Dream pioneers, educators and professors Fariba Bogzaran and Daniel Deslauriers are a literal dream team. Their newly released and highly anticipated opus Integral Dreaming: A Holistic Approach to Dreams published by SUNY Press has taken the practice of dreaming to a whole new and exciting level and, like Carl Gustav Jung’s The Red Book, is adding new vitality and approaches to the field of dreams.
The concept of Integral Dreaming evolved out of twenty-five years of dialogue, co-teaching and research, advocating the broad-ranging vision termed “integral” by thinkers from Sri Aurobindo to Ken Wilber. Bogzaran and Deslauriers consider dreams as multifaceted phenomena that includes scientific, phenomenological, sociocultural, and subjective knowledge suffused with practices stemming from Eastern, Western and Indigenous ways of being.
While imbuing the soul depth and breadth in which this complex subject deserves.
Like the poet Virgil for Dante, Bogzaran and Deslauriers are the perfect guides for readers, navigating us through the mystical terrain we call dreams. It is clear from the first chapter of Integral Dreaming that this book is unique from the “Three Core Principles” or tenets presented:
1) We are multidimensional beings.
2) Dreams are multidimensional.
3) Working with dreams requires a multidimensional approach.
Drawing from historical, cross-cultural, and contemporary practices, the authors present their dynamic method, Integral Dream Practice (IDP) by peering through the lens of the micros and the macros. Chapters like “The Creative Brain and the Science of Sleep an Dreams” to the “Culture, Ecology and Identity” reveal to us that dreams reflect both personal development while “presenting us with enigmatic partial and difficult visions of the dilemmas that tie self and society together in their evolutionary dance…”
One of the most breathtaking aspects of the book is the unfolding of a single dream which highlights the ‘five movements’ of IDP which many readers will find both accessible and satisfying. The dream presented entitled “Ursa Major” was explored and processed using the IDP method at a three-day dream intensive retreat facilitated by Bogzaran and Deslauriers in 2004. Contemplative methods included dream re-entry, automatic writing, somatic experiencing and poetic synthesis in a natural setting.
Bogzaran and Deslauriers followed the dreamer, licensed psychologist and professor, Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D. (who gave permission to use the dream and her name for the book), and the dream’s fascinating trajectory through reflective interviews reported over the years. This powerful chapter “Dreams in Creation” exemplifies that through the dreamer’s sustained creative involvement comes awareness of the dream’s synergetic and transformative potential.
Ehlers’ writes: As I reflect on the dream and the work I did on it in your retreat, its importance to me cannot be underestimated. I think this is one of the Big Dreams of my life, because years later, it continues to do its work on me, and perhaps it will for the rest of my life.
Integral Dreaming is highly recommended and a must read for those who are seriously studying dreams for research, as therapists and educators in the field and those who wish to elevate and integrate their dream experiences into their waking life for both personal insight and the community at large.
This book will surely become a classic in the study of dreams
Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University, where she founded the dream studies program. Her previous books include Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them (coauthored with Stanley Krippner and André Percia de Carvalho), also published by SUNY Press.
Daniel Deslauriers, Ph.D. is Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
For more information or if you would like to purchase the book please visit the SUNY Press website.