Natural Dreamwork with Mary Jo

Dream Blog

I post to my blog regularly. I write about dreamwork in a general way and also in a very personal way. Using as examples my own work and the work of my dream clients (with permission)  I speak to the struggles, blind spots, and openings we all experience in working with our dreams.

closings…

from my midnight loft…   While I will continue to work with dreamers, I had the last dream session in...

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a magic wand…

(encore post) In the three decades I had the privilege of teaching middle school and high school I too often...

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if you were god…

(revised post)   “An uninterpreted dream is like an unopened letter” -Talmud   If you were God would you leave...

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a child’s dream….

Our dreams want to help us align our inner and outer worlds and help us learn to be in relationship...

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purging…

Very early in my dreamwork I had this difficult and painful dream…a challenging invitation to meet the sacred encounter and...

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a twin bed…

(encore post)   As a Natural Dreamwork Practitioner my work includes being a hospice volunteer, being with the dreams of...

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the sting of the anemone…

(encore post) Dream – I’m with a group of unfamiliar people spelunking in caves and I’m excited. It’s dark, mysterious...

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a new year’s return…

(encore post) That which I want to carry forward into this new year is not a resolution.  There is something...

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dreams ahead…

During my years of training as a dreamwork practitioner I would ask clients to send me their dreams a few...

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dreams and dowsing

When my husband, Joe, and I bought land in Colorado back in the 80’s we found a respected local fellow...

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the staying power…

(encore post) Several years ago my dreamwork practitioner asked me what I felt it was that was helping me deepen...

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dream spelunking…

(encore post) I spend a lot of time inside people’s dreams.  It’s what I imagine spelunking might be like, with...

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go faster…

I’ve had a daily meditation practice for almost fifty years…teach meditation and facilitate mediation retreats. Yet nothing prepared me for...

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the remembering…

We are among several generations that have been inundated with self help books and workshops, all encouraging us to make...

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daily writing…

(encore post) As many do, I write every day, some of which I post here. Even during my career as...

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dream school…

September is here…and school is back in session. The truth is…school is never out of session.   Each night we...

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a death…

(encore writing) Heavy snow in the mountains…living on back roads makes travel challenging and dicey…went to the morning grief group…and...

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the adapted self…

So often in our dreams we see ways we behave that can feel painful. We may be judging, criticizing, pontificating,...

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dream weavings…

One evening sitting in my midnight loft, I was gazing quietly at one of our Navajo rugs and feeling how...

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simply spiritual…

  “The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.” ~Teresa de Avila   In 1993 I was invited...

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e.t. and elliott

One of the incredible awarenesses that emerge when we begin to work with our dreams is how little access we...

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breathing underwater…

A theme…a motif even…that eventually comes in most people’s dreams is that of being with a child who is in...

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a dream shift…

(encore post…) Often times what is most revealing and therefore very important in our dreams may be what is not...

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i do that too…

When we work with our dreams over time they help heal the parts of us that were wounded…truly they soften...

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our personal horcrux…

When Voldemort struck a death blow to baby Harry Potter, Harry didn’t die but he did have embedded within him...

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the life of death…

My dreamwork practice has brought me the incredible privilege of working with the dreams and visions of those in hospice...

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unexplained tears…

Our dreams are trustworthy. We may misunderstand what it is they are trying to teach us, attempting to understand them...

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there will be tears…

If we take the healing medicine found in our dreams there will be tears…   We will get underneath our...

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someone with skin on…

There are several versions of this tender and meaningful anecdote: There is the story of a little boy who was...

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cairn hill…

Cairn Hill, which we see from our windows honors those who have died. It has prayer sticks, mementos honoring loved...

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a jungle gym…

Dream – Dusk, I see Jim on a playground climbing around on the jungle gym. This was a dream I had...

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no room for me…

So many times we wake up believing we have a good understanding of what our dreams are saying to us,...

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to love as god loves…

There is a spiritual advice that encourages us to “Love God through other people.”  My inner sense wants to feel...

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a time to howl…

There is a howling going on around the world…this wordless expression of something deep inside that pours from our very...

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a magic wand…

In the three decades I taught middle school and high school I too often found myself sitting on the steps...

