Lucid dreaming book reviewed by a paranormal romance author…?
Hi readers, Today I post the review from Margaret West – http://margaret-paranormal romanceauthor.blogspot.com – on my blog.
A Lucid dreaming book reviewed by a paranormal romance author from the UK, how will that be?
She starts with an interview with my answer to the question: what inspired you to write The Sorcerer’s Dream
Enjoy, Alysa Dreamshield
Margaret West: Today I’d like to welcome Alysa Braceau, who was given the name Dreamshield in a dream. How? You will need to read her fascinating book The Sorcerer’s Dream. I have posted a review to this book too. Which you can read at the bottom of this post. Alysa and I are very interested in your views about dreams and what they mean to you. So please do leave a comment for her. New people who comment and follow the blog will go into a draw and win a thank you gift from me.
Hello Dreamshield. Can you tell us what inspired you to write this book?
More than six years ago I met the shaman Running Deer aka Vidar somewhere in Amsterdam. I found him so intriguing that I started a conversation with him. When I visited him a few months later at his place, he invited me to be his apprentice, to learn the art of mastering conscious (lucid) dreaming, one of the teachings of totality in the sorcerer’s tradition. And he suggested that I write a book about my experiences. At that time I was a journalist and used to write about my personal experiences following new age workshops so I eagerly said ‘yes’ to both of his questions.
I could definitely feel this was the path I wanted to follow. This was my chance to learn more about the knowledge I was waiting for.
This path is in the tradition of Carlos Castaneda, he described the first line of knowledge, coming from the Toltec’s and Aztecs.
My dreaming teacher said there is also a second line in which he have been raised. Originally there was only one sorcerer’s line, but because hunters covered great distances during the ice age, and due to the origination of land bridges, this original line split into two tribes. The second line is the North American tradition. He said that we both come from the same spiritual family and that his assignment is to lead me into the teachings of the totality.
Beforehand, I had no specific goals regarding discoveries in comparison to Castaneda. It was ‘just’ that my teacher told me that he was capable of leading me toward the totality within two-and-a-half years. I felt attracted to that goal, and I went for that. He also told me that
there were big differences in the paths to follow. Explicitly he said: “You cannot compare the two traditions because there are different teaching methods.” I explain this in more detail in the book.
In a later stage of my sorcerers-apprenticeship I found out myself how important it is to free myself from convictions, fears, trauma’s etcetera.
To be able to free myself, to heal myself, I could travel with my dream body – after having mastered the skill of lucid dreaming – into the unknown and recognise myself in totality!
Review by Margaret West
Covers are important to me as I feel they catch a reader’s eye. So I was disappointed that such a good book had a very bland cover. I have to make a point of saying that this book is not about fantasy. It is a guide to the Native American traditions of dreaming, sorcery, and shamanism. So don’t be misled by the title.
Alysa Braceau explores the teachings of Carlos Castaneda and writes about her journey as an apprentice woman sorcerer, dreamer, and healer within the Native-American traditions. Dreamshield aka Alysa, is a wife and mother and this book is her quest for soul searching and spiritual healing. Accompanying Dreamshield on her sorcerer training sessions is her mentor, Running Deer. To embrace the knowledge from her dreams she must let go of her material ideas of the world and hold onto the alternate reality she finds herself in. For this reality reveals her true self and with it challenges that she will need to overcome to be a woman sorcerer.
Through the knowledge she gathers about traditional shamanism and magic and with the teaching of Running Deer, the author guides you on a personal inner journey through dreaming. What I liked about this book is that as a reader you can see Dreamshield begin to change as a person as she gains knowledge and becomes more aware of the power of dreaming. Over a period of two and a half years she masters the hidden powers of dreaming. The journey is not an easy one, but it is one she wants to share with the world. I liked the book, but it is not an easy read and in places, I felt a little confused as to what she was trying to say. Anyone who seeks wisdom and discovering their total self might find it in The Sorcerer’s Dream. I recommend you read it and find out for yourself.
Thanks for your review Margaret and thanks for having me. Someone can win a copy of The Sorcerer’s Dream today. There is a contest going on right now on my site, offering a chance to win a copy of the book. I invite you to type in ‘Book Giveaway’ in the question area and you will be entered in the drawing on Nov. 15 (2010).
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