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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 ...

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 ...

Are Some Dreams Psychic?

It took me a long time to believe in my psychic dreams, in my ability to dream of events that eventually came true. In fact, it took more than just “belief;” it required an alternative paradigm for experiencing time, space, and memory. As I started to understand that precognition inside dreams (or meditations, for that matter) was a real possibility (with some backing by science), I started to relate less to my dreams as “psychic” ...

What’s the Weirdest Thing That’s Happened to You?

I have a vague memory of sitting at the kitchen table in my childhood home and saying to my mom, “I’m weird.” “You’re not weird,” my mom said in response. (I almost wrote “honey” there at the end, but I’m pretty sure my mother never called me a pet name.) “I don’t think weird is bad, actually,” I said to her. “I like being weird.” I didn’t understand at 17 that being weird was probably ...

Seeking Guidance With Your Spiritual Awakening?

Is it necessary to move through a spiritual awakening alone? I’m not sure. Maybe for some or parts of it. But I know that on my own journey, especially over the last seven years since I turned 40, there have been times I’ve desperately sought out a teacher, a guide, or at least a teammate to share my discoveries with, and to be validated through or by. Occasionally, I’ve been fortunate enough to find myself ...

Welcome to My New Web Site! (2021)

If you’ve found yourself here, I imagine you may be curious; curious to know more about my writing or my latest work, curious to know how we may work together, or perhaps, as I often do on individual web sites, you ended up here by some roundabout path, intuitive hunch, or shared interest. Whatever the reason or method, welcome.  Over the past two decades, I’ve shared writing online on various sites and platforms, including some ...

Seven New Poems (2021)

In 2020 and 2021, writing essays and nonfiction did not come easy. What seemed to want to come out of me was poetry. These poems complemented a period in which I was re-discovering old music, and engaging with new-to-me music. The series of poems from the past year (and newer ones) may be found on Medium— where reading and engagement with my content supports me financially in a very small, but still meaningful way.  A ...

New Lyric Essay on Love and Time (2021)

In a year in which creating felt hard, I feel proud and a little bit still-in-love with this flash essay I wrote in May 2021. In the old days (circa last year), I may have submitted it to literary journals in the hopes of being “selected for publication” (aka validation I am a writer worth reading), but this year I experimented with validating my own self by publishing poems and essays when I thought they ...

Into the Dream Is Now on Patreon (2021)

I’ve been researching precognitive (aka “psychic”) dreams for more than a decade, after my dreams starting showing up as real-life waking events and images.  In the spring of 2021, following a big professional life shift (euphemism for job loss), I launched a Patreon so individuals could support my writing and research, and I could attempt to do dreamwork, writing, and research full-time, without hustling for freelance gigs, or placing myself in an unfulfilling role in ...

Interview with Author Rivka Galchen (2016)

I so enjoyed Little Labors, the latest book out from award-winning novelist Rivka Galchen. A stunning, intimate, but thoughtful hybrid work, Little Labors is definitely a recommended read for this summer. Check out my review and interview with Galchen, up on The Times of Israel today.

Interview with Author Curtis Sittenfeld (2016)

Up in The Times of Israel today is an interview I conducted with Curtis Sittenfeld, the New York Times bestselling author of “Prep” and “American Wife.” Sittenfeld has a new book hitting shelves this week: “Eligible,” a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I’ve been a big fan of Sittenfeld’s since my NJ book club (make that my beloved and sorely missed book club) read “Prep” as our first selection back in 2006. “Eligible” was cleverly ...

New on District Lit (2015)

My latest column is up on District Lit today. It’s not about real estate, nor about ghosts, but about the lies I tell myself about the idea of home.  Check it out.  

New Poem Up at Silver Birch Press

I’m excited to share with you my new prose poem, “Repeat,” is up at Silver Birch Press, a selection for their When I Hear That Song series. Check it out!
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  • Dreams |

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…
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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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  • Spirituality |

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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  • Interviews |

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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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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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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  • 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…
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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…
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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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