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History of Last Night's Dream Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul

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ISBN-10: 0060575832

ISBN-13: 9780060575830

Edition: 2007

Authors: Rodger Kamenetz

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A third of our time on earth is spent sleeping, yet our dreams, if we remember them at all, have been relegated to nothing more than curious anecdotes. When Sigmund Freud awakened modern interest in the dream a century ago, his theory of interpretation undermined the potential insights dreams had to offer. For Freud, dreams were little more than fragmented puzzle parts made up of events from our waking lives. Most of us today still live under Freud's far-reaching influence. When we wake up after experiencing a powerful series of images, we too readily explain them away or simply ignore them all together. Whatever emotion or insight the dream evokes slowly fades. But what if Freud was wrong? Unless we challenge his deeply-ingrained assumptions, we will forever lose the gift of our dreams. International bestselling author Rodger Kamenetz believes it is not too late to reclaim the lost power of our nightly visions. Kamenetz's exploration of the world of dreams reopens all the questions scientists and psychologists claimed to have settled long ago. The culmination of decades of research, The History of Last Night's Dream is a riveting intellectual and cultural investigation of dreams and what they have to teach us. We discover how the age-old struggle between what we dream and how we interpret our dreams has shaped Western culture from biblical times to today. Kamenetz introduces us to an eighty-seven-year-old female kabbalist in Jerusalem, a suave Tibetan Buddhist dream teacher in Copenhagen, and a crusty intuitive postman-turned-dream master in northern Vermont. He fearlessly delves into this mysterious inner realm and shows us that dreams are not only intensely meaningful but that they hold essential truths about who we are. In the end, each of us has the choice to embark on this illuminating path to the soul. But one thing is certain: our dreams will never be the same again.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/9/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Roger Kamenetz wrote the landmark international bestseller, The Jew in the Lotus , and the winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Stalking Eljah . He is a Louisiana State University Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies and a certified dream therapist. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, fiction writer Moira Crone.

Images
The Descent into Dreams: New Orleans, January 2007
The Gate of Heaven in Newton, Massachusetts: Newton, November 1995
Colette and the Waking Dream: Jerusalem, Summer 1995
Kitchen Kabbalah and the Vault of Images
The Little Shocks
The Case of the Disappearing Dream
A Convention of Dreamers: Berkeley, June 2003
Interpretations
Marc Bregman and a Punch in the Gut: Morrisville, Vermont, June 2001
The Book of K de G
You Are a Dead Man: Dumuzi and Abimelech
Jacob, the Hero of the Revelation Dream
Joseph the Dreamer and Joseph the Interpreter
The Untimely Disappearance of the Dream: Numbers and Deuteronomy
The Rabbis Ameliorate the Dream
Peter Sees a Dream, and Jews and Christians Part Ways
The Gnostic Heresy and the Mystical Dream Journey
Sigmund and Irma: The Secret of Dreams Revealed
The Two Belly Buttons
Blind Spots Removed While You Wait, and the Book of K de G Speaks
How Dreams Abolish Time, and the Secret of K de G at Last
Dreams
The Three Gifts of the Dream
Lost and Wandering Dreams: The Predicament
The Opposition: Gravel Grandma
The Opposition: Freud's Staircase Dream
The Orphanage Dream: The Situation of the Soul
Becoming the Boy: The Pins and the Desert
A Very Important Person
The Male VIP: The Second Gift of the Dream
Jung's Descent into the World of Dreams
Marc Bregman Meets the Animus
Return of the Orphanage Dream: The Father Archetype
North of Eden
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index