DREAM CIRCLE

 

WELCOME!

Hi, and thank you for visiting the Dream Circle. If you are here it might be pure coincidence that led you here, or you heard about it from a friend. No matter how you came to be here today, I welcome you, and I hope you find what you are looking for.  I am a lifelong learner, an educator, psychotherapist, writer, self-taught mixed media and digital collage artist, and creative dreamer, using dreams as my inspiration for my artwork, collages, stories, and poems, and of course my life.  Here in the pages of this site are all of my dream-inspired digital collages.


Dreams have always been a significant part of my life. When I was an adolescent, my dreams helped me understand my life, but most importantly they guided me through high school, college, and my doctoral dissertation. Many times,  through coincidences, they have given me decisive clues as to what lies ahead, and I have followed.  Dreams are not just images in the night without meaning or purpose.  Dream images are metaphors, symbols full of meaning. Dreams have been my inner compass, they have been my guide.  My dreams are my creative sacred space, and they are embedded in my digital collages, they decorate the pages of this site and remind me of their gifts.


This is what I wish for you, for dreams to be your guide, for coincidences to remind you that you are on the right path and for your imagination to open to the creative forces within you. Dreams and our understanding of them are free to all of us, no one theory can dictate what our dreams mean.


Although I may work with one model or another, I want you to know that there is no better or good model to work with your dreams. Be free. Find out for yourself which model works for you. You will see. Honor your dreams and learn to work with them in the ways that best suit you. You are welcome to come to our dream group with your theories and beliefs all the parts of you are welcome here. To join a dream circle please visit the dream circle site.


Wishing you the sweetest dreams,

Palms together,

Annecy Baez

 
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In Japanese, the word for dream is yume, meaning “the eyes in sleep.” We could also say this is what we aspire to in Zen, the see in the dark, to have insight. For several years now I have been working with students and groups to help us develop a dharma eye for our nightly dreams – to enter into their secret language, a language that is at once very personal to each of us and at the same time, universal. Jung said a dream was “speech that is not yet ripe.” How familiar to us in practice, this wordless “felt sense” of change along the path.
Seido, Empty Field Zendo

 

MY DREAM JOURNEY

I have been working with dreams for as long as I remember. As a child, a dream of la Virgencita de la Altagracia, the Patron saint of the Dominican Republic was to be a reminder that I was loved by her, my guardian angels, and my loved ones on the other side. It was so meaningful to me whenever I had a dream with her. When  I was eighteen years old,  I was introduced to Jung and Freud in a psychology course. I read  Carl Jung’s Dreams and Freud’s  “The Interpretation of Dreams”. I started my dream journal then, keeping notes to understand my dreams and my life further. It was in 1979 when I discovered the work of Tony Crisp, and his book “Do You Dream?” that I developed a new connection to my dreams, which was then strengthened by my dream reading the work of Fritz Perls, "every part of the dream is a part of you" and his book "Suenos y Existencia", and the work of  Calvin Hall. and his book The Meaning of Dreams helped gain more insight into the power of my dreams. ​When I was 21 years old, a dream about birds led me (by coincidence) to the Theosophical Society in New York City, there a local magazine with birds on the cover advertised a weekly dream workshop led by Dr.  William R. Stimson author of Dreams for Self Discovery. His weekly Friday Dream Workshop in Chelsea, and the teachings of his mentor, Montague Ullman, author of Appreciating Dreams: A Group Approach, and Working with Dreams,  led to a fruitful period in my own dreamwork which continues until this day.  Now, working as an Associate Professor at Touro College Graduate School of Social Work where I teach clinical social work practice, I am fortunate to teach Expressive Arts in Social Work Practice and I share with students the power of dreamwork in their practice and in their lives. 


​In the early 1980s, every Friday night, I was fortunate to participate in Dr. Stimson's dream group. I was impressed by Dr. Stimson's knowledge of dreams, and his commitment to teaching others about dreams. I was privileged to have met many well know dream leaders from  Dr. Ullman to Patricia Garfield, and other notable dream leaders who influenced how I work with dreams.  At the time, he edited a little dream newsletter, The Dream Network, which he created in his home during a time when there was no World Wide Web. I have saved every one of these newsletters.  I am a focusing oriented psychotherapist and trainer, and I have been deeply influenced by the work Eugene Gendlin’s author of “Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams”,  and Arnold Mindel’s “Dream body” both are body-oriented integrative approaches that have taught me to let my body assist me in further understanding of my dreams.  Other influential writers also shaped my knowledge of dreams, Stanley Krippner, author of "Dreamtime and Dream Work: Decoding the Language of the Night”, as well, I loved the work of Anne Faraday, author of Dream Power, and Justina Lasley Honoring the Dream: A Handbook for Dream Group Leaders and her book, Wake Up!:  which teaches us to wake up to the wisdom of our dreams


In 2008, I coincidentally bumped into the work of  Robert Moss author of "The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination".  which led me to train in his Active Dream method which integrates Ullman's technique.  This merging of Ullman's technique is upsetting for many of the Ullman followers who want to maintain faithful to Ullman's method pure. I shall be hosting a workshop on Montague Ullman's book to review with all of you what this model looks like and the controversy around its use.  It is understandable for his followers to protect his methodology, kind of like Freud getting angry at Jung for moving away from his Psychoanalysis and creating his own Jungian Psychoanalysis.  I have to admit that I run Active Dream Circles, I find them so much fun, they deliver tangible takeaways, and like Robert Moss says, "they embody guidance, energy for healing and creation from stories we share." I  incorporate my dream life experience in the work I do, from my Zen meditation practice and the spiritual beliefs I grew up with, all of me integrated into my dream practice, and I wish that for you too.


