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Sleep, Dream, & Live Better

Snuggle up & snooze

for improved creativity, problem solving, health and more

Light pollution, insomnia, fear of the dark: It seems the world today conspires against getting a good night’s sleep and a reaping a healthy dream harvest. More than 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia, and as nation we are spending over 32 billion dollars a year to address our sleep deficit.

Losing out on sleep means losing out on dreams. And science tells us that REM sleep, when most vivid dreams take place, helps with problem solving, emotional regulation, and much more. In addition, the practice of dreamwork, including dream analysis and sharing dreams with a counselor or loved one, has been shown to improve relationships, heal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reduce stress, and amp up creativity and problem solving.

I started my dream business, Third House Moon, to offer you advice and guidance to help you snuggle in for a good night’s sleep and healing dreams. The techniques and counsel I offer through my dream workshops and individual consultations can help you invite, recall, and learn from your dreams.

Sign up for an upcoming Third House Moon Dream Workshop or individual Dreamwork session to learn more about how your dreams can help you. After all, a good night’s dreams are a natural incentive for enjoying a better night’s sleep.

Contact me for more information or to set up an appointment.

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Saturday March 29: Join me for a Listening to Dreams Workshop at SOUND: A Center for Music, Creative Arts and Mindfulness in Newtown, Connecticut

  • Wednesdays April 2-23: Join me for a Journey on the Page Proprioceptive Writing Workshop (4-session non-credit course) at Holyoke Community College in  Holyoke, Massachusetts.

  • April 6: Join me at The God Garage, a gathering place for the spiritual, but not religious, in New York City.

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Lunchtime on the 11th (CV)

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11:15 is lunchtime in the school where I work, so students and staff tend to have their eye on the clock as that hour approaches.

But that only partially explains why once or twice a day when I check the time these days I see that it’s 11:11. (Not 11:10 or 11:12, mind you … 11:11!)

When I get onto an 11:11 roll, I take note.

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I started noticing 11s a long time ago. My first email address in the early ’90s was Tz11, because even then I had begun to notice that 11 played a special role in my life.

For one, all through my twenties my addresses contained the number 11. Then, after a long spate of living at number 11 on various streets and avenues, I moved to a house with a rambling rural route address, and no matter how I added the numbers, there was no 11. I began to fear that maybe this move was unlucky. But within weeks of moving in, I received a notice from the US Postal Service that they were changing the addresses in our tiny town. From now on, my house, which was located on a dirt road with only three other residences, would be number 74. Where did they come up with 74, I wondered. There weren’t anywhere close to that many houses within miles of my little cottage. But 74 it was, and I quickly realized that 7+4=11. Ahhh! Now, I felt that I was at home.

When I moved into my current address, I thought my lucky 11 streak had ended for sure. My house number added up to 9. No 11s whatsoever, no matter how I crunched the numbers. Until that is, I realized that my street name ended in a double “L”. In lower case, double l (ll) looks an awful lot like 11. I’ll take it. I settled in and made myself at home.

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So what is it with 11s anyway? People who believe in numerology say that the number 11 is important because it is made up of two ones, and one is the number of unity, birth, and beginnings. Two ones make 11 a Master Power Number. And double 11? It just keeps getting better … Some say when you start to notice 11:11s:

  • Your life is about to change
  • You are entering a time of synchronicity
  • It is a wakeup call from Earth’s Angels.

Or perhaps, all of the above.

When I’m on an 11:11 roll I start looking for synchronicities. As the German philosopher Schoepenhauer said, coincidence is evidence of the “pre-established harmony” of the universe. Jung said synchronicity showed that all things are connected.

I’m open to all of the above.

And if nothing else, 11:11 remains special to me because it means lunchtime is almost here.

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SPEAKING OF 11s: September 11, 2001 gave new meaning to the number 11. Today I invite you to pause and reflect on the significance this day holds for you and for our world. Let it be a day where we think of 11 new reasons and 11 new ways to make peace in our souls, in our lives, and in our world.

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SPEAKING OF SYNCHRONICITY: Dreamwork is an easy way to invite synchronicity into your life. When you pay attention to your dreams at night, you will begin to notice more Coincidences, Synchronicities, and Serendipity in your days.

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SPEAKING OF DREAMS: If you’d like to learn more about your dreams, schedule an appointment for dreamwork, purchase a dream journal, or buy a dreamwork gift certificate, visit me at Third House Moon.

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Corner View is a weekly appointment each Wednesday, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. This week’s theme is lunch. Start here to visit more Corner View blogs.

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Back to Basics: What is Dreamwork?

A Brief Introduction to Dreams

Click here for details about my upcoming Dream Workshop.

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 a certain IQ level to work with your dreams. With a little guidance and permission to explore, everyone can receive the messages and meanings that are accessible through dreamwork.

Click here for details about my upcoming Dream Workshop.

Dreamwork has been shown to help with:

  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving and
  • Emotional Regulation

In addition:

  • Nightmares can be healed through therapeutic dreamwork, and
  • Dreamwork has been shown to enhance overall emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Some have also found that dreamwork can help resolve physical conditions by aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of everything from minor conditions, to chronic and serious diseases.

When people pay attention to and reflect on their dreams, they can integrate and harmonize disparate aspects of consciousness, thereby improving feelings of peace and well-being.

In dreamwork sessions we can work on any and all of the following:

  • Improved dream recall
  • Nightmares
  • Recurring dreams and recurring dream symbols
  • Extraordinary dreams
    • Lucid dreams
    • Precognitive dreams
    • Dreams of the deceased,
    • And more.

