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Have you ever seen yourself sleeping? Have you dreamed you could fly, breath under water or wondered what repeating dreams want? This book will answer these questions and more. Such as, how to tell if you have received telepathic messages from deceased loved ones; what aura color, numeric values, meditation and eye position have to do with dreaming. If you’ve ever considered the possibility of glimpsing the future or consciously interacting in dreams shared by others, then you’re ready to experience a level of dream work that will take you beyond understanding dreams into unlocking the mysteries of your mind, body and soul. Decoding the Parable of Dreams is like having your own private fortune teller/therapist at your beck and call. And who couldn’t benefit from that?
Determining the Purpose and Types of Dreams
Through the ages dreams have held the fascination of people from all walks of life. Why? For the same reason you opened this book. Deep inside we know dreams to be an integral part of who we are, a legend of where we have been, and a map toward what we may yet become. This chapter deals with dreams and the purpose behind them.
Why We Dream
Why we dream is not the most exciting part of dream work. I admit it is the opening of most dream books, and the paragraphs are most likely to be skimmed while the reader thinks blah, blah, blah, get to the good stuff already. But this book is the type where if you miss one part, later on when the plot thickens you may find yourself rewinding. To save you some time, please stay with me.
Why we dream is a question never fully answered. Laboratory tests show that without sleep for prolonged periods humans become disoriented, slow witted, agitated and depressed. When participants are finally able to sleep, they immediately go into the dream phase of sleep and remained there for a prolonged period of time. This shows that not only is sleep essential to our well being, but the process of dreaming is also essential. Many theories have been formed as to why we need dreams. Some believe we dream to exercise the brain. Others believe we dream in order to keep the mind occupied while our body restores itself. Yet to our earlier ancestors the answer would have seemed obvious.
Temples were erected to help spiritual seekers find solace and answers to life's quests through the dream world. Futures were seen and taken seriously. Dreams held a place in the lives and hearts of humankind. Then came the age of discounting our ancestor's ways as silly superstitions belonging to less advanced cultures. This reduced dreams to nonsensical images of our sleep. Yet still we dreamed. In modern times we exhumed dreams only to view them as if they were dirty little secrets. In fact Freud, although contributing much to the area of dream research, made his very best attempt to make them just that. We lost touch with the meaning of dreams and beat them to death with a big logic stick, looking for meaning in books which insisted on certain interpretations; "this means this, and that's that.' Once again interpreters were sought after, this time from the comfort of the couch as we probed deeper into why we think and act the way we do.
Then came the resurgence of the deeper meaning of dreams; the renaissance moved beyond serving as a tool for psychotherapy and we gradually began to gravitate to a new exciting perspective, taking dreams to higher levels of comprehension. We saw a recent resurfacing of the concept of mixing dreams with spirituality. And once again, everything old was new again.
Since we are now beginning to see ourselves as connected, spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally, it becomes easier to see how dreams reflect the same holistic model. As a result of the information age and our newfound understanding of the importance of dreams, a demand to demystify the process began. Spiritual-based dream books hit the market encouraging people to see and hear the meaning of their dreams for themselves.
Even with this approach, it is still entirely possible we may never know the full extent of why we dream. We do however know a few things about dreams. From modern technology we now know there are three fluctuating levels of sleep (commonly mistaken for four when including Beta which is a state of wakefulness, not a stage of sleep at all). The three actual stages of sleep are:
1. Alpha - The state between sleep and wakefulness also achieved through meditation and said to be ideal for experimenting with extra sensory perception (which we will be exploring in a later chapter).
2. Theta - Light sleep where most dreams occur.
3. Delta - Heavy sleep where SEM (slow eye movement) or NREM (non-Rapid eye movement) occurs.
"An insightful tutorial on understanding and interpreting dreams.Rather than dealing with dream interpretation dictionary style,Florence Ellen's excellent book, Decoding the Parable of Dreams, has a more hands-on approach. It teaches readers how to analyse, understand, and interpret dreams for themselves. Dream interpretation is a valuable skill that everyone should learn. Your dreams overflow with information about the state of your life, and of the many influenctial factors that are at work in and around you. They provide valuable insight into what is happening to you now, and into where one's life is heading in the future. Precognitave dreams can even show meaningful glimpses of the actual future. Dreams are often obtuse, full of symbolic and metaphorical meaning, but they play an important part in the dynamics of life, in the living of one's life, and their importance should not be underestimated. Decoding the Parable of Dreams is extremely worthwhile reading."- Robert Bruce, Author of Astral Dynamics, Practical Psychic Self-Defense and Mastering Astral Porjection
"The famous psychologist Carl Gustav Jung wrote of an all encompassing knowledge that exists beyond the confines of our personal conscious and subconscious mind. Jung termed this the collective subsconscious and it is a place we may enter in our dreams. There, through mysterious images,visions and voices, we encounter the truth of all that has been and all that will be. Florence Ellen's excellent book will enable the reader to decode this mystery and discover the hidden messages that exist within our dreams. To all who seek their own truth I highly recommend this excellent book." - John G. Sutton, Author of Psychic Pets
"At long last, a much needed book that explains how our nonsensical dreams can become sensical. 'Decoding The Parable of Dreams' talks to each reader as the unique individual he/she is, thus guiding each reader to their most insightful analysis. A masterful work that is sure to be treasured by all who heed their dreams." - Heather Jones, Author of Beautiful Journey.
"Often , understanding parables takes time and much reflection but in " Decoding the Parable of Dreams " this is made simple. It is concise and packed with info that will leave you saying, " of course !" I can see where it will help to eliminate a lot of stress, upset and worry in many people's "waking up." There is an expression about a credit card, "don't leave home without it". " Decoding the Parable of Dreams "- don't go to sleep without it." - Bishop Maureen Heffernan
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 234
Paper Weight (lb): 10.0