Waking the Dreamer Within



After a successful launch in 2013, the Waking the Dreamer Within Festival is back! You’ll find workshops on dreams, art, writing, movement, and more. I’ll be offering a creative writing session, a poetry workshop, and will be moderating a open-mic poetry night on Friday, October 17. You can sign up for the […]

Upcoming Conference

Save the date! The Waking the Dreamer Within Conference will be August 8-11, 2013. It will be an inspirational weekend dedicated to dreams, art, poetry, music, and authentic expression. I’ll be offering writing workshops and I hope to see you there!



From Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

I have this idea that the reason we have dreams is that we’re thinking about things that we don’t know we’re thinking about–and those things, well, they sneak out of us in our dreams. Maybe we’re like tires with too much air in them. The air has to leak out. That’s what dreams are.

From […]

Upcoming Dreams and Sandplay Workshop

The Milk of Millennia

By Rumi

Translated by Coleman Barks


I am part of the load Not rightly balanced. I drop off in the grass, like the old cave-sleepers, to browse wherever I fall.

For hundreds of thousands of years I have been dust grains floating and flying in the will of the air, often forgetting ever being […]


“Consciousness possesses the characteristics of an absolute metaphor–something known to exist which cannot be otherwise described.”

J. F. Pagel, “The Synchronous Electrophysiology of Conscious States” in Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams, Vol. 22, Number 3, September 2012 p. 173.


Working dreams with others

A thousand and one reasons occur to you for not working on your dreams today, especially after your first enthusiasm has waned. Thus it is important to work on dreams together with others….With their help, your habitual consciousness can stay with images that it would otherwise flee from in subtle ways.


Robert Bosnak, A […]


A few days ago, I had my second close encounter in three weeks with a praying mantis. So I had to look for some insight into what a praying mantis represents. The key power of the praying mantis is, according to Ted Andrews, that of stillness.

Through learning to still the outer mind and go […]

Foxes in Waking Life and Dreams

One side effect of paying attention to the metaphors in dreams is noticing symbols and signs in waking life. Little synchronicities gain significance when they recur, just like recurring dreams. In my life, foxes show up to remind me of my mom and sister, and when I’m focused on dream reading.

Photo by Laura […]

Inner Center

“Dreams always point to the inner center. They are like hundreds of forms all pointing to the inner center. Every dream is an attempt of nature to center us, to relate us again back to our innermost center, to stabilize our personality.”

Marie-Louise von Franz, in Fraser Boa’s The Way of the Dream, quoted in […]