Cloud Nine: A Dreamer's Dictionary

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Dreams -- windows into an inner world of hidden emotion and desire. Only by understanding our dreams can we fully know ourselves. And by recognizing the revealing subconscious meanings of our dreams and using that information in our waking lives, we have a greater opportunity for personal growth and change.

Here is the most complete and comprehensive dream dictionary available. An essential resource for, exploring the subconscious mind, it offers thousands of dream symbols and ...

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Overview

Dreams -- windows into an inner world of hidden emotion and desire. Only by understanding our dreams can we fully know ourselves. And by recognizing the revealing subconscious meanings of our dreams and using that information in our waking lives, we have a greater opportunity for personal growth and change.

Here is the most complete and comprehensive dream dictionary available. An essential resource for, exploring the subconscious mind, it offers thousands of dream symbols and definitions, listed alphabetically. For anyone who wishes to fully realize personal potential, this invaluable guide to dream interpretation provides essential information on how to:

  • Keep a dream journal
  • Recognize and understand your own personal dream symbology Encourage peaceful sloop and pleasant dreams
  • Bring positive dreams to reality
  • Banish bad dreams and gain Insight from nightmares
  • Invoke healing dreams
  • Monitor your personal progress by understanding your dreams a And much, much more!

Including: Illuminating exercises, dreamwork techniques, pointers for improving visualization skills, and tips from some of the world's most respected contemporary dream masters.

A comprehensive and user-friendly dream dictionary created by one of the authors of The Lovers' Tarot. This dictionary combines in one volume symbol definitions with 18 basic dreamwork techniques designed to help readers hone their dreamwork skills. Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380808892
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 183,681
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra A. Thomson is a practicing psychologist in California, and a licensed marriage, family and child counselor. She is co-author of The Lovers' Tarot and is on the Board of Directors of the Independent Writers of Southern California.
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We are such stuff as dreams
are made of.

— William Shakespeare

Chapter One

Dreams: Mirrors of Growth

"I had the weirdest dream last night. I can't get it out of my mind. I was in my house, but it wasn't exactly my house, and there was this guy who . . . "

Remember that conversation? Perhaps you bad it, or a similar one, just this morning. From the beginnings of recorded history, we have considered dreams fascinating and important. They have figured prominently in our cultural, societal, and religious development.

Dreams were among our first attempts at scientific study and control over our universe. Priests, the scientists of earlier civilizations, believed happenings of nature, triggered by the gods, could, nevertheless, be predicted and organized through dreams.

The first known book on dream interpretation, now called the Chester Beatty papyrus, came from Thebes in Upper Egypt, and is preserved in the British Museum. Recorded around 1250 B.C. by priests of the god Horus, it includes material dating from 2000 B.C. It contains some 200 dreams and distinguishes between good and bad ones. In Babylonia, good dreams were sent by the gods. Bad dreams, sent by demons, often required the enactment of specific protection rituals.

Today we still retain some of that magical feeling about dreams, partly because, for most of us, they are our most unusual, mystifying, and creative productions. Animals speak to us; both we and they possess amazing powers. Surroundings change instantly in ways that defy waking laws of time and space. Within our dreams, we move fluidly betweenpast, present, and future.

Dreams transcend time. Not only are they interwoven with elements of our personal past, present, and future, but, if we are to believe the great dreammaster C. G. Jung, they are interwoven with themes from human experience since the beginning of time, which he called the collective unconscious.

Those of us who work with our dreams regularly, cherish and enjoy them. They are signposts of our inner pilgrimage. We have fun recounting them and playing with them. Those who don't, look upon our wonderful creations as something bordering on hallucination.

In 1992 I was hospitalized for the removal of a tumorous kidney. On my release day I was drowsing while I waited for the doctor. I asked the universe for a dream that would tell me what sense I was to make of my surgical experience, and what I was to do next. (This is a form of incubation dream, which you will learn more about in Chapter 5.)

When the doctor entered my room, I was having the following dream:

Chicken Farmer



I am merging into the body of a chicken fanner in Arkansas. I am aware that once I am a part of him, he will know what I know about nephrectomies [yes, that new word was in my dream awareness] and can apply this to his flock. But I'm puzzled about what I am to learn from him.


I recounted my interrupted dream, which I loved immediately. After all, it was my first creation following a week of relative inaction and medicated sleep. I realized from the look on my doctor's face that she was trying to decide whether to release me or call for a psychiatric consult. Finally she said simply, "You have the most unusual dreams. I don't have dreams like that."

Maybe she does, and doesn't remember them. Maybe she's right; she doesn't. But she could. When we become more involved in our own dreamwork, we recall more dreams. As we have more varied life experiences, so, too, do our dream symbols expand land take on richer meanings.

