Cloud Nine:: A Dreamer's Dictionary

Cloud Nine:: A Dreamer's Dictionary

by Sandra A Thomson


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ISBN-13: 9780380808892
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/08/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 187,877
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.33(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1Practical Guide to Understanding Your Dreams
1Dreams: Mirrors of Growth3
How to Make the Most of This Book7
Dreamercise #1Keeping a Dream Journal8
Dreamercise #2Delving Into Your Dream Images11
An Inner Cast of Thousands or Merely a Small Pantheon?14
Dreamercise #3Giving Your Dream Symbols Their Voice16
Dreamercise #4Whose Dream Is It, Anyway?19
Annotated References21
2Last Night I Had the Craziest Dream22
Dreams as a Second Language23
Pioneer Dreamworkers24
Dreamercise #5By Their Associations Shall Ye Know Them26
Dreamercise #6Traversing the Royal Road28
Dreamercise #7The Play's the Thing30
Dreamercise #8Bigger Than Life33
Dreamercise #9Image Amplification36
Historic Dreamworkers38
Dreamercise #10We Need to Talk More39
Dreamercise #11And They Lived Happily Ever After42
Annotated References43
3It Took All Day to Get Ready for This44
Our Inner Pacemaker45
Why We Sleep45
Sleep's Signature46
Why We Dream47
The Dreaming Eye49
Dreamercise #12The Envelope, Please50
America's Mounting Sleep Deficit54
Dietary Lullaby54
Dreamercise #13Remembering Ritual57
Annotated References58
4Make That Dream Count59
Men's Dreams60
Women's Dreams60
Children's Dreams63
Personal Dream Vocabulary64
Dreamercise #14It Means What I Say It Means65
Series Dreams67
Dreamercise #15Dream Flow69
Turning-Point Dreams71
Dreamercise #16Polishing a Dream's Facets72
Dream Groups73
Dreamercise #17United, We Dream74
Tonight, Tonight, I'll Dream My Theme Tonight76
Dreamercise #18Enough Already77
Annotated References78
5Midnight Messages80
Join the Crowd80
National Nightmares81
Dreamercise #19Banishing Bad Dreams83
Problem-Solving and Healing Dreams85
Dreamercise #20Put a Dream Under My Pillow86
Shamanistic Dreaming90
Lucid Dreaming91
Dreamercise #21Look, Ma, I'm Dreaming93
Psychic or Psi Dreaming95
Dreamercise #22Precognitive Dreaming97
Annotated References99
6The Dream Quest101
Ageless Inspirations102
Actualizing Your Dreams104
Dreamercise #23Say It Your Way105
Dreamercise #24Dream Treasures107
The Ever-Expanding Image109
Dreamercise #25Journey to the Center110
Part 2A Dreamer's Dictionary
How to Use This Dictionary115
Symbology from A to Z118
Oneirophiliac Card577

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Cloud Nine: A Dreamer's Dictionary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so inspiring! Thank you Ashleigh(;
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
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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