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August 2011 Archives

So you dreamed you were partying with Lady Gaga, or in bed with Brad Pitt, or being kissed by Ava Gardner, or dancing with the Queen of England. Quick pause for a reality check. We need to make a basic […]

Our dream memories are often like postcards or snapshots from a journey. We have an image or two from an adventure that goes far beyond what we remember. You look at a postcard from your trip to Paris and there […]

Collective challenges and catastrophes, like an earthquake, a tsunami, or a man-made disaster, roil the dream tides. Hurricane Irene is no exception. I’ve read several hundred dream reports since Irene, then rated a category 3 hurricane, was declared to be […]

When do you say, “What a coincidence”? You think of someone, and they call you on the phone a minute later. You dream of a bear, and a black bear walks onto the road in front of you on a […]

Among the Inuit, the strongest shamans are also the most gifted poets. One of the reasons spirit helpers flock around an angakok is that they are charmed and exhilarated by the shaman’s poetic improvisations. Inuit shamans have a language of […]

The First Peoples of my native Australia talk of the Speaking Land. Listen to that phrase, and you’ll hear in it the understanding that nature is alive and conscious and will communicate with us in many voices if we will […]

I’m thinking today about Thoreau’s wise and entirely accurate statement: “A man who stands in his own way will find the whole world is in his way.” How often do we bind ourselves and close off the paths of possibility […]

Don’t let anybody tell you what your dream, or your life, means. Dreams are power-full, and you don’t want to give this kind of power away. Similarly, an awakened life requires us to become the authors of meaning in our […]

The best way to grasp the meaning of a dream, and to determine what action the dream requires, is to go back inside the dream and recover more of the story. We should never confuse a dream report – what […]

Someone’s at the door. It’s the middle of the night; this can’t be right. You’re trying to hold the door shut, but what’s on the other side is strong. You try to call for help, but maybe they don’t hear […]