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Dreams and Violence

Lately, I have become increasingly aware of a disturbing trend. Movies, which I have enjoyed dating back to my childhood, are becoming increasingly violent. There has always been some degree of violence in films as they attempted to portray realistic renditions of life, but this is far different. The wholesale slaughter depicted in horrific ways has taken violence to sickening extremes, and is often unnecessary to the film plot and narrative. During my years in elementary school, my brother and I spent every Saturday at the matinee while my mother, as a struggling widow, worked at her second job. The movies we saw provided entertainment and escape from the often-harsh reality of our lives. T

How We Are Conditioned and Dreams

In 1957, a market researcher named James Vicary claimed he conducted a test in a movie theatre that increased sales of Coca-Cola and popcorn by using subliminal messages flashed on the movie screen. These are messages that appear for such a brief time they do enter conscious awareness, but do enter the subconscious. The test never occurred, later admitted by Vicary. However, the media frenzy over Vicary’s claim resulted in actual tests being conducted by researchers to determine the potential effect of subliminal advertising. It was found that there is a small measurable effect for a short period, but dramatic results of the type claimed by Vicary could not be demonstrated. However, we do no

A Dreamer's Apology

Because of my work with dreams over the past forty years, I believe I have successfully integrated my subconscious life with my conscious waking life. This was not always the case. The first third of my life I ignored my dreams. The dreams were always there, sometimes frightening and dramatic, but I didn’t understand them and saw no reason to try to relate them to my daily life. My awareness of dreams started as a very young child and continued through my teenage and young adult years. However, I didn’t know anyone who thoughts dreams were meaningful, so I ignored them. During my mid-twenties, I was introduced to the Edgar Cayce readings, which stressed the importance of dreams. I decided to

Some Common Dream Themes

There are a number of common dream themes. These include being chased, late for work, school, or an exam, unprepared for an exam, failing a test, taking the wrong road or turn, and appearing naked in public. Many people encounter one or more of these themes in their dreams, so there is no need for undue concern. However, if your dream is recurring, then you should make a concerted effort to get to the cause. Something is unresolved in your life, and your subconscious is concerned to the point that the message is sent repeatedly. You are failing to take the appropriate action to resolve the issue, so it continues to play out in your dreams. Consider the following example of a man who constant

How to Seek Answers from Dreams

I have written much about my years of receiving guidance from dreams. So how does this work? How do we tell our subconscious that we would like to have a dream that provides a solution to a problem? What is the process? Before I answer the above question, I think some background is in order. When we fall asleep at night, we enter into a process that occurs in several stages (often considered 5). As we enter sleep, the brain waves that are an indicator of the electrical activity of the brain slow in frequency. The physiological processes of the body also slow down. We enter a stage where the dominant frequencies of the brain waves are called alpha. The dominant, higher frequency when we are f

More About Dream Symbols

Last week I recalled two dreams that I think are good examples of how dreams demonstrate the workings of the subconscious mind through associations. Symbols are not chosen at random by the subconscious, but are chosen based on associations present in the subconscious. First, I need to provide a little background. I recently arranged with a repair person to terminate a drain that ran along the end of my villa with a metal grid cover, which would allow water to dump into the street. The drain tubing was above ground at the termination point, and since it was next to a parking area, it was in danger of being crushed. Also, I had him do some work on a door leading into the rear of my garage. One

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