Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dreaming by the Book

I am often asked where do you start if you are new to my books. The linear answer is: with Conscious Dreaming (my first and still my foundation book introducing my marriage of shamanism and dreamwork) and/or The Three "Only" Things (easily accessible, with lots of games I developed later, including the Lightning Dreamwork process and fun ways of navigating by synchronicity).
    The history professor in me says: start with The Secret History of Dreaming. The healer in me who loves to see the light of returning soul in the eyes says: go for Dreaming the Soul Back Home. The part of me who walks close to Death, and to dead poets, nominates The Dreamer's Book of the Dead. The dream teacher who wants to see circles of active dreamers growing everywhere, now, says: Active Dreaming
    The poet in me says: start with Here, Everything is Dreaming, filled with poems and stories that stream straight from the dreaming. The novelist in me says: go read the three novels in my Cycle of the Iroquois, Fire Along the SkyThe Firekeeper, and The Interpreter. These flow from my dreams and "far memories" and are a window into the shamanic dreaming practices of Native Americans as well as the life dreams of pioneers on America's first frontier. 
    The frequent flyer in me says, if you are already feel at home in the multiverse, and want more travel itineraries, go for Dreamgates. The fellow whose life was turned upside down, and is still turning, after an ancient Mohawk/Huron woman shaman called him in dreams and visions, says, go for Dreamways of the Iroquois. The man who succeeded in staying alive in this world by reading and acting on dreams of the possible future picks Dreaming True.  
     If you like audio, you can go for my Sounds True series Dream Gates: A Journey into Active Dreaming. (This is not a book on tape, and please don't confuse it with Dreamgates the book, which was written later and has different content). If you like video, play with my video series The Way of the Dreamer (Psyche Productions) in which I not only talk but demonstrate the core techniques of Active Dreaming with the help of a lively circle of dreamers. This is now available for digital download. My recording of shamanic drumming for dream travelers, Wings for the Journey, is available for audio download.
     I can't pick a favorite, and yet I must admit I have special fondness for The Boy Who Died and Came Backa memoir of my adventures in the multiverse since I literally died and came back as a child in my native Australia. 
     And I am excited by the publication of my latest book, Sidewalk Oracles: Playing with Signs, Symbols and Synchronicity in Everyday Life.  T
his is all about dreaming wide awake, full of wonderful games - like playing Sidewalk Tarot - and the 12 Rules for Becoming a Kairomancer. 

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