Guest post by Kim Hornsby, author of The Dream Jumper series.
Last night I was at a restaurant with my writing group and our waitress saw my novel, The Dream Jumper’s Promise, on the table. We got talking about dreams and she told me her recurring nightmare, describing it in horrific detail. I knew then she’d enjoy my novel and handed it to her. Dreams are fascinating. Everyone dreams so the subject is universal. As an author, when I’m speaking at the bookclub, the conversation always leads to dreaming and I think one reason is that it’s still such a mystery of life, to scientists as well.
Have you ever had a dream where you knew you were dreaming? My first lucid dream was at the age of 5 when my kindergarten teacher was about to push me down the steep stairs at my house. I told her to go ahead, I was only dreaming.
Apparently a person can develop their ability to lucid dream to include a whole other life in another dimension. Imagine conjuring up relationships with your favorite movie star, or flying over cities and countryside like Superman, doing things that are impossible in the physical world. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? The study of dreams is becoming more and more popular and with it comes the study of prophetic dreams—seeing the future. These dreams have been around a long time and are even mentioned in the Bible. Many religions have used what they believed were prophetic dreams to predict the future. Even Mark Twain had a story about a dream that eventually came true.
The hero of my novel series, Jamey, takes lucid dreaming to whole other level. Not only does he know he’s dreaming but he can enter another person’s subconscious to gain access to their dream. He calls it Dream Jumping. Since he was young, he’s been manipulating dreams for suitable end results and in the first book finds himself solving a mystery on Maui by entering a woman’s seemingly prophetic dreams. Is dream jumping actually possible? I wasn’t sure when I penned this story in 2011. The movie Inception had yet to be filmed, and lucid dreaming and dream sharing was only discussed among a handful of dream experts. In the movie Inception, they achieve dream sharing with drugs to enter the subconscious. In my series they use deep concentration.
There is no scientific proof of dream sharing, no explanation that will satisfy sceptics but apparently it happens. Like coincidence, intuition, and deja vu, dreams are still a mystery to the world of science but that doesn’t mean that our grandchildren won’t be privy to the mystery of dreaming someday.
As Freud said “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.” And as Jamey said, “Magic is only science we don’t understand yet.”
Kim Hornsby is an Award-Winning Seattle novelist who loves to write about women in strange lands so she can travel and call it research. Two of her novels are Amazon Bestsellers, having reached the #1 spot in Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance. She writes daily, blogs weekly, and is published by The Wild Rose Press, Cajun Flair Publishing and her own publishing house, Top Ten Press. Suspense, Romance, and the Supernatural are themes threaded throughout most of her fictional work.
A mother, a wife, a messy housekeeper, a dog lover, and a voracious reader, Kim was born in Canada, then moved to Maui, Whistler, Taipei and now makes Seattle her home. Instead of clothes and jewelry, she spends her mad money on travel and plane tickets can always be found on her desk.
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