In my dreams I have visited many bookstores and
libraries. I have located several interesting books only to wake up and discover
they were never real in this world. What a disappointment!
Ahh, but there were exceptions. In one dream, an author named Frome was
mentioned. I wasn't sure how to spell the name, but I sounded it out. I had
never heard of this author, but I felt determined to put up a search for him.
At a local library, hidden in the psychology books, I found books written by
Erich Fromm. Who was this guy Erich Fromm? Was he the author, the dream spoke
of? His name appeared so similar to the one I heard in my dream. I looked
through a book of his called _Escape from Freedom_ and found references to a
book called _The Forgotten Language._ I discovered _The Forgotten Language_ on
another shelf. This latter book's subject matter was dreams. Strange coincidence
that a dream would lead me to a book on dreams.
Fromm was born in Frankfurt Germany in 1900. He became a psychoanalyst who
was a contemporary of Freud. He wrote over ten books and lectured extensively in
Europe and North America during his lifetime. Many of his ideas were
controversial, and I don't agree with them all, but his viewpoint has
significance to students of dreams. In my next article, I will explore Fromm's
book _The Forgotten Language._