Synchronicities: Dreamer meets Poetry — plus a bargain

Tzivia:

If you’re a Dreamer & a Writer, you’ll want to check out my upcoming workshop: “The Poetic Dream” Sat. Sept. 19, 2015, 2-5 p.m., at Patchwork Farm Retreats in western Mass. (See post for details.)

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From the Labyrinth at Springbank Retreat Center, Kingstree, SC

Today I was wandering downtown in the rain when I found a book on the sale rack of our local bookstore titled, Kabbalah and the Power of Dreamingby Catherine Shainberg. Right there three of my favorite things merged into one: Kabbalah, Dreaming and … a bargain!

Then, three pages in I found this quote:

The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,

Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;

And as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen

Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing

A local habitation and a name.

— Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Another favorite: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among my favorite Shakespearean plays (King Lear is the other). The connection between dreams, poetry, and imagination was making this $6.39 purchase…

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Light on Dreams & Poetry (CV)

Tzivia:

While we’re talking about dreams and poetry … Check out my: “The Poetic Dream” Workshop, Sat. Sept. 19, 2015, 2-5 p.m., at Patchwork Farm Retreats in western Mass. (See post for details.)

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The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realized.This is poetry as illumination, for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are, until the poem, nameless and formless-about to be birthed, but already felt.That distillation of experience from which true poetry springsbirths thought as dreambirths concept, as feeling births idea, as knowledge births (precedes) understanding.

from “Poetry is Not A  Luxury” by Audre Lorde

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Learn more about the connection between dreams and poetry and write poems inspired by your dreams in a safe, welcoming environment.

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Back to Basics: What is Dreamwork?

Tzivia:

Learn the ABCs of dreaming in my upcoming workshop, Dreams 101, Weds. Sept. 16, in Northampton Mass. Be in touch for more details. And may you dream & be well!

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A Brief Introduction to Dreams

Do you remember a dream from last night? From the past week? Month? A dream from childhood?

Almost everyone dreams 5-7 times per night. But whether you recall your dreams regularly, or on rare occasion, whether you are mystified by them or intrigued, your dreams are trying to communicate with you.

Through dream workshops, groups and one-on-one consultations, I help people learn to invite, recall, and understand dreams to gain insight and awareness about their lives.

Simply put, dreamwork is the way we interact with material from our dreams to help us gain greater understanding of ourselves and our lives. Anyone can use dreams to help them realize their full potential. My aim in doing dreamwork is to help people to access this rich inner resource, and to learn to be able to converse with their own dreams. You don’t need a special degree or…

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Who said that? The Conversation with Dreams Continues

What exactly is the source of our dreams? Is it our Subconscious? Is it Deep Intuition? Divine Consciousness? Is it God? While some scientists will say dreams are merely the by-product a unique neuro-chemical cocktail that’s stirred up in the dreaming brain, I think they’re more than just that.

I recommend you think of your dreams as a really good pal. You know, the kind of friend who tells you when you’ve got a big gob of spinach stuck between your teeth; the one who will tell you your fly is open or that the shade of orange you’re wearing doesn’t work on you. That’s the kind of friend your dreams are. You won’t always like what you hear, or what they say about how you’ve been behaving out in public these days, but the message is given with love, for your own good, and often with a dollop of humor thrown in for good measure.

Yes, sometimes your dreams will lay it out on the table with painful urgency—but you can trust that there’s loving intent behind the disturbing imagery with which the message may sometimes be delivered. Yup, even that nightmare that shook you awake was meant to help you out, not just to scare you silly.

Whatever the source of dreams, I recommend you listen to them in a way that lets your dreams know you are paying attention, so they, in turn, will show up for you.

Your dream journal is a good place to start.

Open the conversation by putting your journal beside your bed. Before sleep, write down you intention to remember your dreams. And in the morning, write down whatever you recall, whether just a snippet or a lengthy saga. And if you don’t remember your dream, just jot down a sentence or two about the quality of your sleep—that way you let your dreams know you are listening. And when you do, sooner or later, they will begin to speak up so you can hear them.

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The Art of Conversation

What is a thought? “The talk which the soul has with itself.” Or at least, so said Socrates to Theaetetus.

Talking to Yourself—In a Good Way

Let’s face it. If you keep a journal, whether it’s a journal of your dreams or of your waking experiences, you are talking to yourself.

But, your conversations on the page are not the deluded babblings of psychosis. Far from it. When you bring curious attention to your thoughts and dreams (which as I’ve said before are thoughts while you are asleep), you begin some of the most fruitful and empowered discussions of your life.

