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Definition: Perception

Etymology: L, percipere, to perceive

 The result or product of the act of perceiving. Kinds of perception include depth perception, extrasensory perception, facial perception, and stereognostic perceptionperceptive, perceptual, adj.
 Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.

Perceptual reasoning is a category of reasoning skills including nonverbal fluid reasoning, spatial processing, and the visual perception.

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The five main stages of perception:

Stimulation: In order to perceive that something is happening, it must come to a person’s attention. Stimulation can occur through any of the five senses: smelling, seeing, hearing, touching or tasting.

Organization: To quickly disseminate large amounts of information, such as events happening, a human’s brain organizes the events by familiar components. Connecting familiar components with past experiences helps the person understand what is transpiring.

Interpretation: Once the key components of an event are recognized, individuals apply their own biases to it through interpretation, sometimes referred to as evaluation. Relating past experiences, beliefs, values and more, a person can decide what the meaning of the event is and how to react if necessary.

 

Memory: To remember a perceived event or moment, it must be stored into memory. Individuals use those previously formed associations with personal beliefs and experiences to remember events and their personal evaluations of them.

Recall: Remembering the perceived event later on will retrieve the most important details of it. Blanks may need to be filled in by thinking through the situation again. Persistent recall improves the accuracy of this step.

 

An illusion of what reality is.

 

 

 

Next post–more about the psychic perceptions–ESP

Intuition-quiz

How Intuitive Are You? Take The Quiz And Know Your 6th Sense Score


This quiz was created by Vishen Lakhiani (2015)–feel free to let me know how you do and what you think of it.

Thanks to those who responded to the last quiz. Being Psychic includes intuition and perception, along with trusting one’s instincts. We’ll be exploring these traits on our path to gaining an awareness of what it means to be psychic.

The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus:  Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning–the understanding comes from an instinctive feeling–hunches (from the bone) and inklings (suspicions), and from what is considered as “gut level”.

 The Intuition Quiz:

Answer options. Write down your answers and tally up your points at the end of the quiz.

  1. Never (1 point)
  2. Sometimes (2 points)
  3. Often (3 points)

1.) You are more of a spontaneous and ‘go with the flow’ type of individual, rather than a planner or an organizer.

2.) You evaluate your decisions on certain situations based on your gut feelings, which often produces the right outcome even if it’s not always practical or logical.

3.) When you meet someone new, you get instant strong negative/positive vibes, which proves itself true in the long run.

4.) You have used your intuition to successfully invest in the stock market or enter contests and win.

5.) You know your life purpose or mission in this world

6.) Whenever you ignore a strong intuitive or gut feeling that’s trying to tell you something, you’ll tend to regret it later on.

7.) You rely on your intuition when making career-based decisions. This causes confusion among your co-workers as you always make the right decisions even with incomplete facts.

8.) You’re a creative person, and you have dreams of brilliant ideas for your art/plans/designs which you often execute to much success.

9.) You often feel worried/excited before something bad/good happens without prior knowledge that this incident was going to happen.

10.) You have had creative ideas for art/books/writing come to you from seemingly nowhere which you’ve acted on and gave you tremendous success.

11.) You can feel when a loved one is hurting, even if you don’t know yet that they are in pain.

12.) Your friends often describe you as “creative”.

13.) You often make major decisions against the advice of “experts” or your loved ones based on what you’ve “sensed”, which always worked out perfectly for you.

14.) You immediately know when someone is lying to you or telling the truth.

15.) You’ve had prior knowledge of a disaster, negative event, illness, or death that later came to pass.

16.) Whenever you feel confused about a direction you need to take or you need to make a big decision in life, you meditate, knowing that the right answers will come to you quickly through this.

17.) You feel a strong sense of connection with people you’ve never met or places you’ve never been to.

18.) You are a highly empathetic person and often ‘take on’ the feelings of those around you, whether you want to or not.

19.) You’ve had a premonition that saved you from danger.

20.) When lost, you’ve found the right path back or direction by using your intuition.

