Spiritual, Social, and Scientific Meaning of Dreams: What Do Our Dreams Teach Us?

Author: Gollnick, James
Year:2013
Pages:436
ISBN:0-7734-4506-4
978-0-7734-4506-2
Price:259.95
A remarkable book that examines evidence contradicting the assumptions of mainstream science about what is possible both in the dreamworld and in waking life.
The book argues that dreams are a multidimensional feedback system that sheds light on virtually every major area of the dreamer’s existence, namely the body, the mind, society, the environment, the cosmos, as well as the dreamer’s possible relationship to the spirit-world and the divine

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF FIGURES
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
The Transpersonal view
Author’s Standpoint
The Shifting Landscape of Dreams
The Changing Face of Religion and Spirituality
CHAPTER 1: STARTING POINTS

What is a Dream?
Dream Language
The Range of Dream Functions: A Multidimensional Feedback System
Dreams and the Body
Dreams and the Mind
Dreams, The Environment and Society
Defining Religion
What is Spirituality?
Implicit Religion
Summary
CHAPTER 2: DREAMS IN THE HISTORY OF RELIGION

Mesopotamia
Egypt
The Hebrew Scriptures
Ancient Greece
The Roman Empire
Christianity
Islam
Asia
Aboriginal Peoples
Summary
CHAPTER 3: SPIRITUAL DREAMS

Examples of Spiritual Dreams
Dimensions of Dream Reference
Spiritual and Psychological Functions of Dreams
Implicit Religion and Spiritual Dreams
Personal Story
Examples of Implicit Religion in Dreams
Jung’s Dream of the Collective Unconscious
Other Modes of Exploring Implicit Religion in Dreams
Lucid Dreams and Spirituality
Spiritual Dreams and Transpersonal Developments
Dreams at the Core of Spiritual Development
The Mandala in Dreams
The Mythical Level of Spiritual Dreams
Summary
CHAPTER 4: THE SOCIAL NATURE OF DREAMS

Dreams and Nuclear War
Dreams and the Unraveling of Nature
The Autonomy of the Dreamworld
Summary
CHAPTER 5: DREAMS AND THE SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW

Precognitive Dreams
Dreams Foreseeing Death and Disaster
Precognitive Dreams of the Titanic Sinking
Precognitive Dreams of the Welsh Coal-Tip Tragedy
Precognitive Dreams of the World Trade Center Disaster
Other Evidence of Dream precognition
Synchronicity
The Intersection of Physics and the Psyche
Wolfgang Pauli
David Bohm
Fred Alan Wolf
Death and Dreams
Jung’s Views on Death
Summary
CHAPTER 6: MAPPING THE DREAMWORLD

Recording Dreams
Keeping a Dream Journal
Tracking Precognitive and/or Telepathic Dreams
Listening to Nature’s Voice (Animal Mind)
The Dream Series
Examining Dream Images and Symbols of Implicit Religion and Spirituality
Sample of a Dream Inventory Sheet
Basic Dream Group Method
Lightning Dreamwork
CONCLUSION

Religious and Spiritual Dreams in Context
Science and the Spiritual Dimensions of Dreams
Toward the Unity beyond Matter/Spirit Dualism
The Future of Dreams in Religion and the Scientific Worldview
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX