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The Comfortably Naked Truth about Energetic Literacy

Quick quiz: Is a crystal ball reading going to be energetic literacy or a kind of psychic reading?

Quick quiz: Is a crystal ball reading going to be energetic literacy or a kind of psychic reading?

Aura Reading can be done as energetic literacy. In RES, we use the version called Aura Reading Through All Your Senses®. By contrast, psychics can teach you “Psychic development” or “Intuitive development.”

Or you can do a bit of energy sensing and be content with Stage One Energetic Literacy, a sweet beginning that often is (sadly) mistaken for full, Stage Three Energetic Literacy. This article isn’t much about basic energy sensing, indispensible though it can be for forms of energy medicine like Reiki.

Instead the purpose of this article is to clarify for you what to expect from energetic literacy, versus what to expect from psychic readings. There’s a world of difference between them.

And that includes some shocking parts that I haven’t written about before at this blog, to my recollection.

To help you find those unusual headings easily, I will highlight them in red. Experienced Blog-Buddies, you might wish to skip right over to them. Though the other chunks of this post might help you as well.

So here’s my plan: After laying a foundation theoretically, I’ll give a few practical examples to help clarify the difference between energetic literacy versus psychic readings.

Many folks find the distinction confusing.

On the bright side, psychic readings have been done for thousands of years. By contrast, energetic literacy is relatively new.

These days I’m thinking of it as energy READING skills for the Age of Awakening.

True, my first book on “Aura Reading Through All Your Senses” was published during the New Age years. But it was, I suspect, a bit ahead of this time. Now that we’re in this time, it is easier than ever for anybody who desires it to gain Stage Three Energetic Literacy.

Perhaps you may have related questions of your own about which type of information comes from energetic literacy and which doesn’t. Hey, that’s one great way to use the COMMENT box at the end of this post. 🙂

What Happens with Energetic Literacy

Over thousands of years, aura reading has a rich and varied history. Some 10,000 years ago, chakra databanks were researched as part of aura reading, only they were called the Nadis. Today, full energetic literacy (Stage Three Energetic Literacy, I call it) still involves reading chakra databanks.

Plus now we can do something the ancient sages and energy healers could not: With Stage Three Energetic Literacy we can read auras in detail from photographs, regular pictures.

How You Do It

  1. You, human you, team up with a Divine-level being of your choice (e.g., God, Jesus, Athena).
  2. Add skills for energetic literacy.
  3. Then you use one technique at a time to research your aura, the energy field of another person in the room with you, or a person in a regular photograph. (With full energetic literacy, every photo is an aura photo.)

Which Questions Can Be Answered

With Stage Three Energetic Literacy skills you can read any chakra databank you wish — in the present. Which means you gain access to:

  • A gift of the soul, which is how somebody instinctively does something like communicate to gain respect. (Which would be read at the Throat Chakra Databank for Communicating to Gain Respect.)
  • How that person is doing now, regarding that aspect of life. Both energetically, at the astral level, and subconsciously. (For instance, at the Throat Chakra Databank for Communicating to Gain Respect, you might explore how well your friend Joe is doing with that, right now.)
  • Also, if you have received professional-level training in Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES), you can discern which types of STUFF are a big deal, in case you wish to facilitate emotional and spiritual growth. (This helps an RES professional to choose the Healing Centerpiece for a personal session.)
  • The impact of one choice or another, using a person’s chakra databanks for reference. This involves a particular skill set within Aura Reading Through All Your Senses® called “Thrill Your Soul Aura Research.” This is based on the present and tends to hold true for 2-3 months, tops. By then free will can have made such big changes that the impact of choices is entirely different.

Pretty simple, pretty wonderful really — how much you can learn from aura reading to improve your human life, in human ways.

What else? You can also research the auras of flowers, fruit, and much more. “Aura Reading Through All Your Senses” contains over 100 techniques for making this deeper perception practical. While “Read People Deeper” presents 50 categories for researching people in your life now, or people you’re interested in getting to know better.

Who Is Present During that Kind of Aura Reading

Yes, spiritually this topic reveals a kind of naked truth. If you researched this with full energetic literacy, here’s what you would find:

  • The aura reader.
  • During the energetic literacy research, the aura reader’s energy field is gently connected to God, Jesus, Athena, etc. — whichever Divine-level co-creator has been requested.
  • This is a process of co-creation, which leaves the aura reader intact and fully conscious in human ways.

What Is the Impact on the Person Who Does This Kind of Aura Reading

After doing any form of aura reading, of course there will be consequences. And those consequences are a bit stronger now that we’re in the Age of Awakening.

After using a technique of Stage Three Energetic Literacy, the aura reader’s energy field is stronger and clearer. That person, e.g. Gladys, is more strongly herself.

She rapidly integrates the results from doing this bit of Technique Time. This helps her to move forward on her path to Enlightenment.

(Personally I don’t think it’s a coincidence that half of the current RES apprentices and graduates, Rose included, have moved into Enlightenment.)

Now, What Happens with Psychic-Type Aura Readings

Sure it can also be called aura reading. But there the similarity ends.

How You Do It

Granted, I don’t teach how to do psychic readings. The comments that follow are based on my doing aura reading research of various kinds: Reading auras from photos, cutting cords of attachment, reading auras of clients when I taught in London’s beautiful College of Psychic Studies, etc. Of course, the workshops I taught there were the same kinds I teach in America.)

A psychic or intuitive works with one or more spirits, angels, guides.

(Even if the psychic believes he or she works with Divine Beings, that’s unlikely to be true. Yes, there are some beautiful exceptions, but not many; especially now that we’re living in the Age of Awakening when anybody can learn energetic literacy skills plus anybody can learn skills for co-creating with the Divine.)

Sometimes the spirits are beautiful and wise and honest. Often they are not.

A psychic gives answers to questions because answers are supplied by these discarnate beings.

Who Is Present During that Kind of Aura Reading

While doing a garden-variety psychic reading, the aura reader’s energy field is drenched in the impact of the astral beings who are helping out. Not that different from having sex with somebody, aurically.

So energetically the psychic isn’t just the psychic. In fact, in the Age of Awakening it is rare to meet a professional psychic who doesn’t live in spiritual addiction. Many are also involved in extreme spiritual addiction.

What if the psychic is also a medium? Then the psychic is also hanging out with ghosts, receiving their energies and informations and impressions. Just because these beings are on The Other Side does not make them wise, honest, or well intended. In short…

Death does not necessarily bring improvement. 😉

If Joe was a bit of a fool while alive, as a ghost he’s still a bit of a fool.

What if the psychic is also a channeler? Then the channeler is taken over by one or more entities, used as a puppet.

This can be a lovely form of service, as in the case of Edgar Cayce or my late friend Ron Scolastico.

Still, in the Age of Awakening it is rare to meet a channeler who is not living in extreme spiritual addiction.

What Is the Impact on the Person Who Does This Kind of Aura Reading

Doing psychic readings can be fun and bring a sense of service. It can also be lucrative.

However, the energetic impact can really slow down direct progress on the psychic’s path to Enlightenment.

“Direct progress” — What’s with that?

Life on earth always brings learning, of course. Even a “failed experiment” during a lifetime can provide useful knowledge in the long history of a soul.

Which Questions Can Be Answered

When one or more spirits are in charge, just about any questions can be answered.

Questions about the future are especially popular among many psychics.

How can those questions be answered?

  • Is God speaking through a spirit or through the psychic? Run that one through your common sense, folks! Maybe almighty God needs to tell you which food supplement to buy at the health food store so that you can lose weight. 😉
  • Or does the psychic’s subconscious mind do some of the answering? Maybe.
  • Mostly, though, a well-trained psychic is skilled at presenting anything offered by a spirit — including vanity feedings (words that appeal to the client’s vanity); recruiting the client to do psychic work; and more.

Large upcoming events like a death can sometimes be predicted, really big meant-to-be’s.

Can smaller details of everyday life also be predicted by a spirit, like “What day will my tube of toothpaste be used up?” Unlikely.

Nonetheless, many spirits will be perfectly glad to just make something up.

Is it fun for some entities to make humans dance, just because they can be so reverent about any discarnate offering “guidance”? For some, no doubt, it’s hilarious.

(Not to me.)

Okay, on to a couple of practical examples that suggest confusion between energetic literacy versus psychic readings.

Is This about Energetic Literacy or a Psychic Reading?

  1. Questions about the Future

Over at Post-New-Age Perspective: Will Psychic Development Make an Empath Stronger?, one of our Blog-Buddies asked, “Can aura reading research reveal a talent at certain activities that haven’t yet been tried?”

No. A gift of the soul is an ongoing way of doing something. It’s for life. Like having the ability to communicate to others with a deep compassion.

Energetic literacy reveals gifts of the soul, not talents for doing particular activities.

That’s really a question about the future, isn’t it? Which activities to do, like whether to start riding horses. Or which talents when Gladys starts riding those horses.

2. Generalizing about how to Heal an Aura

An aura reading is not a healing. Often this is the mystique around psychic readings, sadly. Even regular common sense will deliver an answer about that one.

Sometimes Edgar Cayce included remedies in his readings, instructing clients about how to heal something. He was an outlier though.

It can be tempting psychics to generalize about auras. Or for non-psychics to do so.

