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Giaccardi, G. (2008). Strickling, Bonnelle Lewis. Dreaming about the Divine. Albany: State University of New York 2007. Pp. x + 160. Pbk. $19.95.. J. Anal. Psychol., 53(2):286-288.

(2008). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 53(2):286-288

Strickling, Bonnelle Lewis. Dreaming about the Divine. Albany: State University of New York 2007. Pp. x + 160. Pbk. $19.95.

Review by:
Giorgio Giaccardi

Edited by:
Linda Carter and Marcus West

Lewis Strickling's book is written from numerous perspectives as she is a Jungian therapist, a spiritual director and Chair of Philosophy at Langara College in Vancouver. Drawing from both her practices, she has gathered dream material containing God-images and numinous experiences. She propounds a three-pronged typology consisting of dreams of help, comfort and new life; dreams of energy; and ‘bad dreams’ with frightening, destructive God-images which do not redeem suffering. She sees the latter as radical challenges to the ego which ‘keep us from slipping into fantasy about the joys and protective effects of spiritual life’ (p. 84), while her approach to ‘good’ dreams on the divine is equally mindful of possible shadow aspects (e.g., infantile dependency).

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