Why Do I Write What I Write?
Recently, author and blogger, Tzivia Gover, invited me to join her in a blog tour that highlights authors who write about intuitive understanding.
I first “met” Tzivia when we both led online group dream-sharing initiatives. At the time, my group dreamt with intentions for personal healing on the full moon, while Tzivia’s group dreamt with intentions for world healing on the new moon. I was hooked! Who was this amazing woman? What could I learn from her? Well, I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’d be learning a lot — and I’m learning still… Tzivia is the real deal! She LIVES her work! That means she LIVES mindfulness, she LIVES dreams, she LIVES poetry, she LIVES teaching, compassion, and life-long learning and she writes about it.
I encourage you to visit her blog where she shares tips for working with dreams as well as her own personal insights and deep insights. To learn more about Tzivia and her work visit her web site at http://www.tziviagover.com and her blog at http://www.thirdhousemoon.com.
For this blog tour I was asked to answer four questions about my writing. Here are my responses:
1. What am I working on now?
I typically work on several projects at the same time. Currently, in addition to my blogs, http://www.awakendream.com and http://dreamingglobalillumination.com, you’re likely to find me writing: “Mystic Illumination” or “I Dreamt Something Awful About You: Should I Say Something?”
Mystic Illumination Series: The Initiate, The Apprentice, and The Master – was inspired by dreams and waking life experiences. It’s a mystical journey that takes us deep into archetypal, life-changing themes. Like ancient stories of legend and myth, I’ve noticed that each of the themes has a challenge, a solution, and some type of ‘embedded change-energy’ that completely transforms the participant(s). Part of this journey was shared with friend and dream artist, Brenda Ferrimani. While experiencing the archetypal themes, Brenda created twelve artistic renderings and I wrote poetry and commentary.
It was never my intention to create a traditional tarot deck for conventional readings. Instead, Mystic Illumination invites you to experience archetypal energies as you’ve never experienced them before! Treat yourself by fully immersing yourself and you can experience the archetypes slowly, on a deep, meaningful level so you can make the changes you’re ready to make in your life.
By the way, Mystic Illumination: The Initiate – is now available for purchase! Browse the website if you want to learn more: http://dreamingglobalillumination.com
“I Dreamt Something Awful About You: Should I Say Something?” – is a presentation I’m writing for the 2014 PsiberDreaming Conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD).
It was inspired when I had a warning dream that my friend was in danger. A few weeks later, that friend died. As you can imagine, I was quite upset! I had not given my friend the information from the dream and I wondered if her life could have been saved “if only.” In the past I’ve had warning dreams that turned out to be true. Some people who have these types of dreams can suffer from a condition that, in the dream community, is known as “dreamer’s guilt.”
In this presentation, I will share my story as well as a few stories from other dreamers who have also faced similar dilemmas such as: ‘should I tell?’ ‘How much should I tell?’ ‘What if I frighten someone?’ ‘How much is enough?’ ‘How much is too much?’ and so on……
I hope you’ll join us for this discussion and share your own stories, insights, and reflections. The Psiberdreaming Conference, aptly titled, “Dreaming with the Other,” will be taking place from September 28th until October 12th. You can get more information and register here: http://www.asdreams.org/psi2014/
My Blogs: I also write for two blogs, http://dreamingglobalillumination.com; where you’ll find updates to my Mystic Illumination project, and http://www.awakendream.com which I co-blog with Glory Nelson. We typically blog about our spiritual retreats, our unique way of working with synchronicities, and, of course, all about dreams.
2. How does my writing process work?
Well, that actually depends upon WHAT I’m writing. My blogs are frequently inspired by the archetypal patterns I’m noticing in my dreams and waking life experiences. My poetry, on the other hand, usually begins as a rhythm or phrase that just comes to me, sometimes in my sleep. It typically repeats until I finally write it down to give it a place to rest!
3. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I’ve been told that I have a unique approach, especially with the way I weave together my dreams and waking life synchronicities. While some see them as separate practices, I see all of it as one big life dream! As such, I recognize my deeper patterns and rhythms, using them to live the deeper story, the big dream, so to speak.
I call myself a modern-day mystic. I’m a mom, neighbor, and girlfriend, with all their ups and downs, in addition to being a life-long dreamer with a quest for wisdom and a search for deeper truths. My writing, I believe, is a reflection of my personal way of seeing the world. To all the other down-to-earth dreamers out there, I hope to be relatable, bringing spirituality to everyday life.
4. Why do I write what I do?
I feel “called” to write. It’s my way of sharing, of relating. I believe we’re only here on Earth for a brief moment in time. During that time, I hope to inspire and to be inspired.
Thank you so much for reading this. And now I’m delighted to introduce the authors and bloggers who will continue the blog tour the next weeks with posts about their own fascinating work. If you don’t already know them, you’ll want to check them out. You won’t be disappointed.
Linda Mastrangelo, MA joins the blog tour the week of July 22nd. She is an educator, writer and artist with a private practice in the San Francisco Bay area as an MFT intern specializing in dreams and grief. Through her own personal practices, she discovered the remarkable potential of dreams as well as the dream’s transformative possibilities as “good medicine.” In 2009, she created the Examiner’s first dream column and is a contributing writer for The Dream Tribe. Her articles and artwork have been included in The Lucid Dream Exchange, Dream Network Journal, All Things Healing and DreamTime Magazine and she is the Editor of Dream News. Linda is also adjunct faculty in Psychology and has facilitated trainings and workshops, including hospice and other healing institutions. Linda sits on the board of directors at IASD and is a member of CAMFT. For more information, please visit her website at lindamastrangelo.com or check out her articles and blogs at thedreamtribe.com and http://www.examiner.com/dream-research-in-san-francisco/linda-mastrangelo