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The art of dreaming : tools for creative dream work
Mellick, Jill.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Conari Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xvi, 206 pages ; 18 cm
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BF175.5.D74 M44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Jill Mellick is ushering in a new era of dreamwork with her revolutionary approach to dream analysis through artistic expression.

Dream books that guide readers to work with their dreams invariably ask those readers to write their dreams down, or perhaps record them. The Art of Dreaming stands apart from all other dream books in that it invites readers to work with their dreams in whatever medium is most natural and beneficial to them. For some readers that might in fact be writing or talking, but for others it might be drawing or painting or working in clay or dancing or dramatizing or recreating movement or maskmaking or working in multimedia or creating poetry. This book is a beautiful integration of dreaming and creativity, one that takes readers to a place where they can work with both the essential and deep messages from their dreams.

The beautifully designed book makes use of illustrative icons to clearly indicate to readers the art medium for each activity, whether writing, drawing, painting, maskmaking, etc., giving readers the ability to go directly to the type of activity that most appeals to them.

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Library Journal Review

Ever wondered what that bizarre dream is trying to tell you? Mellick, a clinical psychologist and registered expressive arts therapist, details a multitude of ways to decipher your dreams. A firm believer in subjective dream interpretation, she describes visual, vocal, and theatrical methods for cracking imagery. Examples include writing out dreams in haiku form, making masks of figures from your dreams, and acting out dreams. There's also a chapter that deals exclusively with nightmares and how to uncover their meanings using the aforementioned means, though the thought of reliving them long enough to work them out is off-putting. New Agey, yes, but the insights some of Mellick's patients gained from their dreams ring true. Public libraries with a large spiritualist patron base would do well to purchase this. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.