DREAMS AND GOOD HEALTH

July 27th, 2014

By Joyce Lynn

“You have an abnormal Pap test — Class 3 — pre-cancerous,” the internist stated flatly. “It’s probably related to your IUD. Make an appointment to have the IUD removed.”

Abnormal. Pre-cancerous. I hang up the telephone in my office and steady myself against the desk. “Why me? Why now?” I ask myself. “I need to redo my will. Why do anything else?” Feeling terrified, I begin to think about immediacy and squeezing as much as I can into my remaining time.

In a quiet corner, I peer out the window in astonishment at the news. It is 1984. Ironically, I had recently turned 40 and wanted to be sure I was in tiptop shape. Then, from somewhere, I recall what I dreamed the night before the routine physical.

I scrawl what I remember from my dreams on the backs of pink telephone message slips:

I am riding on a bus up California Street in San Francisco . . I am sitting in the elderly/handicapped section. The bus driver says to me, “Ugh you’ re disgusting. Around your mouth is dirty and you have stuff - lesions - on your skin.”

As a woman, did I somehow consider myself to be handicapped? Did society consider a woman who spoke out about her views unclean? These thoughts race through my mind all the way home from work until I am finally in the warm embrace of my apartment. Pacing between my couches, I resolve that I will not let the diagnosis get to me.

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SACRED DREAMS The Book

July 27th, 2014

Part memoir, part spiritual guide, and part metaphysical manual, SACRED DREAMS: Healing, Well-Being, and the Wisdom Within weaves a compelling narrative of the power of dreams to guide our health. Journalist Joyce Lynn shows us of the power of dreams as a spiritual practice outside the confines of religion or psychotherapy. She revives dreams as a mandatory modality in our daily lives.

SACRED DREAMS draws on scientific research and real life stories to illuminate the transformative power of our nightly messages. Drawing on her experience as a reporter and first-hand knowledge with dreams, Lynn offers a three-step healing blueprint and envisions a future of medical care with dream guidance at its center.

The stories of women who have accessed dreams to prevent, diagnosis, and treat illness are told in SACRED DREAMS. In one remarkable story, the deceased mother of a Kentucky woman appeared in dreams and warned her, “There is cancer growing in your right breast.” The admonitions persisted despite three “clean” mammograms. Finally, an ultrasound verified the dire dream warnings. After surgery and chemotherapy, Ellie was cancer free. Sixteen years later, Ellie, now 79, extolled her life-saving medical care. “It is important people listen to their dreams,” she said.

The extensive reach of dreams is told through Lynn’s personal experiences. Dreams helped the author salvage her self-esteem and grasp her true worth as a woman; recover from a potentially serious illness, halting a stampede toward cervical cancer; find a healthy eating plan; discover life’s intended career path; handle the business and content of reporting; end a dysfunctional romantic relationship; reconnect with her religious roots and discover an inner spiritual center.

SACRED DREAMS empowers women and minorities — the major sufferers of the major illnesses of our time and those disenfranchised by traditional medicine.

Lynn, a former political reporter, now writes about women’s health and spirituality. She is the author of PLUM DREAMS DIARY: On Mothers, Men, Modern Medicine, and the Divine, a collection of dreams exploring the contemporary female psyche. She has reported on how our thoughts affect our health, the benefits of Mediterranean and vegetarian diets, and public health care policy. She has profiled peace activist Cindy Sheehan and artist-activist Claudia Chapline and others whose dreams have influenced their art, activism, health, and business ventures. Her articles have appeared in dozens of publications including Ms. Magazine, the Pacific Sun, Online Journal, and Louisville Magazine.

SACRED DREAMS will be published this Fall (2014) by Plum Dreams Media. Pre-orders receive a 20% discount of the list price ($25). To pre-order and reserve your autographed copies of SACRED DREAMS at the pre-publication price $20 (published price $26), email SacredDreams@JoyceLynn.com.

ACTION AGENDA
Taming the NSA*

January 20th, 2014

* National Security {Spy} Agency

The U.S. has used 9/11 as the raison d’être to instigate endless war and sweeping police powers. Twelve years after the pivotal event, the death toll from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and military actions in dozens of other countries is in the hundreds of thousands, the financial cost in the trillions of dollars.

Because of the revelations of Edward Snowden, Mark Klein, and other whistleblowers, we know the pervasive depth and breadth of the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens and elected officials and the citizens and officials of other countries.

The U.S. government has vacuumed up phone calls, emails, snail mail, internet searches– all forms of communication, often in collaboration with U.S. corporations. Now we learn this potentially lethal force is literally invading our homes, attaching spyware to our personal computers.

Remember, the firebombing of the Reichstag, the German parlaiment, on February 27, 1933, blamed on a communist, led to totalitarianism in Germany. It is time to confront the questions we ask about the German people during the Third Reich: How did the citizenry let this happen? What can we do to deter it? What will we do to stop it?

This Action Agenda on surveillance (and its ugly twin, wars of aggression) is intended to jumpstart your ideas and activism toward stemming the rising tide of fascism in the U.S.

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