Lineage: Jung and the Idea of the Ideal, Part I

In my first dream session with my first dream practitioner (who would eventually become my teacher, my colleague and then someone I had to step away from), I brought a single, terrifying dream. The dream is long, but the heart of the dream is this: I am a six-year-old...

Dispatches: From the Pandemic – Where We Are Supposed To Be

We are supposed to be in Oregon tonight, on our way to an annual dreamwork retreat at the gorgeous Breitenbush Retreat Center. Two weeks ago, we were supposed to be in Chicago for my nephew’s wedding, which got postponed and, as of tonight, postponed again. Last...

Locating “Meaning” in Dreams

We have all done it. Had a dream that completely started us, terrified us, made us laugh, made us cry, then, later, gone to find out what it “means.” Dream dictionaries online, in bookstores. Our friends. We want to know why we had that dream that haunts us. Maybe it...

The Possibility of the Liminal, Part III

The root of the word liminal gestures toward limit, gestures toward threshold, gestures toward all that relates to limits and being at the edge of our limits. And what it means to question and test those limits… …It is the place that dreams work the most – the edge...

The Liminality of Dreaming, Part II

In the liminal space, the two elements – human and archetypal – create a lush ecosystem of the dream landscape that is particular to the dreamer. I love the vesica piscis as a simple illustration of this – the image of two circles with the same radius, overlapping to...