As summer is now in it's last weeks in Canada it is time to reflect on the progession of dream research. One reseaon for this is that The International Association for the Study of Dreams has it's annual conference every July and this marks a new year for dream projects.The second reason is that I teach dreams and dreaming as a 3rd year university course, as a 4th year course and as a supervisor to Masters and PhD students. It is time to bring forth new dream research findings and to look forward to new clinical application of dream therapy.
Some of the topics I will be covering will be the applications of dream therapy for finding meaning in dreams and for psychopathology. Such issues as illness, pain, and mental illness continue to make progress in terms of understanding the role of dreams in these functions. Another intersting break-through has been the continuing marriage between physics and psychology in order to explain dream phenomena. Some very interesting theories have arisen in terms of explaining precognitive dreaming which have been recorded since the beginning of time yet not fully explained by science.
Thanks to the many researchers and practitioners around the world, it is again time to push our knowledge of the dreaming mind forward and I look forward to sharing some of this with you. Until then..........it is back to our summer dreams for just a few more weeks.