Meditation, Dreaming & Waking from the Dream: Beyond the Unconscious to the Super Conscious
By Joan Borysenko, PhD
World renowned expert in integrative medicine and the mind/body connection, Dr. Joan Borysenko explains the capacity for self-awareness underlies the conscious creation of well being, social and emotional intelligence, and empathy. The neurocircuitry for self-awareness in the medial prefrontal cortex can be damaged by childhood abuse and neglect, and repaired and developed through meditation. Behaviors that were previously unconscious can be brought into mindful awareness, leading to more adaptive, resilient choices. Her insightful and inspiring training teaches us that expansion of awareness can occur both in the waking and the dream states, and may lead to a superconscious state characterized by clarity, compassion and a heightened form of self-awareness!
1. List the neural structures involved in self-awareness
2. Define lucid dreaming and contrast it to the non-lucid dream state.
3. Relate self-awareness to the development of empathy