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...
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...
“If we think back on any dream that has been important to us, as time passes and the more we reflect on it, the more we discover in it, and the more varied the directions that lead out of it . . . . The depth of even the simplest image is truly...
One of the dreamers I work with recently said, “I haven’t been dreaming lately.” Because so many people are struggling with what’s commonly referred to as “sleep disorders” these days, I asked him how he was sleeping, for if we don’t sleep we cannot remember our...
Even though dream images tell us a good deal about patterns that are time and again highlighted in us as individuals, to mistake this for the work of soul, reduces soul to something located only in us as individuals. The soul work advocated here, however, focuses on...
Dreaming has everything to do with essentialism. This is one of the reasons that there are what’s known in the film industry as “jump cuts” in dreams, where we are in one location, for example, and then another location altogether, or with different people suddenly,...
I love reading the excerpt from your book. This is such groundbreaking work and you write about it beautifully. I feel so blessed to be a part of this work with you. The experience with the dream group has deepened my life immeasurably and I have shared dream tending with many people. Thank you for bringing this dream-tending wisdom to us.
Icon’s of the Dreaming Heart and its author, Renee Coleman, Ph.D. came into my life shortly after my 70th birthday. Learning how to relate to the images and numerous visitors of my nightly dreams in community with Renee’s growing tribe of dream tending humans has served to initiate me into the rigorous and enchanting life of becoming an Elder. There is no finer guide to the wisdom of learning “olding” !!! My gratitude to Renee and to Goldenstone Press and its co-founders, Robert Sardello a… Read more
Mary Lu C.
Dreams are my greatest teacher. Since I began working with Renee in the dreamtime, I see firsthand how dreams have changed the landscape of my life. I am a better person, wife, mother, and daughter since I began working with dreams. This work transforms relations between people, teaching us how to love. Renee has the ability to see into dreams and catch all of their various puns and nuances – she enters this realm with love, patience, depth, and humor. There is never a dull moment in the … Read more
Monthly dream sessions with Renée Coleman have been an essential part of my life for almost two years now.
As a mythologist who tends dreams, Renée came to my attention, coincidentally it seemed, when, at middle-age,
I entered university for the first time. At that time I was experiencing a prolific number of vivid dreams, all of which I
could remember in enough detail that I recorded them in a journal, as I continue to do. Working my dreams, and
those of others in the group, all… Read more
Jane E. M.
“Dr. Coleman’s work has led me on a wonderful journey, brimming with keen insight, wisdom, tenderness and most importantly, love. I was able to look upon a vast and changed landscape of my life, with new horizons that stretched out before me. I traveled upon previously uncharted pathways that opened new thresholds of my mind and intellect.”
“Participating in your dream group has been “an object of wonder”– a true miracle in my life. Dream tending allows me to see the world and experience life not just in black and white but to consider the beauty and grandeur of all the grey tones in between.”
My weekly telephone sessions with Dr. Coleman have become the means whereby I restore emotional and spiritual balance in my life. Her vast knowledge and accrued wisdom have been invaluable in guiding me through the labyrinth of the dream world. Through my ongoing work with her, I have come to appreciate the power within myself to live a larger life. I have been an educator for thirty years and while Dr. Coleman is my therapist, I hasten to call her the finest “teacher” I have ever encount… Read more
Understanding dreams from a Soul/Spirit perspective has been incredibly enlightening. Typically we look at dreams as simply a reflection of what took place in our waking life. There are often characteristics of that which weave into our dreams. But learning the greater message; what Soul/Spirit wants us to see and understand has been quite simply an amazing journey.
Dream Tending with a group is such a deeply personal experience, and at the same time a magically shared one, where the dreams themselves, the dream group, and Dr. Coleman act as guides.