Intuition falls into 4 categories. While most of us are functioning at Level 1 or 2, we all have the ability to function at the highest level (Level 4). Our goal as human beings is to continuously grow from Level 1 to Level 4.

You score 20-30. Level 1 – Warning System Intuition:

Warning-sign1-300x250At this Level, your intuition will usually warn you when your life is at stake.

Let’s take the September 11th incident as an example. On this particular day, an unusually high number of people have claimed that they experienced dread going to work at the World Trade Centre.

Other examples include those who’ve experienced overwhelming feelings of dread just before making a journey. If you take a look at the results of the intuition contest on our blog post, you’ll see that 60-70% of all stories were at Level 1 – Warning System Intuition. This is where most people’s intuition stand.

While intuition is something we’re all are born with, many people, including yourself, do not get the chance to develop it. Your intuition has saved you from emergency situations, but you generally do not listen to your ‘gut feelings’ which you’re paying dearly for.

Don’t worry though, it’s never too late to start training and growing your intuitive abilities. If you do, you’re in for some amazing insights and a whole new level of well-being.

You score 30-40. Level 2 – Social Intuition:

empathy-300x258You mainly use your intuition to tap into the feelings of those around you and those whom you have close relationships with. You are a highly empathetic person and can easily understand those around you.

People at this Level have been known to finish the sentences of those they’re close to, sense danger that’s approaching them like a mother senses danger for her child and are even affected by the moods of their spouses or those close to them.

This Level intuition is common in close groups, but you are more attune to it than others. Being on this Level is greatly beneficial for leaders, families and those in close relationships.

While you use your intuition to relate to those around you, you may also be ignoring it within other areas of your life. You have to keep training and enhancing your intuition skills if you want to experience the great benefits that comes with it. If you keep ignoring these ‘gut feelings’ then they will no longer happen.

However, it’s not too late to get back in touch with your intuition. With a little practice and training you’ll be able to hear and trust that “little voice” inside your head in no time and progress in other aspects of your life, such as your career, life purpose, and wealth.

You score 40-50. Level 3 – Creative Intuition:

creativity_com_479f8882bf3f1-240x300Thomas Edison once said, “Ideas come from space”.
Many scientists and investors get their ideas and knowledge from having Level 3 intuition.

Look at the case of Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine. He was struggling for years to come up with the design for the sewing machine needle. One night he had a dream where he was surrounded by cannibals who were holding spears with holes in them. This gave him the idea that the thread hole for the sewing needle had to be at the tip of needle and not at the top. That was how the sewing machine was invented.

History is filled with countless stories of how Creative Intuition has aided in the creation of inventions, art, and designs. Even businesses have grown and flourished because of intuition.

As a Level 3 Intuitive, you are very attuned to your feelings as well as the world around you, which is an amazing skill. Being able to access your intuitive knowledge has helped not only you, but those around you get ahead in life as well.

You most likely use your intuition to not only improve on your relationships, but also your career where you use intuition to creatively solve problems, make the right business decisions or create beautiful art, music or design.

You are most likely a very creative person who is successful in business or the arts.

You score 50-60. Level 4 – Higher Purpose Intuition:

higher5-300x200This is the most useful and the most amazing level of intuition. At this level, your subconscious mind works with you and your intuition guides you to move towards your life purpose.

People with this ability are amazingly successful in the stock market or business. Take a look at Sir Richard Branson; he works with over 300 partners, yet he knows within 60 seconds of meeting a person whether to establish a professional relationship or not.

As a Level 4 intuitive, you already know that you should never doubt your inner voice, which guides you through all areas of your life. You know the importance of honing and fine-tuning your intuitive skills and listening to your inner voice. You meditate daily, which helps you make all important decisions in your life instantly – from love to business to health.

You always listen to your intuition which is the reason why you are where you are today. You know that what your are doing now is your divine purpose. By finding your life purpose, you fully contribute to the betterment of society. Your subconscious mind gives you momentum and the push you need to help you complete your life purpose. You are a highly intuitive being that is making a maximum impact onto the world.