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the numinous…

Our dreams are filled with a “curious sometimes crazy cast of characters.”* While many dream characters may be the actual...

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snowflakes and dreams…

snowflakes and dreams… Just as no two snowflakes are alike…no two dreams are alike and no two dreamers are alike....

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code lavender…

A valued part of being a hospice volunteer, their dream specialist, and a member of the hospice team means that...

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an infinitesimal gap…

What arises on the zafu, the meditation cushion, also arises in our dreams and it can be difficult material. As...

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underneath jealousy…

Jealousy A dark voice whispers, “they are excluding you…they don’t even see you…” so I know to look up…just in...

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text to self…

Dream – I look at my phone. I have a text. At the top of the screen is the letter...

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the call home…

Our dreams want to help us remember who we truly are…not who we think we are. They do that by...

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too much…

Sometimes we can feel that we are too much… too much for our families…our partners…our friends …too much for the...

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unseen visitors…

from my hospice journal…. A hospice patient died this afternoon. I had been to visit Sharon every other day for...

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if you were god…

If you were God would you leave the beings on this ragged little planet without a way to be in...

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first responders…

In addition to dream presentations and workshops that I offer to the general public, I am invited to speak to...

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the long good-bye…

I was speaking with a woman whose husband had died suddenly. She was wondering aloud what’s better…a long drawn out...

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delicious dreaming…

Most of us have been woken from a dream or woken ourselves up with a heart pounding fear.  In its...

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all our dreams…

When people learn that in addition to working with my regular dream clients I am also a hospice volunteer working...

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liquid grace…

I write here so often about the importance of letting ourselves feel our feelings as they rise, that feelings are...

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our words matter…

Our thoughts and our words matter. With our words we can either uplift or diminish ourselves or another… our words...

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peeling a carrot…

In 2003, I experienced the third recurrence of breast cancer and was now stage 4. By that point we were...

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gratitude and grief…

November is a time when we are heading into the holidays…a time when we are expected to give thanks and...

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dream spelunking…

I spend a lot of time inside people’s dreams.  It’s what I imagine spelunking might be like, with the cave...

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oxen time…

Dream – On a narrow road I am driving fast and come up on two slower cars. I brake a...

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daily writing…

As many do, I write every day, some of which I post here. Even during my career as an educator...

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a death…

Heavy snow in the mountains…living on back roads makes travel challenging and dicey. Maybe I’ll skip the afternoon hospice meeting…the...

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the wink…

This post includes an invitation to visit and if you’d like, to follow my Facebook page – Dreaming into the...

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the johari window…

While our dreams may show us ways we are in the world that we can readily identify with, they more...

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our signature voice…

The late poet activist priest, John O’Donohue, whose voice itself was liquid poetry spoke of finding our ‘signature voice.’ What...

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dreamwork…griefwork…

Upon the sudden death of Mark Twain’s  24 year old daughter from meningitis, he wrote,  “It is one of the...

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heartwood…

I was reading an archived newspaper article* by Ron Gosnell, speaking about the beauty and resilience of old fence posts...

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first responders…

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak with our local crisis advocates team about dreams and their role...

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a blessing…

Today my Natural Dreamwork Center was blessed…I was blessed…all those who come here to explore their dreams were blessed…the sacred...

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the feeling sense…

Through our senses there are so many rich ways we take in experiences…our sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch…pure experience....

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two movies…two loves…

There is a scene from the film, ‘Adaptation’ with Nicholas Cage (playing twin screenwriters, Charlie and Donald) that taught me...

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the bloody elk…

Dream – “I am skating along an upper balcony of a building, trying to avoid small frozen pools, worried that...

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the girl in her potency…

Dream – Night, in an unfamiliar house, with three other children. A monster is coming. We are running around getting...

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trauma, ptsd and dreams…

Dreams have always had a strong presence in my life. I’ve written before about my lifelong relationship to my dreams...

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active dying…

Dreams come to us at every age and every stage of our lives, with a desire to be in conversation...

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underneath jealousy….

A dark voice whispers, “they are excluding you…they don’t even see you…” so I know to look up…just in time...

