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The Dream Artist
Dreaming and living awake

By Elizabeth August / Dreamshield

The Dream Artist

Elizabeth August/Dreamshield studied social legal studies. Today she is a naturopathic practitioner and gives workshops on the art of lucid dreaming and shamanic journeying. The Dream Artist is her first book about this extraordinary way of learning.


About this first publication she says: “The theme of four-and-a-half years has been the sorcerers tradition. I have carefully recorded my personal experiences with the teachings of Running Deer which has finally led to this book. Writing it has given me great pleasure. The Dream Artist has become more than a personal account because the interested reader is presented with the technique to learn and practice the Native American tradition of the Art of Dreaming him/herself.”

Winner of Readers Favorite Award for non fiction

'Well done. A different idea of a sorcerer is studied in this book. The story takes you through the life of a wife and mother on her quest for soul searching, spiritual healing. When she makes the acquaintance of a man dressed in a North American turban and her life changes dramatically.' -
Debra Gaynor, Readers

'Dreamshield has an engaging narrative style and tells stories that are engrossing. There is a lack of literature on female sorcerers and this book makes an admirable effort to fill this lacuna. When, at the end, she attains “totality,” the reader will share her exaltation.' - Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. Alan Watts Profess of Psychology, Saybrook University (SF, USA).

Published in Association for Humanistic Psychology and Anthropology of Consciousness


This book, that follows the traditions of Carlos Castaneda and others, gives a completely new approach to Native North American initiation and teachings.

The author describes her candid personal experiences in the Native North American tradition of The Art of Dreaming following the teachings of the North American Indian Running Deer. A thrilling stride unfolds right in the heart of Amsterdam, in obtaining the knowledge of the Second Reality on the way to the ultimate goal: finding the Totality of the Self!

The combination of unusual instructions and experiences within the Indian world and the level-headedness of a typical Dutch woman offers the reader excitement and contemplation on the way to the source of this reality, finding the ultimate self through the experiences and understanding of Dreamshield. Up until the last page the reader remains intrigued whether Dreamshield will obtain her goal.

Right by the author's side or facing her is the character of Running Deer. Sometimes mysterious, then challenging, strict as a guru, or vulnerable as a visitor in a foreign country. However, the precise description of these distinctive steps on the road to her initiation stand like milestones in the landscape of this unique history.

Additional workbook: The Lucid Dreaming Workbook

Subtitle:  A guide to the purpose-driven life to dreaming and living awake.


'Dreamshield is not just some naive dabbler who stumbled on shamanism during a quickie retreat. The double role of telling a good yarn and telling the reader how to make a good yarn of his/her own is part of this literary tradition. Joseph Campbell would have been proud.' - Paula R. Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press



Additional Information:

Published 2010 (revised edition 2020) - Complete English translation - ISBN: 9781609101565 – 288 pages - Paperback

Rights: World (incl. World English)

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