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Do You Daydream or Overthink?

I’ve been slowly making my way through Pete Walker’s book Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. This book has been recommended to me a few times over the last seven or so years that I have been independently researching trauma, C-PTSD, attachment wounding, and related topics. I’m near the end in which Walker reviews the different types of reactions to “abandonment pain,” one of which is dissociation, which can manifest as fantasizing, reminiscing, or even ...

Why You Can’t Stop Thinking About That Dream

Perhaps you arrived here as a result of searching for one of the most highly Googled dream topics: dreams of snakes or other wildlife, dreams about your ex, dreams of your teeth falling out, or dreams of needing to find a bathroom. But I imagine you may have, instead, found yourself on this web site because of some stirring inside of you, some itch, or some unexplained knowing that the dream you had last night ...

Introductory Offer: One-on-One Natural Dreamwork Session

Natural Dreamwork is a unique approach to working with our dreams as a way to achieve emotional well-being and gain insights about ourselves. The one-on-one work we do together provides a container and framework for your spiritual and personal growth. It’s not a one-off “dream interpretation session,” or a loose, general conversation about dream symbols. A Natural Dreamwork session is about you, specifically, and your dreams. I would call it soul work, and therefore, is ...

What If I Don’t Dream?

Sometimes an individual will contact me, curious about dreamwork, but claims to never dream. After reading a lot of material about sleep and dreaming, I’ve come to believe that almost everybody dreams every night, save for the very rare few who have severe neurological conditions or who take medicine that may drastically impact their sleep cycles. (In these cases, there may be Chinese medicinal herbal remedies that can help improve sleep. Feel free to be ...

Reawaken the Dead in Dreams

Despite a bat mitzvah, a Judaic Studies minor in college, and time living in Israel and speaking Hebrew — and despite the fact that each week laypeople are called upon to offer a “dvar Torah” (a talk on the weekly portion of Torah read in synagogue), I still don’t feel qualified to write any kind of exegesis on Jewish text.  Yet, here I am, asking you to join me on a brief journey as I ...

Confusion and Memory Cues in Dreams

In waking life, memory cues are objects, words, sounds, or sensory experiences that trigger memory. Essentially, they are conscious and subconscious associations we have made between the object and an event that spark a memory. An example of a conscious association you may be familiar with is, for instance, the scent of a particular pastry baking that takes you back to your trip to Paris. Some cues and associations are a little more obscure and ...

What Does It Mean to Work a Dream?

What does it mean to work a dream? Simply put, working a dream means remembering it, re-engaging with it, and bringing it to life — with the intention of greater self-awareness, growth, or healing. This work can be done on your own or with a dreamwork practitioner. Working a dream is different than just thinking about or telling someone your dream. When you work a dream you purposefully recall the details, feelings, and sense experiences ...

The Gift of the Dream: An Introduction to Dreamwork

If you live in the South Jersey / Philadelphia area, you are invited to come learn some basic principles to help you listen to your dreams’ wisdom. December 12, 2023, 7:30 – 9 pm I will share experiences from my own dream journey and guide participants through a dreamwork exercise that can be practiced at home. Please bring along one dream, written or typed out on paper. If you’ve been curious about dreamwork, how it ...

What Dreams Teach Us About Love

Let me get this out of the way upfront. The title of this post (and maybe any blog post ever) is misleading. There is no way I’ll be able to encapsulate in an 1100-word blog post what dreams teach us about love. But boy, do they teach us about love.  What I’d like to do in this post is express one way dreams teach us about love. If we are lucky, at least once in ...

Why You Should Write Down Dreams You Don’t Quite Remember

I’ll tell you a secret. Even though I’m a high-yielding dreamer and a dreamwork practitioner, there are mornings I convince myself that my dreams are too distant or too hazy or too jumbled to bother writing them down. I turn over and go back to sleep. And … every time I listen to the voice in my head that tells me that’s the truth, I regret it later. Have you ever taken on a regular ...

Dreamwork to Prep for the End of the World

Last night, before bed, I found myself discussing with my boyfriend which film or TV show I want him to watch to better prepare him for the end of the world: The Last of Us? The Walking Dead? Station Eleven? Bird Box??? I settled on The Handmaid’s Tale because, as I explained to him, “it’s the one that seems closest to our current reality.” I’m not sure that’s true anymore, since I stopped watching The ...

Dreamwork in and for Times of Crisis

It’s been a painful and heart-wrenching few weeks. Unable to read or write or work much since the massacres on Israeli civilians on October 7, I wasn’t sure I would be able to show up for my monthly audio chat on Patreon. But a good talk with a fellow dreamwork practitioner and a few juicy dreams compelled me forward with renewed inspiration and dedication to this research and work. The episode I ended up recording ...

The Magical Side Effect of Writing Out Your Dreams

I am a morning person and a dreamwork practitioner, and still sometimes I don’t feel like writing down my dreams. It’s okay to go through a stretch when you don’t record your dreams, especially if it’s a stressful period, or if you’re struggling with getting high quality sleep. First and foremost, I very much encourage you to protect your sleep. That aside, writing down your dreams in a notebook or in a notepad app on ...

