The Polished Mirror

Refik Algan, Turkey

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Are all dream systems relativistic, or can there be a single, absolute dream system in which no symbolism is presumed? One of the main characteristics of an operating dream system, even if it be mostly relativistic, is its accordance with the function and structure of the brain itself.

Shamanic Dreaming

Arvick Baghramian, Armenia

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I was brought up in a culture where people valued their dreams, and their lives were guided by them. They would look to their dreams in search of answers and would take the trouble of having their dreams interpreted for them whenever a particular dream struck them as especially significant. Whenever a person of my Armenian community in Iran was worried, sick or distressed, they would come to my mother and ask her to ‘dream for them’ in search for an answer to their problems.

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