Lineage: The Idea of the Ideal, Part II: The Lens of the Personal

Small and hidden is the door that leads inward and the entrance is barred by countless prejudices, mistaken assumptions, and fears.Carl Jung, CW 10, Page 154 A digression, of sorts. When I was 18, my father sat me down at his small kitchen table and told me revised...

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...

That Kind of “Thinking” – Racist, Violent, In My Own Head

It has  been an extraordinary few weeks. Since the murder of Mr. Floyd, so much has happened from the four cops who killed him being arrested to Ms. Taylor’s case (finally) being re-opened in Kentucky to Mr. Arbery’s killers being (finally) arrested to Black Lives...

Dispatches: Wielding Power

Last week, I watched a woman use her power as a white woman in a racist cultural structure to threaten a black man. She was irritated because he was calling her out about having her dog off-leash in a place in Central Park where dogs are supposed to be leashed. He was...

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...

Dispatches: From the Pandemic – Have All of It

When there is a great communal traumatic experience, like the one we are currently in the midst of, often all that can be done is to get through. Get through the day, the current moment of crisis, then the next, then the next. It can be near impossible to be with the...

Dispatches: From the Pandemic – Starting with the Basics

It is mid-April. Wish I could say we are mid-pandemic because that would say there was an end. Wish I could say many things about what is happening all around us, what is continuing to unfold. How we are responding, not-responding, reacting. I have been struggling...

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...

The Liminal Space of Dreaming, Part I

What is a Liminal Zone A liminal zone in natural terms is the place where two ecological landscapes meet and a new ecological zone is created, crafted, informed and shaped by both of the zones. For example, the place where ocean meets land creates a liminal zone of...

Bears and Silence – Breaking Silence

Silence. Over the last week, as witness to what is happening in the country that I live in, the country of my birth, I have been considering a silence I carry inside of me and how I have been affected by it. How it has affected my life and my love in the world. There...

Participating in the Dance – Dreams and Writing

“If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” William Faulkner I came to writing and writing poetry the same way I came to exploring dreams – through image and being in the experience. Poetry has the same effect on me that dreams have – they slay...

Wishing to Be Blinded

I am a U2 fan. It is true. Those who know me, know this is true. Maybe even annoyingly. Members of the band have even appeared in my dreams as archetypal figures, teaching me what it means to speak, to sing, to leap into living life from a place of passion because it...

Not a Tame Lion

“Courage, dear heart.”― spoken by Aslan in C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader I have been thinking about the story The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis these last few weeks because of a dream I am working with right now: Dream: I am a young girl,...