Mixed in with some very insightful comments, at the previously-mentioned post, a Blog-Buddy purposely aimed to use the language of psychic development. She wrote:

“Focusing too much on the Third Eye Chakra causes huge problems with control, manipulation and self-pity and fatalism.”

It’s easy to find generalizations like this about auras and healing. As someone who actually has skills and experience for aura healing, I have to laugh at this one.

What does it even mean, “Focusing too much on the Third Eye Chakra”?

As someone who helps individual clients move permanently past using control in relationships, etc., I have to laugh some more. Is the implication that NOT “focusing” on an entire chakra will fix that pattern of controlling behavior?

Saving the Wackiest Mess for Last

Gladys sent me a comment that I declined to post at the blog, emailing her instead that it wasn’t suitable for a blog of this kind. But today is just the teachable moment to explain the confusion between energetic literacy and doing psychic readings.

“I’ve read Athlete Joe’s aura… Seems that he was incarnated to bring higher, more evolved energies to earth, and he’s doing it though physical exertion and competition.

“Also he has the conciousness of a deeply evolved being with few human incarnations.

“Certainly an interesting way to sneak some spiritual growth and vibe-raising into humanity.”

 When any of you Blog-Buddies do some aura reading, it would be fun if you would  comment at the blog. Please let us all know which technique was used for the energetic literacy research.

Researching why someone was incarnated? That’s doing a psychic reading.

Evaluating how evolved a being is? That’s a psychic reading.

Detailing which incarnations a soul has had, and where? That’s a psychic reading.

Helping other people to evolve spiritually by playing a professional sport? That’s a psychic reading… from somebody who doesn’t understand yet that even the darshan of an Enlightened saint doesn’t necessarily cause other people to evolve spiritually.

And certainly spiritual evolution is never achieved by stealth or sneaking.


All of us mean so well when we seek Deeper Perception. Let’s add knowledge, discernment and skills. Then we’re much more likely to receive what we seek.

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  1. 1
    Kira says:

    Interesting info!

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    David B says:

    Good one, Rose. I hadn’t clearly distinguished the 2 either when I first arrived here not so long ago.

    I think you may have under-stated the impact of psychic reading on Stuff though. When I went to a psychic place, they taught you how to speak to the dead. But that’s it. One skill and often it was a guessing game to make sense of the messages.

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    David B says:

    I understand why you’ve included intuition here, but I’d suggest some discrimination is needed there also. Not all intuition is “psychic”. Consider the name of your publishing company. 😉

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    Lilian says:

    Just to clear up what I meant by my comment:

    “Focusing too much on the Third Eye Chakra causes huge problems with control, manipulation and self-pity and fatalism.”

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    Lilian says:

    Yeah, I was using new age language, like I said I would be earlier in my comment…

    Essentially, the astral is an abstract energy for us humans, it has aspects of the idealised state of things. Failing to integrate this into the other aspects of human can lead to an all or nothing approach about how things should be, inflexibility, not being able to notice objective reality….

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    Lilian says:

    Trying to use this abstract state to fix objective reality problems can be a miss match.

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    Lilian says:

    Anyways, yeah, psychics I’ve liked to go to are mainly people who I know are compassionate and are driven by service. That is their gift of the soul. 🙂

    If there are better ways to express this gift (and other gifts related to coaching and guiding others) now then all the better.

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    Jnana says:

    i remember at one point wondering… so one gets a deeper perception of a person. And then what?

    Yes, it’s all good and nice and interesting.

    Life is ultimately good and nice and fair but do I really need to bother with deeper perception now that I know that? Wouldn’t I do better to focus on living my life?

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    Jnana says:

    Then I tried an aura reading exercise. The joy and peace I felt lasted quite some time.

    I remember feeling it was like a meditation. So it makes sense what you say – that deeper perception is like sadhana. I get the importance of practising it regularly.

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    Christine says:

    So glad to learn that dream interpretation is important too. I have been wondering lately if I should bother interpreting my dreams.

    What do you think of dreams Rose?

    If I were doing a dream interpretation would that be considered part of technique time?

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    Isabelle says:

    I was actually wondering about that too – if dream interpretation counts as technique time (I don’t do it..).


  13. 13

    DAVID B, thanks for your Comments 3 and 4.

    How much STUFF does a particular psychic, or psychic-in-training develop?

    That would depend on the particular astral entities involved; also the process being used.

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    Back in 1974 a woman I knew had just one training that I would call psychic in nature.

    It wrought such havoc that she had a psychotic break and needed emergency psychiatric intervention to help her function normally again.

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    Your Comment #4 brought out an important distinction for sure.

    My publishing company is named “Women’s Intuition Worldwide, LLC.” Any going within does count as intution.

    By contrast, I used the term “intuitive” in this post just because many people use it (seems to me) as a gentler, less controversial, or fancier term for “psychic.”

