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Feb 23, 2023Liked by Kristin Posehn

Amazing post and a much-needed one! I relate so much to your feelings towards those arrogant neuroscientists who dismiss dreams as random instead of digging into such a fascinating and fundamental topic (I totally loved the analogy with the junk DNA story!). Also the second part on practical advices on how to do dream work was very useful, thanks! Iยดve just used it and it helped me to reach a much deeper level of understanding. Now I have 4 years of written dreams to analyze, haha! Do you have any book on dream interpretation you would reccomend?

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Thank you Ale! It is so meaningful to hear that the post was helpful to you in your dreamwork, I really appreciate your note. The work of Dr Scott Sparrow is the most fruitful contemporary approach to dreams I've come across, unfortunately he does not have a book with that material yet, but he does offer a course and the papers he has published for free online are a very valuable resource.

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Dec 20, 2022Liked by Kristin Posehn

"daylight logic" - love that

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Ty :) it's a thing, but optional

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"Dreams are like artwork..." V. Nice, all.

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Thank you Kenneth :)

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Dec 1, 2022Liked by Kristin Posehn

Really interesting topic Ms. K. I remember working the overnight shift on locked inpatient psych wards, all of the patients were heavily medicated. Around 6:30am as I started to wake up folks for their morning meds I noticed that, for a few minutes after waking, their face was relaxed and they would often talk about a dream they were having. I was always surprised at how coherent and calm they were. The moment would quickly pass but the look of total relaxation on each face made me sad that I couldn't help make the moment last. Looking forward to future articles ๐Ÿค

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Thank you! That's a fascinating observation. Reminds me there's just so much I wish could be put into clinical practice to help people.

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Love this! Reading as I am currently on a Yoga of Sleep and Dreams retreat (I'm at-home and it's being livecasted). One interesting thing RE lucid dreaming, is that it's not viewed as escapism in some tantric traditions, but the opposite, a way to directly engage with and transform what we encounter emotionally. As someone who also writes down my dreams and assigns importance to them, I'm definitely looking forward to what else you have to say on this topic!

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Thank you so much!! What an awesome retreat, super curious about it and so cool to hear youโ€™re a fellow dream worker! Have immense respect for the older traditions, and that approach as you say makes sense. Maybe I should try lucid dreaming and write about it. Hope itโ€™s been a wonderful time with the retreat โœจ

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