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Where Listening Becomes Revelation

While tidying up my desktop last week, I happened upon some notes that I'd apparently put together on the type of spiritual soul listening required for dream tending, and was immediately struck by a strong desire to make something of them. Here’s what...

Practice for Soul-Making

Lending ourselves to what the poet Keats called ‘soul-making’, we are invited to make something out of what we’re being given. Every morning when we set aside time upon waking in order to tend dreams, we are therefore soul-making, tending the soul of the...

Everything Dreaming All the Time

The Dreamtime, or “Yorro Yorro”, or Everything Dreaming All the Time, or Everything Standing Up Alive, are different ways to convey an orientation to the world as connected and ensouled, rather than, say, imagining it as a bunch of separate objects jumbled...

Pop Ups and the Destiny Strand of Things

Pop Ups and the Destiny Strand of Things (or How to Be Fully in the Dream We’re Actually In) Pop ups are images that specifically try to get our attention. I call them “pop ups” because of their activity—because they try to pull the dreamer’s focus—and because I don’t...

What are we actually doing?

In a recent LA Times article entitled, “Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump,” psychotherapists across the country report that their clients are talking almost exclusively about Donald Trump and the effects that his presidency is having on...

On the Light of Dreams

Once upon a time, while making preparations for a retreat that featured the works of James Turrell, our old friend and mentor Robert Sardello posed a direct question to me: Where does the light of dreams come from? I’d been secretly chewing on the same question for...

Memento Mori: Seeing Through the Dead

Recounting the death of Socrates in Plato's Phaedo, it's said that the proper practice of philosophy is "about nothing but dying and being dead."   As dreams generally blur distinctions between the living and the dead, it seems that, like philosophy, the dreamtime...

Forgetting as Dream Activity

“It’s here somewhere,” she says, scanning the pages of her dream journal. Then, turning the big, black, hardbound book upside down, the dreamer flips through its pages from the opposite side, her play-by-play trailing off as she tilts her head sideways to read...

What Are Jump Cuts?

In an effort to make Dream-Centered Living ever more accessible, this is the first in what I hope will be a series of short video answers to frequently asked questions: Why do dreams suddenly jump from one scene to another?  Well now, I imagine you've all experienced...

Everything Belongs and is Connected

In our continuing series of Starting Places and Radical Givens of Dream-Centered Living, we want to highlight that Everything Belongs and Is Connected (just as we are). We might say that this is the premiere starting place of Dream-Centered Living, for without this as...

Action Versus Activity

Once upon a time, I promised to “orient dreamers and dream tenders alike to some of the ‘Starting Places and Radical Givens’ of Dream-Centered Living.” No sooner did I make this promise than all sorts of utterly unexpected events occurred, keeping me from my original...

Dreaming With Plants–a weekend workshop

Dreaming with Plants--a weekend workshop In his Per Amica Silentia Lunæ, William Butler Yeats writes: I had no natural gift for this clear quiet, as I soon discovered, for my mind is abnormally restless; and I was seldom delighted by that sudden luminous definition of...

Be Vigilant While Sleeping

Today I want to begin by inviting to shift our attention from the contents of dreams to the activity of dreaming itself by introducing a well-known alchemical engraving from the 16th Century, entitled “The First Stage of the Great Work.” Featured in Heinrich Kunrath’s most famous work on alchemy, Amphitheatre of Eternal Wisdom, the engraving depicts what Kunrath asserts is the necessary and important interplay between alchemy, magic, and the cabala.

Like Morning Feet

Like Morning Feet   As restlessness seeks devotion, a community of small birds chirp, chirp, chirps the morning news.   What can be so cheerful and exciting this early? And how can what’s happening out there on that tree also be happening here, inside these...

Further Preparations for The Day of the Dead

The word theatre comes to us from the Greeks; it means "the seeing place." Aristotle took the Mysteries and more or less made them public through the form of drama. Individuals were introduced, taken into, and exposed to something so utterly unknown that it crumbled...

Practicing with the Twelve Senses–a new course

Healthy senses are the vital wellsprings of our life. In a profound—yet simple and straightforward—way, through exploration, lively discussion, and practices, we will explore the twelve senses as brought to us by Dr. Albert Soesman, a family physician who lived and...

Day of the Dead Dream Tending & Ritual Retreat

You're invited! To tend dreams in Oaxaca, Mexico, during the annual Day of the Dead festivities this fall, 2014. Join me, and become a part of the indigenous soul and mystical experience of this fine city and its incredible people, if only for a week. About the Day of...

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