About Laurie Greenberg, Ph.D.
I've been fascinated by dreams since childhood. I joined ASD when I was working on my Ph.D. dissertation, which involved dreams.
ASD embraces psychology, esoteric spirituality and the arts in a single forum in which mainstream science, psychotherapy, creative expression and transcendental experience are simultaneously valued, investigated and practiced. Science, healing, spirituality, creativity and playfulness are all essential dimensions of life, and we all benefit when we recognize how each domain complements the others.
On a more personal level, I cherish the fun, excitement, variety, inspiration and creativity which I experience at ASD conferences.
My favorite dream took place years ago when I was living with several roommates, one of whom had two friendly cats.
In the dream, I'm standing in my room. Everything--my body, my clothing, the walls and everything within them--is energetically alive, vibrating and glowing in brilliant colors. Although the door is closed, somehow my roommate's two cats pop in and gaze at me brightly, as though attracted by the ambient energy. Surprised, I open the door and gently usher them out. I want my door closed, and I don't want to trap the cats inside.
And yet I have another visitor--a man I've never seen before, with dark hair and beard. I pay little attention to him at first, as I marvel at the beauty and aliveness of my surroundings--and I'm again surprised and distracted by the gentle cats, who somehow have managed to bounce back into my room despite the closed door.
Though he is several feet away, I wonder at the strong energy field which I feel emanating from the stranger. His field has a rather wild, intense quality--very much like that of Jack (a pseudonym), an acquaintance of mine--though he is outwardly composed. I decide that this man IS Jack, though he appears quite different. I call him by his name.
"My name isn't Jack," he says clearly. The dream ends.
Within days I went to consult with a man I'd never seen before (on THIS plane of reality). He turned out to have dark hair and a beard, with strong psychic abilities and a contained intensity. On leaving his office, I suddenly realized that this was the man in my vivid dream.
My favorite dream book is Patricia Garfield's 1979 Pathway to Ecstasy: The Way of the Dream Mandala. The author weaves together creativity, transcendence, spirituality, esoterica, adventure; her own deep personal honesty, sensitivity, exciting discoveries and inspiring visions of possibilities; and useful information to prepare the reader to embark on his or her own unique journey. I was fascinated also by her account of her waking life--past and present--as the context for her lucid and astral experiences, and how she used her otherworldly adventures for her psychospiritual unfoldment.