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Competitive Dreaming? Why not? We All Win in the End!

 For those of you who read my previous post, “Talking in My Sleep”, you might be interested in this post as well, in which you will learn how the dream telepathy contest turned out. If you didn’t read the previous post, check it out to get the full story!

And the winner is …


Okay, I admit it. I’m competitive.

Problem is, I don’t have many areas in which to compete successfully. I’m not much of an athlete, have no musical abilities, and only limited artistic talent. So, when there is an arena in which I can actually join the fray, I jump in. Happily for me, the IASD dream conference offers an opportunity for me to put my gifts to the test: The Annual Dream Telepathy Contest.

This competition is both serious science–dreamers are trying to prove that dream telepathy is indeed possible and documentable—and it’s also fun.

Once a year several hundred dreamers come together during the annual IASD conference, and on the appointed night, all try to dream of the image that is sent telepathically by someone who views a picture and tries to transmit it through telepathy to participating dreamers. In the morning, dreamers write out their dream reports, and submit them to the judges for evaluation. The process is highly structured and carefully monitored to make it as scientific as possible.

And this year, after five years of trying, I was proud to say my dream came closest to the mark, and I was named the winner.

But that’s not the only reason I enjoyed the contest. I’m serious about dreaming and love the fun of a group activity that gets us all excited and interested in the possibility of extraordinary dreaming. But what is truly meaningful to me is the fact that participating in the telepathy contest offers an opportunity to engage in discourse about the power of dreams.

I believe strongly that we are all capable of tuning into our dreams, and therefore accessing an amazing well of so-called psychic abilities. With a little bit of attention and practice, anyone can benefit from the limitless well of psychic, psychological, spiritual, and healing energies, wisdom, and guidance that is available through our dreams.

The first step is to value your dreams. Record them, and watch for how dream material connects with your waking life. Notice when there are synchronicities, or when a dream connects you with a future event. Keep an open mind, and exercise your healthy skepticism as well.

When we are each our own dream scientist, approaching our waking and dreaming experiences with curiosity, intelligence, and wonder, we are sure to win. The prize for honoring our dreams is the gold that shines through us when we live a richer, more conscious, and vibrant lives.

The Target Image:

IASD Telepathy target image

My Dream Report:

Below I have inserted an excerpt from my dream report from the Dream Telepathy Contest.

Intention: “Tonight in my dream I will connect with Mary and see clearly the image she is sending. I will wake and recall my dreams.”

I’m in a hotel room/dorm/bunk room with a lot of beds. I see a pad of paper with my handwritten dream reports on them. I then realize it’s my dream reports from last year’s telepathy contest. Then I think it is someone else’s dream report.

I am about to tear up the sheets when I realize there are religious passages and quotes printed on the stationery … not my dream reports.

My bunkmate Randi L. points to a black woman who is about to do a headstand on her bed, with her knees propped on her elbows. I wave RL off and go back to the Dream Reports/stationery.

I am writing all these dreams in a journal as I sit on a bench covered in plants with rain puddles at my feet. About a half block down the street I can see the ocean.

I recall Rita D. telling us to look for unusual images in our dreams to identify the target image. I write in my journal: Strangest image of the night” … and describe the black woman on her head in bed …

I tell Laura and Sherry [what I think the target image was]

Sherry is standing in our hotel suite writing in a notebook. I realize I shouldn’t be talking to her because I could interfere with her dream recall.


Why I think this dream hits the target: First of all, the religious writings on white paper in my dream are a close match with the pages of the Bible in the target image. Also, there are images in my dream of open notebooks, like the open book in the target image. Finally, to me dreams are sacred texts, so the dream reports that appear in the dream itself, combined with the religious quotes on the stationery, bring me very close to the target. Finally, the dream “announces” the target image by placing the “unusual image,” i.e. the woman standing on her head in bed, in the same scene in which I’m holding the pages with sacred writing on them.


Do you believe in dream telepathy? Why not try it and find out for yourself what your dreaming mind is capable of.

