The Awakened Dreamer by Kala Ambrose
Review by Dawn Thomas
Rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Release Date: December 8, 2017
Non-Fiction, Mind, Body, Dreams
Recently I have been experiencing very vivid dreams. I started writing them down so I could look up their meanings. This book made that process so much easier. The book has nine chapters (a very auspicious number).
One: How to Remember Your Dreams
In this chapter, the author provides the steps to prepare for sleep and suggests a guided meditation. The imagery she provides is amazing. I have written it down to begin using before going to bed. At the end of the chapter is a six-step exercise to train your mind to remember your dreams. She also explains how you can alter your sleep cycle. The next exercise helps you generate creative ideas while napping.
Two: Interpreting Your Daily Life Dreams
She provides steps to help interpret your dreams. She gives several examples of items in dreams and possible meanings. She discusses the most common types of dreams, which include falling, chasing, flying, being naked, and more. At the end of the chapter are steps to creative a dream workbook. This will help you identify the meanings of specific images in your dreams
Three: Prophetic and Recurring Dreams
In this chapter, the author explains a prophetic dream. There are both warning and positive dreams. She gives examples of a few she had and the responses she received when discussing them with the people involved. She tells a wonderful story of a past life experience and how it connects to her current life.
Four: Teaching Dreams
Teaching dreams are described as when your subconscious or higher-self journeys to the other side. There is an exercise to connect to your higher-self or spirit guide which also includes a guided meditation and helpful tips.
Five: Visitation Dreams
In this chapter, the author describes the difference between visitation dreams and wishful dreams. She talks about her grandfather’s passing and the difficult time she had as a pre-teenager. There are different types of visitation dreams: meeting those who have already crossed, deliver messages. She also talks about visitation dreams shared by more than one person at the same time. Some rules for contacting spirits are also included. She discusses the issue of emotional healing and grief that can come from visitation dreams.
Six: Lucid Dreams
I was not very familiar with the term lucid dreaming before reading this book. She gives the definition as being aware that you are dreaming while a part of your consciousness remains active and is able to observe the dream. After reading this description, I realize I have been having many lucid dreams.
In this chapter, she talks about bad dreams and nightmares. She gives steps to ensure negative forces do not come around you while you sleep. She also discusses the effects nightmares and bad dreams have on us while we sleep.
Eight: Sleep Walking and Sleep Talking
She gave examples of when she would sleep walk or talk. When she overheard her mother and husband talking on the telephone, she was able to perform complex calculations. Both her mother and husband woke her up and asked her about it but she had no memory of the questions. She explains this is similar to Edgar Cayce.
Nine: Manifesting Your Daydreams
She talks about adults tell children daydreaming is silly. She explains how this affects how we feel about daydreams as adults.
This is a wonderful book about understanding and interpreting dreams. The book is well written and is easily understandable. There are many exercises and recommendations to keep a dream journal and workbook. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about their dreams.