Dreaming-The Sacred Art: Incubating, Navigating and Interpreting Sacred Dreams for Spiritual and Personal Growth

Dreaming-The Sacred Art: Incubating, Navigating and Interpreting Sacred Dreams for Spiritual and Personal Growth

by Lori Joan Swick PhD
Dreaming-The Sacred Art: Incubating, Navigating and Interpreting Sacred Dreams for Spiritual and Personal Growth

Dreaming-The Sacred Art: Incubating, Navigating and Interpreting Sacred Dreams for Spiritual and Personal Growth

by Lori Joan Swick PhD

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Overview

Awaken to the wonders of your dreamself, and energize your spiritual potential for self-understanding and self-healing.

"Without a doubt, people of all times and places have had the capacity to dream the sacred. I write this book in a sincere effort to create space for us to share these dreams and to provide a practical guide to nurturing sacred dreaming as an art."
from the Introduction

Sacred dreams—those in which the dreamer experiences the immediate presence of or communication with the Divine——have shaped the spiritual history of humankind. Jacob's ladder dream, Joseph's dream verifying Mary’s virgin pregnancy and Herod’s plans to destroy the child, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha’s auspicious dreams on his journey to enlightenment, Muhammad’s night journey dream—the pervasive power of the sacred dream is part of the scripture and lore of virtually all the world’s religions.

This fascinating introduction to sacred dreaming celebrates the dream experience as a way to deepen spiritual awareness and as a source of self-healing for people of all faith traditions—or none. Includes practical, step-by-step exercises in every chapter.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594735448
Publisher: TURNER PUB CO
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Series: The Art of Spiritual Living
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lori Joan Swick, PhD, is well known for making spiritual practice accessible to audiences of all faith backgrounds. She is a popular speaker and retreat leader specializing in women's spirituality and religious, mystical and mythological topics. Dr. Swick earned a doctorate in philosophy and religion with a concentration in women’s spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a master’s degree in theology from the Universityof Notre Dame. She is an adjunct professor of religion, mythology and philosophy at St. Edward’s Universityin Austin, Texas, and a poet, novelist and award-winning essayist.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part One
Entering Sacred Dream Space

Chapter 1
The Art of Cultivating Sacred Dreams 3

Chapter 2
The Thin Veil between Waking and Sleeping
Consciousness 17

Part Two
Dreaming as a Sacred Experience

Chapter 3
Mystical Dreaming 37

Chapter 4
Lucid Dreaming as a Sacred Art 53

Part Three
Interpreting Dreams as a Sacred Art

Chapter 5
Sacred Dream Recall 81

Chapter 6
The Art of Discerning the Deep Meaning of
Sacred Dreams 93

Part Four
Sacred Dream Work as a Means of Personal
Fulfillment and Spiritual Growth

Chapter 7
Sacred Dreaming and the Creation of Sacred Art 123

Chapter 8
The Art of Sacred Dream Healing 136

Chapter 9
The Nuances of Gender in Sacred Dreaming 161

Conclusion
Nurturing the Sacred in Dreams 181

Notes 186
Suggestions for Further Reading 194

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