            Next we explore perception …

 

Are you Psychic? Take the survey–let’s talk

Psychic experiences–we all have them … the phone call after you think of someone, the feeling like someone is staring at you from behind, and they are … so many more.

But before we get into all the swirling thoughts about mysticism, take this survey: It comes from a great book you may want to buy: The Psychic Pathway by Sonia Choquette.

#1 rarely        #2 Sometimes     #3 often              Pick one after each question.

  1. When I am with someone, I am aware of how they feel.
  2. If I met someone for the first time, I draw an accurate picture of what they are like.
  3. I am able to make decisions easily.
  4. I am aware when someone is manipulating me.
  5. I can tell if someone is lying.
  6. I can tell if someone is giving me a true account of a situation.
  7. I get involved with other’s problems.
  8. I can see clearly why people have a problem with something.
  9. I can change my plans easily if I get a bad vibe.
  10. I can stand up to dominating energy.
  11. I am able to know what I want.
  12. I can say no to someone.
  13. I can express myself easily.
  14. I trust myself to make decisions.
  15. I ask other’s for advice.
  16. I conform to win approval.
  17. I take care of my body.
  18. I eat/drink/sleep to escape my feelings.
  19. I knew something was going to happen before it did.
  20. I think of people and they call me the same day.
  21. I sense things before they happen.
  22. I have vibes but ignore them.
  23. I am afraid of my intuition.
  24. My life has lots of coincidences.
  25. I believe I have a higher self watching over me.

Rate your questions:

1 point for number 1

2 points for number 2

3 points for number 3

If your score was 25-39– You are not in the habit of reflecting on how people and situations affect you. This will change if you open your intuitive self.

If your score was 40-59– You are already quite tuned to a psychic energy, although you may not call it that. You may just consider yourself “hypersensitive.” If you increase continue to open your intuition, you will have a increased sense of safety, guidance, and well-being.

If your score was 60-75– You probably are aware that your awareness is exceptionally developed, but you may not trust it completely. You need to develop confidence as you integrate your abilities into your daily life. You will, as Sonia says, learn how to drive you car instead push it.

Let me know your opinions about the survey, and how you did. Next meeting: Opening up to your psychic mind.

I’m learning more about  psychic abilities for my psychological thriller: Moloch and the Angel (working title). I’d like to share what I know, get some feedback from you about your experience and how you reacted … might be another book in it, a non-fiction.

 

 

 

The ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards- 5mths and 58 recipients

                                         The 50/50 Applause Awards

The International Centre for Women Playwrights’ 50/50 Applause Award Committee is pleased to officially announce the award recipients for the 2016-2017 season, celebrating gender parity for women playwrights at 58 theatres throughout The United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, and Tasmania. These 58 recipients will receive the prestigious 2017 50/50 Applause Award, for producing 50% or more plays by women playwrights in their 2016/17 season. 
 

For five months I’ve been working on a huge project for The International Centre for Women Playwrights titled The 50/50 Applause Awards. The mission of the awards is to honor those theatres that produce women playwrights as often as male playwrights-50/50. Right now, production numbers for women playwrights stand at about 25-27% percent worldwide. Some plays by women, when produced, have less performances than plays by men.

Horrible. AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ABOUT COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF UK, USA, CANADA, AND AUSTRALIA. 

And now, when I can prattle on and on about how difficult it is to find theatres that have both men and women playwrights, not filled with festivals, have full-length plays, and other items necessary to the rules, I’m beat. I was high yesterday when the announcements went out and the accolades came in. The high was more than relief. It felt like success, an achievement of magnitude was completed. Our 50/50 team succeeded, and changed some requirements of the program, challenged some higher public theatres that are by their own funding rules supposed to have equal production–women and men–gender parity and diversity– for tax-paying women and men. 

