20 years ago I discovered this gem of a book that transformed my life and helped me tremendously in understanding my dreams. I used it daily and it became a true friend which I could look to for wisdom in interpreting my dreams and exploring my dreaming and psychic life. I had never heard of Alex Tanous before but he became a friend to me through this book. 15 years ago I lent this book to a friend. BIG MISTAKE!!!!
I never saw it again. I was heartbroken. For years I searched for Alex T (I couldn't remember his full last name) and this book and it's familiar purple cover. It was before the internet so I was SOL. My dreaming life was never the same and every now and then I'd look at other "newer" books but they just didn't have the format and guidance that was so special about this book. From time to time I'd search for it but nothing would come up...I never thought I would be reunited again...until recently.
Finally!! Some used copies are floating around! I can't even describe the elation and joy I felt when I finally opened the package to see my old familiar friend again!
This book is truly special. I don't know how, but just by skimming it and reading some familiar passages again in a few hours, my dreams came alive that very night. It provides a unique format and approach: you get an overview of a key dream symbol and then it goes into "workshop" mode where you read the description of a real dream, the symbolism involved and then you're guided into figuring out what is really happening. Only then are you given the real background story to the dreamer's life. This format is so helpful because Alex really wants you the reader to learn how to take control and decipher your own dreams and symbols. He also goes into premonition dreams, out of body experiences and the like later in the book which is very interesting.
I've since read that he died of pancreatic cancer shortly before the publication of this, his final book, in 1990. He left us with a great gift and I so wish they would reprint it. I am truly grateful for it...I have never had a book make such an impact on my life.
NEVER again will I lend this out. Get your own damn copy!