The world as seen through dreams

rhino in a box

Juhani Kääriäinen, a Finn living in Sweden, has indexed 1000 of his dreams. He waits for his dream images to emerge in our daytime world, and some of them do.

Read more about the Kilodream project...

finger trick

In the Dutch edition the subject of visualisation and regeneration came up. I mentioned having read about children being able to regenerate lost finger tops, but until now I never checked for sources.

I consulted with Google. Well... it seems possible. Here are some links, look for more with Google, and especially for scientific publications:

- "[...] in the very young, a certain amount of regeneration occurs to compensate for lost tissue", Med J Aust. 1979 Dec 1;2(11):580-2
- Possibly an adult? Case report: "the distal phalanx generated to give an excellent functional result", J Hand Surg [Br]. 1993 Apr;18(2):230-3
- Torture on monkeys. "The new structures were cosmetically pleasing as in the human instances", Anat Embryol (Berl). 1987;177(1):29-36.

Visualisation not even needed.

April 9th, 2005

Flu as a dream

boy with fever

Sometimes I like to see life as a dream. I'm at day 8 of general fatigue, an ongoing fever, occasional loud coughing, throat pains, slightly burning eyes, my nose has gone from bleeding to stuffed to running, and my head feels stuffed. For a complete picture, throw in a strong uneasy feeling in the bones at especially day 4.

The symbol I understand best is the raised temperature. During the last week, I've become more and more angrier, while at the same time my fever seemed to get worse and worse. It didn't help that I couldn't figure out what I could be so angry about. But, in the evening of day 7 I realized that I have a few axes to grind with doctors and other authorities who have been fighting me while I was sick. After that insight, I had the best night of sleep so far.

Illness can be seen as expressing or releasing emotions that can not be expressed otherwise. Which makes me wonder. Two years ago I went through a period of releasing anger too. That concerned anger about the apparent injustice of having been ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for so long, and the many years of my life that I lost. That time it didn't require fever, I directly experienced that anger for two whole weeks, and was very aware of where it came from. Clearly, this time around, there's more at stake than only bottled up aggression.

March 10th, 2005

Fragmented dreams

bubble chamber

According to newer research, most dreams are fairly consistent stories with a start and a finish. That may surprise some people, because of the popular misconception that dreams are full of abrupt changes. That is from time to time the case, and even if it is, there could still be a underlying theme tying various fragments together. Christoph Gassmann shares his thoughts...

December 29th, 2004

Dream diagnostics


Years ago I first heard about a Russian doctor who was said to have written a book about using dreams to diagnose. The last week I came accross to a reference to another Russian doctor, being doctor V. Nikolaevich Kasatkin. Supposedly he used dreams for “early diagnosis of severe diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, appendicitis, etc“. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of translations of this report.

I found some other doctors on the internet. See Dieter Kroener (German) and Jean-Michel Crabbé (French). I hope that these two gentlemen will soon write a blog about their experiences with dreams.

December 21st, 2004

Danish dream association

Post by site admin posted in General, Harry Bosma


Denmark will soon have a dreamer's association too. Here's the message from Anders Vogt, on behalf of the initiative group:

We are a group of danes who are establishing a danish "branch" of ASD called "Danish Association for the Study of Dreams" or "Foreningen for studiet af Drømme". Our first general meeting is going to be held in Copenhagen in February. Anyone who is interested is welcome. You can read the (Danish language) invitation on our web site or you write to if you have any questions or would like to join the association.

December 12th, 2004

Healing Dreams


In the early years of the internet I created the Healing Dreams website, telling about my health problems and my dreams. It hasn't been updated for a long time. My health has improved, and as a reflection of that I moved on to a new website called Alquinte. However, the interest remains.

I would like to know how dreams can help with physical problems. According to some people all work with dreams is healing, if only on the psychological level. That's nice, but at what point can dreams become physically healing? Examples of physical dream healing exist, although these usually concern relatively benign afflictions. Having had a chronic and seriously dibilating illness myself - with still some way to go - in the end I'd say I would like to learn more about the healing potential for serious illnesses.

Blame Siggi (one of the translaters). He suggested I could use this blog for one of my own pet interests. More later. :-)

December 6th, 2004

The gates of horn and ivory

The gates of horn and ivory

There is an ancient distinction between dreams from the gates of horn and ivory. Yet, there are contemporary sources that advice us that especially the gate of horn still holds much value for us. We leave it up to you to decide whether that's true. Christoph Gassmann explains.

Translation follows...

Clare Johnson

Clare Johnson is a doctoral researcher with the University of Leeds, England, investigating the role of lucid dreaming in the process of novel writing. She explains a bit more about her research, and hopes some of you will be able to help her.


Groninger museum

Test your dreaming skills with the Remote Viewing Challenge of Saturday December 4th (or later depending on where you live). Somebody in the world will be at a certain location. Your challenge is to sketch and/or describe that location. You can do this with the help of a dream, of through Remote Viewing while awake.

More information is available at the Bulletin Board of the IASD. Good luck everyone!

The photo on the left is the art museum of Groningen (the Netherlands), the target of November. The best viewing was submitted by Sherri, and described in very few keywords: Object - Paintings, Building - Museum, Site - Exibit.

November 27th, 2004

Lucid Dream and Sport


Since 2001 Daniel Erlacher is working on his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. His research focuses on the control and learning of motor skills. In particular, he is interested in the effect of motor learning during practice in lucid dreams. The main question is: if lucid dreamers practice a sport skill in their lucid dreams (e.g. skateboarding, riding a unicycle, etc.) will this skill improve in the waking state? In recent studies Erlacher could obtain first hints for this hypothesis.

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November 22nd, 2004

Anthroposophy and the dream


The legacy of Edgar Cayce once helped dreamers to find the way to one another in den USA half. Similar remarkable people were also known in Europe. One of them was Rudolf Steiner. Today his influence is felt in special schools, in agriculture, in alternative medicine, in the arts and even in banking. However, that is only the outer side of anthroposophy. Christoph Gassmann describes how Rudolf Steiner understood the phenomenon of the dream and finds it worthwhile for his understanding of dreams to be discussed both within and outside anthroposophy and that it be used as a stimulus.

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