In his dialogue with Theaetetus, Socrates defines a thought as “the talk which the soul has with itself.” This definition works for me–for both thoughts that come to me asleep (dreams) and awake. I like that this concept joins the mundane (talk) with the mystical (soul).

But a thought alone is not necessarily productive. It is the act of thinking consciously, meaning with alert attention, that can lead us to new ideas and inspiration.

Socrates can help out here, too. He says, “[The soul] when it thinks, is merely conversing with itself, asking itself questions and answering, affirming and denying. When it has arrived at a decision, whether slowly or with a sudden bound, and is at last agreed, and is not in doubt, we call that its opinion; …”

Thinking then becomes a conversation with all parts of ourselves in pursuit of locating and creating beliefs, viewpoints, and attitudes, which in turn lead us to our intentions and actions.

And so in dreamwork, whether in conversation with one another or alone on the pages of our journals, we listen to all of the voices in our inner dialogues, question them, investigate them, and work to bring them into harmony. When we do, we experience an epiphany or insight.

So settle in with a nice cup of tea, your pen, and notebook, and prepare for a riveting conversation–with your best self.

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Recommended Reading: For one of the best books I know on the topic of thinking and writing, get yourself a copy of Writing the Mind Alive, by Linda Trichter Metcalf, PhD and Tobin Simon, PhD.

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Keep a Dream Journal … and Keep Your Friends

Tell it to the Page

Funny thing about dreams: On the one hand, they are gripping, engaging, and endlessly interesting – when they are your own that is.

But when you start to tell them to your bed partner, you might be greeted with the old “Pillow-to-the-Ear” maneuver. That is: Bed partner rolls over, drags pillow over ear, feigns sleep.

Even your beloved, who laughs at all your jokes and asks every evening how your day was—who truly wants to know all about what your crazy co-workers said and did – even he goes glassy-eyed when you say with eager excitement in your voice, “You’ll never believe what I dreamed last night.”

How is it possible that the dream, so intriguing to the one who dreamed it, can inspire fear and dread in friends and loved ones? Let’s face it, whatever the reasons, not everyone is as smitten with their dreams as we are.

What’s the remedy? The longterm plan, of course, is to introduce our friends and family to the deep joys and pleasures of dream sharing. But in the meantime, I recommend to you once more, the virtues of keeping a dream journal. Your notebook or diary won’t fake a bout of snoring when you announce that you’ve just had the strangest dream. It’s always there to listen. And there’s nothing more patient than an empty page.

And then, when you really do have a doozy of a dream that needs your friend or partner’s attention – you have earned the right to pry the pillow from their ear and tell all.

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The Third House Moon Dream Journal is always ready to listen to all your dream, from dream snippets to dream sagas.

Wishing you sweet and healing dreams.

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What did you dream last night? Yes, I really do want to know. At All The Snooze That’s Fit to Print we honor and value dreams and dreamers alike.

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If you are interested in keeping a dream journal, and want to read more on the topic, please see these related posts:

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Tracking a Lifetime in the Pages of a Dream Journal

IMG_1847Unfortunately, my first dream was not recorded at the time it occurred. And there’s a good reason for that: I was 4 years old when I had it, and I didn’t know how to write yet.

Nor did I know that decades into the future I’d still be mulling over that first dream, and rueing the fact that I had no written account of it.

It wasn’t until nearly a decade later that I began recording my dreams. Most likely I got the idea after hearing my mother talk about her new interest in psychotherapy. Her analyst had begun to ask her about her dreams, so she began delving into the unconscious and its mysteries–and my interest was sparked, as well.

Now, keeping a journal is as much a part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth or checking my e-mail. I use it as a tool for self-reflection and intention setting. Without it, I suspect that I’d wander off course from my goals and intentions. I’d be like a sailor who ignores the constellations in the night sky and the gets hopelessly lost on the vast sea.

Before sleep, the journal allows me to pause and reflect on my day, and to see how I can correct my course if need be. Then I can go to bed looking forward to continuing anew the next day.

In the morning I write down my dreams. They allow me to see my emotional landscape in vivid pictures and stories, and they offer what I call a “soul’s-eye view” of my experiences.

By recording both my waking and dreaming experiences, I get a complete picture of my inner and outer worlds. I can follow the journey of my life from that very first dream, to the one I had last night … as well as so many of the experiences that have taken place in between.IMG_2197

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If you are interested in keeping a dream journal, and want to read more on the topic, please see these related posts:

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