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another road to the unconscious

Freud called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious”.  But there are other roads worth a drive… I realized one of those roads again, while rewriting this stanza of a poem: “then, in exhaustion  I sank down  to rest on … Continue reading

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a copy is better than a blank page

  Years ago, when I decided to become a writer, I was told: “write down your dreams”. At the time, I didn’t ask why, but now, after recording thousands of dreams, I realize the value… Yes, in those dreams, we … Continue reading

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vast mysterious land

  I wanted to write a book about working with dreams… A practical step-by-step guide. I knew where I wanted to go with the book.  I’ve been learning about and writing about dreams for years… Nevertheless, I couldn’t quite commit … Continue reading

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feeling it

  It can be so disappointing… Sometimes, the moment I wake, I’ll realize I’ve just been in a vivid dream… …yet I can’t remember a thing. I’m guessing most of us have encountered such a blank in the morning… Cajole … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Quiet Nightmare

  The dream in the poem below is what I call “a quiet nightmare”—the scene was still, placid in a way: no cacophony; no monster chasing me. Even so, this dream scared the bejesus out of me.  Thus, it’s stayed … Continue reading

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Inside Out at Night

  Apparently, the Japanese knew how to program their dreams back in the ninth century… Consider these lines* from Ono No Komachi, one of the great beauties and personalities of her time: When longings press too fiercely, in the night, … Continue reading

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Here & Gone…and Still Here

  This spring night the floating bridge of my dream fell apart: swirling away from the peak, dawn clouds in the eastern sky.            — Sadaie (trans. Bownas/Thwaite)*  Like this poet from 13th century Japan, my dreams have often fallen down … Continue reading

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