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What does science have to tell us about dreaming? One of the most important discoveries is that in modern urban society, few people sleep the way most humans did for all of our evolution before the introduction of artificial lighting. […]

Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the threshold where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open Don’t go back to sleep. These wonderful lines from Rumi remind us that the easiest way […]

Few people sleep today the way most humans did for all of our evolution before the introduction of artificial lighting. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans thought that what the pushers of sleep meds promise – an uninterrupted night […]

When I am asked, “What can I take to improve my dream recall?”, my reflex answer, for years, has been: “Eat more bananas!” I am no expert on dietary supplements, and when I first came up with this suggestion,  I […]

Here’s an open secret about dreaming. It’s not fundamentally about sleeping. It’s really about waking up. In ancient Egypt, the word for dream, rswt, meant an “awakening.” Those Egyptians were onto something. For starters, dreams wake us up to what […]

I’m intrigued by nights in which we slip from one dream into another, as if moving from an outer to an inner courtyard. Sometimes the shift is marked by the experience of falling asleep and waking up inside the dream […]

We humans don’t sleep the way we used to. No, this is not the lead in for a commercial for some new kind of sleeping pill. It is a statement about how our contemporary sleep patterns are radically different from […]

It seems that sleep disorders are keeping pace with technology and modern lifestyle. Text messaging, or “texting”, is a fairly constant activity for many younger people in our society, and it seems that some of them are now doing it […]

Looking over old journals as I cull experiential material for a new book, I am reminded just how many of my big experiences of inner and other worlds have taken place in a liminal state of consciousness, on the cusp […]

I am going to start posting some of my responses to questions on dreams and dreaming that I am constantly being asked to field.  This first set of questions (from a high school student writing a paper on dreams) cover […]

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