Dream Photography

Anyone who has been following this blog for any length of time realizes my affinity for wolves.  In April 2011 I wrote an entry called:
Loyalty where I speak of many of the wolf’s attributes that I share.  Loyalty being one.  I believe the wolf is my Shamanic Totem Animal.

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It should come as no surprise then that my dream photography trip is to head west and photograph wolves in their natural habitat.  It’s ALWAYS been on my to do list.

Money and time is no object! What and where do you want to photograph? You can choose any number of things and places. Rank them in priority. Remember this lesson and work toward making these goals come to fruition. My ultimate vision is traveling west to where wolves still run free.

From day one I’ve been fascinated by wolves. One of my favorite photographers is Jim Brandenburg, simply because he’s been able to capture so much of the quintessential wolf photography on the market today. I would love nothing better then to go out and shoot with Mr. Brandenburg on one of his wolf journeys.

Here are two quintessential Brandenburg wolf images:

Take a gander at his website here:
Jim Brandenburg

Point your mouse to Select Gallery and select Wolves. I bet you’ll recognize several of these photographs as Mr Brandenburg’s, even if you didn’t know who took them before.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.


Dreams of Those Who Have Passed

Who hasn’t dreamed of family and friends who have passed? I bet everyone has had those dreams. Are these the dreams you ALWAYS recall with great clarity? If so, do you sometimes question why they stay with you long after you’ve forgotten others? Here’s what I believe. I bet you’re thinking:
“Uh oh. Here he goes again! Off The Deep End.

The reason these dreams stay with you long after you’ve forgotten others is because dreaming is the only way for these people have to reach out to you. Your loved ones who have passed have no other way of communication. In order for them to come to you they must use dreams and they want for you to know that they are still present in your life even if you can’t reach out to them physically. They WANT you to remember! Therefore you do.

Sometimes, if you’re fortunate you can change the course of your dream and manage to stay in the dream for a longer period of time. The next time you have such a dream, reach out to the person, give them a hug. Tell them you understand why they are there. Tell them you love them and thank them for visiting you. Watch for a reaction. You might be surprised.

Several years ago while I was working at my library, someone I worked with had a massive heart attack while at work. I ACTUALLY saw him go down. I knew IMMEDIATELY that he was not going to survive. At the time it was the most devastating thing I’d EVER witnessed. I hoped never to see anything like it again. For weeks after I could close my eyes and see it over and over.

About a week after the passing, John appeared in my dreams for several nights. Always at the library. He’d float in and simply smile at me. He NEVER spoke or if he did I don’t recall. I’m convinced his smile was telling me he was fine. Not to worry.

Even now, after John’s been gone for over five years, he still pops in one in awhile. He doesn’t stay long and he has yet to speak to me. Just knowing he’s not far gives me comfort. Another friend of mine I’ve spoken of in previous blog entries, this on specifically:
The Professor and her Husband came to me in several dreams after she passed as well.

It seems that because I’m so open to the spiritual realm that people I’ve cared for who have passed feel comfortable enough to visit me. They know I will accept the visits and that I understand why they are coming to me. I feel blessed to have this gift. Never gave this any thought until this moment, as I’m writing this entry, but these “Dream Visits” have happened sporadically to me as people who’ve been important to me in some way have passed. I’m truly grateful for them.

Anyone else have this experience?

As an addendum to this entry, some ironic? coincidental? strange experiences have come about because I’m writing this blog now. Before I get into these happenings, let me start out by saying that I generally write my posts weeks in advance. I’d never have time to write them the night before, besides I’m such a critic of my own work that I spend days going over every thing I write, polishing here, taking words out there. I’m seldom happy with the finished product so I need that extra time to edit. So, now you know one of my trade secrets. So this post on Dream Visits was written on Wednesday, November 17.

So on Friday, I received an email from my friend, Julie who mentioned that she had a dream about her father who had passed a few years ago. Weird how that came up after I’d already written this. I have another close friend where this has happened too many times to count. We can be discussing something and all of a sudden I realize that the next days blog entry is about the VERY thing we’re discussing. I find it a nice feeling. Like the universe is saying:
“Yup, these are the people who matter most to you and this is how we’re communicating that fact. Don’t take this for granted.”

It’s like a wake up call, a knock on your spiritual door:
“Pay attention here!”

Not that I need it because I’m ALWAYS paying attention to this stuff. It is still nice to know however that I’m not being neglected.

Anyone else ever have anything LIKE THIS happen to them? Pay attention when these things DO occur. It’s the universe’s way of knocking on YOUR spiritual door!

Be Happy! Be Well! Positive!


Lucid Dreaming

Dreams Series Part 2

Lucid Dreaming

Has anyone ever experienced lucid dreaming?

There have been MOMENTS while I’ve been dreaming where I know I’m dreaming but I haven’t been able to hold onto the realization for long enough to manipulate my dream. It might be interesting to see this at work. Anyone ever able to do this?

What is lucid dreaming? Simply put, lucid dreaming is dreaming when you KNOW you’re dreaming. I’m sure at one point or another we all have experienced this. If you get really good at this, you can sometimes manipulate the dream. Lucid Dreaming has been scientifically researched and its existence has been well proven.

Inducing Lucid Dreaming
1. Keep a dream journal – One of the key elements of being able to have lucid dreaming is to achieve dream recall. Normally, we wake up with a hazy memory of some of our dreams. But our memories of our dreams quickly dissipate. In order to be able to control your dreams you need to remember them. Having a dream journal will help you do that. You need to keep the journal by your bed and as soon as you wake up, you have to write what you remember from your dreams. With time, you’ll remember more details of your dreams until you’ll be able to describe them completely. That means that you’ve conditioned your mind to have dream recall and lucid dreams.

2.Start dream checking – As you draw closer to being able to have lucid dreams, your dreams will become more and more vivid and real like. There will be times when you will not know whether you’re dreaming or awake. You’ll need to work out a routine to help you realize when you’re dreaming and when you’re not. A good trick is to look at your watch every half hour. In dreams, the hands of a watch don’t move as they do in real life. Don’t ask me why, they just do. Being able to know when you’re dreaming and when you’re not is a vital step on the road to enjoying lucid dreaming on a regular basis.

If anyone has experience with lucid dreaming, I’d LOVE to hear from you.



Starting a series of posts on Dreams and Dreaming. Maybe two or three. Haven’t yet decided. Anyway welcome to the first in the series:
Everyone dreams. Don’t let someone convince they don’t. If you didn’t dream while sleeping you’d be dead, literally. Not everyone recalls their dreams. One of the ways to train yourself to start recalling, IF you want to, is to leave a notebook by your bed and when you wake up, relax for several minutes. Waking up with an alarm is possibly the worst of all circumstances to have if your goal is to recall your dreams. Anything that jarringly disrupts your normal sleep patterns (and that also means your waking patterns) is going to hinder your chances of recalling your previous night’s dreaming. Don’t rush right out of bed. Lay back, close your eyes and consider your night. Think back over the course of your sleep. You may be surprised by what comes up. If you can recall anything, write it down in your notebook.

The more you do this, the better you’ll become at recalling your dreams. I’ve said it before, the more you exercise your muscles the stronger you’ll become. That’s the case with ANY muscle you grow.

If you find yourself becoming more interested in this, you might consider looking for a dream analysis book. Check your local library. Take several books out and if you find one that interests you then you can consider purchasing it.

Vitamin B6 has been known to help recover dreams as well. Check out the following website:
B6Dreams if you want to know more.

If you want more Dream linkage check out my photography blog today here:
CJP Photos Blog