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Dreamwork Reaches to Where Memory Can’t

Last night, another dream of water. This time, I was tossed a rope by my father and encouraged to hop along lily-pad-like buoys across a pond. From there, I swung on the rope like Tarzan and landed in a deep, clear pool. It was a backyard pool; perhaps it was even the swimming pool in the yard behind my childhood home. Except the pool water was very crisp and clear, and the deep end into …

Precognition in Dreams: Best Practices for Cultivating Psychic Dreaming

In 2018, I interviewed scientist and author Dr. Dean Radin upon the publication of his book Real Magic. At the time, I was occasionally interviewing authors for a newspaper, but I was super excited for this one as it was the first time I would interview a parapsychology researcher. On a more personal level, I was looking forward to the opportunity to talk precognition and psychic dreams with Radin, who has studied the phenomenon and published papers with …

The Reality Behind Reality

There is a reality behind reality; of this I am certain. I’m not the only one. Mystical traditions and practitioners of magic teach of this “more real” reality, and about ways in which we humans may lift the veil of this one.  Why does it matter, how real this reality is? I don’t know. What I know is that when you’ve had experiences your whole life that indicate there is something “else,” something “more,” or …

New author interview with Kabbalah scholar Zvi Ish-Shalom

I recently interviewed 47-year-old Kabbalah scholar and teacher Zvi Ish-Shalom for The Times of Israel, following the publication of his most recent book, The Path of Primordial Light. (Excerpt below. Full article here.) “Reality reveals things,” he said. “Downloads come through that [meditative] space. It was in these contemplative spaces these teachings were revealed to me.” … There is an ancient Hebrew text that speaks of a “Torah Kedumah,” a “Primordial Teaching,” Ish-Shalom writes, that …

Dreaming of Our Little Ones and Loved Ones Lost

My children as of this writing are 20, 16, and 14 years old. All have reached puberty and have moved through the resulting bodily changes. What a ride that has been. When my oldest turned 16, I started having more dreams of him as a baby or a little boy. I would often wake up on those mornings whimpering or sobbing, my heart heavy with a feeling I have since termed “the almost unbearable ache.” …

Is Music an Actual Time Portal?

Lately, I’ve noticed how listening to music that “takes me back” can be both uplifting and gut-wrenching, depending on the music, or on my mood, or on whether or not I feel ready to make contact with the pain or the pleasure of the time the music reminds me of. Have you had that experience? Of music “taking you back?”  Putting you in a familiar state? Reminding you of a “you” that you once were …

So You’ve Outgrown Your Dream Dictionary

Have you woken up from a dream curious about what it meant, only to go online to search for its “meaning” and find yourself reading material clearly written by bot? Or perhaps you have a trusted dream dictionary you bought long ago at Urban Outfitters, but the last few times you opened it to search for answers you felt uninspired, as if you could have come up with that interpretation all on your own? It …

The Blessing of a Forgotten Dream

Last night, about an hour after falling asleep, I woke up very shaken. There was a dream, I think. It didn’t feel like a dream. It felt real. I was both witness and participant. My perspective wasn’t first-person, but the intensity with which I felt the despair of the situation could only be described as psychic. Two people had just woken up from a deep slumber. Their eyes wide, I perceived their confusion. They looked …

Who’s Listening to Your Strange Dreams?

My professional life in the field of dreams began with a strange dream. To be more specific, it began as a result of a strange waking life experience that was related to a dream. One day, while sitting in my daughter’s preschool class making challah bread for Shabbat, I found myself in the middle of an interaction with her and her little three-year-old friend that aroused in me a sense of deja vu. I’d had …

What Your Dreams Require Of You

I am of the opinion that most humans require more than food, water, and sleep to survive and thrive. We also need witnessing, listening, loving touch, time for quiet, and time for movement. Dreams need witnessing, too, in order to survive and thrive. For the past five mornings. I’ve decided not to write down my dreams. It started on Thursday, three mornings before my bi-weekly meeting with my dream teacher. I told myself I already …

Is Dreamwork Right For You?

I’ve written over the past few months a few introductory articles about my approach to  dreamwork and why I believe it’s a good tool for healing, self reflection, personal growth, and spiritual expansion. I say this as both a practitioner and as a student, for I am both, and probably will always be a student of the mysteries of consciousness and  dreams. Today. I am hoping to provide a brief answer to the question “Is …

What to Do About a Psychic Dream?

