"Dreams With James Harvey Stout" - Introduction
I hope that this book will put you to sleep. In our
sleep, in our dreams, we find a world where we can learn about
ourselves, and improve our wakeful life, and experience adventures in
a lucid world where the only limitation is that of our
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- This is a how-to book.
book contains recurring themes which are particularly
- The research for this
- We are oneironauts.
This is a how-to book. It
gives instructions for techniques which have worked for many people
(including me). The book also explores the theoretical aspects
of dreaming, from the perspectives of psychology and religion. In the
second half of the book, we will examine lucid dreaming --
being conscious while we are dreaming, such that we can willfully
control our dreams.
book contains recurring themes which are particularly important.
- Our natural state is conscious awareness, not the
unconsciousness of deep sleep nor the semi-consciousness of
non-lucid dreaming. Our goal can be to sustain full awareness 24
hours per day (even while the body sleeps); some people have
attained this goal.
- Dreams are part of the overall fabric of "who we are." They
are not isolated into brief moments of our sleep; rather, they
play a role in our wakeful life, just as our wakeful life
reciprocally influences them. Their emotions, functions, and
dynamics are as real and vital as anything which we do during
- During dreams, every situation is founded upon an archetype,
just as it is during wakefulness. As explained in the chapter
regarding archetypal fields (in The Human Handbook), we
respond to archetypes by generating thoughts, images, energy tones
(e.g., emotions and feelings), and actions; a record of these
"elements" remains in the archetypal field (which is analogous to
the magnetic field which surrounds a magnet). Then, in each
subsequent encounter with that archetype, we automatically refer
to those records to determine "how do I usually respond to this
archetype?" -- and we tend to generate similar elements. In
dreams, we are encountering the same archetypes which we encounter
during wakefulness. Therefore:
- Our particular dreams are expressions of the elements
of our archetypal fields; for example, during wakefulness,
if we have had fearful thoughts regarding an upcoming job
interview, the energetic charge of that fear is likely to
generate a dream pertaining to the interview (although the
topic might be veiled in symbolism). Thus, our wakeful
activities affect our dreams.
- Our dreams affect our wakeful activities. During dreams, we
generate new elements when we encounter archetypes. Those
elements will remain there as references when we encounter
those same archetypes during subsequent wakefulness.
- In lucid dreams, we are conscious, so we can perform the
same types of "archetypal field-work," which we can perform
The research for this
book. The research included dozens of books, newsletters,
questionnaires, personal letters from dreamers, and my own
experiences. Frequently, I encountered the same ideas -- in different
words, and from different perspectives. The international community
of dream researchers (both professional and amateur) is sharing a
common pool of information, so some of this material will be familiar
to the people who are immersed in dream study, but I have added my
own experiences, observations, and theories.
We are oneironauts. As
oneironauts (oh-NIE-ro-nots, i.e., dream pioneers), we can each
become a new Columbus or Magellan. We have developed techniques and
knowledge which allow us to enter the dreamscape consciously to look
face-to-face at our own psyche (including the unconscious mind), and
to visit realms which are as vast as our imagination. In a previous
era, I might have wished you the blessings of Hypnos (the god of
sleep), or Oneiros or Morpheus (the gods of dreams) -- but in this
modern time, I can offer, instead, the research of scientists and
amateur explorers, and the belief that you will find your way into
this exhilarating world of dreams and lucid dreams.