Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them

By Stanley Krippner, Fariba Bogzaran, and Andre Percia de Carvalho

Subjects: Psychoanalysis
Series: SUNY series in Dream Studies
Paperback : 9780791452585, 211 pages, January 2002
Hardcover : 9780791452578, 211 pages, January 2002

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Table of contents


1. Introduction

2. Understanding Dreams and Dreaming

3. Creative Dreams

4. Lucid Dreams

5. Out-of-Body Dreams

6. Pregnancy Dreams

7. Healing Dreams

8. Dreams within Dreams

9. Collective Dreams

10. Telepathic Dreams

11. Clairvoyant Dreams

12. Precognitive Dreams

13. Past Life Dreams

14. Initiative Dreams

15. Spiritual and Visitation Dreams

16. Dreams and Personal Mythology




Discusses extraordinary dreams and offers suggestions for interpreting and appreciating your own extraordinary dreams.


From visions of a past life to glimpses of the future, history is full of accounts of unusual dreams. This fascinating book explores historical, scientific, and cross-cultural research on these sorts of extraordinary dreams, and offers practical suggestions on how to work with them—either individually or as a member of a dream group—to enhance one's intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health. Each chapter is devoted to a particular type of dream, and presents a summary of research data on their nature. Specific categories of dreams discussed include creative, lucid, out-of-body, pregnancy, healing, collective, telepathic, clairvoyant, precognitive, past-life, initiation, and spiritual visitation dreams, as well as dreams within dreams. Entertaining and instructive, this book points the way to an expanded conception of human potential for the twenty first century.

Stanley Krippner is Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School. He is the author of many books including, with David Feinstein, The Mythic Path: Discovering the Guiding Stories of Your Past—Creating a Vision for Your Future. Fariba Bogzaran is Associate Professor of Consciousness Studies and Founding Director of the Dream Studies program at John F. Kennedy University. She is the author of Through the Light: An Exploration into Consciousness. André Percia de Carvalho is a clinical psychologist and motivational speaker in Brazil specializing in the fields of human resources and industrial development.


"An excellent integration of science, historical, cross-cultural, and personal perspectives on extraordinary dreams. Rarely does one see such a seamless combination of these widely divergent views. " — Jayne Gackenbach, editor of Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications

"A fascinating book that is wonderfully easy to read—these extraordinary dreams are part of virtually everyone's experience, yet they are not adequately covered in traditional books on dreaming. " — Allan Combs, author of The Radiance of Being: Complexity, Chaos and the Evolution of Consciousness

"The topic is of great importance and significance, both to the academic world and the general public. The book is very clear, readable, and engagingly written. " — Jeremy Taylor, author of Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill: Using Dreams to Tap the Wisdom of the Unconscious

"This short, scholarly, and practical book provides a key for opening the vast literature on dreaming and dreamwork. " — Dream Network