Media Kit – Interview Questions

 

• Q&A w/ Kelly re: ITS ALL IN YOUR DREAMS view

1. What are the three biggest dream misconceptions…and their corresponding truths?

The 3 biggest dream misconceptions are:

  1. Some people don’t dream.
  2. There is such a thing as a bad dream.
  3. Dreams are meaningless irrelevant.

But the truth is:

  1. It is scientifically proven that everyone dreams between 3-9 dreams per night.
  2. Every dream comes in service of health and wholeness. Even terrifying dreams can be used as rocket fuel for illumination. Thus, there is no such thing as a bad dream.
  3. Some of the greatest contributions to science, medicine, art, technology, and industry have come through dreams.

2. What are some life-changing (as well as million-dollar ideas) that have come to people in their dreams?

  • The founding fathers of America, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, attributed the philosophy contained within the Declaration of Independence to their dreams
  • Albert Einstein ascribed the theory of relativity to a dream he had as a young boy
  • Thomas Edison credited his discovery of electricity to his dreams
  • Colonel Harold Dickson made history’s biggest oil discovery (which later became the Kuwait Oil Company) based on guidance illumined in his dream
  • Elias Howe sourced his invention of the sewing machine to his dreams
  • Dr. Frederick Banting discovered insulin in his dream—and won a Nobel Prize
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was inspired by her dream/nightmare
  • A dream led Otto Loewi to a Nobel Prize for his contribution to medicine
  • Mendeleyev beheld the complete periodic table in his dream
  • Stravinsky, Wagner, and Beethoven heard musical compositions, from fragments to entire canons, in their dreams
  • Paul McCartney praised his dreams for his multi-platinum song, Yesterday
  • Jeff Taylor dreamed of his patent for Monster.com
  • The movie, Avatar, was dreamed in vivid detail by director, James Cameron
  • The Twilight series was dreamed by stay-at-home-mom, Stephenie Meyer

3. What is the D.R.E.A.M. Code and describe how it is a fresh approach to dreamwork?

The D.R.E.A.M. Code is an acronym to assist you to achieve dream mastery via insight into dreams—both the day and nighttime variety:

  • Declaration— Before going to bed at night set a declaration—an intention on steroids (just as a vow is a promise that is binding) that you will recall at least one dream upon awakening. Place a journal and pen by your bed (or for those who love their smartphones, put your phone on your nightstand with a dream-recording app.
  • Remembrance— As you begin to awaken after eight hours spent journeying through the multi-dimensions of your dreamscape, DON’T MOVE A MUSCLE! While remaining in the position you were in while dreaming, allow your first thought upon awakening to be, “What was I dreaming?” Deliberately press the rewind button in your mind and replay your dreams at least three times. Remember, if you move out of bed too quickly, you’ll lose the precious and slippery thread to the realm of dreams. In order to “catch” a dream, immediately write it down.
  • Embodiment—Take an element (or snippet) of your dream and bring it into your body (by meditating on it, marinating in it, and allowing the feeeeeeling to become amplified within you.) This process helps to transfer a dream from short term to long-term memory. In some cases, I believe the embodiment of the energy of our dreams is the most important aspect of nighttime dream work. This process takes dreamwork from the level of being an intellectual exercise to a truly transformational experience.
  • Activation—I believe every remembered dream requires some form of action in our waking world. This can simply be sharing your dream with a person you dreamed about, posting your dream on my Facebook page (Facebook.com/KellySullivanWaldenDoctorDream), doing something you experienced in your dream (hula-hooping with your dog, dancing the mambo in your birthday suit, or blowing out the candle on an avocado cake), but most especially asking the question: “How can I HONOR this dream in my waking life?” Once you’ve received your answer to that question, take the corresponding action that your dream advised.  If your dream is cautionary you could take preventative measures in your life to sidestep a slippery situation, or you could honor your dream by taking proactive steps toward meeting your destiny head-on. By taking action in the waking world prescribed by your dream, you are telling your Dreaming Mind that you are paying attention. Just as in a relationship, if your beloved knows you are listening to them, they tend to reveal more and more of their sacred secrets to you.
  • Mastermind—In the mutual sharing and listening to nighttime dreams with one or more people who are interested, you are given the gift of hearing yourself speak as well as receiving feedback about your dreams that might have otherwise remained elusive. In the telling of the tale, details that might otherwise have been lost forever emerge, and even entire plotlines, previously obscured, pop out from behind a mental corner. As they say in the waking world regarding making dreams come true, “It takes a team to realize a dream.”

