Dream Symbols: What They Mean to You: Baskets



Ethnobotany, as Dr. Manuel Lizarralde, one of my podcast guests, so beautifully explained, is about more than just plants. It’s about our cultural uses and dependence on the plant world for shelter, housing, food, medicine, clothing, tools for living, and the lore that comes with them. They contribute to the richness, mystery, and magic of our lives.

Baskets are beautifully woven, priceless art, and time-tested vessels that help us carry, store, fill, and empty the gifts of daily life and the gifts of our metaphysical one. The weaving is often passed down through generations. The patterns hold memory and meaning. Basket weaving can be traced back to our origins. Often woven from reeds and grasses, they are useful.

Each culture weaves symbols and meaning into its baskets, making some priceless.
“In a world where there were no cupboards, plates, or bowls to hold your belongings, baskets served as indispensable items that had multiple purposes. They allowed people to carry water, clothing, food, and much more.”

In my travels with Native American elders, I learned to see more deeply into some of the symbols they shared. Many seemed simple or mundane, but I wanted to know more. The Burden Basket is one such example. Jamie Sands in Sacred Path Cards reminds me that this basket encourages self-reliance. To honor the process path of others and to refrain from gossiping about another whose back story we may never know. To enter another’s home respectfully and maybe leave our troubles by the door, in the burden basket, rather than dump them on another’s doorstep.

In dream work, we often go back into a dream if we find it disturbing or want to be in the energy of the dream for a brief while longer. Dreams dance in and out of our awareness like fog dissipating in the morning sun. I recommend using the basket in your meditations for dreamwork and personal awareness. One common example is to get settled into a quiet place and in a comfortable posture. Imagine finding a basket at a doorway that beckons you to leave the day’s troubles inside it and behind. Then, enjoy the meditation. Your thoughts and concerns will be waiting for you when you return.

Another suggestion is to place a basket by your bedside or at your favorite work area. Use it as a gratitude container for the day. Or write down a small miracle, a synchronicity, on paper and again place it in this container. At the end of a month or year, take them out and recall with gratitude what you have received that might be forgotten.

Both suggestions work really well and remind us of the power of the basket. When seen in our dreams, it can lead to unknown discoveries. And remind us to listen to inner guidance for solutions.

Sweet Dreaming. Judith





MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Adam Latin

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Adam Latin, Empowerment Counselor and the Owner of The Clearest U. Adam talks about the significance of connection, teaching people how to nurture one another, and the value of being cherished.

Episode Highlights:

  • Judith introduces Adam Latin. (00:35)
  • Adam believes that every individual has unique strengths and weaknesses, and he has developed tools and techniques to help people in different walks of life. (1:00)
  • Adam leads the mindfulness exercise. (3:34)
  • Adam thinks that remembering and realizing the significance of the connection is important because having deeper conversations with people is vital. (9:03)
  • Adam mentions one of the biggest factors for him is the energy of cherishing. (9:38)
  • Adam shares that honesty is about being able to work hard and formulate the most accurate response possible. (11:47)
  • Adam believes that learning to use words in a very specific format can be very helpful. (12:15)
  • Adam shares that putting energy into convincing someone is draining to your energy and draining to your focus, then it’s much more likely that you will have emotions that are not under your power. (14:05)
  • In Adam’s opinion, sometimes we need to have an active exit strategy before moving on to our next activity. (15:13)
  • Adam believes that we’re originally presented with different types of love and people almost demand that we accept love the way they want to present it. (16:53)
  • Adam shares that acceptance is difficult for some people. But, everyone is neurologically brilliant in their unique way. (19:39)
  • Adam mentions that being engaged with awareness or perceptiveness is very powerful. (27:06)

Key Quotes:

  • “I help people reframe and refocus or, in some cases, I help them celebrate what they felt because sometimes they’ve done such a wonderful job but they haven’t stepped back and looked at what they’ve created.” – Adam Latin
  • “I always tell people when they are starting, it’s about bringing a sense of discovery and following a sense of inspiration. It’s not about having the right answer the first time. It’s really about experiencing and deepening.” – Adam Latin
  • “I feel that safety is a foundational issue and it’s being disrupted at this point. People meditating simply on the ways that they’ve previously made themselves safe, or ways that they’re inspired to make themselves safe, really helps reduce some of this anxiety.” – Adam Latin
  • It’s better for us to change how we present information than expecting someone to change how they receive it.” – Adam Latin

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MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Jen James

In this episode of Cloud9’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interviews Jennifer James, a Mindful Business Coach and Founder of Double J Lifestyle Consulting & Coaching, Partner and Co-Founder of Admit One Productions. Jen talks about the three common issues in seeking mindfulness and her three guiding work principles. She also shares a mindful exercise that everyone can do.

