Have you ever had an extraordinary dream? One that rocks you to the depths of your soul, shows you the future, allows you to connect with a deceased loved one, or accompanies you through a major life transition, such as giving birth?

A great book on this subject has just been released: Extraordinary Dreams: Visions, Announcements and Premonitions Across Time and Place, by Kimberly R. Mascaro, PhD

The book is rich with deep dreams: a woman’s murdered friend came into her dreams and showed her how to fly. One man woke up when he felt someone kiss him on the cheek, only there was nobody there. In the morning, he learned that his friend had died. One woman who was trying to conceive dreamed she saw a beautiful blond boy, and her doctor congratulated her on her “fine young son”. Two months later, she became pregnant with her son, who turned out to look like the boy in the dream.

A big theme in this book are pregnancy dreams, because Mascaro did her doctoral study on the announcing dreams that take place in the lives of pregnant women. These women report dreams they had while pregnant. I particularly enjoyed the chapters related to this study, as some reminded me of my own dreams during pregnancy – in one lucid dream, I was dancing and looked down to see right through my pregnant belly, where my tiny daughter was curled up looking so incredibly beautiful and perfect. This is a dream I will always treasure.

Kimberly Mascaro is a psychotherapist who focuses on dreamwork, anxiety, women’s recovery, trauma, grief, and loss. Her insights into dreams are thoughtful and wise. Intimacy and depth are the hallmarks of dreams, and Mascaro is a dream scholar, so Extraordinary Dreams is by turns scholarly and intimate. She explores conception and fertility dreams and examines the concept of reincarnation. She looks at pre-birth communications in dreams, and pre-death ones, too. It makes for a fascinating read.

Towards the end of the book, Kim Mascaro asks: “Do dreams provide reliable intelligence about the environment, the imaginal world and physical waking reality – or are they ‘just dreams’, as some say? Could dreams be authentic, intelligent experiences of one’s soul?”

What do you think?… why not read this book with its wealth of thought-provoking dream reports and decide for yourself 🙂 I highly recommend it.