4. Why are dreams so strange?

Modern research has been able to scan the brain during sleep and dreaming, particularly during REM sleep (rapid eye movement) where our eyes flutter beneath our eyelids as if we are watching the dream. These periods occur between five to six times per night usually for 20-40 minutes. What science has discovered is that while we are asleep and dreaming, our whole brain doesn’t fall asleep, but certain brain centers turn off, while others turn on.  One of the reasons why are dreams are so bizarre is because during sleep and dreaming our brain centers that control logic and rational thinking (as well as the regions governing our motor skills) are inactive.

But the parts of our brain that are active are our limbic system—which is the area of the brain that regulates emotion and memory. The job of our limbic system is to help us process our unresolved emotions and make sense of the events of the day. The limbic system even helps us make sense of our history, including past emotions and memories that have been unresolved.

Carl Jung was right when he said that dreams were about the unfinished business of the day.

The part of the brain that we see our dreams with is not the visual cortex through our eyes, but through the area surrounding it called the “association cortex.” What this means is that all the things we see in our dreams are based on our own personal associations with the feelings and thoughts being processed.

Why are our dreams so strange?

It is because what we are seeing in our dreams are pictures of our thoughts and feelings. And we all know our feelings aren’t bound by logic or rational thinking!

5. What is your SADDLE Dream Interpretation Formula…and why Saddle?

People discard dreams because they don’t follow the protocol of our logical, rational, linear thought process. As if they believe that if dreams were relevant they would behave like a domesticated house pet—they would sit, stay, or roll over when we snap our fingers. What if our dreams are wilder than that? What if they are more like a fire-breathing dragon than a docile house pet? Your dreams won’t be tamed like your dog. If you want a relationship with your dreams, then treat them like the wild dragon (think the “Ikran” in James Cameron’s, Avatar). Give up the expectation that it will come down and meet you on the ground floor. Instead, be willing to SADDLE up and have the ride of your life.

In essence, if you show your dreams the respect they deserve, conduct your life in such a way as to accommodate its needs (proper attention, sleep, diet, and adherence to your intuitive-soul-dream messages), you will in effect raise your consciousness to a higher vibration, As you do this, your dreams reveal themselves as your greatest ally in the process of you becoming more awake, confident, fearless, intuitive, shamanic, powerful, and a force to be reckoned with… in all your daily affairs…and beyond.”

SADDLE stands for:

  • Symbol—What are the major symbols in your dream?
  • Association—What are your associations with these symbols?
  • Dream Dictionary—Cross reference it with a book of symbols or a dream dictionary (i.e., I Had The Strangest Dream…the Dreamer’s Dictionary for the 21st Century) to see if it can fill in the gaps to give you a broader, more archetypal understanding.
  • Life Experience—Is there any part of your dream that seems to directly tie into what is happening lately in waking life?
  • Emotions—What are the major feelings/emotions/energies in your dream?

6. How can dreamwork transform a nightmare into a sweet dream?

Lucid dreaming is a skill that can be learned to give dreamers an experience of their power and directorial input over their dreams. And yet, it’s a skill that many people wish they had, but don’t. For most people, lucid dreaming, while exhilarating when it happens, can be frustrating and actually can impede the sleep and dream process of people who are trying too hard.

My solution is Dream Re-Entry. Dream Re-entry is a process whereby when you awaken from a troubling dream, while in the hypnopompic state (that twilight zone feeling between sleep and awake in the morning), sit up in bed, and, with the dream in mind, imagine that you are the director of the dream. From the director’s perspective, envision and feel the dream play out in a way that leaves you (the dreamer) empowered. Remember, a nightmare is just an unfinished dream.

7. Are people who pay attention to their dreams more likely to solve real-world problems?

In a Harvard study, published in 2010, researchers determined one of the many functions of dreams (ordinary dreams) is to problem-solve. Remembered dreams can help you to become a better navigator of life’s little (or big, as the case may be) obstacle courses.

In this study volunteers practiced moving through a difficult three-dimensional maze in their waking state. Because of the difficulty of the maze, all the participants performed poorly. After working on the maze for a period of time, half the volunteers took a ninety-minute nap, while the other half stayed awake. Upon awakening, the participants who had a chance to sleep were asked to share their dreams. Half of the nappers recalled their dreams while the other half of the nappers reported not recalling any dreams. Those who recalled their dreams were able to complete the maze in half the time as those who did not nap and of those who did not remember their dreams. Yes, there are spiritual and metaphysical reasons to remember our dreams that connect us to a larger perspective. But this study also makes the case about the fact that decisions informed by our dreams will brighten and enlighten our ability to masterfully maneuver through waking life as well as tripping the light fantastic on a more esoteric level.