I, for instance, cannot recall, and cannot find in my dream log, which I have been keeping since 1977, a dream about snakes. Yet when I began reading about Greek incubation dreams for this book-and discovered the healing meaning of snakes related to those dreams — I, too, dreamed about snakes.

It was as if my inner dream director, whom I'm sure is French, said, "Mon Dieu. Mais oui. My, God. Yes, of course. Now that I know what snakes are all about, I certainly don't want you to be left out of this healing experience. Snakes! Can we have snakes on the dream set? Immediatement. Immediately. "'

Whether or not you read that same material, your dream snakes will act differently from mine, as will your cast of characters, depending on your own experiences. So what are you and I to do with our respective snake dreams, then? What sense are we to make of them when we look up "snake" in our dream dictionary?

Most of us have been led to believe that each symbol in our dream represents a thing-or worse, a prediction-but, in fact, that group of symbols comprising a dream tells part of the tale of our inner striving toward self-development and fulfillment. Not only does a single symbol, even a single dream, represent only one aspect of that story, but it also may have several levels of interpretation.

Dreams show us our conflicts and ways to resolve them; they chronicle our inner strivings. This book, or certainly this chapter, might well have been titled "To dream, perchance to awaken," because of the potential for insight or enlightenment that dreams have to offer.

Dreams can nudge us toward a question that needs to be faced or answered in our conscious life, or a growth direction that needs to be respected. Psychologist and dream expert...

Cloud Nine copyright © by Sandra Thomson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All Rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Practical Guide to Understanding Your Dreams
1 Dreams: Mirrors of Growth 3
How to Make the Most of This Book 7
Dreamercise #1 Keeping a Dream Journal 8
Dreamercise #2 Delving Into Your Dream Images 11
An Inner Cast of Thousands or Merely a Small Pantheon? 14
Dreamercise #3 Giving Your Dream Symbols Their Voice 16
Dreamercise #4 Whose Dream Is It, Anyway? 19
Endnotes 19
Annotated References 21
2 Last Night I Had the Craziest Dream 22
Dreams as a Second Language 23
Pioneer Dreamworkers 24
Dreamercise #5 By Their Associations Shall Ye Know Them 26
Dreamercise #6 Traversing the Royal Road 28
Dreamercise #7 The Play's the Thing 30
Dreamercise #8 Bigger Than Life 33
Dreamercise #9 Image Amplification 36
Historic Dreamworkers 38
Dreamercise #10 We Need to Talk More 39
Dreamercise #11 And They Lived Happily Ever After 42
Annotated References 43
3 It Took All Day to Get Ready for This 44
Our Inner Pacemaker 45
Why We Sleep 45
Sleep's Signature 46
Why We Dream 47
The Dreaming Eye 49
Dreamercise #12 The Envelope, Please 50
America's Mounting Sleep Deficit 54
Dietary Lullaby 54
Dreamercise #13 Remembering Ritual 57
Annotated References 58
4 Make That Dream Count 59
Men's Dreams 60
Women's Dreams 60
Children's Dreams 63
Personal Dream Vocabulary 64
Dreamercise #14 It Means What I Say It Means 65
Series Dreams 67
Dreamercise #15 Dream Flow 69
Turning-Point Dreams 71
Dreamercise #16 Polishing a Dream's Facets 72
Dream Groups 73
Dreamercise #17 United, We Dream 74
Tonight, Tonight, I'll Dream My Theme Tonight 76
Dreamercise #18 Enough Already 77
Annotated References 78
5 Midnight Messages 80
Join the Crowd 80
National Nightmares 81
Dreamercise #19 Banishing Bad Dreams 83
Problem-Solving and Healing Dreams 85
Dreamercise #20 Put a Dream Under My Pillow 86
Shamanistic Dreaming 90
Lucid Dreaming 91
Dreamercise #21 Look, Ma, I'm Dreaming 93
Psychic or Psi Dreaming 95
Dreamercise #22 Precognitive Dreaming 97
Annotated References 99
6 The Dream Quest 101
Ageless Inspirations 102
Actualizing Your Dreams 104
Dreamercise #23 Say It Your Way 105
Dreamercise #24 Dream Treasures 107
The Ever-Expanding Image 109
Dreamercise #25 Journey to the Center 110
Home 111
Part 2 A Dreamer's Dictionary
How to Use This Dictionary 115
Symbology from A to Z 118
Bibliography 562
Index 573
Oneirophiliac Card 577
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    Hello everyone!

    I loved this book! It was so inspiring! Thank you Ashleigh(;

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    My girlfriend is reading each objects description from her dream last night and it parallels our current situation in an eerily precise way. Mind blowing stuff

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