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the burden of choice…

“We are always deceiving ourselves when we say we do not know what to do about this or that.   Somewhere...

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a lover’s aubade…

It is true that most of us have woken up from a dream with unsettled feelings…of loss or loneliness…even more...

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twin bed…

As a Natural Dreamwork Practitioner my work includes being a hospice volunteer, being with the dreams of hospice patients, their...

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feeling images…

When we work with our dreams, we are developing our capacity to be in feeling…our capacity to be in soul....

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to speak as soul…

Part of what happens to us when our connection to soul is frayed is that we develop language skills to...

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rest your head…

I was recently with a hospice patient in the final hours of his life. He was a religious man but...

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one more river to cross…

(Image by Joy Filamena) “Everything is upside down and I’m afraid of losing my balance…of falling.” “I tell people I’m...

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mascara…

Dream – I am walking through a parking lot and see a big car parked crookedly between two other cars....

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a wounded mind…

Besides journals I’ve kept over the years, I also have a precious collection of scraps of paper, all shapes, colors...

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being special…

Many of us never got to feel special…especially to those who mattered to us. We came to believe there was...

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choosing butterflies…

“Wake butterfly – It’s late, we’ve miles to go together . . .” — Bashō Matsuo Looking back through my...

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the girl’s sweater…

Dream – I am in the women’s clothing department of a large store.  I am looking for a business suit. ...

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past lives…

(I was speaking with a dreamwork colleague this morning about past lives, how hints of them may show up in...

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engaged dreaming…

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh coined a phrase Engaged Buddhism referring to Buddhists who are seeking ways to apply the...

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Saudade…

“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse...

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taught to hate…

“You can tell you have made God in your image when it turns  out he hates all the same people you...

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punctuation…

I was a co-teacher at dream retreat last May, and as part of our work we were stepping into each...

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how do we live…

Inspired by a friend who has received difficult and painful medical news, who rightfully and sincerely asks… “How do I...

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the call home…

Our dreams want to help us remember who we truly are…not who we think we are. They do that by...

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Us…

Dream – I’m in a place, active, working with others sometimes. As I’m coming and going, I encounter this black...

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girl remembered….

Another precious part of my time being with the dreams of others is spent in volunteer work…with hospice patients and...

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to be seen…

“She avoided eye contact the way people avoid eye contact when they can’t stand to be seen.” -Author, Lisa Lutz...

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our father…

June Invitation into Your Dreams June is a month we celebrate Father’s Day…and how often we see male figures in...

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send in the clowns…

Since 1969 Joe and I have surrounded ourselves with Native American art, especially those of the Hopi and Navajo cultures,...

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dream weavings…

One evening sitting in my midnight loft, I was gazing quietly at one of our Navajo rugs and feeling how...

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descending into the kiva…

Many of us believe that to be deeply spiritual we must somehow ascend, transcend…rise above this gorgeous earthiness of being...

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crossing the platte…

Our dreams are full of images that carry feelings… I had the privilege last week of co-teaching at a dream...

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morning gathering…

In the morning when you wake up…lie still…
 gathering in the images and pieces of a remembered dream… gathering the...

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the other mother…

“Mothers are lost to their daughters when they’re lost to themselves.” ~Geneen Roth Dream – I’m at some large event,...

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resiliency…

A few years back at a dream retreat, we were speaking about how we work with the material that comes...

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the staying power…

Our dreams bring lovely, connected and supported moments. They also bring material that can be difficult to be with. We...

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welcome to planet earth…

“Welcome to Planet Earth”…is what I hear my inner voice whisper whenever I’m faced with a struggle. It’s a tough...

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the time it takes…

When we find a spiritual practice that speaks to us…be it dreamwork, meditation, yoga, contemplative prayer…so many…we want to see...

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taking the one seat…

As a practitioner of both dreamwork and meditation the two have become increasingly integrated for me. Dreams want me to...

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the bloody elk…

Excerpts from my dream primer, “Who Are Those Guys?” Dream – “I am skating along an upper balcony of a...

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dream yoga…

There is a fascinating teaching in the Tibetan approach to working with dreams….that in our dreams we are actually working...

