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How to Practice with Recurring Dream Images

The general assumption regarding recurring dreams is that they are trying to get our attention.  This is true, of course, but not only because they are trying to tell the dreamer something about him or herself, as is often assumed. As difficult as this may be to...

Miracles of Beauty

This morning upon awakening in a "mood" of snow and the cold, surrounded by a nostalgia of images--of sun dogs, and hoar frost, and the northern lights--I set out to once again exalt the singularly unique, lit-from-within beauty of dreaming.  For the dreamtime never...

In a Spirit of Unfaltering Faith

Preparing for the Day of the Dead pilgrimage to Oaxaca, Mexico that I'll be making at the end of the month, I'm ritually holding dreams having to do with the dead. The following quote from Paracelsus was recently sent my way; it seems especially timely: If we desire...

Voldemort and the Chicken Doctor

Thanks to everyone who sent me a spooky dream. Continuing curiosity about these sorts of spooky dream-into-waking-world unfoldings finds me openly wondering if perhaps a dream door is being left open—by the dreamer, or by the dreamtime, or maybe by both?  Meanwhile,...

Nature Loves to Hide or The Hidden Companions of the Dreamtime

The other day, while brooding over how to bring practitioners to the kind of listening that is necessary for hearing through the action of dreaming, I reiterated to a dream group just how important it is to resist thinking about what images mean, or might mean, when...

Dreams of a Spooky Nature

There are two types of dreams that I collect: those involving the so-called dead, and the "spooky" sort that--though perhaps not precisely prognosticative--unfold in the waking-world in an undeniable mirroring of the dream. Many dreamers have experienced the former...

The Grace of Dreaming

Today’s question reads: "Something’s happened in my dream life. I used to be able to remember all of my dreams, in great and intricate detail. But now I wake up from a night’s sleep, and though stay in the threshold space between sleeping and waking . . . and I am...

Dream Bodies and the so-called Dead

Today’s question asks: "Why is it that in my dreams I’m so much younger than I actually am? I am not encumbered by having this aging body that can no longer do things like run and jump? In dreams I can still do everything that I did when I was much younger and then I...

Image Loves Image

Today’s question asks: "Okay, so last night I was watching television before I went to bed and I was disturbed by something I saw, a woman, a celebrity whose outward appearance even as I was watching her on television was quite disturbing. IS quite disturbing. Because...

Touches Us Into Being

Hello Renée, My question grows out of my response to your first, delightful video wherein you say, repeatedly, toward the end, that the dream "touches us into being." Touch, here, appears to be on something of a spiritual threshold . . . as in the "word became flesh."...

The Dreamtime – Part II

Today’s answer picks up where last week’s question and answer left off, exploring the differences between the dreamtime’s durational, experienced time and linear time. The dreamtime's durational,experienced time touches us into being whereas linear time is a human...

The Dreamtime–Part I

Today's question asks, "You talk of the 'dreamtime' as opposed, let’s say, to the dream 'space' or the dream 'place' and I’m curious about this. Can you tell us why you refer to 'entering the dreamtime' and what you mean by this?"

Who is visiting here?

Today's question asks, "The other day you were attempting to highlight that the first two questions of the dreamtime: what is happening here? And who is visiting here? are essentially the same question. You said something like, 'the details don’t matter' or they only...

Dreams About Us?

Today's question asks, "I've been wondering about something: The other day you told us a dream that you had a number of years ago, where you woke up and immediately knew that this was a dream about you, about your intensity and the need to feel satisfied. This doesn't...

Sex & the Dream Time

There are two types of dreams that invariably bring folks straight into my practice, often shaking and trembling and more than a little troubled. They are dreams involving death and dreams involving sex. What is it about death and sex in dreams that makes us take...

Day of the Dead

Today, November 1, is the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)—a Mexican holiday that can be traced back to its origins hundreds of years ago, to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, who was know to her devotees as “The Lady of the Dead.” Rituals...

Icons of a Dreaming Heart – Interview

Interview Author: Renée Coleman Ph.D. Book: “Icons of a Dreaming Heart”– The Art and Practice of Dream-Centered Living 1. What inspired you to write this book? Well, the kind of work we do in the dreamtime makes it difficult for people to describe to others what...

Couples Dreaming

One of my favorite dream quotes is from The Dream and the Underworld by James Hillman: "We sense that dreams mean well for us, back us up and urge us on, understand us more deeply than we understand ourselves, expand our sensuousness and spirit, continually make up...

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