Episode Highlights:

  • Judith introduces Jen James. (00:39)
  • Jen mentions that she owns a production company in partnership with her husband, and she owns a coaching and consulting business, as well. (1:16)
  • Jen shares that they are storytellers at heart and they’re currently in the process of building a new art of mindful storytelling program, and their purpose is to connect with entrepreneurs and to support their journey. (1:35)
  • Jen mentions that as a mindful business coach, she connects people back into their business in a mindful way, and supports them on their journey, as aspiring entrepreneurs or established entrepreneurs. (1:56)
  • Jen leads the mindful moment exercise. (3:59)
  • Jen shares the three common issues in seeking mindfulness. (7:44)
  • Jen thinks that a lot of people have a perspective on what they see and read that; they want to understand. (7:56)
  • Jen mentions that if you’re going to practice mindfulness, you must always sit and do meditation every day, for 30 minutes. (8:55)
  • Jen shares that the micro mindfulness moment is one of her favorites and all you have to do is to stop for a second, put your hand on your heart, and take 5 breaths. (10:58)
  • Jen shares a mindful exercise that she recommends to people, and it’s called the stop exercise. (15:26)
  • Jen shares that taking a moment to stop is something that most people don’t often recognize. Because we react very quickly when our negative emotions are taking control. (16:40)
  • Jen mentions that she’s currently studying mindful self-compassion. (18:49)
  • Jen mentions that finding and building self-compassion, within themselves is challenging for most people, but everyone has it. (21:29)
  • Jen shares her three guiding principles. (30:47)
  • Jen shares an exercise that’s beneficial in any organization, and it’s called a soft landing. (36:33)

Key Quotes:

  • “We all adapt much more quickly than we give ourselves credit. But we don’t realize it within ourselves. So, our ability to adapt to uncertainty and change is higher than we give ourselves credit for.” – Jennifer James
  • “Just stop and take a breath, observe how you feel in that moment, recognize it, label it, and then proceed. Sometimes just taking that moment to stop allows you to ground yourself at that moment, and not react. It gives you that moment of choice and the choice is ours, we own that.” – Jennifer James
  • “You have to have a foundation of understanding and believing in yourself before you can actually externally put that out into the world, and allow others to believe in you as well. It starts inside, having the confidence to do that. Not as easy, but it starts with baby steps.” – Jennifer James
  • “If you put on your curiosity hat before every single conversation, whether it be at home or work, it helps reframe how you enter into that conversation. Cool. And it allows you to think differently.” – Jennifer James

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Blog: 3 Benefits of Guided Imagery




My podcast guest this week, Ajmu Ayinde, spoke so beautifully about the holistic framework of hypnosis, his journey and, experiences, He focused on Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and shared with us how holistic this modality is in its application, touching upon aspects of us as a human being seeking help. He mentions guided imagery which reminded me of the research and applications I learned from Belleruth Naparstek, a leader in this field.

Guided Imagery is defined as: “sometimes called guided meditation, visualization, mental rehearsal, and guided self-hypnosis) is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses the imagination in proactive, positive ways. ”

What I learned from her research is that we don’t need specifics to get a specific result. For example, when one has to undergo surgery: instead of affirming the surgery and ‘all will go well’ with the use or need for minimal blood transfusions as an affirmation, she found it was more effective to focus on feeling well using indirect sentences. We need very little to incite our natural inherent ability to heal. So, instead of specific affirmations, she used more generic thoughts such as ‘watch the team that watches over you, notice how your body is cooperating.’ These more indirect sentences actually showed a decrease in the need for blood transfusions during surgery. She found that imagery in this fashion puts the wisdom of our hearts to work. I love this, that our bodies have an inherent ability to heal. Hypnosis accesses this part of us too.

Her website contains many CDs for a variety of ailments that I highly recommend.

