The Russian author and psychiatrist Olga Kharitidi has written The Master of Lucid Dreams, a book about her journey to Samarkand where she met a man who showed her how one can be healed and perform healing on others through the use of lucid dreaming.
According to him the strongest tool to help doing this is the ancient sign of the swastika, which has been used as a representation of Mother Sun for thousands of years.
About the book
Although this book is called The Master of Lucid Dreams it does not contain any descriptions on how to achieve lucid dreams, so if that is what you are looking for, this is not the book for you. However, it is quite interesting because of the descriptions on how so called “spirits of trauma” can take over our lives if we let them.
The spirits of trauma are created when we go through traumas like rape, abuse, beatings and other types of ill-treatment. If we do not let ourselves feel the feelings and instead cover them over and deny to ourselves that the traumas have happened, a trauma spirit will start growing in the dark place we create for them. These trauma spirits can also stem from earlier lives, and if they become strong enough we can become human representations of them. It is suggested that this is how serial murderers and people like Hitler and Stalin came to be.
It is also proposed in the book that when several of such human representations of the spirits of trauma come together their collective strength becomes stronger than the total of their number and this is the cause of such things as wars. Among indigenous people excists a tradition of rite of passage and according to this story these rites helped those who went through them to rid themselves of the trauma spirits. Since we no longer have these rites in the ‘civilised’ world, the wars are getting worse and worse.
About the author
Olga Kharitidi was born in Siberia, in the former Soviet Union, where she worked as a psychiatrist in a mental institution. She has traveled all over Siberia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, following the ancient wisdom that spread from Siberia to Central Asia, Tibet, and the Himalayas. She now lives in the United States, conveying her knowledge of Siberian wisdom and continuing her path of exploration and discovery.
When I started reading the book I did not like it, but after a while I found it to be fascinating, in part because of how it ties together many historical figures and events. These all have a mutual link to Samarkand, and in many ways the things that are described make a lot of sence even in the western world.
It is easy to imagine how the trauma spirits might have taken over people who, instead of taking on their own pain, lash out and hurt others. This might also explain why, for example, some victims of child abuse hurt children when they grow up.
All in all, I do recommend the book. It is interesting and gives food for thought, especially if you are interested in history. It is not an easy read, it took me quite sometime, because I had to digest just a few pages at a time, but it is worth the effort.
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