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There was no focus on dreams in my family, except when they were intrusive, as in a nightmare. In my suburban community and Presbyterian church, there was no focus that I was aware of.
I encountered the Seth books while in college, in which attention to dreams is encouraged. My purpose was mostly self-understanding. My attention to dreams has mostly been a background aspect of my life, occasionally coming to the fore, which usually occurred after reading a particulary good dream book (e.g. Delaney's "Breakthrough Dreaming").
I saw dreams as an entryway to inner areas of the self, but in Seth terms, not Jungian or Freudian terms.
One of the general benefits of paying attention to my dreams is that life in general seems richer and fuller; two dimensional when I am not paying attention versus three dimensional when I am. I have been learning many new dream skills in the past few years as a result of attending the ASD conferences, so, yes, I am interacting with my dreams in many new ways. My definition of dreams is basically the same but richer. Dreams remain for me an excellent and natural doorway to the portions of the self not focused in physical reality. I am especially interested in dreams as representations of larger inner events, activities and conditions that can be only partially expressed in physical reality
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