8. What is The Holy Trinity of Dreams?

In my experience, there are three primary categories of dreams. These dream types relate to the primary sub-personalities within all human beings:

•  Angel—Higher Self, Enlightened Aspect (i.e. dreams of flying, or of a visitation from a wise departed loved one)

•  Ego—Self-importance, Personality Preservation (dreams of being naked, being at school and late for a test, being publicly adored or humiliated)

•  Caveman—Survival, Basic Needs (dreams of running, chasing, fight or flight)

Each of these archetypes have a specific point of view as it relates to how we live our lives by day, as well as how we sort through our business by night. Understanding these archetypes and the important role they play in our psyche can help us make strides toward understanding the wisdom/guidance of our dreams.

9. As an expert in the field, what do you find most fascinating about dreaming?

What I find most fascinating about dream work is when I can see a direct and immediate healing or life transformation in someone based on a remembered dream and it’s corresponding action in the waking world. In It’s All In Your Dreams I share stories about people whose dreams cured them, healed them, and completely altered their life’s trajectory. I consider myself to be a curator, of sorts, of these kinds of stories.

10. What is your current edge with regards to your exploration and research?

The cutting edge for me is about human evolution—what we are capable of becoming as a species, and the way dreams can serve as a navigational guidance to lead us toward our higher potential. At this point, collectively as a species, we fight, have wars, stress out unnecessarily, and, even in the western world, spend an inordinate amount of time suffering…when the dream of enlightenment has been possible all along.

I feel that it’s my mission in life to inspire my fellow dreamers to WAKE UP, realize the higher possibilities we are capable of embodying, and pay attention to the wisdom of our dreams. I believe as more of us do this, we will be given the transformational insight to access higher realms of consciousness, increase our telepathy, and harmoniously co-create a world where we can all thrive.

• Q&A w/ Kelly re: DREAM ORACLE CARDS view

1. What are the Dream Oracle Cards?

First of all, an oracle, according to Dictionary.com, is “an utterance…given by a priest or priestess at a shrine as the response of a god to an inquiry.” A Dream Oracle uses dream symbols as a springboard to assist you in accessing your own higher wisdom, creativity, healing, and direction, whether you have a specific question, or desire a dream theme for guidance during your day.

The symbols contained within the Dream Oracle Card Deck explore the 53 most frequently dreamed symbols among modern dreamers. The idea for each card was derived from my experience with dreams and dreamers over the past seventeen years. The written message, and meaning for each card was stimulated from my book I Had the Strangest Dream: The Dreamer’s Dictionary for the 21st Century.

2. What was your inspiration for creating the Dream Oracle Cards?

Over the last seven years since my first dream book (I Had the Strangest Dream) came out, I’ve interacted with thousands of people at conferences and media events, and I’ve come to realize that at least half of them claim they don’t dream…or that they can’t recall dreams. These people typically feel left out of the dream conversation, as if it doesn’t apply to them. These cards are for them. (Don’t worry if you are an active dream-worker…these are for you too!)

When I found out that (according to the American Hypnosis Association) it is believed that our subconscious is our “dreaming” mind and it comprises approximately 88 percent of our mind’s power, as opposed to our conscious “waking” mind, which is only 12 percent of our mind’s power. One way to live a more awake and soulful life is to bridge the gap between the “dreaming” mind and the “conscious” mind … while we are awake.

Dream Oracle Cards can help you do that. Whether you have exquisite dream recall or can barely remember what you had for breakfast this morning, I created these cards to be a tool to deliberately engage, stimulate and inspire avid dreamers, and people who are brand new to the concept of dreamwork to be able to access their dreaming minds (thus the 88% of their mind’s power.)

Additionally, for years I’ve played with oracle card decks. My first favorite deck was Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Oracle Cards. When I bought that deck I heard a little voice say, “One day you’ll create one of these.” Since then I’ve dreamt of creating my own deck!

3. Why is it important to think symbolically and what are the benefits?

It doesn’t matter from what geographical location we hail, what ancestral blood runs through our veins or what the vocal expression is that we call our mother tongue. If we go back to the beginning of time — back to cave paintings — we would see that our first language is comprised of symbols.

According to Carl Jung, when we speak the language of symbol, it harkens us back to our roots, and we are simultaneously speaking the language of the soul. If you think about it, every word in our language is a symbol, from the esoteric (astrology) to the common (a toothbrush). Even our names, our streets signs and town names are a weave of symbols. In fact, we can’t move an inch without bumping into one — we are literally swimming in a sea of symbol and metaphor — and in our dreams we speak this language fluently.

