Although the deadline has passed, we may still be accepting a few more impactful stories that changed your life – on a space available basis – or if we find that it meets a need in a particular chapter. We are looking only for stories at this point where there was a clear and important life change that can be linked directly to the dream, stories that can inspire others, and for stories that can be told in a short number of words (preferably fewer than 500).
Thank you for your interest in telling your life changing dream story in the upcoming IASD publication “Dreams that Change Our Lives.” Sharing your inspirational story with others is important and may provide a new appreciation of the source of inner growth that lies within our dreams. This book is integral to IASD’s outreach mission in that it promotes awareness of the importance of dreams to our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being as well as being a source of new insight and change in our lives. IASD is therefore looking for inspirational dream stories from those who have experienced life altering changes that were initiated by a dream. We would love to hear your story.
What we are Looking For: The dream, and the story surrounding it, should be one that made a tangible change in your situation (condition, attitude, emotional state, conflict, belief, behavior etc.) shortly thereafter. It should be a story where it was obvious that the change was brought about by the impact or content of the dream itself. If you are uncertain because your experience or dream sounds too strange and extraordinary to tell, don’t be shy, it is the extraordinary nature of dreams that at times brings change to our lives when we least expect it. Because change is often brought about by reflection on the dream or the insight gained afterwards, we are open to stories where your subsequent work with the dream further illuminated those elements in the dream thus bringing about the life change. We wish to avoid stories, however, where: the change or insight could not be easily linked to the dream itself, but was largely the result of someone else’s interpretation of what your dream meant; or stories that are focused on promoting one theory or style of interpretation over another.
The Writing Style: We will be editing the stories as appropriate to fit the format of the book, however it is helpful to write your story as factually as you can yet in an inspirational style, one which might express your feelings, insights and emotional transformation during the process. It is your own personal experiences through your dream journey that will provide the inspiration to others to pay attention to their dreams as a source of inner insight.
The Process: The process of selecting stories for final inclusion in the book has begun (July 2015). The next step is clustering them into chapters and confirming chapter authors who will make the final selections for their chapters and attempt to edit in the stories. At that point, if selected, you may be asked to edit your story down to a certain length or to better emphasize some factor such as the link between the dream and the life change. If your story is selected, we will be sending you an acknowledgement. The intent is that you will also be sent a final edited copy (for your review or further editing) and a final release agreement. A preliminary agreement is included below.
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