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A teacher and lecturer in the practice of "conscious dreaming" offers advice on how to focus on and fulfill your dreams.

Dayva was two months shy of her 40th birthday when she realized she didn't have a dream life. She was enmeshed in family stress—she worked as the director of commerce for her father-in-law's jewelry business and was also running a once-successful, now-failing restaurant with her husband and mother. This personal crisis led her on a journey of self-exploration and ultimately to the practice of "conscious dreaming," which she describes as "purposeful, persistent, inspired, enthusiastic activity, the aim of which is to realize your dream as quickly as possible, while maintaining the greatest possible balance." Instead of thinking something was insurmountable, Dayva would consciously dream about her desires in order to be open to the possibility that they could be achieved. Such an approach led to her getting a cat despite her husband's initial objections, an apartment in a wonderful yet expensive resort town in her native Lithuania and, most importantly, to her new job as a dream teacher. The core of this primer offers 17 "rules" of conscious dreaming, most of them specific tactics to aid in dream visualization, including writing dreams down, writing them in the present tense and developing a wish fulfillment symbol to serve as a cue so "you can determine which of the wish fulfillment scenarios offered by the universe is best for you." As that last quote reveals, Dayva's philosophy includes a bit of New-Age expansiveness, and she acknowledges that "our wishes may be fulfilled differently from the way we imagine—at the 'wrong' time or in the 'wrong' order." Dayva's discussion gets a bit fuzzy as well as repetitious at times, and her personal story and background also remain a bit hazy. Overall, however, her positive, assertive tone and tips, plus a list of sources for further reading, should prove useful to readers seeking support in focusing on what they really want in life.

A helpful guide to kick-start dream visualization and realization.

Pub Date: July 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1490707068
Page count: 294pp
Publisher: Trafford
Program: Kirkus Indie
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