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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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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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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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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.”…
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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…
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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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