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Next Issue "Esoteric teachings suggest that, rather than being 'illusory' compared to the 'real' world of waking life, the dream world is indeed real. Some traditions, like those of the Australian aborigines, even suggest that the forms of the 'Dreamtime' underpin earthly reality."
- Richard Smoley, from the introduction
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Winter 1992
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A Letter to Readers


Readers' Forum

Alternative Realities
Starry Wisdom
A column by Stephan A. Hoeller

Skeptic's Corner
The Streams of Life
A column by Ted Schultz

Special Forum: Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way

Introduction: Are Dreams for Real?
by Richard Smoley
Many traditions suggest a dream world that underpins earthly reality.

The Dark Speech of God
by Michael McNierney
Early Christians gave a surprising prominence to dreams and visions

Portals of Sleep
by Charles A. Coulombe
To the ancient Celts, dreams were a door to the land of Faerie.

The Dreaming Universe
by Fred Alan Wolf
A physicist explores how quantum physics may revise of notion of both dreams and waking reality.

The Promise of Shared Dreaming
by Barbara Shor
A dreamworker reports on group experiments in dreaming a common dream.

The Body's Role in Dreaming
by Luke Lukens
How the psychological technique of focusing uses your body's wisdom to find meaning in dreams.

Dreams and the Sufi Path
by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
How Sufi mystics have worked with dreams down through the centuries.

The Dream of the Sleeper
by Refik Algan
Sufi teachings on how dreams mirror our stages of growth on the spiritual path.

The Dream Question of the Kabbalah
by Ariel Bar-Tzadok
A kabbalistic invocation for requesting divine answers through dreams.

The Weighing of the Heart
by D. Jean Collins
What kind of ethics does dreamwork require today?

The Zen of Christianity
by Theodore J. Nottingham
The German master Karlfried Graf Durckheim blended Western and Eastern approaches in his "initiation therapy."

Book Reviews
  • Sacred Path Cards by Jamie Sams, illustrations by Linda Childers
  • A Voice from the Earth: The Cards of Winds and Changes by Judith Pintar
  • Karma Cards by Monte Farber, illustrations by Linda Garland
  • The Phoenix Cards by Susan Sheppard, illustrated by Toni Taylor
  • Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age by Catherine L. Albanese
  • Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion by Mickey Hart with Jay Stevens
  • Encountering Mary: From La Salette to Medjugorje by Sandra L. Zimdars-Swartz
  • Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth by Robert Anton Wilson
  • The Sabbath in the Classical Kabbalah by Elliot K. Ginsburg
  • Sod Ha-Shabbat: The Mystery of the Sabbath translated with a critical commentary by Elliot K. Ginsburg
  • Amrita: Essays in Magical Rejuvenation by Aleister Crowley
  • Konx Om Pax: Essays in Light by Aleister Crowley
  • Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden by Aleister Crowley
  • The Gospel According to Jesus translated with notes and commentary by Stephen Mitchell
  • Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Uses by Sig Lonegren
  • Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol by W. Kirk MacNulty
  • Distorted Imagination: Lessons from the Rushdie Affair by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies

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