Why Are My Dreams So Vivid?

A very common first response from individuals who learn I am a dreamwork practitioner is, “Oh really? I have such vivid dreams. Some of them feel so real.” Often the conversation may continue, and the individual will tell me how lifelike their dream experiences can feel — how colorful or rich with sensory experience. The person is typically amazed by this, or confused. The implied question is: Why do my dreams feel so real? After ...

How to Remember More of Your Dreams

For years, I was always surprised when friends or family would claim to not remember their dreams. I would be even more incredulous when someone would say to me, “Oh, I don’t dream.” What? How could that be? My dream life was always so active, rich, and plentiful. I had so many dreams, even as a child, and dreams inside of dreams. How is it that someone else had none? Since I started researching dreams, however, ...

Is Dreamwork a Cure for Nostalgia?

You may not want a cure for your nostalgia, and that’s okay. I’m not sure yet I want to “cure” mine. It’s served me well across many years and many stages of life, as has my capacity for daydreaming. But I am strongly considering the possibility of giving it up. Like the other coping mechanisms we developed in childhood and adolescence that enabled us to survive loneliness, awkwardness, abuse, or cruelty, nostalgia and daydreaming allow ...

Should I Listen to What Dream Characters Say?

Have you ever noticed how in dreams, we tend to “know” someone has told us something or we get “the idea” of a certain verbal exchange between ourselves and a dream character? It turns out, it’s actually quite difficult to remember word for word what a dream character said. Pay attention the next time you have a dream that includes dialogue or conversation. What words can you recall for certain? Would you bet something valuable ...

Smell, Sound, Taste, and Touch In Dreams

As I have given more attention over the years to recalling my dreams, I’ve noticed changes in a few areas: Most notably, I remember more dreams, more details of dreams, and I can retain the memory of the dream longer. I’ve also experienced more lucidity in dreams, as well as more episodes of precognition. Another increased capacity has been my sensory experience. Or, at least, my ability to recall sensory experiences from the dream. In ...
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Do You Daydream or Overthink?

I’ve been slowly making my way through Pete Walker’s book Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. This book has been recommended to me a few times over the last seven or so years that I have been independently researching trauma, C-PTSD, attachment wounding, and related topics. I’m near the end…
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  • Dreams |

Why You Can’t Stop Thinking About That Dream

Perhaps you arrived here as a result of searching for one of the most highly Googled dream topics: dreams of snakes or other wildlife, dreams about your ex, dreams of your teeth falling out, or dreams of needing to find a bathroom. But I imagine you may have, instead, found…
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  • Dreams |

Introductory Offer: One-on-One Natural Dreamwork Session

Natural Dreamwork is a unique approach to working with our dreams as a way to achieve emotional well-being and gain insights about ourselves. The one-on-one work we do together provides a container and framework for your spiritual and personal growth. It’s not a one-off “dream interpretation session,” or a loose,…
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  • Dreams |

What If I Don’t Dream?

Sometimes an individual will contact me, curious about dreamwork, but claims to never dream. After reading a lot of material about sleep and dreaming, I’ve come to believe that almost everybody dreams every night, save for the very rare few who have severe neurological conditions or who take medicine that…
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Reawaken the Dead in Dreams

Despite a bat mitzvah, a Judaic Studies minor in college, and time living in Israel and speaking Hebrew — and despite the fact that each week laypeople are called upon to offer a “dvar Torah” (a talk on the weekly portion of Torah read in synagogue), I still don’t feel…
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  • Dreams |

Confusion and Memory Cues in Dreams

In waking life, memory cues are objects, words, sounds, or sensory experiences that trigger memory. Essentially, they are conscious and subconscious associations we have made between the object and an event that spark a memory. An example of a conscious association you may be familiar with is, for instance, the…
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  • Dreams |

What Does It Mean to Work a Dream?

What does it mean to work a dream? Simply put, working a dream means remembering it, re-engaging with it, and bringing it to life — with the intention of greater self-awareness, growth, or healing. This work can be done on your own or with a dreamwork practitioner. Working a dream…
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The Gift of the Dream: An Introduction to Dreamwork

If you live in the South Jersey / Philadelphia area, you are invited to come learn some basic principles to help you listen to your dreams’ wisdom. December 12, 2023, 7:30 – 9 pm I will share experiences from my own dream journey and guide participants through a dreamwork exercise…
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  • Dreams |

What Dreams Teach Us About Love

Let me get this out of the way upfront. The title of this post (and maybe any blog post ever) is misleading. There is no way I’ll be able to encapsulate in an 1100-word blog post what dreams teach us about love. But boy, do they teach us about love. …
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  • Dreams |

Why You Should Write Down Dreams You Don’t Quite Remember

I’ll tell you a secret. Even though I’m a high-yielding dreamer and a dreamwork practitioner, there are mornings I convince myself that my dreams are too distant or too hazy or too jumbled to bother writing them down. I turn over and go back to sleep. And … every time…

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