While I can say that I cultivated Dream Medicine so that I might acquire an intimate relationship with my personal ‘inner physician,’ I must admit that Dream Medicine found me, naturally, organically. I did not find Dream Medicine, or go hunting for it. But…we can if we need it.
About a year before I was consciously aware that I must navigate my own healing journey, vivid nocturnal dreams unfolded consistently. At that time, they provided warning and direction. Some are still unforgettable!
I’ve given nocturnal dreams explicit attention since the time I began formulating my research question for my doctoral dissertation. But as a long-time student of hypnotherapy and meditation, waking dream visions were also important in my life. Therefore, I can say that in practice, Dream Medicine centers working with dreams along the continuum of consciousness. Yes, we can be conscious 24/7, however, this is no easy task, rather it is a skill developed with serious long-term dedication. Waking, dreaming, and sleeping states make up a continuum of consciousness. Dream Medicine holds all states as equally valuable for connecting with one’s inner healing capacities and abilities, the ‘inner physician,’ if you will.
In general, everyone wants to be well, right? Some are not attuned to the profound realization that anyone, yes anyone, can tap into one’s inner healing magic. If we only look outward, we will miss it.
Dream Medicine found me, and taught me that caring for myself requires a holistic, multidimensional approach, existing beyond intellect, beyond rationality, and reasoning, beyond mechanical reductionism, beyond Newtonian physics. Now I can take what arises out of Dream Medicine and apply it in a cognitive decision-making process, but it is not birthed from that place.
While we may consider it as a branch of the dream arts, I also consider Dream Medicine to emerge from powerful aspects of the Divine Feminine. We are more than our ordinary, waking-life self. We are creativity, we are intuition, we are energetic vibrations and frequencies, we are the weavers of the dreamtime, the all-at-once-time, and so much more. This supports our tremendous capacity for growth and what some call miracles. From that space, creative inspirations, enhanced wellness, ‘downloads’ from the divine, and immense healing potentials are abundant.
If you’d like to share in cultivating such experiences and work with me in this way, please know that there is a unique opportunity to do so coming up this May 10-14, 2023 in Canada at Hollyhock Leadership Institute.
First-timers are very welcome!
Join me for a holistic dream-based kickstart to live your one-of-a-kind dream medicine!
Here’s the link: https://hollyhock.ca/programs/5663/dream-medicine-a-conscious-dreamwork-retreat/
In this blog, I will also include some specifics about the retreat. See the list of learning objective below. I will expand on them in next month’s blog. But, don’t wait! If you want to attend, please register today.
Participants of my Dream Medicine retreat will have the opportunity to:
- Partake in gentle movement and nature walks for grounding & increasing conscious awareness.
- Understand and learn about various types of extraordinary dreams.
- Participate in daily guided meditations, experiencing deep relaxation.
- Design a personalized sleep hygiene ritual for optimal dream-time.
- Utilize trusted dream incubation strategies.
- Learn about today’s dominant dream theories, and apply them in daily life.
- Decode personal dream imagery.
- Describe the benefits of using multidimensional strategies and tools for wellness and inner healing.
- Be in community with like-minded people.
Last but not least, I value relaxation, solitude and space for reflection and contemplation, therefore this will not be a fast-paced retreat. I value and provide the time and space for one to digest the material and integrate direct experiences.
Thank you for reading about what Dream Medicine means to me and why it is so close to my heart!