Sunday, July 1, 2012

Guest Post Andrea Heltsley on dreams and writing

Andrea Heltsley on dreams and writing 

I have such a vivid imagination, no joke.  Part of knowing this, is the fact that I lucid dream.  For those of you that don’t know what lucid dreaming is, here is the definition from Wikipedia. 

lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik (Willem) van Eeden (1860–1932).[1] In a lucid dream, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over their participation within the dream or be able to manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment.[2] Lucid dreams can be realistic and vivid.[3] It is shown that there are higher amounts of beta-1 frequency band (13–19 Hz) experienced by lucid dreamers; hence there is an increased amount of activity in the parietal lobes making lucid dreaming a conscious process.[4] 
Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established. 

I am one of those people to be lucky enough to experience my dreams and remember them.  I get a lot of my ideas from them and I think my writing is more creative for it.  Images are vivid and detailed.  I also think there is a lot of creativity that I get to tap into. 

Dreamwalker was such a fun book to write for me.  I got to show everyone what Noel’s dreamscapes were like and her ability to manipulate the dreams.  I enjoyed using dream symbolism through most of the book at every turn.   

As a lucid dreamer, it is always interesting to find out dream meanings.  If you read deeper in Dreamwalker, you will find a whole wealth of symbolism that tie into the book and the characters.  I hope you enjoy Dreamwalker and look forward to the sequel Divine Destiny out in 2013. 

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