This course begins with the exploration of some of the great dreams of antiquity such as the dream of Jacob at Beth-El, the Night journey of the prophet Muhammed, and the great dream of Oglala Sioux medicine man/ shaman Black Elk. From the earliest oneiromancers (dream interpreters) in history, this course will explore now only the ways in which dreams have been understood and used by our human ancestors, but also the ways in which the human body creates dreams and the ways in which these dreams have changed the lives of people from time immemorial.
Book suggestions for further reading:
Aizenstat, Stephen: Dream Tending: Steve is the founder of and current president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He provides the reader with a wonderful way of engaging dreams to allow the images to come to life and share their wisdom with the dreamer. Aizenstat lays out an easy to follow method for engaging your dream images in this way.
Hillman, James. Dream Animals: This book is a collaboration between the brilliant and insightful James Hillman and the gifted artist Margot McLean. The illustrations are lovely and give Hillman a terrific venue to discuss the over-symbolization of animals in dreams. He highlights the importance of returning to the animal itself, rather than over interpreting the animal in the service of the dreamer. Hillman explains that as he researched animal dreams, he “became more and more concerned with the animals rather than with the dreamers. I had departed from both scientific empirical research and practical therapy in favor of conservationism– a phenomenological care of animal images, resisting their becoming translated into the data on one hand and personal meaning on the other.”
It can be found on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Animals-J-Hillman/dp/B000VYEM9K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330706684&sr=8-1 as well as ABEbooks, a consortium of independent book sellers who often, as in this case, have prices significantly lower than those on Amazon: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=Hillman&sts=t&tn=Dream+animals&x=46&y=10
And some further reading for those who are interested :
- *Aizenstat, Stephen. Dreamtending: A Master of Dreamwork Shows how to Awaken the Power of the Living Dream to Transform your Relationships, Career, Health, and Spirit. New Orleans: Spring Journal , 2006.
- Artemidorus, Daldianus, and Robert J. White. The Interpretation of Dreams =: Oneirocritica. Park Ridge, N.J: Noyes Press, 1975. Print.
- Bloom, Harold. Sigmund Freud’s the Interpretation of Dreams. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987. Print
- *Bosnak, Robert. A Little Course in Dreams. Boston: Shambhala, 1988. Print.
- Brown, Peter. Reading Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Print.
- **Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, , Zara Houshmand, Robert B. Livingston, B A. Wallace, Patricia S. Churchland, and Jinpa Thubten. Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brainscience and Buddhism. Ithaca, N.Y: Snow Lion Publications, 1999. Print.
- *Franz, Marie-Luise . Dreams. Boston, Mass: Shambhala, 1991. Print.
- Freud, Sigmund, and James Strachey. On Dreams. New York: Norton, 1952. Print.
- Fromm, Erich. The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths. New York: Rinehart, 1951. Print.
- **Goodwyn, Erik D. The Neurobiology of the Gods: How Brain Physiology Shapes the Recurrent Imagery of Myth and Dreams. Hove: Routledge, 2012. Print.
- *Guiley, Rosemary. Dreamwork for the Soul: A Spiritual Guide to Dream Interpretation. New York: Berkley Books, 1998. Print.
- Hillman, James. The Dream and the Underworld. New York: Harper & Row, 1979. Print.
- Hillman, James and Margot McLean. Dream Animals. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1997.
- **Hobson, J A, and J A. Hobson. Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
- *Johnson, Robert A. Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986. Print.
- Jung, C G, and William McGuire. Dream Analysis: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1928-1930. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1984. Print.
- Jung, C G, and C G. Jung. The Undiscovered Self: With Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1990. Print.
- Oppenheim, A L. The Interpretation of Dreams in the Ancient Near East: With a Translation of an Assyrian Dream-Book. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1956. Print.
- *Spencer, Russ, Stephen Aizenstat, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, Robert A. Johnson, and Michael Meade. Dream Tending: a Unique Approach to Understanding and Learning from Our Dreams. Santa Barbara, Calif. Print, 2009
- *Van, de C. R. L. Our Dreaming Mind. New York: Ballantine Books, 1994. Print.
* books that often illustrate ways you might work with your own dream images
** books that focus on current neurobiology research and dreams