Would I do this again? Probably.  Is it worth the time and energy? I  believe so. Does it truly make a difference to theatres whether or not they are one of the recipients? I don’t know … but I suspect some are excited and that an impact has been made to their future scheduling, as well as thoughts about gender equality–like the true meaning, like don’t ever say men write plays better than women. Like #equity #gender

After every long project, when the baby is born, the high is replaced by exhaustion, questioning, and some reevaluation.

Will I do this next year, I ask myself once again? Ask me in four months when the dust has settled and the excitement grows anew. The quest is an important one. But for this year, we feel our goals were accomplished. Year number six for the 50/50 Applause Award, a project of the International Centre of Women Playwrights (ICWP).

The press release and video can be viewed at www.womenplaywrights.org. For the video, if you go to:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylBqH-nfohY  you can watch the video and then “like” it by clicking on the thumbs-up icon. It’s long. So hang in there.

This is one of the most worthwhile organizations for women playwrights. If you are a women, and a playwright, JOIN.

 

 

 

Cross Country Move

 

It’s been awhile. Life has turned up side down, then right side up, thankfully.

We moved! Moving, as anyone reading this knows, is a bitch. I’ve never spoken to anyone who said, “I just love moving, and packing up all my stuff —some of which I haven’t seen for years– in boxes I stole from store parking lots, liquor stores, back allies, and friends garages. Oh, and then numbering the boxes and scratching out what’s in the box–of course forgetting to add the little stuff I squished in to even out the top of the box so another box wouldn’t crush it when it was stacked. I particularly love that. And did I tell you about the stuff you leave behind because it cannot fit in another space of the truck–brooms, vacuum, cleaning items, along with hangers, and  those little things that we collect to put in little spaces so the spaces look full and beautiful, except when we have to collect them all and pack them so they don’t break. I, especially love leaving my ‘I love Hawaii’ plate on the trash can. But, my all time favorite thing about moving is carrying all those boxes up and down steps.”

Hear that lately about moving? I didn’t think so. Then to move across country!Yep, especially when you drive cross county with a loaded car and bags at your feet of things you absolutely must have.

and then snap photos like a tourist, and make believe you are having a great time, worn, befuddled, and wanting sleep—wondering why you took a photo of a horrible statue.

Finally, you make it to your destination, Tarrytown, NY. You exhale. You look around. This is going to be okay.

After some some wine, and some sleep.

And of course, then you unpack.

 

 

Fake News–Not Truth, Not Justice, Just the American Way?

Fake news, the outgrowth of propaganda, continued:

 A few examples of Fake News from the late 1700’s– the time of the American revolution. I was amazed how much propaganda, as Fake news was once called, was spread during those times, and the damage it caused. However, why was I so surprised? Could it have been my belief in truth, justice, and the American Way? Maybe we should just leave it at: The American Way.

TAKEN FROM: Fake News Presidency- Dana Milbank- Washington Post, Nov. 18, 2016

In 1769, John Adams gleefully wrote in his diary about spending the evening occupied with “a curious employment. Cooking up Paragraphs, Articles, Occurrences etc. — working the political Engine!” Adams, along with his cousin Sam and a handful of other Boston patriots, were planting false and exaggerated stories meant to undermine royal authority in Massachusetts.

Several other leaders of the American Revolution likewise attempted to manage public opinion by fabricating stories that looked like the real thing. William Livingston, then governor of New Jersey, secretly crafted lengthy pieces that newspaper publishers featured. One, titled “The Impartial Chronicle,” was anything but, claiming that the king was sending tens of thousands of foreign soldiers to kill Americans.

                                                      Benjamin Franklin’s printing press

But the most important was crafted in 1782 at a makeshift printing press in a Paris suburb. Benjamin Franklin, taking time out from his duties as American ambassador to France, concocted an entirely fake issue of a real Boston newspaper, the Independent Chronicle. In it, Franklin fabricated a story allegedly from the New York frontier .

