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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DREAMS: A Sacred Space

July 27th, 2014

In the summer of 2010, artist Janis Kirstein thanked me for attention to dreams in her story of healing. “There’s not much interest” in dreams, she remarked. “People lost interest in dreams after Jung.”

After interviewing Kirstein, who lives in the Cherokee Park section of Louisville, Kentucky, I  dreamt of a Jeep Cherokee. Dreams for personal growth, healing, and wisdom are integral to Cherokee medicine  – along with plants, prayers, and ritual.

Kirstein and her neighborhood’s namesake remind us of the power of dreams as a spiritual practice outside the confines of religion or psychotherapy. Reviving dreams as a transformational tool in our daily lives forms the heart of my forthcoming book SACRED DREAMS: Healing, Well-Being, and The Wisdom Within to be published this Fall (2014).

To pre-order your autographed copy at the pre-publication price $20 (published price, $26) email info@plumdreams.com.

And, as always,

Dream On!

Joyce

Joyce Lynn

Editor, Plum Dreams Journal

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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