We can also work on:

  • Healthy sleep habits and insomnia.
  • Using dreamwork to aid in the creative process and
  • Using dreamwork to help with problem solving and decision making.

To learn more about how dreamwork can help you, please contact me here or through my web site: www.thirdhousemoon.com.

Click here for details about my upcoming Dream Workshop.

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How A Nightmare of A Trip Became A Lesson in Love

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I am trying to get to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit my friend A. who has cancer. But first I need to go to the very tip of Long Island to celebrate with my dad, who is turning 80 that day. On the way, I’m to meet my mother and bring her with me. But she wanders off and no one can find her. I panic. Where could my mother be? It’s getting late and it’s cold. At this rate we’ll miss my father’s celebration and I’ll miss my plane, too. At last the police locate my mother and we race off to meet Dad for dinner. Afterward, I drive all night to get to my airplane on time. I manage to get to Santa Fe, and feel relieved and triumphant. But then I sneeze. I realize I have a cold and so I can’t see A. An infection could be deadly to someone who is in the midst of chemotherapy treatments.

Am I awake or dreaming?

The above scenario has all the elements of a dream: It’s surreal. It contains anxiety over travel (a common dream theme), inability to connect with loved ones, and the pursuit of seemingly impossible tasks. But alas, this was my recent waking reality. I had planned to spend my vacation week in New Mexico visiting my friend A, but first, I’d meet my mother, who is suffering from dementia, and take her to meet my father, stepmother and brother in Montauk, Long Island, to celebrate Dad’s birthday. After temporarily “losing” my mother and needing police intervention to find her again, we all did manage to celebrate Dad’s 80th together, I managed to catch my plane, and yes, then the cold.

After I landed in New Mexico, I called the American Cancer Society to ask when it would be safe to visit someone undergoing chemotherapy. I was told to wait at least 24 hours after I was fully clear of any symptoms. My heart sank.

In Santa Fe, sick and unable to see A, I was filled with the nearly unbearable pain of disappointment. My cold was getting worse by the hour, and was making me as physically uncomfortable as I was emotionally distraught.

A silver lining

But, there was some amazing good luck in this story, too. Another dear friend of mine also lives in Santa Fe. Virginia had met me at the airport, taken me to her studio apartment and fed me steaming bowls of chicken soup and equally nourishing servings of conversation and connection. Hearing my tale of woe, she told me that one of the things she most admires about me is my resilience in the face of difficult situations.

Hmmm. I wasn’t feeling so resilient at the moment. But the comment led me to ponder: What do I do in the face of difficult situations that helps me find meaning in them? It was the same set of skills and impulses that made me a dreamworker. In fact, my nightmares have taught me how to face life’s monsters.

Like most people, when a menacing beast or monster chases me through a dream, I used to turn on my heels and run – or better yet, I’d try to wake myself from the dream. But as I grew, I learned that if I turned and faced said beast or monster, during the dream or in my imaginings when I woke up, I could befriend it. I’d ask it what it wanted from me, and disarmed by nothing more than my curious and calm gaze, it would cease being threatening and instead offer some grain of enlightenment.

Taking the first step

The first step in working with my waking nightmare in Santa Fe then was to stop trying to flee from it by avoiding the reality I was presented with, and turn toward the messy feelings.

Lying in bed that night, I paid attention to my thoughts and feelings. When I felt pain, emotional or physical, I just let myself feel it. My head ached. My sinuses were so full I thought they’d explode. I could hardly breathe, my eyes were tearing and there was not an inch of my body that felt good. After a few minutes of this I realized, “If this is what some disappointment and a cold are doing to me, imagine how A. must feel!” And I did, I imagined how she, too must be desperate to escape the physical pain and discomfort of her chemo treatments, of the fatigue of fighting cancer, the fears and anxieties of facing a life-threatening disease, and the piles of disappointments from all of the things she has had to give up over the past few months of dealing with surgery and visits to doctors and chemo treatments—and all the things she can’t look forward to now that cancer has taken over her life for the foreseeable future.

And then came deeper sadness. And then, true compassion and empathy. Alone in my motel room, I felt as if I were, finally, with my friend in her distress. Being with her in this case meant imagining my way into her experience instead of keeping my spiritual and emotional distance by wanting always to help, and lift her out of her feelings; avoiding the urge to protect her and me from the pain of her reality.

I stayed with the feelings and felt myself sinking into them. There was comfort underneath all of the sadness. There was a sense of being not only with my feelings, and with A, but with a gentle, loving energy, as well. For the first time since arriving in Santa Fe, I felt relief.

In the days that followed A. and I talked on the phone, texted and visited via Skype. All of this we could have done with me at home, half a continent away. But maybe this nightmarish journey was the only way I could have learned how to truly be close to my friend.

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Act on Your Dreams

Act Now

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–verb

To act, according to the dictionary, is:

To do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative:

She acted on her dream of teaching others to better understand themselves and their lives through dreamwork, writing, and mindfulness.

To reach, make, or issue a decision on some matter:

She decided to act on her dreams and launch her new business, “Third House Moon.”

To produce an effect; perform a function:

She now acts as a facilitator, helping people access their own creativity, healing abilities and inner guidance by learning to listen to their dreams and use writing as a way to know themselves better.

ACT on your commitment to yourself.

ACT on your dreams.

ACT NOW:

Visit www.thirdhousemoon.com and learn about Tzivia’s new business. Sign up for an individual dreamwork session or a writing workshop today!

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