The story was gruesome: American forces had discovered bags containing more than 700 “SCALPS from our unhappy Country-folks.” There were bags of boys’, girls’, soldiers and even infants’ scalps, all allegedly taken by Indians in league with King George. There was also a note written to the tyrant king hoping he would receive these presents and “be refreshed.”

To drive the point home, Franklin composed a fake letter from a real person, naval hero John  Paul Jones, that ventriloquized almost verbatim the Declaration of Independence, including the accusation toward the end of that document suggesting the colonies must declare independence because the king has “engage[d] savages to murder . . . defenseless farmers, women, and children.”

Turn the clocks forward two hundred and some years and bring in mass media, social media, and the ability to lie easily, a physiological human capability … the more you lie, the easier it is.

It was at Donald Trump’s first press conference as President-elect when the term “fake news” broke out of media discussions and into the mainstream. ( James Carson, The Telegraph, 3.16.17) “You are fake news!” he pointed at CNN’s Jim Acosta while refusing to listen to his question. Since then, the now President of the USA has been calling out major media outlets several times a week for being ‘FAKE NEWS’ via his Twitter feed – particularly CNN and the New York Times.

Back to Dana Milbank:

For 17 months, Donald Trump treated the nation to a series of outlandish promises. He’ll eliminate the $19 trillion federal debt in eight years. He’ll balance the budget without cutting Social Security, Medicare and other entitlements. He’ll bring back lost coal jobs. He’ll make Mexico pay for a border wall. He’ll deport 12 million illegal immigrants while growing the economy by at least 6 percent.

Now Trump is the president-elect, and it’s time to deliver on the impossible. No wonder his transition is racked with chaos and infighting.  Early indications are that Trump plans to continue to fake it … He tweeted that as a result of his work with Ford, the automaker would keep a plant that makes Lincoln SUVs “in Kentucky — no [sic] Mexico.”

But Ford had never planned to close the Kentucky plant. It was merely planning to make more Ford Escapes instead of Lincolns there — a change that would have resulted in no job losses. Ford is proceeding with its previously announced plan to build a new factory in Mexico.

How’s that for fake news?

 

Liar, Liar, World on Fire-

  Liar, Liar, World on Fire–confusion and rage, from the lies you told today

 WHY DO WE LIE?

Even the most honest person has lied at least once in her or his lifetime. Sometimes lying feels justified and harmless—we call them ‘little white lies.’ Sometimes lying feels necessary in order to keep the peace between a spouse, friend, or family member.

A Journal of Basic and Applied Psychology study found that 60% of people lied at least once during a 10-minute conversation with a stranger—so perhaps we lie more when talking to someone we don’t know than someone who knows us and might see through our deception. According to psychologist Robert Feldman, the impulse to lie may also have a lot to do with our self-esteem, saying that, “We find that as soon as people feel that their self-esteem is threatened, they immediately begin to lie at higher levels.” 

 WHAT CAN MAKE THE LIE SO EASY?

From a study published in Nature Neuroscience, Tali Sharot from the department of experimental psychology at University College London and her colleagues devised a clever study to test people’s dishonest tendencies while scanning their brains in an fMRI machine.

They found that when people were dishonest, activity in a part of the brain called the amygdala—the hub of emotional processing and arousal—changed. With each scenario, the more dishonestly the participant advised his partner, the less activated the amygdala was on the fMRI. That may be because lying triggers emotional arousal and activates the amygdala, but with each additional lie, the arousal and conflict of telling an untruth diminishes, making it easier to lie. Sharot also found that the amygdala became less active mostly when people lied to benefit themselves. In other words, self-interest seems to fuel dishonesty.

HOW DO LIES FOOL THE MASSES?

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Mark Twain

Do those words ring true in the present situation? Are we not constantly kept in a dance of wonderment? What is the true story? How do liars deceive us?

Denial, the action of declaring something to be untrue (weather it is or is not) is a major way in which the lie grabs hold of the masses and forces them to wonder: what is the truth?  This is prevalent in our current political situation.

