Friday, February 08, 2008

How dreams lead you to God

Vancouver Sun Blogs - Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun
Bonnelle Lewis Strickling has just retired as head of Langara College's philosophy department and his devoting herself to smelling the cedars, practising psychotherapy and writing more, particularly on dream work. This weekend she's leading a retreat on Bowen Island, B.C., based on her excellent new book, Dreaming About the Divine (State University of New York Press). Inspired by the great Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, Strickling teaches that dreams bring the deep, unpredictable transformative power of the sacred into our lives. Here's the introduction to a recent piece on her book.

It's the middle of the night and your bedroom is dark. Suddenly you're awake, peering around in confusion. What was that? You realize you've just had a powerful dream.
You can't fall back to sleep; reverberating feelings and strange images have seized hold. You want to block them out, but they won't let go.
Did you just have a visit from God?
Maybe.
Dreams and mystical experiences have long gone together in history.
From ancient Greek oracles to Hebrew prophets and wandering Eastern sages, dreams have been seen as direct links to the sacred, to the seemingly unfathomable mysteries of existence.
But in our harried lives, busy with getting things done, the dreamworld often seems inpenetrable and disturbing.

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