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The Art of Dreaming
The Art of Dreaming
von Carlos Castaneda
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,71

5.0 von 5 Sternen Perception: Just when you thought you knew it all--BAMM!, 14. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Art of Dreaming (Taschenbuch)
This book is practical. If you are interested in dreaming more consciously, Castenada gives some useful step by step instructions for developing this awareness, beginning with looking at your hands whenever possible as a trigger to alert you that you are in a dream. He describes different levels of dreaming and how a dreamer must pass certain "tests" to cross these gateways to a more advanced state of dreaming.
This book is magical. The experiences are intruiging and might be hard for some folks to believe. That's okay; it's healthy to question. However, if you are a serious dreamer you may find some reassuring similarities to your own experiences. (I did. In fact, I was hard-pressed to find an explanation for a big dream of mine until I reviewed this book.)
This book is thrilling. If you consider the possibility that what Castenada recounts may indeed be reality, it has some exciting and yet frightening implications. (You'll have to read it to see what I mean.) If you are a dreaming enthusiast, you will be interested to see how this book may influence your own dreaming practices. It's fascinating, if nothing else. If you are close-minded or not much of a dreamer, I recommend that you don't buy the book.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
von Maya Angelou
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An adult review--and one teacher's viewpoint, 8. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Taschenbuch)
May I tell you why I choose to have my ninth grade students read it? I have noticed a lot of reviews by young people, which I applaud, but an adult perspective might be helpful.
I don't particularly feel the need to defend its merits. (I am not articulate enough to do justice to that task.) As with any book, some will love it and some won't. Guaranteed, it will make you uncomfortable at times, because one chapter describes the rape of a young person--which is painful for any compassionate human being to hear. Plus, there are other sexual issues, largely stemming from the earlier assault, but also because she is a teenager in the last phase of the book. Such questions about love and sex are characteristic of the teenage years. Many young people, as well as adults, are confused about such topics. While these are generally the most controversial segments from the book, the fundamental lesson of the book goes far beyond the survival of one victim. I won't supply you with the answers as to what one should take away from the text. It is a personal experience for each of us.
We can all learn from Maya's honest account of her childhood journey. We can all try on her experiences and live vicariously through her for a while, and see how it changes our own perspective on what it means to be a human being.
I'll be the first to admit, this book is a challenge for all my students in one way or another. Some because they are white and live in the northern US. Some because they are male and it's difficult to view life through a woman's eyes. Some because of the adult vocabulary and extensive use of figurative language. Some of these experiences are so remote from their own, while others are very close to home. It helps them to see how much we actually do have in common with those who at first seem very different. They all can benefit from reading it, if they give it a chance. (Adults may be better equiped to appreciate fully this text. However, young people can take so much from it. Maybe one day, we can have an abridged version, so it is still rich in language and meaning, yet condensed so more young people can access its many gifts.)
Beyond the darkness of some of those experiences (discrimination, rape, humilation and fear) lies a powerful sense of hope, dignity, determination and resilience. One of my favorite aspects of the book is its emphasis on the power of education, language and literacy. Throughout Maya's life--books, poetry, impassioned voices have all inspired her. Her autobiography is a moving tribute to a literate way of life and an enduring legacy to that tradition.


Conscious Dreaming: A Spiritual Path for Everyday Life
Conscious Dreaming: A Spiritual Path for Everyday Life
von Robert Moss
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,83

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the 10 most important books of my life., 21. April 2000
A few years ago, during a difficult phase of my life, I dreamed some BIG dreams. Wanting some assistance with interpreting them and trying to avoid the usual dry, inaccurate and impersonal dream encyclopedias, I was drawn to the title of this book. I was not disappointed. It launched me on a profound journey that continues to unfold today. It offers explanations and guidance, while leaving an appreciation of the mysteries inherit in dreaming intact.
Clearly and comprehensively written, useful for both the novice and experienced dreamer, it offers a wealth of information on various types of dreams (dreams of healing, dreams of the departed, dreams of the future, etc.) and ways to access their meanings. One of the most helpful aspects of it, for me, was the ample number of dream stories from the author's experiences and those of other people, which illuminate each chapter. He gives some excellent strategies, not only for interpretation of dreams, but for how to dream more consciously and find the answers you need. I was so impressed with the book, I wrote to the author, and he generously responded. I even signed up for one of his workshops (which was great, by the way). Robert Moss is an accomplished storyteller, historian and educator. If you are a dream seeker, you will find gold here.


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