This is a response to VC 31 Roger 3 ("Creative dreaming")...
I stumbled upon Patricia Garfield's book back in the seventies when I was a college freshman. Looking back I'd have to say it was one of the most influential books I've ever read.
Garfield's book made a lot of sense to me. I learned that, with only a little effort and practice, I could not only remember my dreams, but influence them as well and reap the benefits even in my waking life.
I set out to conquer my dream monsters and, over a period of several years, I succeeded. Ever since, dreaming has been a small but important part of my daily life. I have received free entertainment, occassional insights, and a feeling of confidence.
I recently tried to explain some of this to friends at work, but they looked at me as if I had just escaped from an asylum. Most people still regard dreams as a spooky, paranormal, flying saucer kind of interest, or else as an irrelevant noise of no value whatsoever. Also, many people are scared by dreams, by the power of their own minds to turn against them, and so are more than happy to forget them each morning.
If anyone wants to hear more about my adventures you have only to say the word and watch the voice cards fly! Until then I will simply add my voice to Rogers in recommending the book - I believe it is still in print. Also, we have talked about dreams once or twice over the years and lately I've been thinking it might be time to revisit that topic. Does anyone have any dreams to share?