The Washington Post “Democracy Dies in Darkness” Paul Waldman 1.25.17

Denial is usually a combination of the following assertions: I don’t want to prejudge any case that might come before the court. Precedent is important. Nothing I said before now applies.  My personal views, if I should happen to have any, which I probably don’t, would never enter into my rulings (as Supreme Court Justice).. (minimizing)

So John Roberts deflected questions about abortion …“That was a statement that I made at a prior period of time when I was performing a different role,” he said, and “when someone becomes a judge, you really have to put aside the things you did as a lawyer at prior points in your legal career and think about legal issues the way a judge thinks about legal issues.” So no problem. (rationalizing)

When Republican nominees perform this absurd charade, the Democratic senators inevitably find it maddening, since everyone knows how full of it the nominee is. So the senators try to ask the question a dozen different ways to see if they can come up with a key that will unlock the truth, and they inevitably fail.

What we do know is that whoever gets the nomination, he’ll be a vote to overturn Roe. No matter how much he tries to deny it.

And he will be an expert in making us wonder, giving us cause to pause and even believe that denial. If that person is clever enough, and the issue is not as prominent as Roe vrs. Wade, he or she may be protecting, through denial, his or her’s real truth. Then the statement is not only that Democracy dies in darkness, but now that Democracy dies in the darkness of denial.

In my next article, I will discuss other ways in which lies succeeds in undermining our own beliefs.

 

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Your Bucket List: and what is that anyway?


I was so excited this week–one of my short plays was accepted into Flush Ink Productions in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I was spewing virtual champagne to everyone. I was now an international playwright. I said to several of my friends, “That was one of the three items on my bucket list–along with getting an agent for my book, and finally getting my scuba license.” One of my friends said, “You’re too young to have a bucket list.” Then I wondered aloud, “Really, how old do you have to be?” That got my curiosity juices going, and pushed my “research it” button.

So here are some of the suggested histories of the word: from the Internet, and before the movie “The Bucket List” with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson (2007).

Some people say that it dates back to the Middle Ages, when a method of execution involved the victim standing on a bucket with a noose tied around their necks.  The bucket would then be kicked away and the victim would strangle to death.

Wikipedia states: Its earliest appearance is in the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785), where it is defined as ‘to die’. In John Badcock‘s slang dictionary of 1823, the explanation is given that “One Bolsover having hung himself from a beam while standing on a pail, or bucket, kicked this vessel away in order to pry into futurity and it was all UP with him from that moment: Finis“.[3]

Another popular theory involves a reference to the Catholic custom of holy water buckets.  It used to be that after a person died their body would be laid out and a bucket of holy-water would be placed at the feet of the corpse.  Friends and family who came to visit and pay their respects would sprinkle the body with the water

Finally, there was once a children’s game that was quite popular. In this game children would kick a ball about buckets that were placed randomly.  If they “kicked the bucket” they would automatically lose the game and have to sit out.

The term “bucket list” was not in one of my favorite reference books, The Facts on File:Dictionary of Cliches by Christine Ammer. I believe because the term “bucket lists” also applies to computers, and an early definition having to do with gathering of words, their meanings, as well as opposite and similar meanings, and placing them in a bucket–a precursor to the dictionary. 

The list is associated with death, and fostered by the movie, what you place in that bucket before you kick it away– things that you would want to do before you die,  (maybe within a very short time, or not).

What kinds of things would you put on your bucket list?

My bucket list is ongoing, and ever-changing. Since I’m still alive, and I have dreams of accomplishing different goals at different times. Actually, having achieved some of my dreams, my list became more of an ongoing-life’s list, rather than a before-death list–hence, no age limitation. Is that like: is your cup half-full or half-empty? Hmm …

What I like most about the meaning of the words, bucket list, is the seriousness of the contemplation before I write my list–because of the history of the word. I evaluate the most important achievements to reach–even if it’s only until my life changes again, and another dream comes to the foreground. Some items do drop off the list as time goes by, too. I asked myself: “What were you thinking? Jump out of a plane and hope the chord works? Naa.”