One of the reasons for stuckness, stress, and the consciousness that leads to mental ruts is being too “concrete” in our thinking. When we learn to see the world around us from a symbolic perspective, we can see windows open though doors may be closed. When we develop a basic level of fluency in the arena of symbol we are primed to see “out of the box” solutions, and live a more fulfilling, rich and soulful lives. The core benefit of this work is that you can become the “awake” version of yourself, and, in effect, the co-creator of your “dream” life.

4. How can we become more fluent in the language of symbol?

As you spend a few minutes in the morning writing down your nighttime dreams and decoding them, you will stimulate the part of your mind (your Association Cortex) that processes the data and events of our lives symbolically.

You can also play the game of reading the signs all around you in your waking reality — by noticing what the songs on the radio are telling you, how the billboards that hover over your head are instructing you and how the messages expressed by your co-workers or significant relationships are nudging you.

Another way to become more fluent in the language of symbol is by playing with the Dream Oracle Cards.

5. How do I work/play with the Dream Oracle Cards?

The most common function of the Dream Oracle Cards is to be used daily as a “navigational nudge”, for example:

1. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.

2. Shuffle the cards as you contemplate a question, i.e.:

“What is important for me to pay attention to right now?”

3. Select a random card that feels right to you. For example, with closed eyes, move your hands an inch over the cards. You will feel either a raise in temperature in your hands, a tingling sensation, or your hand will “accidentally” touch a card.  That’s the one for you.

4. Meditate upon the card’s written message as well as its image. Allow it to assist you in accessing your inner answers and guidance.

5. Carry the card with you throughout the day, repeating the mantra, and allowing it to speak to you as you receive its guidance.

6. What is the Message, Meaning, and Mantra that relates to each dream card?

The message of the card is an insight for you that relates to your waking life to help with your earth walk in the light of day.

The meaning suggests what the dream symbol may represent if you dream about it “by night”. You can use this section as a dream dictionary to stimulate your own awareness of what the symbol might mean for you.

The mantra is a positive statement that we repeat over and over to condition our mind to align with the resonance of our most awakened life.  The mantra related to each symbol is an affirmative statement to empower you to ground the essence of the symbol into your daily life. Consider that where attention goes, energy flows, and results show. Think of it like this– your ears hear what your mouth says.  Your words are the artist’s tools with which you craft your life. A mantra, like an affirmation, can be written down, spoken aloud, or read silently. When a mantra is brief, worded positively, and emotionally charged with vivid images, they become mental magnets that draw to you the people, places, and situations that align with the life of your dreams.

7. Do you have to remember your nighttime dreams in order to benefit from this dream deck?

Absolutely not.  Just because someone doesn’t remember their nighttime dreams doesn’t mean they can’t tap into their ‘dreaming mind’. In fact, Einstein attributed his discovery of the theory of relativity to accessing his ‘dreaming mind’ while awake.  And Sigmund Freud said, “Dreams are the royal road to the subconscious.”  According to the American Hypnosis Association our subconscious is our dreaming mind and comprises 88% percent of our mind’s power–whereas our conscious mind comprises only 12%.

8. Can I look up my dream symbols in The Dream Oracle Guide Book to find out what my dreams may be telling me?

Absolutely!  The secondary function of Dream Oracle Cards and the accompanying 130-page guide book is to be used as a modified Dream Dictionary (however if you’d like a more comprehensive version, refer to I Had The Strangest Dream…the Dreamer’s Dictionary for the 21st Century, as it contains 3,000 dream symbols).

9. How did you connect with Rassouli, the artist for the Dream Oracle Cards?

After I’d written the content for the Dream Oracle Cards I knew I needed to find special art for them in order to express their intent to the fullest. I spoke to several artists whose work I was drawn to…but when I discovered the Fusionart of Rassouli, I literally fell in love! His work inspired me and fit so perfectly with the cards. I looked him up on-line and boldly called him. It turns out he lives only thirty minutes from my house in Los Angeles! We met, and he shared with me that his life has been led and inspired by dreams. I learned that Rassouli is not only a world-class artist, but he is a philosopher, spiritual teacher, and scholar of the Persian poet/mystic, Rumi. He agreed to join me in the collaboration, and we’ve since conducted several workshops together that combine dreamwork and fusionart, in a way that is truly transformational for all who attend (artists and non-artists, dreamers and non-dreamers, alike!)

