The Dreamlife of Families

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-07-11
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions

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How our unconscious minds connect with our families through dreams

• Shows how the connected dreamlife of families reveals itself in nightmares and unusual dreams, during critical times such as pregnancy, conflicts, and medical emergencies, and in shared, telepathic, and precognitive dreams

• Explains how dreamwork can help heal our psychospiritual selves and aid in both family and couples therapy

• Examines ancient dream traditions from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and the ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools

Our dreams, the most intimate part of us, form the truest expressions of our feelings and emotional beliefs about the world. Our dreams also reflect the complex connections of our unconscious minds with those of our families and close friends, connecting us through our dreams to loved ones near and far, living and passed on.

Integrating traditional dream analysis with family psychology, clinical science, and parapsychology, Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., ABPP, details how our personal unconscious is interwoven into our larger family unconscious. He shows how these dreamlife connections and patterns are as old as humanity itself, exploring ancient dream traditions from around the world. He explains how the dreamlife of a family can be viewed as a shared field or hologram, where each family member is enfolded into the dreams of the other members. This shared reality reveals itself in family and personal illnesses, in nightmares and unusual dreams, and during critical times such as crisis, pregnancy, conflicts, and medical emergencies. It also reveals itself in cases of simultaneous shared dreams and telepathic and precognitive dreams, explaining why so many people have dreams in which a family member appears to say good-bye, waking the next day to discover the same loved one has passed away. Sharing clinical case studies from his Family Dream Research Project, the author shows how the intimate labyrinth of our dream lives is always flowing beneath the surface of our waking lives, shaping and influencing our relationships and our deep core experiences. He reveals how dreams can be healing factors as well as diagnostic signals, detailing how dreamwork can aid in both family and couples therapy.

Showing how our family’s dreamlife connects us to our ancestors and weaves us into the messages we send to our children’s children, the author offers an opportunity to identify personal and family patterns, heal our psychospiritual selves, and grow our understanding of our own minds.

Author Biography

Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and former director of the behavioral medicine program at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. The author of several books, including Dark Light Consciousness, he is currently in private practice at the Brain Analysis and Neurodevelopment Center in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Does Your Family Need a Catalyst?
Carl A. Whitaker, M.D.

Introduction: The Labyrinth of Dreams
Part One
The Nocturnal Emissary
1 The Inner Landscape of Dreams
The Intimate Web of Family and Self
Modern Dream Interpretation

2 The Ancient Way
The African Cradle Cross-Cultural and Transcultural Modes of Dreaming
The Ancient Method Itself

3 The Web of Dreamlife in Family and Self

4 Research on Dreams: The Contribution of the Laboratory
The First Laboratories
The Modern Map of REM and Non-REM
Pathways of the Unconscious: Dreaming, Biochemistry, and the Brain Family Dreams and Bodily Sensations
The Dream and Bodily Illness
Dreams and Creativity

5 Defining Normal Family Dreams
The Intimate Web Is Awake
Family Dreams, Nightmares, and Night Terrors
Family Patterns: Dreams and Ways of Enfoldment

6 Extrasensory Family Dreams
Forms of Psi: ESP, Precognition, and the Shared Image
Precognitive Dreams
Psychokinetic Family Matters
The Dynamic Family Pattern as Psi Unfolds

Part Two
Family Dreams and Healing

7 Family Dreams of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA): A Specific Style
The Inward Asylum
Family Dynamics of ACOA
ACOA Dream Styles
ACOA Family Roles
ACOA Dynamics: The Dream and Art
Oedipus and ACOA
The ACOA Family Legacy
Clinical Fallout of ACOA
Summary of ACOA Family Styles

8 Family Dreams during Pregnancy
The Ocean of Birth: Dynamics and Themes
Research on Dreams and Pregnancy: The Trimesters
Six Common Themes of Pregnancy Dreams
Three Additional Dream Themes: The Hero in Family, Psyche, Myth, and Spirit Summary

9 Family Dreams in Therapeutic Form
Kinship Bonds and Family Dreams
Family Dreams in Individual Therapy
Family Dreams Outside of Therapy
Dreams in Couples Therapy
Dreams in Family Therapy
Group Dreamwork
Kemetic Imagery and Healing Assessment Protocol
Guiding Questions to Unfold Imagery and Healing Processes

10 The Dream of Infinite Life: The Further Reaches of the Dream in Family and Self
Organizing Images and Behavior
Family Dreams and Death
Family Dreams Beyond Death
Dreams and Reality
The Disciplines of Sleep: Lucid Dreams and Yoga Nidra Creativity and Dreams
Dreams, Imagery, and Healing: A Return to Personalism in Science and the Universe

Epilogue: From Matter to Dream to Light

Appendix A: The Family Dreams Research Project: Protocol for Participation

Appendix B: Kemetic Imagery and Healing Assessment Protocol

Appendix C: Films in Which Dreaming and/or Dreams Are Depicted

Appendix D: Recommended Reading Notes Works Cited Author Index



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