One-Hundred years after Sigmund Freud published The Interpretation Of Dreams, my thesis that produced the Personalized Method For Interpreting Dreams (PMID) was chosen thesis of the year 2000 by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dreams had led me from associate professor of accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to a whole new career — dream-guided writing by way of my nighttime counselors, dreams.
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
This nonfiction book presents a meditation model. The book gives dream-guided details for each of the three meditation stages, potential results of using the meditation stages, and suggestions for when and where to meditate. A potential result of using the meditation model is to become aware of the Higher Self present in all human beings, though this potential remains latent until discovered.
Though the book’s meditation model came in a dream, readers are shown how to meditate without needing to learn how to interpret their dreams. For those who want to understand how to use my researched and award-winning Personalized Method For Interpreting Dreams (PMID), they can learn as they study this book since all dreams are interpreted with the PMID model. For further information on use of the PMID model: Counselors, read my The Counselor’s Guide For Facilitating The Interpretation Of Dreams. General public, read my Living Dreams, Living Life, a practical guide to understanding your dreams and how they can change your waking life. Writers, read my Dreams Guide Professional Writing: Textbook and Writer’s Handbook.
As to targeted readers for A Dream-Guided Meditation Model and the Personalized Method For Interpreting Dreams (Routledge, July 2016), the book is written with the intention it will be useful to various people, whatever their gender, race, national origin, religion, or marital status.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
An everlasting thought for readers is to “Take time for meditation: It is worth $1,000 in calm wisdom.” One night after I, the dreamer-writer, had become tense from pressing onward “to accomplish more work projects than is usual for me,” in a dream I am shown a brilliant way to have attained peace and inner calm so I could have accomplished the work. The brilliant way was to go to a quiet place and meditate.
It is my hope that inspiration to meditate remains with readers long after reading A Dream-Guided Meditation Model and the Personalized Method For Interpreting Dream. May readers recognize successful meditation relaxes the meditator for the day ahead, has potential during the day to bring calm wisdom for the day’s activities, and thus conserve time in the long term.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Follow your passions. My thesis advisor often exclaimed, “Oh, you are so passionate” about the dreams that led to the Personalized Method For Interpreting Dreams (PMID). Also think of your potential readers’ varied lives and write on topics that you trust will improve your readers’ lives.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
Technology surely will continue to change the book publishing industry, though I have no ideas where technology will lead the book world. Many readers (I am one) highly favor the printed book to read and re-read, to make notes in the columns for later reference, and to have at hand for future inspiration.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
The greatest challenge in writing this book was selection of applicable dreams for subsequent chapters to the dream-guided meditation model stages. It was difficult to eliminate dreams that have deep meaning, yet are less than predominant about this book’s theme — meditation.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
First, as shown above, this book is focused to contain at least some guidance for each reader, whatever gender, race, national origin, religion, or marital status.
Second, likely most persons have some potential to benefit from breaks before and/or during their daily schedules to meditate. The dream-guided meditation model presented in this book presents a three-stage model to quiet the body, slow the breath, still the thoughts and listen to become aware of the still state.
Third, the book contains a Summary of Lessons Presented in This Book. The summary is a compilation of the suggestions and solutions found in each of the thirty-five dreams in the book. Readers can make a quick review of those suggestions and solutions for what areas most attract their attentions.