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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.

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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.

or:

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.

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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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Goodbye Rabbit, Hello Bunny

Today, January 23, begins the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Rabbit is now behind us, and the Year of the Dragon has begun.

I was born in the Year of the Rabbit, so I’m a little sad to see it end.

But lucky for me, just as the Year of the Rabbit was coming to a close, a bunny hopped into my life. I am now the proud foster parent of Honey Bunny, my daughter’s cloud-gray bunny, who I am looking after while she follows her dreams in New York City.

So, though the Year of the Rabbit has ended, my Year of the Bunny has just begun!

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Dragon

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And what does the Year of the Dragon mean for dreamers? I consulted my sister on this one, as she lives in Japan and has put more thought than I have into the Chinese zodiac. She pointed out that the Dragon is the only mythical creature in the Chinese Zodiac. Thus, the Dragon year might be a time to celebrate imagination, and to explore our personal myths through the imagery of our dreams.

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Happy Chinese New Year to all!

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Make the most of the Year of the Dragon by getting to know your dreams! Contact me for more information about Dream Consultations through Third House Moon.

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