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digging a deep well…

What an amazing age to be alive, where it seems all teachings, all teachers, all paths are but one computer...

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dreams and dowsing…

When my husband, Joe, and I bought land in Colorado back in the 80’s we found a local fellow to...

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weak in the knees…

Dream – I am leaning against a split rail fence.  A tall young man, who I don’t know, comes up...

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follow the dog…

When I first began working with my dreams, the dream would often show our dogs on leash, me in control,...

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hot and cold…

When you were young did you ever play the game “Hot and Cold?”  Where something was hidden and you were...

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dream verbs…

When working with someone’s dreams I will always ask about some moment in the dream, “What is that like?” ”What’s...

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new year’s return…

That which I will carry forward into the new year is not a resolution.  There is something about being resolute...

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dreams and weight loss…

Can working with our dreams help us recover a healthy weight, have better relationships, a deeper sense of self, be...

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legacy…

A while back someone I respect was speaking to me about leaving a legacy…my writing, my work…and I nodded…listened politely…while...

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the bubble of ego…

Wondering what it would be like to receive the gift in your dreams…the em-bodied feeling sense of soul connection? “There...

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the many thresholds…

Our dreams comes to us at every age and stage of our life, offering us threshold moments where we encounter ...

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active dying…

Dreams come to us at every age and every stage of our lives, with a desire to be in conversation...

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pain versus suffering…

Stephen Levine, who died last week, was a beautiful spiritual teacher, whose work with death and dying influenced me greatly....

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fear versus soul fear…

There is a Zen story of a general and his troops who marauded province after province. The people of one town, hearing of his...

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a walk with Death…

This morning, as I was preparing to leave to teach meditation class, my last blog topic came into me…the importance...

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new year’s return…

(this is in part a reposting from last new year’s blog) That which I will carry forward into 2016 is...

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that guy…

I was in New Orleans last week for a gathering of dream practitioner’s, a dream retreat and a public dream...

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send in the clowns…

Since 1969 we have surrounded ourselves with Native American art, especially those of the Hopi and Navajo cultures, with Joe...

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the call home…

Our dreams want to help us remember who we truly are…not who we think we are. They do that by...

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am i still me?…

There is a helpful inner practice that I’ve shared in my newly released dream primer (on Amazon), “Who Are Those...

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mother’s day…another voice

Today is Mother’s Day…with Facebook photos, postings, restaurant brunch tables, flower vases and candy boxes…filled with the outpouring of love...

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always leaving…

Tea cup…already broken -Zen saying The small u-haul is packed. Tomorrow Joe and I leave our home in Illinois for...

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stockholm syndrome…

(a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the...

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the johari window…

While our dreams may show us ways we are in the world that we can readily identify with, they more...

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digging a deep well…

What an amazing age to be alive, where it seems all teachings, all teachers, all paths are but one computer...

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our signature voice…

The late poet, activist, priest, John O’Donohue, whose voice itself was liquid poetry spoke of finding our ‘signature voice.’ What...

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the resultant mind…

What happens to us in a moment of trauma?  For many of us…we shatter.  Be it a deep loss, betrayal,...

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here she comes!….

One of the most comforting images of death was something I read years ago. I wish I could remember by...

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my delicate dilemma…

My Delicate Dilemma –  Do I risk my own soul journey by stepping  prematurely from being a student  into the...

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heretical thoughts…

It is not the never ending battle with pathology that kills the ego… it is the girl that kills the...

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the need to pee…

Dream – I am in a small dark shack of a house with other people.  We are on the move,...

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angry girl…

Dream – A group of people, that feel like royalty, are at a large on-going outdoor party.  The afternoon activities...

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girl in pain…

Dream – I am in a hospital room.  There is a young girl, about 14, lying on her back.  She...

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trauma happens…

“I am sitting in the front passenger seat of a large old sedan being driven by a man I don’t...

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first dream session…

“I am in a familiar feeling craft room.  I open a letter, addressed to me but the country is India. ...

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beginnings…

“I am standing at the top of our stairs in my childhood home.  I feel a movement in my upper...

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stepping in…

Dreams-The Sacred Experiment …following the path back to our soul Every dream has an intention.   Every dream has a...

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