How Dreams Happen

Rufus Goodwin

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Examines where dreams come from and what lights them.

218 x 160 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Mind, Body, Spirit
160 pages
Publication date:
30 Sep 2004


Where do dreams come from? By what light do we see them? What lights a dream?

Dream theorists have been more interested in the content and meaning of dreams or their physiology. They have rarely thought about the light.

With subtle intelligence, persistence and wit, Goodwin pursues this question in short, lucid chapters, working through competing theories. He consults those who work in dream laboratories, as well as poets and writers. In the end, he comes to the concept of 'dreamlight' as the bridge between body and mind. This light, he argues, has nothing to do with electrical activity in the brain; rather, it is 'living light' which says much about the nature and possibility of consciousness.

This is a book for anyone interested in the nature of consciousness or dreams.


'A stimulating book examining dreams from a historical and scientific point of view.'
-- Scientific & Medical Network Review, Spring 2005

'Makes rewarding reading. An unusual, original and thought-provoking book that opens up new areas of discourse within the mysterious and fascinating territory of our dreaming minds.'
-- David Fontana, The Christian Parapsychologist, March 2005


Rufus Goodwin went to Yale and Georgetown universities. He was a United Press International correspondent to the Vatican, author, freelance journalist, poet, and novelist. He died in 2005.


Also available by Rufus Goodwin:
Give Us This Day: The Story of Prayer
Who Killed the Holy Ghost?

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