It seems like everywhere you turn today, there are people encouraging you to be vulnerable, open, and honest. You hear it so often, it can be easy to forget how difficult and scary this can be, especially if you’ve been burned in the past. And if you live in this world, there is a good chance you’ve been in multiple environments where being your full self was not nurtured or encouraged.
Can’t Figure Out Your Dreams?, Sivana
Don’t think your dreams mean anything? Think again. Dreams have been used since humanity began for healing, self-understanding, and developing spiritual connection and support.
I was 18 and freshly arrived at college when Katrina hit New Orleans, stranding thousands in the stinking Superdome or frying in the late summer sun outside of the Convention Center. I stayed awake all night after my first day of classes, incessantly clicking the “refresh” button on Nola.com, waiting for the headline “Political Leader Announces Everything Will Be All Right; Reveals Recovery Plan.” But it never came.
A Dreamworker on Psychic Mediums, Neutrons/Protons
I am a dreamworker, meaning I practice a one-on-one method of exploring people’s dreams for healing and psychological exploration. Telling people this, I have received critiques along the same lines — “You’re selling snake oil,” “That sounds like bullshit,” and my personal favorite, “But Kezia, you’re so smart!”
Against Contingent Love, Neutrons/Protons
In this sense, even the most contingent forms of love still contain a hint of the unconditional—even with our expectations and contingencies we always know on some level we can never fully predict or control the other. And yet, we still love.
Just this summer, New Orleans has suffered from numerous heinous acts of violence – including a shower of bullets released on innocent Bourbon Street revelers and the drive-by shooting of children as young as two in the Lower Ninth Ward.
The Reality of Faith, Reality Sandwich
Through working dream images, I’d been able to momentarily experience the concepts of divine support and unconditional love. But actually developing a practice of faith was something different, something I had begun to feel I could only do for myself.
Fall in Love With the Divine Obscurity of Insects, Rebelle Society
I think that’s all the insects are ever saying anyway. Here I am. Right here. Here I am. Remember.
Accepting and Loving Yourself, Having Time
The only problem is, that person we feel we “should” be might have nothing to do with who we really are! We beat ourselves up for not being that person, instead of asking ourselves, what do I really need and want for myself, right now? When we turn away from our deeper selves in an effort to create some shiny perfect reflection in the mirror, the more dissonance and discomfort we feel, and the more difficult self-love gets.
Throughout my life, I thought of myself as someone who felt too much. I was very gregarious and could easily be consumed by moments of joy and celebration. But when I was alone, I could be overtaken by angry, self-destructive voices that would dominate my mind.
The Dream Caravan
A multi-day festival/event in New Orleans celebrating all things related to the dream. Stay tuned for Dream Caravan 2017!
1.5 hour workshop exploring the three central rules to understanding the dream realm.
4-week course introducing individuals into the world of using their dreams for healing and transformation
6-week course diving deep on individual emotions and ways to process them that bring healing and a deeper sense of self-knowledge