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The Woman's Book of Dreams: Dreaming As a Spiritual Practice

by Connie Cockrell Kaplan

Buy the book: Connie Cockrell Kaplan. The Woman's Book of Dreams: Dreaming As a Spiritual Practice

Release Date: May, 1999

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Buy the book: Connie Cockrell Kaplan. The Woman's Book of Dreams: Dreaming As a Spiritual Practice


A way of life

Well, I can tell you either this book will change your life or it won't. It changed the course of the rest of my life. Either you are connected to the dream weave or you aren't. For myself, and others, I can only say, thank God for Connie and the dream circle for leading the way. We all dream, we are all connected. Some of us choose this particular path as our spiritual destiny. You will know if you are one of us. Do the work and it will change your life. If you think you are a spiritual dreamer, this book is a good place to start.

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Some useful suggestions

I like this book, inspite of a number of shortcomings. It's a nicely presented edition from Beyond Words Publishing. The idea of creating a dream database for correlating lunar transits and days of the month with dreams is helpful, and the suggestion that we should recapitulate the events of the day before going to sleep each night is also very useful. I liked the idea of mapping the dream phases and establishing a dream circle of friends in which to share dreams. (The dream chart is the same idea as the menstrual mandala in "Alchemy for Women: Personal Transformation through dreams and the female cycle" by Shuttle and Redgrove, 1995, with the addition of lunar transits.) As an interesting aside, this author leads dreaming circles through lindagoodman.net's academy, with the most recent on being entitled "dreaming on the vernal equinox 2001."

Overall, though, I found that there was too much emphasis on simply recounting people's dreams and without much guidance for the reader on how to work with their own.

Kaplan refers a lot to astrology, but she should have paid more attention to its technical aspects. For example, void-of-course Moon is defined as follows: "As the moon moves from sign to sign during a month, she may, for a few hours, be outside the direct influence of any sign. (Those constellations are far apart!) When the moon is between signs, she is said to be void of course." In fact, a void of course Moon is one that does not make any complete aspect to any planet or the Sun before leaving the zodiacal sign that it is in. It is not somehow outside the influence of a sign. Elsewhere, as another exmaple, she makes an odd statement: "Sagittarius governs the blood. Dreams may refer to the sense of inner peace invoked by proper blood flow." For a fuller and more accurate treatment of this subject, see "Crossing the Threshold: The astrology of dreaming" by Linda Reid. For a more complete exposition on dreaming and shamanism/consciousness work, see Robert Moss's books, such as "Conscious Dreaming: A spiritual path of everyday life."

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