352 Slices
Medium 9781904658368

CHAPTER FIVE: Dream yourself awake

Duncan Barford Aeon Books ePub

The term “lucid dreaming” was coined in 1913 by a Dutch psychiatrist and writer, Frederik van Eeden. It refers to the type of dream in which the dreamer is aware—even as the dream unfolds—that he or she is dreaming.

Many of us will have experienced spontaneous lucid dreams. Often these take the form of nightmares in which we recognize something horrible is about to happen and we wake ourselves up. In other words, we become aware we are having a dream while we dream it. However, there are techniques that can be practised to produce lucidity when we want it. These techniques also provide an ability to change the contents of our dreams.

The appeal of lucid dreaming to occultists is probably self-evident. Awakening inside a dream supplies access to a different plane of existence, one in which we are liberated from the usual constraints of the physical body. “In these lucid dreams,” Eeden wrote, “the re-integration of the psychic functions is so complete that the sleeper remembers day-life and his own condition, reaches a state of perfect awareness, and is able to direct his attention, and to attempt different acts of free volition” (1913: 152). He was suggesting that a lucid dream is extremely close in quality to our experience of waking reality, but with a crucial difference: the object of our experience. In the case of waking, the object of experience is physical reality. In the case of the lucid dream, the object is our own imaginary inner world.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781855750081

CHAPTER FIVE: Further varieties of transference

Christopher Dare Karnac Books ePub

The concept of transference, as developed by Freud, arose within the context of the psychoanalytic treatment of neurotic patients. The extension of the techniques of psychoanalysis to a wider range of patients, including psychotics, has led to the introduction of a number of terms to describe special and additional forms of transference. This chapter is concerned with aspects of the relationship between patient and doctor which are discussed in the literature under such headings as ‘erotic transference’, ‘erotized transference’, ‘transference psychosis’, ‘delusional transference’, ‘narcissistic transference’, and ‘transference in borderline states’.

In chapter four we were concerned with transference in the forms in which it normally develops. Following a review of the main trends in the literature it was seen that the concept was understood and applied in a number of different ways. We concluded that a useful statement of the transference concept would be to regard it as ‘a specific illusion which develops in regard to the other person, one which, unbeknown to the subject, represents, in some of its features, a repetition of a relationship towards an important figure in the person’s past or an externali-zation of an internal object relationship. It should be emphasized that this is felt by the subject as strictly appropriate to the present and to the particular person involved… [and] that transference need not be restricted to the illusory apperception of another person, but can be taken to include the unconscious (and often subtle) attempts to manipulate or to provoke situations with others which are a concealed repetition of earlier experiences and relationships, or the externalization of an internal object relationship.’

See All Chapters
Medium 9780971435223

The Demon Tamer

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
You all know what it’s like to have a critical voice in your head? Some person or thought or emotion that has taken up residence in your head and tends to be a bit on the obnoxious side?”

Everyone raises a hand and nods with grim familiarity.“Well, those are demons. Demon is a useful way to describe anything in our heads that we don’t want there and which seems to have a mind of its own; something that haunts us or has power over us, has its hooks into us; memories, people, addictions. They torment us in a variety of ways, but the main thing demons do is hold us back, restrict our progress.“

This is Brett’s final lesson for you, by the way........... See All Chapters
Medium 9780971435223

The Whole Truth

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

...through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is, and no mistake; and then begin….

See All Chapters
Medium 9780253000958


Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

Finding a traditional Quaker meeting in Indianapolis would not be easy. No steeple would loom above the meetinghouse, no bell tower, no neon cross. No billboard out front would name the preacher or proclaim the sermon topic or tell sinners how to save their souls. No crowd of nattily dressed churchgoers would stream toward the entrance from a vast parking lot filled with late-model cars. No bleat and moan of organ music would roll from the sanctuary doors.

I knew all of that from having worshipped with Quakers off and on for thirty years, beginning when I was a graduate student in England. They are a people who call so little attention to themselves or their gathering places as to be nearly invisible. Yet when I happened to be in Indianapolis one Sunday this past January, I still set out in search of the meetinghouse without street address or map. My search was not made any easier by the snow lilting down on the city that morning. I recalled hearing that the North Meadow Circle of Friends gathers in a house near the intersection of Meridian and Sixteenth Streets, a spot I found easily enough. Although I could not miss the imposing Catholic Center nearby on Meridian nor the Joy of All Who Sorrow Eastern Orthodox Church just a block away on Sixteenth, the only landmark at the intersection itself was the International House of Pancakes. Figuring somebody in there might be able to direct me to the Quakers, I went inside, where I was greeted by the smell of sausage and the frazzled gaze of the hostess. No, she’d never heard of any Quakers.

See All Chapters

See All Slices