Unlocking the Secrets of Your Dreams is a noncredit introductory course
that is delivered on the World Wide Web. The course consists of five lessons
which teach you to interpret and work with your own dreams, both alone and in an
electronic group session. Each lesson is accompanied by an assignment where you
will put what you have learned into practice, and answer a questionnaire about
your dream experiences. You will receive feedback on the completed assignment
the following week. Throughout the course you will have access to a student
bulletin board where you can share your ideas and impressions about dreams with
others enrolled in the class as well as an active dialogue with the
author/instructor, Jayne Gackenbach.
Here are some comments from students who have taken the course: I think this
must be an Herculean effort on your part, and it is appreciated. I am finding it
interesting and challenging. As with the rest of your feedback, I find it
FASCINATING and am already imagining ways to adjust my clinical work from it's
influence. Everthing looks great! Very nice graphics - touches that part of
dreaming that is marvelous and wonderful. I find your comments and students'
feedback help me to understand better. Once a path of communication is
established, who knows where it can lead and that's exciting, if a little
Lesson 1 - Introduction to Dreaming
The first lesson presents some basic information about the importance of dreams,
the physiology of sleep and dreaming, and techniques for enhancing the recall of
Lesson 2 - What Do Most People Dream About?
Have you ever wondered if other people dream about the same things as you? This
lesson will look at the content of typical dreams.
Lesson 3 - Dream Work Tools and Techniques
Lesson 3 discusses the language of dreams, and explores techniques for examining
and understanding their meaning.
Lesson 4 - Dream Connectedness
Are dreams just a personal experience or do they have a broader context? This
lesson explores the way our dreams connect to the world around us, and the
effect that culture has on our attitudes toward them.
Lesson 5 - Selected Topics
This lesson covers a variety of topics related to dreaming including nightmares,
children's dreams, psychic dreams, and the effects of health on dreams.
About the Course Author/Instructor
Jayne Gackenbach is highly respected in the field of dream research. She
holds a Ph.D. in general experimental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth
University and is a past-president of the Association for the Study of Dreams.
She currently manages ASD's web site (http://www.outreach.org/gmcc/asd). She has
been the keynote speaker at many conferences, lectured at the Smithsonian
Institute, and was invited to present her work on lucid dreams to the Dalai Lama
She is the editor/author of five books, including "Conscious Mind,
Sleeping Brain: Perspectives on Lucid Dreaming" with Stephen LaBerge, and
more than seventy articles which have been appeared in both scholarly journals
such as "The Journal of Mind and Behavior" and popular national
magazines including "Psychology Today" and "OMNI". In
addition, she has appeared on Donahue, Shirley, Man Alive, and other television
programs in the U.S. and Canada.
Most recently she has been working with a Cree dream shaman to study the
dreaming practices and attitudes of Native people. Dr. Gackenbach teaches at
Grant MacEwan Community College.
Dr. Gackenbach draws on her work on higher states of consciousness/lucid
dreaming and her understanding of Central Alberta Cree dream practices to
illustrate many of the concepts in the course.
Lesson one will be available on-line Mid-August. You will have one week to
complete each lesson and submit the assignment before you are given access to
the next lesson and assignment. Enrollment is limited so please register soon.
The course runs for six weeks (one lesson/assignment takes two weeks) beginning
the middle of August, 1996. This $129 value is being offered at a low
introductory price of $39 (US currency) $49 (Canadian currency) . JB.
Internet Dream Course: http://www.outreach.org/dreams
Jayne Gackenbach, Ph.D.
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