A Dream Unexamined is like a Letter Unopened

This sounds like a great new dream book.  I couldn’t agree more … it’s called Healing Night.  Read more here:  http://www.jewishtucson.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=192884

Here’s a quote or two about the book.

Dreaming is another part of the sleep puzzle. Quoting the Talmud, [author Rubin] Naiman says, “A dream unexamined is like a letter unopened.” The Talmud suggests that every dream can have at least 24 different meanings, but he says this is not meant to encourage an exhaustive search for every interpretation: “It is meant to remind us that dreams come from a very different world than the one we spend most of our waking hours in.”

There is a lot of press today about sleep deprivation, says Naiman, but “we are at least as dream-deprived.” Many medications, such as aspirin and Tylenol, mild tranquilizers such as Valium, heart drugs and beta-blockers inhibit melatonin and therefore dreaming at night.

“What concerns me most is that virtually all anti-depressant medications suppress dreaming,” says Naiman. “I’ve come to believe that the major cause of the clinical de­pression epidemic in the
U.S. today is not dreaming.”

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~ by nancyfenn on August 24, 2006.

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