By Darla Shelden
Interested in interpreting your dreams? The Oklahoma City School of Metaphysics has announced the “Intuitive Dreaming” lecture and book signing tour by dream expert Dr. Laurel Clark on Feb. 23 and 24.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, Laurel Clark, President Emeritus of the School of Metaphysics, will appear from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, 6100 N. May Ave., in Oklahoma City. She will discuss how dreams have inspired great literary works and significant inventions.
A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday evening at the IVC Gallery, 710 N Broadway, followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. Clark will discuss how dreams inspire imagination and creativity.
Then, on Sunday, at 10 a.m., Clark will speak at the Morning Star Center, 329 S. Peters, in Norman, presenting how the wisdom of dreams can benefit one’s life. A workshop follows at noon with experts available for dream interpretations.
“The importance of dreams is underestimated by many,” said Doug Bannister, Director, Oklahoma City School of Metaphysics. “Because dreams come from our subconscious mind. Our night time ‘movies’ are objective reflections of the previous days activities, uncolored by our personal view and bias.”
According to School teachings, understanding dreams via the Universal Language of Mind allows people to gain access to their inner wisdom. Clark’s book, “Intuitive Dreaming” and her lectures will explain the processes.
Explored in many fields, anthropologists study dreams to learn about culture; theologians study dreams as they appear in religion and scripture; neurologists, biologists, psychiatrists, and other physical scientists study the brain during sleep and dream time.
Artists and writers use dreams for inspiration, psychologists as a counseling tool, gerontologists to understand the aging process, and the military to help soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
“The School of Metaphysics has offered more dream interpretations than any organization and has done so over forty years,” said Bannister. “This year in fact, the school celebrates the 40th anniversary of having received 501 (c)(3) federal designation as a not for profit educational organization.”
One of the principle experts on the PBS series Dreamtime, Clark is a speaker, author and ordained minister in the Interfaith Church of Metaphysics.
“Dr. Laurel Clark has held many leadership positions in the organization teaching dream interpretation and mastery of consciousness during her 35 years with the School,” said Bannister.
Clark has co-authored, edited and/or contributed to books including “Interpreting Dreams for Self Discovery,” “Lucid Dreaming, Weaving Dreams in the Classroom,” and “The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams,” compiled by Drs. Deirdre Barrett and Patrick McNamara.
“By understanding our dreams we become aware of our thought patterns and attitudes, some of which may be counterproductive to living the lives we truly want,” said Bannister. “With that information, we can adjust our thinking, take action and make different choices that are consistent with our goals and objectives.”
There are 16 branches in the SOM organization, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The School focuses on topics such as peace, love, connecting with others, self-awareness, understanding universal principles and finding happiness now.
The main work of the Oklahoma City School, located at 908 N.W. 12 St., is the Mastery of Consciousness course, which includes developing the mind through concentration, visualization, memory improvement, meditation, and dream interpretation. Short courses, lectures, workshops, and community events are also offered.
SOM was founded in 1973 as a place “where people could come to study and learn ways to live in harmony with the Universal Laws that govern creation.”
Bannister said, “I always wanted to know the principles of creation and my part in it. The School has provided me with the tools and support I need to build discipline and to feel a deeper connection and understanding of Creation. I enjoy every step along the way.”
Admission to all lectures is free. The Sunday workshop is available on a donation basis.
To learn more, contact Doug Bannister at 405-228-0506 or [email protected], or visit www.SOM.org.