Meditation & Dreamwork

Since September I’ve been making my way through a book on mediation, dreams and spirit guides by Tara Ward titled Meditation & Dreamwork. It’s quite comprehensive in its dealings with its three focuses and their interaction, and generally structured in a way that is progressive but not overwhelming.

The first section, on meditation, I found to be quite well suited for my own learning path. It introduced concepts regularly and did so in a way that seemed natural. The book took little for granted, and allowed the reader to learn things he or she might not have known before about basic meditation, while introducing some rather advanced concepts carefully.

The lead up to chakra and aura exploration served me very well and taught me a lot about various techniques for meditaiton. There were chapters of this initial section that I would have liked to have seen switched around, but I think it was very well done. I didn’t feel that any important aspects of meditation were not represented well, and I definitely left those chapters feeling I had learned a great deal.

I admittedly had troubles with the “Tools for Deeper Mediation” chapter. Auras and chakras are concepts I understand quite well, but I was not able to put them into realized practice for quite some time. Now I feel fairly confident that I can work with chakras and discover their wealth of awareness over time. I still have trouble with auras, and I haven’t experienced them on any profound level. Sure, I can tell what others are feeling to some extent, but it seems to me that’s something everyone has, and largely due to physical clues.

The section on spiritual guides wasn’t one I was able to embrace well. I tried the meditations, but I did not have any sense of there being some other, tangible presence there. While explained well and quite in depth, this part of the book didn’t have the impact on me I would have liked. Perhaps in time it will prove to be otherwise, though.

Anyone who has known me for some time should know that I don’t often remember my dreams. They come very infrequently, but I’m always very interested in what they might mean when I do have them. The section on dreams in this book is rich in methods of interpretation of dreams, and should prove to be helpful to anyone wishing to fully explore their dreams as a vehicle for understanding themselves. Most of the exercises proved to be impossible for me to explore at this time because of my lack of memory of my dreams, but I can tell they will be rewarding if sometime in the future I can experience them.

The final section, on combining the three topics, was as elusive as can be expected having not been able to fully experience the second and third sections. However, it seemed as well written and informative as the rest of the book, so I imagine anyone who is able to learn the lessons of any two of the three topics would find it very interesting.

Meditation & Dreamwork is certainly a book worthy of reading if you have any interest in meditation, dreams or spirit guides. It has a gentle approach that would benefit anyone who may be sceptical about the processes. There may be parts you may not be comfortable with or able to accomplish right away, but the rewards of learning to meditate alone are immensely beneficial.

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