Integral Dreaming

A Holistic Approach to Dreams

By Fariba Bogzaran & Daniel Deslauriers

Subjects: Dreams, Integral Theory, Transpersonal Psychology, Psychology
Series: SUNY series in Dream Studies
Paperback : 9781438442389, 346 pages, January 2013
Hardcover : 9781438442372, 346 pages, June 2012

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Table of contents

List of Figures
PART I. History and Context
1. A Larger Calling: The Field of Integral Studies
2. An Integral Approach to Dreaming
PART II. Dreaming from an Integral Perspective: Research and Theory
3. The Creative Brain and the Science of Sleep and Dreams
4. Embodied and Purposeful Dreaming
5. The Subjective Experience of Dreams
6. Types of Dreams: Toward an Ecology of Dreaming
7. Dreams and Self-Inquiry
8. Dreams and Intersubjectivity
9. Culture, Ecology, and Identity
10. Turning to Larger Patterns: Dreams, Society, and the Environment
PART III. Integral Dream Practice: Philosophy and Application
11. Toward an Integral Dream Practice
12. Hermeneutic of Dream Interpretation
13. Epistemic Uncertainty: Non-Interpretive Approaches to Dreams
14. Philosophy of Practice
15. Hermeneutic of Creation: The Five Movements of Integral Dream Practice
16. Dreams in Creation: The Ursa Major Dream

A holistic approach to the fascinating, multifaceted world of dreams.


This innovative book offers a holistic approach to one of the most fascinating and puzzling aspects of human experience: dreaming. Advocating the broad-ranging vision termed "integral" by thinkers from Aurobindo to Wilber, Fariba Bogzaran and Daniel Deslauriers consider dreams as multifaceted phenomena in an exploration that includes scientific, phenomenological, sociocultural, and subjective knowledge. Drawing from historical, cross-cultural, and contemporary practices, both interpretive and noninterpretive, the authors present Integral Dream Practice, an approach that emphasizes the dreamer's creative participation, reflective capacities, and mindful awareness in working with dreams. Bogzaran and Deslauriers have developed this comprehensive way of approaching dreams over many years and highlight their methods in a chapter that unfolds a single dream, showing how sustained creative exploration over time leads to transformative change.

Fariba Bogzaran is Associate Professor of Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University, where she founded the dream studies program. Her previous books include Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them (coauthored with Stanley Krippner and André Percia de Carvalho), also published by SUNY Press. Daniel Deslauriers is Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies.


"…a significant contribution to the literature of both integral theory and dream studies … Highly recommended. " — CHOICE

"There is nothing like Integral Dreaming in the literature. This is an ambitious undertaking and its readers will gain an in-depth understanding of dreams and dreaming that they will find nowhere else. The 'five movements' of Integral Dream Practice will encourage many readers to follow the steps outlined, and integrate dreamwork into their own lives. This book will be an instant classic in the field. " — Stanley Krippner