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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 ...

Healing the Nervous System: Dreamwork Is Required

I don’t remember exactly when I first started experiencing the symptoms of anxiety, but I’ve suffered from panic attacks since the age of seven. I didn’t know that’s what they were then, nor did my parents, nor my doctors. Back then, I may have been described as “sensitive,” or “overreactive.” A doctor may have said once after examining me and finding “nothing wrong,” that I had a “nervous belly.”  It’s only looking back now that ...

Recurring Dreams: Airport Dreams

Have you had an airport dream recently? Did it leave you energized and excited? Or anxious?  My guess is that for many of us airport dreams are often stressful and highlight areas of our lives where we are highly reactive. It’s not surprising. Preparing for and checking in at the airport are not the most peaceful of activities, nor is navigating the airport. It’s understandable then that airport dreams, like airports, are often saturated in ...

What Does It Mean When You Dream of…?

What does it mean when you dream of your teeth falling out? What does it mean when you dream of spiders chasing you? What does it mean when you dream you are pregnant? What does it mean when you dream of someone who died? Most people who come to the internet to learn more about dreams come to discover the meaning of a particular type of dream. It’s natural that once we start paying more ...

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

One night a few years ago, 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. Devastatingly real. I was both witness and participant. My perspective wasn’t first-person — I witnessed the events of the dream at a bit of a distance— but the intensity with which I felt the despair of the situation was beyond empathic. Two people ...

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…

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