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Dream power : how to use your night dreams to change your life
Richmond, Cynthia, 1956-
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [2000]

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240 pages ; 25 cm
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"Portions ... were previously published in the author's column, 'In your dreams, ' in the Los Angeles times"--T.p. verso.
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Analyzes hundreds of dreams, including those of celebrities, describes common themes and symbols, and shows how to use these insights to improve our lives.

Author Notes

Cynthia Richmond is a journalist, board-certified behavioral therapist, author, educator, and speaker. Her column, "In Your Dreams," has been a regular fixture in the Los Angeles Times since 1997. She hosted a daily NBC cable program, State of Mind, for two years and has appeared as a guest expert on many TV shows. Through dream analysis, therapy, workshops, classes, and TV appearances, Richmond has helped thousands of people create the lives they want. She lives with her daughter in Sherman Oaks, California.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Richmond's weekly dream-analysis column in the Los Angeles Times contains the disclaimer that it "should be read for entertainment purposes only." And so it is with her first book, a collection of sample dreams followed by possible meanings and questions to help dreamers analyze their own reveries. Richmond claims that dreams relieve stress; impart self-knowledge, inspiration and warnings; and solve problems. She even touches upon "astral projecting," in which the soul leaves the body during sleep to communicate with or visit "that which exists in spirit." But readers seeking an exhaustive examination of the age-old, worldwide tradition of dream analysis may be disappointed. Richmond invokes Freud, Jung and Joseph Campbell only once, and makes such questionable assertions as "studies show that as many as 12 to 15 percent of dreams may predict the future" without citing her sources. Instead, she offers prosaic advice for remembering dreams (e.g., write them down) and mostly superficial explanations for such common dream elements as water, vehicles and sex. Nonetheless, readers who enjoy checking their daily newspaper horoscopes may find this dream-analysis-lite equally entertaining. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Richmond, a behavioral therapist who writes a column for the Los Angeles Times and hosts a TV talk show, gathers a wealth of information on dreams and dreaming. First and foremost is the statement that everyone dreams every night. Richmond goes beyond dream interpretation to encourage using dreams as therapy to better one's life. He covers techniques for remembering dreams and prompts the reader in how to realize productive dreams during conscious hours; helps readers work out everyday problems through dream analysis; and, finally, interprets more than 200 different types of dreams. Richmond mentions some archetypal dreams that cross cultures and throws in a few celebrity dreams for good measure. Small yet dense with information, this volume is highly recommended for public libraries.--Lisa S. Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Chapter One Why We Dream Becoming Your True Self A bird is born twice, first from its mother within the egg and then from the shell that protects it as it develops and matures. You, too, may have a shell that may shield you from real or imagined pain and danger. It may also prevent you from truly feeling all the joy and beauty, the grace and truth, of life. Imagine that you had an option just before you were born. You could stay in the world you knew: warm, dark, cozy, with all your needs met. Or you could venture out into an unknown. If you knew in advance that the journey out would be at first restricting and possibly painful -- if you knew that instead of cozy darkness it would be bright, cold, and glaring -- would you have chosen to take the risk? Many would not. Yet look at the world that you live in -- the vibrant colors of a flower garden, the fragrance of bread baking in a warm oven, the taste of a hot cup of coffee on a frosty morning, the disappearing barriers when you look deeply into the eyes of the one you love, the adventure of reading a great novel that takes you to places you have never been. Fill in your own favorite things here, and ask yourself if you wouldn't sign up for a trip to our world if you knew all that it can be? The unconscious behaviors you engage in every day may be, in part, defined by the shell that you still live within. Until you become aware of your shell, you can't possibly decide if there are things you would like to remove from it. You can peck out just as the little bird does. And your dreams can show you the way. Your dreams can provide you with a gift of vision that allows you to see what your shell is made of, and to see through that shell to the life beyond its restrictions. If you choose to explore the possibilities, you can decide for yourself if this tool is valuable to you. It costs nothing -- you already dream every night. You need only decide to spend some time learning to remember, writing down, and interpreting your dreams. You don't even have to do it every day to get the benefit. The more often you do, the more revealing information you will have to work with. The first step to any change is awareness, and this is the gift your dreams offer. In this way, dreams can help you to become your own therapist. Or, you can take your dreams to a therapist. Either way, understanding your dreams can assist you in recognizing self-defeating behaviors that you can eliminate or replace with self-promoting behaviors. Once freed from these obstacles, you can define and create the life you want. Copyright © 2000 Cynthia Richmond. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Make the Journey
1 Why We Dream
2 How to Remember Your Dreams
3 How to Write Down Your Dreams
4 How to Interpret Your Dreams
Section 2 Dreamers of Dreams
5 Stress Management through Dreams
6 Recurring Dreams
7 Nightmares
8 Healing Dreams
9 Precognitive Dreams and ESP
Section 3 Dreams Have Two Gates
10 Dreams of Flying
11 Dreams of Celebrities
12 Dreams of Political Leaders
13 Dreams of Departed Loved Ones
14 Dreams of Relationships
15 Dreams of Sex
16 Dreams of Pregnancy and Babies
17 Dreams of Clothing
18 Dreams of Teeth and Hair
19 Dreams of Purses, Wallets, and Money
20 Dreams of House and Home
21 Dreams of Hotels
22 Dreams of Vehicles
23 Dreams of Elevators
24 Dreams of Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, and Pools
25 Dreams of Disaster
26 Dreams of Blood and Violence
27 Dreams of Animals
28 Dreams of Birds and Bugs
29 Dreams of School and Tests
30 Dreams of Bathrooms
31 Spiritual Guidance in Your Dreams