3 Benefits of Guided Imagery: 

  1. Delivers complex coded messages to our deep subconscious;
  2. Uses symbols and metaphors which our subconscious responds to;
  3. Well-designed imagery can get us out of our head; we can access our intuition, memories and amplify our energy filed.

Many yoga practices and various healing modalities utilize guided imagery. Guided imagery allows us to enter into our entire being, not just the head or mind. Need help creating a contemplative space? Check out this article: https://www.thebrecklife.com/creating-home-meditation-space.php.

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We want to catalyze our inherent intelligence to awaken our own healing power. Cool, huh? I think so. I have experienced many guided imagery sessions at the end of a yoga class. It helped me get out of my head, relax more deeply. In the long run, that’s healing!

Remember to share and all comments are appreciated. Enjoy.



Blog: Giving Thanks to our Body’s Communities




I began my journey with yoga in the mid to late seventies, a time when the ecology movement was just beginning. I had to travel to a YMCA to get to a class on a gym floor. I was taking tap and jazz dancing lessons at that time. My teacher was on vacation so I did the 30-day routines, following the instructions religiously. When she returned and I resumed classes she couldn’t get over how limber I was, somehow different, even my breathing was better. She asked what I had been doing. Not much except I was given a yoga book and decided to do the program while waiting for her to come back. She was impressed. I was too. I didn’t realize there could be a difference between traditional dance warmups versus yoga but there was. This feedback and observation have stayed with me ever since.

Years pass and I became a lecturer at the local University and incorporated my basic yoga routine from those first classes in each of my holistic studies classes. Athletes from basketball players to soccer were often inflexible. Athletes train for their sport and those muscle groups works really well but what about the rest of their body? Hamstrings were tight, backs couldn’t bend well. So many students commented on how much better they felt after a yoga class. Athletes were awakened to the fact that though they were good at a sport their bodies were not in as prime condition as they thought. This led to discussions and I only hope to inspiration for these young adults to value their body differently.

During this time I came across Mantak Chia’s book Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao. He reminds me of the importance of respecting our body in its totality, not just a machine that we prod on and on. Every organ system is a community of cells, a neighborhood if you will, that functions in harmony with every other system creating an intricate interplay between all parts, united to serve the whole. When we are young, we give the body little thought except for cosmetic reasons or athletics. As we get older and see how the body can run down, we may step up to the plate and take better care. Often, as I have seen in my nursing career, folks often wait until an alarm bell sounds before making changes. We all do this, get disciplined, life interrupts, then we go back to our habits again.

This week, my podcast guest, Eaglemoon Raes, reminded me of Mantak Chia’s meditation, one that asks us to focus on each organ system and give thanks to that community.


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    1. Sit quietly
    2. Place feet on the floor, back comfortable, breathe
    3. Bring your awareness to your heart. Feel your heart’s love.
    4. Feeling this love, focus your attention on each organ system: brain, eyes, ears, nose, mouth etc. all the way through your body.
    5. When done bring your awareness back to your breath and give thanks for your breath of life.

“These vital organs are intimately connected to our mind. Our body is the filter for all our perceptions, feelings, thoughts, as well as the storehouse for our memory, our very sense of identity.” (p. 21, Awaken Healing Energy through the Tao, by Mantak Chia)

Giving thanks for our bodies seems a timely reminder. Enjoy.
Remember all comments and shares are appreciated.






Podcast: The Holistic Nature of Us: Meet Deb Sodergren

Description: This podcast takes another look at holism from a practitioner’s viewpoint who experienced an out of body experience at the age of four. Meet Deb Sodergren as she shares her story, her wisdom about healing. Join us for an uplifting holistic discussion for health and well-being.

About My guest:  Deb is an Energy Body Vibration Expert/International Speaker/Author and owner of Up Vibrations, LLC. She graduated from the New England School of Metaphysics in 1998 and is a nationally certified as a Reiki Master Teacher and certified to teach Metaphysics and Meditation. She is also an Infinite Possibilities Certified Trainer. “My philosophy of healing is based on taking care of my clients with alternative healing modalities and sometimes with traditional allopathic medicine to ensure that the individual’s whole self is being maintained and balanced. I bring to my practice a deep understanding of the human energy field and the body, mind, and spirit connection as well as extensive training in the areas of Reiki, meditation, chakra balancing, vibrational medicine, channeling, death & dying, infinite possibilities mindset and others.

Transcript:  #28 Deb Sodergren