Psychic Kathleen

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Dreaming Yourself a Shaman
In a longitudinal study, 7000 students were interviewed about their dreams.  This was an enormous study, crossing countries, cultures, generations and language. The data revealed that there are more differences in dream content between males and females than between cultures.  Furthermore, there are approximately 34 recurrent themes that typically comprise our dreams universally.

Typical dream themes,

  • Sexual,
  • Varying degrees of nudity or exposure,
  • Unpreparedness,
  • Falling or teetering on the edge of a precipice,
  • Flying,
  • Fighting,
  • Fleeing,
  • Imprisonment,
  • Hair or teeth falling out,
  • Dead loved ones.

Pleasant, Joyful Dreams…

are much fewer than upsetting ones because we tend to suppress the negative in our lives to cope day to day with its challenges.  According to classic psychiatric theory, we have pleasant dreams often when we are depressed in our waking lives.  With a depressed patient, a psychiatrist is advised to pay close attention to a report of a happy dream because it may be signaling an imminent suicide attempt.

Your First Task in Dream Interpretation is…

to ask yourself, “What is the opposite to this dream?” This could lead to a powerful insight about what in your waking life is bothering you and what you might do to heal it.

Consider This:  The dreamer creates an entirely real world in minute detail.  Each dream arouses within us the conviction that we are awake. We are creating an entire world!  Environment, characters, feelings, action, objects are all there for us to observe and not one single aspect is redundant or irrelevant.

A recent Italian study determined that in an 80-year life span, we spend 20 years of that dreaming. Twenty years of human existence is spent in pure creativity. We breathe, we eat and we dream.

Dreams are a path to enlightenment that will cost you nothing and bring you everything.  You dream of the future, of loved ones passed and you dream of how to heal yourself and others of disease. 

Working with your dreams channels shamanic power.

When recording your dreams remember to,

  • Give your dream a title, and date it,
  • Have a recording device handy by your bedside in which to record your dreams initially because we say more about a dream upon awakening than we can or may be willing to write,
  • Record it in the present tense, for example, "I am walking in an old house and as I look out the window I see a black dog peering in at me."
  • Make note how you felt immediately upon awakening and how you felt throughout the dream action.

Organize a Dream Binder with Sections that Include…

  1. Dreams with short notes about the day before or following the dream.
  2. Your own dream symbol dictionary. As you enter new symbols in your dictionary and write out your interpretations of that symbol you are opening a communication channel between your varying levels of conscious; between heaven and earth, between spirit and psyche. You will witness that symbol transforming from dream to dream as you carry it through to the light of consciousness. Kittens become cats, a child’s rocking horse transforms into a beautiful race horse; sitting in a plane transforms to becoming a bird in flight etc.
  3. Pictures depicting images you saw in your dreams can be in another section.
  4. Notes and quotes from other dream interpreters another section.

The flexibility of a binder lends itself more effectively to working more fluidly with your dream material.  You might be sitting in a café, doodling when suddenly you notice you are drawing a dream image.  This should be put into your journal for later contemplation.

Express Your Dream Artistically

Plan and execute an art project related to a big dream or dream series. This will involve making a dream character, activity, setting, or action manifest.  Collage, sculpt, paint, use whatever materials at hand or what feels right for you. 

I did a multi-media wall hanging years ago on a dream series involving a woman hanging from a Ferris Wheel while I observed from a castle turret. The result was powerful and hung on my wall for years.  It took me more than a decade to interpret this dream’s meaning. But having it hanging in my office gave me ample opportunity to ponder its message.

Dream Study Group
The most transformative methodology for working with your dreams is to form a dream study group.  People share their dreams and dreamwork and help each other unpack their meaning through a series of questions, play acting and suggestions.  If you go forward with this idea however, research the best ways to listen to other’s dreams in order to protect everyone’s privacy, dignity and self-agency.

Visit Kathleen’s dream web site at where she has a full 8 week dream study group outline you can follow to create your own dream exploration group.

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# re: Dreaming Yourself a Shaman @ Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:00 PM
one of my favorite quote says: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” And i believe in the same.People will be having their own dreams, and that may vary from place to place and from person to person.While speaking about myself, I'm a writer at and my dream is to write for more and more blog until I'm satisfied.
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