Dreaming Awake by Laurel Reinhardt, Ph.D.

“Dreaming Awake,” is written by my friend, and dream partner Laurel Reinhardt.  First a few words from me. I have been behind on my weekly Blog busy finishing up my manuscript on spiritual initiation. Mostly, it has been bliss. I so love the writer’s life. As I write this book I notice that throughout one’s personal initiation process dreams play a prominent part.  Dreams also show us ways to tap into our intuitive nature and live a more symbolically enriched life. Laurel visited us a few weeks back and invited us to interact more consciously and purposefully with our dreams but also to be able to let go of one dream so another might emerge . . .

“Old-worn messages
Form compost in my garden,
Nurturing heart dreams.”    ­–Lola Eda Wheeler
I recently burned or otherwise “destroyed” all but the last year of my journals, including my dream journals going back to my early twenties when I first began recording my dreams. Some people who know me as the “dream lady,” or “dream-worker,” were aghast and I must admit to a few moments of regret, or worse, since I did this. On the other hand, this act is fully consistent with two things that I believe to be true about dreams:
1. If dreams are important enough to our waking consciousness, they will return to us, in some form, when we need their wisdom. My main evidence for this is the fact that I continue, on occasion, to remember a recurring dream from my childhood. Each time I do, it affords me greater insight into who I am and why I am here.
2. Dreams have their own lives and, once we awaken, and most certainly once we work with them, they move on, as should we. In fact, we already have for, as someone once said, you can never enter the same river twice. Once we have a dream, once we make a notation in a journal, we are no longer the person we were before either of those events.
The NOW holds everything we need to live fully, including the dreams which so often prod us in directions we can’t quite manage when awake. But, once they have served their purpose, thank them and let them go on with their own lives; you’ll have that much more space for the new dreams which are awaiting you.

“We play a game of hide and seek with Her on these shorter days,

not hiding so well we remain undiscovered in some shadowy place.

Instead we linger in the tension of hiding in the dark

as we wait to be discovered by the light.”      –Julie Tallard Johnson, from a dream

On an Off the Page

What is the oldest dream you remember? How is it true today? Write about this.

Take the most recent dream you can remember, and write the next chapter in its life. Continue the story. How does that feel?

Take a dream and make it into a poem, short story, myth or prose. Notice what else is revealed in the new use of the dream. 

We will be using some of our day and night dreams to create personal myths. (Upcoming Blog entry).  Until then, 

“Muted seeds hold fixed

To the ideal of color and scent and heat,

knowing  for now,

the miracle is in the waiting.”   Julie

To get a hold of Laurel, or to check out her beautiful fiber art visit her at her website. She will also be visiting us in June, and is available for personal, one to one consultations.
Laurel Reinhardt, Ph.D.
dreamworker, fiber artist, author


“A field mouse survives the winter storm,

and leaves a path across the gleaming snow.

For a moment I am held captive

by the wonder of it all.”      –Julie, from a morning walk in the prairie spiral


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