This is a remarkable book that examines evidence contradicting the assumptions of mainstream science about what is possible both in the dreamworld and in waking life. This book explores how attitudes toward dreams shifted so dramatically from an original confidence in their capacity to guide dreamers' religious and spiritual lives to the modern view that focuses almost entirely on the physiology and psychology of dreams. We see this shift especially in relation to the frequent transforming religious and paranormal dreams throughout recorded history, the mainstream scientific worldview has rejected these historical and contemporary accounts because they run counter to current ideas about space, time and causality. This book examines evidence that contradicts the assumptions of mainstream science about what is possible both in the dreamworld and in waking life. On the basis of this evidence, the book argues that dreams are a multidimensional feedback system that sheds light on virtually every major area of the dreamer's existence, namely the body, the mind, society, the environment, the cosmos, as well as the dreamer's possible relationship to the spirit-world and the divine.
1. The Shifting Landscape of Dreams; 2. What is a Dream?; 3. The Range of Dream Functions: A Multidimensional Feedback System; 4. Dreams in the History of Religion; 5. Spiritual Dreams / Examples; 6. Examples of Implicit Religion in Dreams; 7. The Social Nature of Dreams; 8. Dreams and the Scientific Worldview.