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Author: Benjamin the Dream Wizard

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Benjamin the Dream Wizard is a psychological professional with over 20 years experience in mental health, offering eclectic dream analysis, editing historical dream literature, and sometimes playing video games, all for entertainment and educational purposes only. This channel does NOT dispense Counseling, Therapy or any other licensed service. If you are in acute psychological distress, please contact the national Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at 1-800-950-NAMI.
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“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt “You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” – Freewill, Rush “A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.” – Rita Mae Brown Author Mike Oppenheim: mikeyopp.com
Setting Healthy Boundaries is never easy, especially when Family and Friends have expectations for behavior that clashes with your Natural Temperament and Social Comfort Zone. How do we communicate this message when conversations are the stressor that needs a boundary?
Self-awareness is a truly Scientific endeavor. Though we cannot help but achieve it through the filter of our Beliefs, every new Life Experience presents an Opportunity for deeper and more meaningful Understanding.
Tales of the Dearly Departed appearing in our Sleep are abundant in Historical Dream Literature. Psychologically, few Dream experiences may have more impact, or be more important for processing Grief and Moving On.
This week’s Dream adventure is brought to us by Liz Lawson of “The Reluctant Historian” podcast. Follow her Journey through the mysterious depths of South Korean subway tunnels as Liz navigates the Labyrinth to find a path forward in the present day with help from the Icons of past companions. https://www.instagram.com/thereluctanthistorian/
Relationships are not easy, and require reasonable Compromise. Yet, we must also beware the temptation to surrender our Identity and abandon Healthy Boundaries in pursuit of living out a Fantasy Romance that is not reflected in our experience of Reality.
Those among us not inspired to conformity by the Liturgy of Cultural Ritual alone, and thus March to the Beat of their Own Drum, often feel the greatest obligation to carefully consider the Steps of their Dance through Life.
Very often do life circumstances force us into “Survival Mode” where we must prioritize the physical needs of safety, sustenance and shelter. Over time, such essentials secured, the erstwhile privation of emotional desiderata come to the fore and demand our attention.
Our ability to envision the Future is often a Blessing, but becomes a Curse when we succumb to Avoidance at the prospect of being overwhelmed. Though purely Imaginary in origin, a real Panic may transform a manageable Problem into the Disaster we feared.
Humankind suffers few Fears more inhibiting than the possibility we will fail to achieve our own Potential. This aversion is so strong that many prefer to dwell in bland mediocrity rather than risk the crushing emotional pain of defeat. When such terror grips our heart, the Spirit of Leopard may offer Guidance, inspiring the courage needed to stalk and capture our own unique majesty.
This week's dream comes to us courtesy of Will at The Skeptic Metaphysician podcast and his lovely wife/co-host, Karen. Join us as we attempt to solve the mystery of this reoccurring dream and the cause for such a specific repeating formula. Be sure to visit Will's podcast for my interview on WED the 19th! https://www.buzzsprout.com/1713040/8531232 https://www.facebook.com/SkepticMetaphysician
Water is an icon of deep meaning across many dimensions of Human Experience. Calm at rest, then Flowing with gravity and Crashing dynamically. Water finds ideal Balance, and becomes the Shape of the Cup, infinitely Adaptable. Water is Life, yet may also threaten Death when we are in over our head…
The Hero's Journey very often begins with one pressing and unavoidable question: do you stay at home and don a Mantle of Responsibility within a familiar culture and territory, or do you set forth into the unknown to become a Stranger in a Strange Land? Must we leave behind Old Ways in search of New Beginnings?
Achieving success often depends on accurate predictions, not only about what will likely happen, but whether we will be satisfied with the results. Firm resolve to walk a given path may call the dreaming mind to ponder past instances of similar choices in warning of potential consequences.
We are all works in progress, many elements of ourselves composed of layers upon what was once only a rough sketch on a blank canvas. Over the years we may alter the subject, fix proportions or change positions, but the traces of that original sketch always remain, and we are never again entirely new.
Fight or Flight… or FREEZE. Too many of us forget that this third response often occurs when confronted by overwhelming threats, the experience so traumatic that we can do nothing but succumb to a physiological paralysis of inaction, literally Scared Stiff.
The human brain is an amazing, self-programming, biological machine, constantly problem-solving, even in sleep; developing functional Routines to sort Objects by Class, applying these Methods to known Parameters, and parsing Global Optima to write new Arguments for undefined Variables. As social animals, we can even Crowd-Source novel Algorithmic builds unimaginable in isolation.
At first Sight, only a Glimpse of an obscure Image. Upon a second Look, Gazing through the Lens of intent with Eyes wide open, our Field of View expands to new Perception, the Frame now visible in Perspective, and The Big Picture comes into Focus. https://dreamonicle.com/ https://warzonestudio.com/ https://www.instagram.com/dreamonicle/
Few life experiences generate more frustration than being cheated out of a win well-deserved by right of superior skill and diligent effort; to have powers beyond our control put their callous or cruel thumb on the scale and deliver bitter defeat at the threshold of sweet victory. ~ Leah and Sandy's episode for this dream at Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/leah-hartgens/episodes/Your-Noodles-Cant-Stop-Me-eq54c3 Thanks for listening! ~ Benjamin
“People you love never die... not completely. They live in your mind, the way they always lived inside you. You keep their light alive.” ~ Matt Haig Thanks for Listening! ~ Benjamin
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