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The Space-Psyche Bond (Continues)

Some theories examine the bond existing between space and psyche. Thus, they serve to explain how our dreaming mind builds dream landscapes. These theories are: Psychogeography, Place Attachment Theory, Spiritual Geography and Energy Geography.

Spiritual Geography.

According to Kathleen Norris’s book Dakota: A Spiritual Geography Spiritual Geography is the experience of nature, landscape or one’s surroundings as a experience of the holy, and the way in which one’s physical geography intersects with an internal or spiritual geography. Besides, Spiritual Geography describes the way a place shapes people’s attitudes, beliefs and myths.

DREAM LANDSCAPES [1]

Disclaimer: This article and the accompanying artwork are subject to copyrights. This is a long version of  my article ‘Dreams as Articulation of Space” published in  the 2019 Winter edition of DreamTime. I have removed footnotes and other references and divided the article in four different entries. If you want to  reproduce this article in full, please contact me first.


We build cities without bricks every night. Or countryside areas. Or planets. How does the dream master decide on the spatial surroundings that appear in our dreams? Why does the unconscious build specific dreamscapes the way it does?

LINKS: Dreams About Coronavirus

Hello dreamers. I hope you are well and healthy.

People are dreaming more these days, the newspapers say. The presence of a novel virus, coronavirus or COVID-19, and the social restrictions and lockdown measures adopted at a global scale are affecting our dreams.

Why are we Having more dreams?

We are not. It is just that some people, especially those who usually don’t remember them, that they don’t pay attention to them, are remembering them. On the one hand, people who usually have a good dream recall and work with their dreams have seen an increase in COVID-19-themed dreams. Most dreams are vivid when we experience them, it is just that we don’t realise that unless we remember them. The reasons why we are having a higher number of dreams remembered are, among others:

NEWS: 7 Steps to Prevent Infection

My lovely dreams. I hope you are staying home and paying attention to your dreams, now that you have extra time.

Please remember these easy things that you can do to prevent infection, yours and anyone’s else. As the knowledge of the virus behaviour and spread improves, there will certainly be some additions and adjustments. However, the seven items listed here are good to limit the spread of  Coronavirus and of most respiratory infectious diseases. If you learn the lesson know, you will be know it for the next.

I advise the use of protective masks and disposable gloves in your outings. If you don’t find gloves, use sanitizer after anything you touch. Like doctors do.

INTERPRETATION vs ANALYSIS

In this entry, I offer an example of how I work with dreams and how it differs from dream interpretation. This is an hypothetical dream snippet based on a real person’s dream.

THE DREAM.

Mary and her boyfriend Peter are having a chat together. Peter is wearing a pink suit that she has chosen for him. In the dreams, Peter asks, “Why do you want me to wear pink?” Mary replies, “Because I like it for us as a couple.” Peter adds, “I put it on because you said so.”

DREAM INTERPRETATION.

REVIEW: Dream Gates by Robert Moss (2006)

Contents.

Dream Gates is a sort of dreamwork manual, as it touches on a great array of subjects related to dreams. Moss provides information about dream recording, dream interpretation, dream re-entry, dream anecdotes and stories, and even the quotes he mentions.

Dreams about the future, healing dreams, shamanistic dreams, dreams about the deceased and spiritual entities, counselling dreams. Anything and everything about the world of dreams is in this book. There are plenty of real dreams examples mentioned, all of them interesting and surprising, and they come from Moss’ own oneiric world and from that of his circle of friends and workshops participants. Part of his dreamwork approach is the world of synchronicity and active imagination, and he discusses both subjects in this book.

REVIEW: Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen LaBerge (2009)

This is a short how-to book on lucid dreaming by Stephen LaBerge PhD, a Stanford researcher and one of the fathers of Lucid Dreaming.

This is an acceptable basic introduction to lucid dreaming, and especially useful if this is first time you approach the subject. Laberge uses a very simple English, with very clear how-to techniques to remember dreams to facilitate lucid dreaming, to deal with nightmares, plus a brief intro about the importance of dreamwork and the virtues and uses of lucid dreaming.

This is not a book properly speaking. It only has 89 pages filled with too many records of dreams, too man quotes and unnecessary verbal weed, plus the notes and bio. The core of the work is about 40 pages, not more! Besides, the bibliography is really old, the most modern book referenced in the book is from 1997.

REVIEW: A Little Course in Dreams by Robert Bosnak (1998)

I had read many books on dreamwork before I came to read this, enticed by a talk given by Bosnak. The book, as some others of his, is a mix of personal working diary on dreams, with reflections and advice to the reader and to himself. This is a little wonder of a book, little as in introductory, not as in simple. Bosnak is a Jungian analyst so you can’t get the Jungian out of him, nor would want to). This is, precisely, what makes his approach to dreams so profound.

The Goodies.

REVIEW: In the House of the Riddle Mother: The Most Common Archetypal Motifs in Women’s Dreams by Clarissa Pinkola Estés (2009)

Pinkola Estés is not only a reputed Jungian psychologist, but also a natural storyteller and a wonderful writer.

In this audiobook, she’s able to link and connect dream themes, real dreams from real people, and world legends, fairytales and myths. She also looks at dreams as part of a whole, as a world of magic that it’s intricately related to other magic worlds.

Pinkola has a very mellow soothing voice, perfect for a therapist, but her whispering is not only a sweet song to your ears, but also a deep poetic and humorous exploration of our dream world.

I Loved.

I love some of the stories Clarissa intercalates in the book.

NEWS: DreamTime Winter 2020 Issue

The new issue of DreamTime for year 2020 has just been published. It contains a very interesting, eclectic and enjoyable issue of DreamTime with articles from different dream experts, researchers and artists. I’m one of the contributors, with an article on dreamscapes, which also includes some of my digital artwork. My name is not on the cover but I am in.

Contact the IASD office (office@asdreams.org) on how to purchase the paper copy or PDF copy. Prices are very cheap, and you will be supporting a wonderful organisation that invest every penny on supporting dream research, and has scholarships and grants for young researchers and artists working on dreams.

If you become a member of the IASD, the copies of the IASD’s DreamTime and Dreaming magazines for the year you are subscribing to will be offered to you on digital format for free.

This is just an image, not the whole magazine, so you cannot download anything by clicking on it!

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