Soldier mortals would not survive if they were not blessed with the gift of imagination and the pictures of hope,” wrote Confederate Private Henry Graves in the trenches outside Petersburg, Virginia. “The second angel of mercy is the night dream.” Providing fresh perspective on the human side of the Civil War, this book explores the dreams and imaginings of those who fought it, as recorded in their letters, journals and memoirs. Sometimes published as poems or songs or printed in newspapers, these rarely acknowledged writings reflect the personalities and experiences of their authors. Some expressions of fear, pain, loss, homesickness and disappointment are related with grim fatalism, some with glimpses of humor.
Wanda Burch dreamt that she would die at a certain age; her dreams foretold her diagnosis of cancer, and they guided her toward treatment and wellness.
Although she took advantage of all the medical resources available to her, Wanda believes she is alive today because of her intimate engagement with the dreamworld.
This book is more than one woman's story, however. Wanda explores her dreams using the Active Dreamwork technique developed by Robert Moss. Dreams are stories that reflect our feelings, our waking life, our past and our future, prodding us to seek further information and expansion in order to discover the power available to all of us for choosing and claiming the energy and power of their imagery in the healing process. In Wanda's healing journey, we each discover the healing potential within our own sleeping dreams and waking exploration.
Through powerful prose and practical exercises, this book demonstrates that wisdom lives within each of us, and we can tap into that wisdom through dreamwork.
Historian Wanda Easter Burch is a retired site manager of an 18th century house museum, and a writer whose articles on 18th century history have appeared in history journals and articles on dreams and imagery in various women’s and self-help magazines. She lives in Fultonville, New York.