1. says

    Ryan, as always, I enjoy reading your insights immensely and I’m happy for your geek side that this fascinating research is further “legitimizing” dreamwork, though I know your dreamer side doesn’t need proof beyond your own experience which your share in your excellent work. What I scratch my head at in quantitative studies is that if you ask the vast majority of people who’ve lost touch with their dreaming because, around the world, most civilized countries undervalue dreaming, then the answers you get are based on people alienated from their dream life. If you ask frequent and conscious dreamers how many animals they have in their dreams, well, just based on my own experience, the numbers would be rather more significant for my age category. It bothers me that giving so much credence to these quantitative categories and typing sets up conscious or unconscious expectations that might limit a person’s dream experience, unnecessarily. However, it is fascinating stuff, and you’ve sent me all over the internet with your wonderful links. I’ve admired Ullman’s work since I started playing with dreamwork more than 30 years ago; his contribution is pretty obvious in the method I teach and practice now, Robert Moss’s Active Dreaming. Oh, and I love the “hair on fire” visual, very funny.

  2. Ryan Hurd says

    thanks for the comment Adelita! You’re right, I don’t personally need this confirming research BUT I respect the work of the dream research community because it is these studies that are paving the way to a more inclusive medical system and health care ecosystem that respects the power of intuition, visions, and dreamwork. BTW Robert Moss’s methods are great — and very easy to learn; I recommend them as well.

    • says

      Yes, the research legitimizes all, and it is wonderful, especially when done by researches who actually use their own dreaming, like Ullman or LaBerge. Dream wisdom is ancient, though. Indigenous customs have so much to teach and are learned differently than Western knowledge. However we pursue it though, part of the revolution in consciousness that so many teachers are talking about, a big part, is a return to the practice of paying attention to dreams. I’ve benefited greatly by your work, especially in the area of lucid dreaming, sleep paralysis, etc., but your blog is great, and when I can, I enjoy reading it.

  3. says

    I wish I had something wise and profound to add, but I really don’t. Can I just say thanks for the post and especially all the links? They’re going to keep me happily busy for quite some time.

    I’m also enjoying Robert Moss. I find his ideas of ‘normal’ for dreamers especially interesting: predictive dreams, out of body experiences, conversations with ancestors, all perfectly ordinary.

  4. abdulmunem says

    This recall to my mind a story that Mohammad used this group dreaming therapy through sharing the dreams of others and discuss it in the group to find its message and to find its flash for the dreamer himself and the group. The story as I heard it says that Mohammad early during the first prayer ask his followers who has a dream, let us hear it and start the discussion.Dream is one of the basic human perceptional faculty The story of Joseph in indicative in that context.