When you pull a card, in addition to looking in the Guide Book for its message, meaning and mantra, you can meditate on the image on the card. Each image (besides the “Joker” card that features the “Teeth” symbol) can transport you to the sacred realm of heaven on earth.

Each card is a work of art and a work of heart. People marvel at the transformational effect they feel by placing their chosen card on their desk, bathroom mirror, car visor…any place where they are bound to see it to give them a boost and reminder to WAKE UP and LIVE THE LIFE OF THEIR DREAMS!

10. Are people who bridge the gap between dreams and their waking lives more likely to solve real-world problems?

In a Harvard 25study, published in 2010, researchers determined one of the many functions of dreams (ordinary dreams) is to problem-solve. Remembered dreams, according to Harvard, can help you to become a better navigator of life’s little (or big, as the case may be) obstacle courses.

In this study volunteers practiced moving through a difficult three-dimensional maze in their waking state. Because of the difficulty of the maze, all the participants performed poorly. After working on the maze for a period of time, half the volunteers took a ninety-minute nap, while the other half stayed awake. Upon awakening, the participants who had a chance to sleep were asked to share their dreams. Half of the nappers recalled their dreams while the other half of the nappers reported not recalling any dreams. Those that recalled their dreams were able to complete the maze in half the time as those who did not nap and of those who did not remember their dreams. Yes, there are spiritual and metaphysical reasons to remember our dreams that connect us to a larger perspective. But this study also makes the case the decisions informed by our dreams will brighten and enlighten our ability to masterfully maneuver through waking life as well as tripping the light fantastic on a more esoteric level.

As you work with the Dream Oracle Cards on a regular basis, you not only strengthen the bridge between your conscious and subconscious, the mystical and the mundane, the ocean of your emotion and fertile land of your practical reality…but you incorporate the power of your dreaming mind into your waking reality.  Within this practice lies the possibility that you might access 100% of your mind’s power…and in so doing, discover a more soulful way of interpreting your life and fulfilling the life of your dreams!

11. What are some life-changing (as well as million-dollar ideas) that have come to people whe have bridged the gap between dreams and their waking lives?

It could be said that some of the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists, artists, visionaries, and leaders throughout history achieved their great status because of the wisdom gained in their dreams. For example:

  • Our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, attributed the philosophy contained within the Declaration of Independence to their dreams
  • Albert Einstein ascribed the theory of relativity to a dream he had as a young boy
  • Thomas Edison credited his discovery of electricity to his dreams
  • Colonel Harold Dickson made history’s biggest oil discovery (which later became the Kuwait Oil Company) based on guidance illumined in his dream
  • Elias Howe sourced his invention of the sewing machine to his dreams
  • Dr. Frederick Banting discovered insulin in his dream—and won a Nobel Prize
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was inspired by her dream/nightmare
  • A dream led Otto Loewi to a Nobel Prize for his contribution to medicine
  • Mendeleyev beheld the complete periodic table in his dream
  • Stravinsky, Wagner, and Beethoven heard musical compositions, from fragments to entire canons, in their dreams
  • Paul McCartney praised his dreams for his multi-platinum song, Yesterday
  • Jeff Taylor dreamed of his patent for Monster.com
  • The movie, Avatar, was dreamed in vivid detail by director, James Cameron
  • The Twilight series was dreamed by stay-at-home-mom, Stephenie Meyer

12. What do you find most interesting about sharing the Dream Oracle Cards with people?

What I find most interesting about sharing the Dream Oracle Cards with people is the synchronicities. I love to see the light bulb go on over people’s heads when they connect the dots between the issues they face and the message of the card. These cards seem to really inspire people to connect with their own dreaming mind…and thus their own soul, and storehouse of soulful solutions to the questions they face in their lives.

13. What is your current edge with regards to your exploration and research?

The cutting edge for me is about human evolution—what we are capable of becoming as a species, and the way dreams can serve as a north star to lead us toward our higher potential. At this point, collectively as a species, we don’t get along very well. We fight, have wars, stress out unnecessarily, and mostly, even in the western world, spend an inordinate amount of time suffering…when all the while the dream of enlightenment is possible.

I feel that it’s my mission in life is to inspire my fellow dreamers to WAKE UP, realize what wonderful beings we are capable of being, and pay attention to the wisdom of our dreams. I believe as more and more of us do this, we will be given the transformational insight to access the higher realms of consciousness, increase our telepathy, and harmoniously co-create a world where we can all thrive. Dreams affect us on the level of the noosphere…and as one is lifted it is possible that all be lifted. I’ll sum up this interview with a quote by the late, great dreamer himself, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“In a real sense all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality.”