This morning I woke up from my last dream of the night with just a fragmented memory of a conversation — someone had referred a friend to me for dreamwork because the friend had a psychic dream and didn’t know what to do about it.  I decided to not spend too much time this morning trying to remember the rest of the details of the dream. Instead, I am using my energy on writing a …

Recurring Dreams: Stress Dreams

This is the first post in a series on recurring dreams, dreams that repeat across the course of a person’s life, with either similar content or similar themes to previous dreams. I can remember recurring dreams as far back as early childhood. There are three dreams, in particular, I remember repeating. One of these three dreams involved a giant tarantula chasing me through a building with tall columns, like one you would find in Greece. …

No Dreams Necessary

When you say you’re a dreamworker or a dreams researcher, as I do, you naturally attract questions from friends, family, or strangers about their dreams. Fortunately, I love hearing others’ dreams so it’s usually a win-win, if I have the time and energy in the moment to listen. I remember how most of my life I would be eager to tell someone about a realistic, strange, or powerful dream I had the night before, but …

NDEs, the Afterlife, the Paranormal, and Dreaming

Last week, while I was away in Tucson at the 39th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (my first time at the conference!), one of my favorite semi-annual events took place in my hometown: the public library sale. I love attending this 4-day event, and many of the books in my collection on dreams, spirituality, or the paranormal have come from the library sale. I couldn’t make it to the …

Why Dreamwork?

Recently, I wrote a brief personal essay in response to the question, “What is dreamwork?” In this post, I offer you why you might work your dreams and some benefits I’ve received as a result of dreamwork. (I envision this as a series, evolving as I evolve, as new benefits to dreamwork arise for me personally.)  I’ve written in the past about maintaining a “dream practice,” which for myself and my clients includes an intentional …

The Best Way to Spend Your Morning Hours

What is the most healthful way to spend the hours just after waking in the morning following a good night sleep? Is it best to roll out of bed, on to a mat, and spend an hour in silent meditation? In prayer? Is it best to begin your day with journaling? Exercising? How about drinking a tall glass of room-temperature water with lemon and cayenne? Juicing? Stretching? Laying in bed simmering in the images of …

Talking to No One

I am a talker, a writer, a person who externalizes that which is internal. Over the course of my life until now, this has sometimes looked like over-sharing with friends, or over-confessional blog posts, or over-explaining myself and my reasons for my actions. About 15 years ago, during a self-development workshop, I made an internal connection between my compulsive need to talk, and deep-rooted feelings of not being listened to, not being heard, and not …

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Dreamwork Reaches to Where Memory Can’t

Last night, another dream of water. This time, I was tossed a rope by my father and encouraged to hop along lily-pad-like buoys across a pond. From there, I swung on the rope like Tarzan and landed in a deep, clear pool. It was a backyard pool; perhaps it was…
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  • Dreams |

Precognition in Dreams: Best Practices for Cultivating Psychic Dreaming

In 2018, I interviewed scientist and author Dr. Dean Radin upon the publication of his book Real Magic. At the time, I was occasionally interviewing authors for a newspaper, but I was super excited for this one as it was the first time I would interview a parapsychology researcher. On a more personal…
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The Reality Behind Reality

There is a reality behind reality; of this I am certain. I’m not the only one. Mystical traditions and practitioners of magic teach of this “more real” reality, and about ways in which we humans may lift the veil of this one.  Why does it matter, how real this reality…
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New author interview with Kabbalah scholar Zvi Ish-Shalom

I recently interviewed 47-year-old Kabbalah scholar and teacher Zvi Ish-Shalom for The Times of Israel, following the publication of his most recent book, The Path of Primordial Light. (Excerpt below. Full article here.) “Reality reveals things,” he said. “Downloads come through that [meditative] space. It was in these contemplative spaces…
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  • Dreams |

Dreaming of Our Little Ones and Loved Ones Lost

My children as of this writing are 20, 16, and 14 years old. All have reached puberty and have moved through the resulting bodily changes. What a ride that has been. When my oldest turned 16, I started having more dreams of him as a baby or a little boy.…
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  • Music |

Is Music an Actual Time Portal?

Lately, I’ve noticed how listening to music that “takes me back” can be both uplifting and gut-wrenching, depending on the music, or on my mood, or on whether or not I feel ready to make contact with the pain or the pleasure of the time the music reminds me of.…
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So You’ve Outgrown Your Dream Dictionary

Have you woken up from a dream curious about what it meant, only to go online to search for its “meaning” and find yourself reading material clearly written by bot? Or perhaps you have a trusted dream dictionary you bought long ago at Urban Outfitters, but the last few times…
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The Blessing of a Forgotten Dream

Last night, about an hour after falling asleep, I woke up very shaken. There was a dream, I think. It didn’t feel like a dream. It felt real. I was both witness and participant. My perspective wasn’t first-person, but the intensity with which I felt the despair of the situation…
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  • Dreams |

Who’s Listening to Your Strange Dreams?

My professional life in the field of dreams began with a strange dream. To be more specific, it began as a result of a strange waking life experience that was related to a dream. One day, while sitting in my daughter’s preschool class making challah bread for Shabbat, I found…
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What Your Dreams Require Of You

I am of the opinion that most humans require more than food, water, and sleep to survive and thrive. We also need witnessing, listening, loving touch, time for quiet, and time for movement. Dreams need witnessing, too, in order to survive and thrive. For the past five mornings. I’ve decided…

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