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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 …

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 …

What Is Dreamwork?

You picked up a business card with the word “dreamwork,” but you didn’t know what that meant, so you searched up the web site listed and found yourself here. Or… Someone you trust told you that there was a way to intentionally and purposefully work with your dreams for healing, and you found yourself here. Or… You googled “why do I keep dreaming of an old boyfriend” and you found yourself here. Or… Whatever led …

Listen! 🎧 Six Episodes of Dreaming Out Loud

Do you know I produce a monthly “audio chat” about dreams on Patreon? It’s called “Dreaming Out Loud with Jen.” If you prefer listening to podcasts or YouTube videos over reading articles or blog posts, you might find these short little conversations on Patreon fun or useful. I call them “audio chats” because they are unscripted and unedited. They aren’t podcasts. There is no “intro” or “outro” or advertising. Each one is basically just me …

Book Giveaway – Musicophilia By Oliver Sacks

Have you visited my Patreon page, “Into the Dream?” This month, anyone who checks out my latest audio offering there (“Dreaming Out Loud: “Music and Love: Is There a Link?“) has the chance to win a free copy of this fantastic book by the late neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. Let me share a few words about Patreon, which I get may be confusing for some people. It was …

Dreams and Time

Since I was a little girl, I have been as fascinated with the concept of time travel as I have with the nature of dreams. It wasn’t well into adulthood, however, that I started contemplating that one possibly related to the other. Influenced by science fiction tv shows and films like the original Star Trek (my parents were fans when I was a kid) and the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as Quantum Leap, …

Is Dreamwork Like Therapy?

This week, I attended an annual writer’s conference, but instead of my writer self, I could tell it was my inner dreamworker who wanted to show up there. In a way, the writer’s conference was my dreamworker debut, if that’s a thing.  A bit shyly, but not reluctantly, I added “dreamworker” to my response when people asked me what I did professionally. The feedback from strangers and friends alike was overwhelmingly positive, and even more …

Working with Dreams for Healing

In my recent “audio chat” on Patreon, I spoke a little about why I believe we are missing an opportunity for healing when we don’t pay attention to our dreams, when we don’t dive deeper into the dream experience, and when we don’t meaningfully engage with our children about their dreams. (This chat episode is free and available to the public; you don’t need to be a subscriber to my Patreon to listen.) I wasn’t …

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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.…
dream dictionary
  • Dreams |

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…
strange dreams
  • 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…
dreams require
  • Dreams |

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…
is dreamwork right 2
  • Dreams |

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…
psy dreams 2
  • Dreams |

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…
stress dreams
  • Dreams |

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…
No dreams necessary
  • Dreams |

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…
NDEs
  • Dreams |

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…
why dreamwork
  • Dreams |

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…

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