Dreams

Haiku – Nature’s Poetic Voice

Haiku is simple enough for young children but complicated and intuitive enough to engage people of all ages and across cultures. Haiku’s very short form consisting of only three lines may appear trite or non-sensical.  But if that were so, it would not have endured for centuries and continue to be written in many languages…

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Dreams are often poetry – Poetry is often dreamlike

Dreams and poetry have a lot in common – a belief I have held for over 20 years.  In 1995, during a retreat I attended in Mexico, a noted American poet was also there and graciously shared from his life’s work. He read and recited his poems and led an afternoon workshop each day for a small…

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Dream Work Express – Online Class

Dream Work Express – Offered through the Therapeutic Writing Institute, January 18 through March 14, 2018 Online Class – Work at your own pace. In this class, we will use the spontaneity and variety of expressive arts techniques created especially for dream work. Don’t interpret or judge your dreams, but accommodate and cherish the contradictory messages…

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Dream Work – Eternally Useful

In my experience, when we give our dreams enough attention, they highlight our questions, emotions, memories and wishes and point to new ways of thinking and acting. While this sounds simple enough, it’s not easy to see ourselves through the blind spots we have created to protect our self-concept.  Sharing with trusted and caring people…

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Weaving Poetry and Dreams

Poetry and Dreams have a lot in common. Their preferred language is metaphor. Whether short or long, they hide as much as they reveal, surprising you just when you think you know the answers. Use one of your own dreams that you would like to explore and try out the following exercises. Don’t try to “figure…

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Flying High

I’m flying high – figuratively and literally – 30,000 feet up somewhere between Phoenix and Charlotte, after completing a week in workshop mode.  This has to have been the very best professional meeting I’ve ever attended. You might wonder what could make this one so good.  Was it the speakers – breakout sessions –  location…

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Linda Pastan – A Dreamy Poem

  I love Linda Pastan, Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991-1995. Many of her poems swim in dreams.  Here visual art inspires her poetry and reverie. I hope you will add your favorite poems, especially those that are dream-inspired. Le Sens de la Nuit Magritte, oil of canvas, 1927 Here are some clues to The…

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Nightmares

Three nightmare types are biologically and psychologically very different! True Nightmares – Sometimes called “dream anxiety attacks,” are long, vivid, frightening dreams that awaken the sleeper and often can be clearly recalled.  They usually occur late during sleep, between 3:00 am and 7:00 am and at the end of a long REM-period. (REM refers to…

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Uncovering "Life Themes"

Ask the “WHY?” question to discover your Life Themes from your dreams If you have been recording your dreams for a while, you may have discovered similarities in setting, characters’ actions, situations and/or emotional reactions.  Don’t let this valuable information slip past without slowing down enough to pay attention and pick up a hint or two.…

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