New Year’s Eve Day thoughts

May the New Year bring to you-Warmth of love, and a light to guide your path toward a positive direction.

Painting by Nancy Vilhauer- Honolulu, Hawaii

It’s hard writing at the year’s end-especially when one is expected to look backward and forward at the same time. It’s like being on the fence. Is forward looking going to help me feel more hopeful, more positive, more fulfilled or fruitful? Will I place myself on a path where I can feel more accomplished, at ease with myself, at peace? For me the answer is no. The light, for me, is staying on the path I chose many years ago, noticing more and more of the world around me as I travel the color-filled road.

Imagine every year starting on a new path–dizzy making if you ask me. No wonder people get so confused–every year they pick resolutions for change and improvement–sometimes the same one. They wonder what it is they really want and how they really feel about themselves. Maybe just sticking on the same path, following the same bright light, not getting lost,  is the answer.

As for looking back on 2016? I did well! Loved my work, had a few mishaps, and a made a few switcheroonies, plays took over short stories for a large percentage of the writing–wrote a few articles, met a few playwrights and actors that showed me some people are their work. Kept in contact with those I love, sent out gobs of queries … writing another novel.  Hmm … I was so conflicted this year about whether to write short stories, plays, or novels, and get my novel out, yet, I did all four. A decision was made. So this year I will continue to follow the light of my own creativity and my creative projects–and that includes myself. I will slow down the pace this year, I’m happy to say, but the path will remain the same, and the light will come from me.

Hope you have a wonderful new year’s time, and don’t pressure yourself with future resolutions or dwell on any disappointments.

 

 

Dreams

“Dreams are illustrations…from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman

10614259_10152686201461823_7648764409462098800_nI had the weirdest dream last night. (How many times have you said or heard that?)  Well, I did. I dreamed I was riding in a box down a river, but the river was moving dirt. So I got stuck.  (Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get a sense of what’s going on here). But the clouds were changing into awesome colors, teal, oranges, pinks, golds, as if someone was painting them as I was watching them, like on a canvas. I didn’t know if it was sunrise or sunset colors, or a fantasy world. I woke up as the clouds were changing, but could hear the ca-ching of an old-fashioned cash register. Remember them? You actually had to push buttons in order to have the numbers register. Something like this, but newer-it was the one from Path Mark, a grocery store I worked in during high school.antique-cash-register-jpeg

As a therapist, I did a lot of dream analysis. I do believe like Marsha Norman, that the dream is the window of the soul, not the eyes, unfolding you. I usually did Gestalt Therapy. I used this therapy in the dream analysis in Moloch and the Angel , my mystery/thriller. It’s based on a simple philosophy: Fill your emotional voids so that you can then become a unified whole. Perls believed that dreams contained the rejected, disowned parts of the Self. Every character and every object in a dream represented an aspect of that Self. Ask questions of every object in the dream, take on the role of that object, and a person could very well uncover buried emotions and acknowledge what was missing in their lives. Dreams breathe life into consciousness. So I talk to different aspects of my dream. The me in my dreams are the dullest–so covered with defenses. I talked to the cash register, asked why it was there and what did it want. Most importantly, what did they think was I doing there? Same with the clouds, and the dirt and the wooden box–holding me from drowning in crap. This type of analysis is informative, and it’s fun–usually very revealing. It was the changing colors in the clouds that revealed the most. I had to talk to each color. Teal is my color, so the mixing with the other colors became the focus point of the questions. I don’t like the color pink, although I didn’t realize that color would represent all I didn’t want to do, and the people, I didn’t want to be with, and how I thought the interaction with the other colors would yield me nothing. Ca-hing, the draw opens and it’s empty.

The dream illuminated for me the desire to go back into my cave and stop doing so much work with so many people–definitely dragging me through the mud. But then again, I’m sure other interpretations  can be reached through other types of analysis. But it felt good, and it felt right, so my soul keeps writing …

 

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