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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Journey of Dreams

Do you always recall your dreams? This author has penned an interesting and thought provoking book about chronicling her dreams for 40 years.  Here is my review...
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Available at Amazon.com
Journey of Dreams: 40 Years of Dream Keeping [Paperback]
by Joan Bridgeman
352 pages, $12.95
ISBN-13: 978-1456514761
Nonfiction

Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

Since dreaming is a common occurrence for us all, one would think we would have discovered a purpose for dreaming by now. Sadly, no consensus exists to answer the question of “why” humans dream.  Theories abound insinuating that dreams are necessary for our development and others maintain that dreams are merely the underpinnings of the dreamer’s subconscious.

Into this fray comes Joan Bridgeman, who has written a captivating treatise covering forty years of her dream experiences. From the outset, it is impressive to note the tenacity required to type and catalog four decades worth of dreams. Bridgeman gives the reader a very personal glimpse of her life and the ardor which surrounds single parenting, remarriage, and the tumultuous waters of career change.  Perhaps the only real anchor for her during these years was the reality demonstrated by her dreams.

Bridgeman came to trust that her life is guided by spiritual beings who explain life’s nuances in the dreamscape. Certain dreams are meant to foretell doom, unexpected change, or even unanticipated light at the end of the tunnel. These guides are in place to ensure the dreamer does not deviate from the master plan determined for her life. Such revelation encouraged the author to trust her instincts which had been corroborated by various disclosures in her dreams.

Woven into this biological dissertation is an exposure to various paranormal concepts; such as, astral travel and OBE’s (out of body experiences). Throughout history, various cultures have endorsed the idea that a separate “astral body” disconnects from the physical body during sleep and is free to travel along the astral plane. Whether or not the person who reads this book agrees with the mystical content portrayed - the experiences described are quite interesting. This well-written, rather unusual book is commended to the open-minded reader.

Journey of Dreams presents a unique understanding of how life can change when one learns to trust one’s dreams. As an accomplished thespian, musician, and teacher, Bridgeman’s life proves the lyrics made famous by Carly Simon: It's your heart and soul's desire;It's the stuff that dreams are made of…

2 comments:

  1. OK, I have to ask...how does one remember more than a few dreams. I think I might remember all of about 10 in my lifetime. I normally wake up with thoughts from them and then immediately they disappear...

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  2. In the book, Joan says that you can train yourself for dream recall. Her pattern was quite amazing to actually type and catalog dreams over four decades. That surprised me.

    -Steve

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