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The Edge of Dreaming (2009)

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This is the story of a rational, skeptical woman, a mother and wife, who does not remember her dreams. Except once, when she dreamed her horse was dying. She woke so scared she went outside... See full summary »

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This is the story of a rational, skeptical woman, a mother and wife, who does not remember her dreams. Except once, when she dreamed her horse was dying. She woke so scared she went outside in the night. She found him dead. The next dream told her she would die herself, when she was 48. Written by Anonymous

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Worth viewing, a bit too self-focused
25 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ms. Hardie had a vivid premonitory dream that she would die in her 48th year; this greatly focused her attention on what was important in her life and on the reality of dreams. During the course of the year, she developed severe lung problems; she came very close to death. She finally found her way to a shamanic healer (Claudia Goncalve) to "re-program" her dream ("I had to get back in my dream in order to change it"), had a intense vision of a huge snake and of the the scarred Earth (potentially symbolic of her scarred lungs), and gradually became healed after this experience. For Ms. Hardie, the image of the scarred Earth was also a very real representation of the damage being done to the planet…

(For me, the documentary was frequently too self-focused, too much time spent on Ms. Hardie's personal angst and not enough time on the nature of dreaming. I almost turned the TV off after the long opening about Ms. Hardie premonitory dream and sequence about her dead horse; I am glad that I didn't.) Ms.Hardie chose to go to a shamanic healer to deal with the premonitory power of the dream that she was going to die. (In an interview with Ms. Hardie, she said that she went to three different psychotherapists first… I would still suggest that an experienced depth psychologist who works with trance and dreams might also have been as effective as the shaman.) Nevertheless, as a result of the competence and the setting created by the shamanic healer and Ms. Hardie's belief in the power of the shaman, Ms. Hardie clearly went into a profound altered state of consciousness that altered her psyche and,consequently and profoundly,altered her physical body. (During an interview, Ms. Hardie said that she was absolutely sure that she had been healed after the shamanic intervention.)

Interestingly, Ms. Hardie's experience was a parallel journey to an ancient healing ritual that lasted over a thousand years, of visiting the temples of Aesclepius in Greece in order to have a healing dream. One had to journey far to get to these places, and the dream pilgrim was almost always in the midst of a crisis of mortality. Snakes were often strongly featured in these Aesclepian healing dreams. They are a symbol of re-birth (from the shedding of their skin) and a symbol of ancient, deep animal instinct. This particular sequence of the visions during the shamanic healing was quite well done.

I would hope that this film itself is a premonition of an increased in the power of dreams and healing in this dream-aversive and overly-rational culture. We have already had the film "Inception" this year; this is an excellent sequel.


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