Remember, as in all things, practice makes (more) perfect!

Happy dreaming!


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Poetry and Dreams Make Good Bedfellows

On June 24 I led a workshop called “The Poetic Dream” at the International Association for the Study of Dreams 30th annual conference in Virginia Beach.

Dreamers spent the afternoon reading and writing poetry that came from dreams. Toward the end of our session, I asked participants to discuss what they learned in the process. Here is some of what they said:

  • Our poems and our dreams have common themes.
  • Dreams and Dream Poems offer new perspectives on life.
  • Writing Dream Poems was transformational.
  • Writing Dream Poems is fun, easy, and satisfying.
  • The process was freeing, led to greater understanding, and helped the dream poet feel seen.
  • Writing dream poems helps us communicate with ourselves and others.
  • The process was rich with the goodness of simplicity.
  • Dream Poems highlight the uniqueness of each individual.
  • The process of writing in a group fostered togetherness and helped us get to know one another better.
  • We gained insight about our dreams by writing the poems.
  • Dreams offer raw material to poets and writers
  • Dream Poetry helps us make intuitive connections

And one more thing…poets suggested that perhaps next year we make a Dream Poetry anthology filled with poems by IASD dreamers. I’m on board for that! Stay tuned for further developments.


If you want to write a dream poem, try this:

How to write a dream poem:

  1. Think of a dream you had recently, or a recurring dream.
  2. Write the dream in the present tense, as if it is happening now. Use descriptive language and strong verbs.
  3. Re-read what you’ve written. Insert line breaks and delete unnecessary words.


Write a poem in which each line begins with the words: I dream …. You can include things you dream about at night … as well as dreams you hold for your future, day dreams, etc.


If you’d like to learn more about my dreamwork practice, schedule an appointment for dreamwork, purchase a dream journal, or buy a dreamwork gift certificate for friend, visit me at Third House Moon.


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New England Dreaming (Out & About in the World of Dreams)

The Sefirot in Jewish Kabbalah

The Sefirot in Jewish Kabbalah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What happens when some 50 dreamers convene on a rainy Saturday in New England?

Among other things they are treated to a dream-inspired Cantata, they share dreams, synchronicities and dream analysis, learn how Jewish mysticism and dreams can work together, and how to use dream incubation to gain creative inspiration.

Those were just a few of the highlights from the “The Creative Power of Dreams: The New England Regional Conference offered by the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD)” on May 25th at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.

I was among 11 presenters at the day-long conference, along with Harvard’s Deirdre Barrett, PhD, the author of The Committee of Sleep, Dr. Curtiss Hoffman, a professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University (who dreamed up the above-mentioned Cantata), and Dr. Ernest Hartmann, a professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Since “Creativity and Dreams” was the theme of the day we learned of many instances where famous discoveries or works of art and architecture were aided by a dream. Works of literature from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Steven King’s “Salem’s Lot” were dream-inspired, as have been numerous scientific discoveries and mathematical formulas.

Richard Mansfield Jekyll

Richard Mansfield Jekyll (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So what should you do if you want to incubate the solution to a vexing problem, or to help you with a creative dilemma of any sort?

Here are some tips (as summarized from a lecture by Deirdre Barrett, PhD):

  1. Write down your question or problem.
  2. Review your question or problem a few minutes before going to bed.
  3. Once you get into bed, visualize the problem.
  4. Tell yourself you want to dream about the problem as you are drifting into sleep.
  5. Keep a pen and paper by your bed, so you are ready to record any dreams that you have.
  6. On waking, lie in bed quietly for several minutes before getting up to allow your dreams to come to mind.
  7. Write down your dreams.

You can also try visualizing yourself dreaming about the problem, waking, and writing your dreams down. Another way to help bring about results is to arrange objects representing the problem or question beside your bed.

If you are feeling badly about missing this conference, don’t despair. The International Association for the Study of Dreams‘ annual conference is coming up in June in Virginia Beach. I’ll be there (and I’ll be presenting a workshop about dream poetry!) … I hope you’ll join us. Click here for details.