I hope "all of you" feel welcome here too. I am inclusive. I  value all dream methods, and no one method is better than another. We are all in the process of self-discovery. Every dream method will bring new insights. In the end, only you know what your dream means to you and your dreams will guide to where you need to be.  In my Dream Book Club, we will feature the work of other dream leaders in the community starting with  Robert Moss "The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination"  to Montague Ullman and later William R.  Stimson, author of Dreams for Self Discovery.  Please stay in touch with our Dream club to know what book we are reviewing.


Below you will see Digital Story, the Path of Wisdom, created in at the Digital Story Center. It starts with a dream. This digital story was created in 2007 in honor of my job as a Director of Counseling at Lehman College/CUNY. I am no longer at Lehman College, but my work there was a reminder that work can be healing, that it can be a joy, there was not a day that I did not wake up happy to go to work. Thank you Lehman College/CUNY and the people I have met there, the jewels in my life.  The Story Center

 
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“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away—an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.”
Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Carl Gustav Jung

 

WORLD COLLAGE DAY

My Virtual Museum

Welcome to World Collage Day. Please come on in and visit m my virtual museum,  "Visual Poetics" a series of intuitive collages inspired by my dreams and the power of intuition. This is in celebration of World Collage Day. If you have a Mac. World Collage Day is an international celebration of collage on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Kolaj Magazine invites you to submit events taking place on that day that celebrate collage.

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VISUAL POETICS


Intuitive Digital Collage

Although my intuitive digital collages are visual, they are wordless,  but in this space, they speak.  I feel that there is a narrative that can be created by each image, either poetically or in creative writing.  Willard Bohn defined  Visual Poetry as the “poetry that is meant to be seen – Poetry that presupposes a viewer as well as the reader.” In my case, it can incorporate a writer, who can view the images, engage with it, and create their own stories or poems, or art in response to it. I find that art is interactive, another form of narrative practice, another way of dreaming, connecting,  and healing.  


My intuitive digital collage holds space for dreams, for coincidences and the unconscious. I believe in synchronicity, that each image holds together something that was meant to be. I trust my body’s felt sense in the choice of an image, and how they eventually come together to make a whole. If I trust my intuition, I trust myself and allow images to represent what needs to take form. Art is about faith; it is about trust.  

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THE DREAM BOOK CLUB

Join our dream book to learn more about your dreams and working with your dreams as guidance. All dreams are welcome. To learn more about our previous book review check the dream circle and join.

 

THE THREE "ONLY" THINGS

Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination,
Robert Moss

The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination,

Robert Moss

The book of the month in June will be Robert Moss' The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination. We will host this book club session on Friday,  6/26 @ 7:00 pm. Esta presentación se llevará a cabo en Español el Sunday/Domingo, Junio 28, at las  4:00 pm. En Español

In this book, you’ll learn the three "only" things that will open the door to your story and your imagination. This book will teach you how to tap into the nine powers of dreaming, the nine rules of coincidences, and the seven uses of your imagination. Come with your journal, your open mind, and your imagination.  


This book is an inspiration, full of stories about how innovators change the world with the power of dreams. You will learn games to access your intuition, become more aware of the power of coincidences, and how they can enhance your creativity. I shall share the coincidences that happened in my life when I read that book, and how it changed my life. 

Robert Moss is one of the most prolific dreamers, and writers I have ever met. Here is an annotated guide to all of his current books.


Join me and learn many simple, yet powerful techniques that will enhance your life and creativity.

 

Solo Tres Cosas: Aprovechar el Poder de los Sueños, la Coincidencia y la Imaginación

Robert Moss

El libro del mes de Junio será "Solo Tres Cosas: Aprovechar el poder de los sueños, la coincidencia y la imaginación" de Robert Moss. Organizaremos esta lectura en Ingles el Viernes 6/26  a las 7:00 pm. Se celebrará en Español el Domingo 6/28 a las 4:00 pm 

En este libro, aprenderás las tres cosas que abrirán la puerta a tu historia y a tu imaginación. Este libro te enseñará a aprovechar los nueve poderes de soñar, las nueve reglas de las coincidencias y los siete usos de tu imaginación. Ven con tu diario, tu mente abierta y tu presencia.

Este libro es una inspiración, lleno de historias sobre cómo los innovadores cambian el mundo con el poder de los sueños. Aprenderás juegos para acceder a tu intuición, ser más conscientes del poder de las coincidencias y cómo pueden mejorar tu creatividad.


Compartiré las coincidencias que ocurrieron en mi vida cuando leí ese libro, y cómo cambió mi vida. 

Robert Moss es uno de los soñadores más prolíficos y escritores que he conocido. Aquí hay una guía anotada para todos sus libros actuales.

Acompáñame y aprende muchas técnicas simples, pero poderosas que mejorarán tu vida y creatividad.

 

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The Dream Circle


Join my monthly online Dream Circle to learn more about nighttime and daytime dreams and how their wisdom helps us in our daily lives. In our dream circle, we engage with someone’s dream as if it were our own, liberating the dreamer from our interpretation of their dream.  In this method, only the dreamer has a true understanding of his or her dream. Please come with your life experience, with your dream experience. We welcome all of you, as you will all come with various life experiences and training, and your knowledge will enhance our understanding of our dreams, so you are all welcome.  Individual one to one sessions are also available, but also in our Dream Book Club, we will share the knowledge embedded in various dream books from dream leaders past and present.