lost, we can re-enter the dreams to reconnect with what are often the most creative and joyous aspects of ourselves, frightened away in the face of trauma or deprivation. Try it, you'll like it!
Moss, Robert, Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death,
This is far-out stuff, and gives a lot of seminal ideas about what we can do with our dream life, and the dimensions we can visit and
Moss, Robert, The Secret History of Dreaming, New World Library, 2009.
This book is about how the dreams of great leaders, inventors, artists, and scientists, to name a few, have influenced the course of human
Reed, Henry, Dream Medicine: Learning How to Get Help from Our Dreams, We Publish Books, 2005.
Reed is a dreamwork pioneer who brings a very personal and
artistic approach to the process. One of the
chapters of this book is entitled “Dreams Are a Theater
Experience”. Lots of specific suggestions here for
working with dreams using art, inspirational writing – and
Reed, Henry, Dream Solutions, Dream Realizations: the Original Dream Quest Guide Book , Self-published, 1989.
This guidebook preceded Dream Medicine. I have used it many times; it’s sub-subtitle is “A 28-Day Experiment in Dream Incubation”. There are four writing meditations, each to be done after a week of incubating and recording dreams, in search of inspiration and guidance for a particular issue or problem in one’s life. I highly recommend it. I see on the Internet that there’s a newer edition, 2005. Available through Amazon and other Internet booksellers.
Shainberg, Catherine, Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life, Inner Traditions, 2005.
Catherine Shainberg studied for many years with Colette Simhah Aboulker-Muscat, a great Israeli teacher of Kabbalah. This is a “do it!” book: full of exercises for developing skills to be a strong dreamer. To really receive the benefits of this book, the exercises must be done; it’s a serious commitment.
Really good stuff
providing depth of context in which to work with our dreams,
from my longtime friend, teacher, and fellow dreamworker
extraordinaire. It helps with a
deeper understanding of archetypes and what they have to do
with dreaming and living.
Taylor, Jeremy, The Wisdom of Your Dreams: Using Dreams to Tap into Your Unconscious and Transform Your Life, Tarcher, 2009.
is an update on Jeremy's classic Where People Fly and
Water Runs Uphill. Wise, helpful, essential.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, Snow Lion Publications, 1998.
I must confess that I
haven’t gotten very far with this book yet, but I’m
recommending it because I have received so much wisdom from
Rinpoche’s book on the elements (Healing with
Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan
Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen). I sip this one.
Wilhelm, Richard, The I Ching or Book of Changes, Princeton University Press, 1977.
This is THE version of the I Ching, which I now work with in tandem with the Total I Ching (see Karcher above). 'Nuff said.