Wishing you happy and creative dreaming!


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Lesson Learned: A New App for Dreamers (CV)

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This week I’ve been participating in the International Association for the Study of Dreams cyber conference on Lucid Dreaming.

I’ve been picking up fun tips and being introduced to profound new thoughts about dreaming there.

I’d like to share this one with you now … and stay tuned for more later.

From a paper posted to the cyber conference by Linda Lane Magallón, MBA, I learned a new tool and technique for incubating dreams. And best of all there’s an app for it!

Here’s the deal: Magallón recommends making vision boards, the kind popularized by Rhonda Byrne in “The Secret,” for incubating dreams. That in itself is a great idea. I’ve used the vision board concept in the past to help me materialize my intentions, but I never thought of using this technique for dream incubation.

And here’s the new take on an old idea. Back in the day I’d collect images from old magazines and paste them onto a piece of paper or pin them to a bulletin board to create a point of visual focus for materializing my  intentions. Everyone loves a nice collage, but now there’s an app, so you can input the images directly to your iPhone, and you get to carry your dream vision board with you all day long.

For example, when I wanted to incubate a dream of healing for the earth for 350 Dreamers last month, I collected images of nature, balance, love and creative solutions.

I used my new Happy Tapper vision board app (.99 cents) and created my dream vision board on my iPhone in a matter of minutes — then used it to incubate my healing dream. And, I’m happy to report, every image I placed on my vision board entered my dream in one form or another.

I’m looking forward to continued fun with my new app … and now I  have one more reason to say that the iPhone is a Dreamer’s best friend!


To learn more about how I can help you learn about your dreams (including learning to have lucid dreams, create dream intentions, or simply understand your dreams better), tap here.

To see what your soon-to-be-friends around the globe are learning to do, tap right here.


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Dreams and Improvisation: by Guest Blogger David Kahn (CV)

This week I invited my friend David Kahn to be a guest blogger here at “All The Snooze That’s Fit to Print.” David, a neuroscientist at Harvard who studies the dreaming brain, is currently preparing a paper on dreams and music that he’ll present in June at the International Association for the Study of Dreams conference in the Netherlands. Since part of that paper will explore the connection between improvisation and dreaming, I asked him if he’d give us a preview of some of those ideas. He generously agreed. Here’s what he has to say:

Is it improvised?  When we engage in conversation some of what we say is determined by a conscious decision, but then the words come out in correct syntactical form without continuous conscious micro management.  How much of our conversation is improvised?

When we improvise on a musical composition, how much of it is improvised and how much is culled from past experiences?  I personally enjoy a form of dance called contact improv that has no set steps.  It is improvised as the dancers come into unplanned contact.  But, even here, how much is truly improvised?   Often the dancers find themselves doing the same moves over and over falling into pre-learned patterns of “improvisation.”

When we dream we are not consciously directing our thoughts, yet here too, much of the content of dreams comes from previous thoughts, activities, feelings and over learned experiences.

Of course, all of our improvisations come from and draw from our past experiences.  However, scientists have shown that in dreaming and musical improvisation, the brain’s connectivity changes in a way that largely excludes the planning and executive decision making portions of the brain.  In fact, while dreaming the brain undergoes a radical change in its chemical neurotransmitter balance, as well.  It is these neurological changes that help make the dreaming experience unique and important.  The neurological changes during dreaming allow us to improvise within entirely new scenarios that we are unlikely encounter when awake.

Is this important?  Well, if nothing changes in our wake world then it is not important to explore alternatives.  However, we live in a world that is unpredictable where improvisation is necessary and may even be life saving.

In dreams we encounter novel situations, and we improvise. The profound brain changes that occur when dreaming may induce us to improvise how to deal with situations when we are awake, too: whether it be a threatening situation, the need to find a way out of an unfamiliar airport or train station, or even how and with whom to make love. Looked at from this point of view improvisation in dreaming may indeed by very important.

–David Kahn, Ph.D., Harvard


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