    Yet they’re doing psychic work nonetheless.

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    LILIAN, your thoughts are appreciated. I totally agree with the point you made in Comment #8 that many psychics you know “are compassionate and are driven by service.”

    I have known many too, as friends.

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    Now I gather you used the term wryly when you wrote, “That is their gift of the soul. 🙂 If there are better ways to express this gift (and other gifts related to coaching and guiding others) now then all the better.”

    But this article was meant to clarify what can be a confusion.

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    Do all you Blog-Buddies appreciate what a “gift of the soul” is in energetic literacy?

    It is not a talent, an interest, or any other kind of behavior or skill in objective reality.

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    Instead, a “gift of the soul” exists at the Divine level of a person’s aura.

    And it is not just one or two gifts per person.

    It is not something to generalize about in speaking of a person.

    A gift of the soul can be read in every single chakra databank. It supplies details about your individuality, your potential in this lifetime, for each aspect of life that is a chakra databank.

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    Back when Indian sages studied the Nadis, far as I understand, their interest was flows of energy, or what we might today call either “Enlightenment Coaching” or “Energy Medicine,” depending on the emphasis.

    But then individualism was not awakened yet as an important value in collective consciousness. People have come a long way since then.

    Which is why it is useful to read chakra databanks like the Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional GIVING and also the Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional RECEIVING.

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    CHRISTINE, good to hear from you in Comment 11. Just to be clear about your idea that, “So glad to learn that dream interpretation is important too.”

    Actually, dream interpretation was important to KIRA, not to me and not as a feature of RES (Rosetree Energy Spirituality).

    The reason I allowed her guest post was that the topic was KIRA’s emerging understanding of herself as an empath.

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    Those of you who would like to see KIRA’s guest post can find it here, “An Empath’s Dream.”

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    Regarding your question, CHRISTINE, which was also echoed by ISABELLE, of course interpreting dreams counts as Technique Time.

    Any time when you separate from the regular flow of dealing with human reality and do something to improve yourself (or otherwise gain insight in a deep way), it is Technique Time.

    My advice? Do it during your 20 scheduled minutes or leave it alone.

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    Some dream interpretation is done by psychics. Some is done by psychoanalysts and other psychotherapists.

    Either way, it is loved and considered meaningful by many people.

    However, CHRISTINE, I prefer to learn about a person’s subconscious mind and energies in a more direct way. Not interpreting but perceiving.

    I have a hunch you know how that is done. 😉

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    Still many of us need to hear this relatively new idea again and again:

    Stage Three Energetic Literacy skills can bring you dependable information about what is going on in your aura and subconscious mind.

    You don’t have to guess. You don’t have to theorize. You don’t have to spend hours in yearning inquiry. A few short minutes using a dedicated technique for reading auras and you’ve got it.

  26. 26

    JNANA, thank you so much for your Comments 9 and 10. Just splendid!

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    David B says:

    I’d agree on dreams. I found a lot of it is very simply processing the day and purification. Kind of like watching digestion.

    The dream interpretation books I looked at didn’t make sense to me and certainly didn’t bring valid meaning.

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    David B says:

    I found other more direct means much more useful.

    And if someone wants to get a message to me, they’ll do so with a medium I use. 🙂

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    Kira says:

    I have actually spent time interpreting some of my dreams in the past, but in the particular case of that guest post dream, the new empath interpretation basically sprang full-blown into my mind.

    I guess that makes it more of an inspiration than an interpretation, since there was no conscious work involved.

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    Kira says:

    Also, it’s not that dream interpretation in general is important to me, it’s interpretation of specific dreams–usually ones I find disturbing in some way.

    Those are rare, so I pay attention to them. But if I had one today, I wouldn’t be trying to understand exactly what it means as much as trying to get a sense of an intention I could bring to an RES session with Rose.

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    Kira says:

    David, that’s why I liked my dream interpretation book; it doesn’t use universal symbols, it stresses figuring out what the people and things in the dream mean to you specifically. There are various techniques in it for figuring out ones that aren’t obvious.

    But while I like the approach, I never actually used any of the techniques myself. I figured that if the dream was obscure enough that I needed such a technique, then I didn’t really need to know what it meant.

  32. 32
    Kira says:

    My main interest in my dreams has been as sources of stories or poems or songs. I hate to waste any potential scrap of creativity. 🙂

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    FlowErz says:

    “Even if the psychic believes he or she works with Divine Beings, that’s unlikely to be true.”

    Then what ensures you are working with Divine Beings during Energetic Literacy if naming your intention to work with the Divine is not enough?

  34. 34
    FlowErz says:

    Are you saying that it doesn’t matter what your intentions are, or what you state aloud (“I call upon Divine Archangel Gabriel”–not so important).

    But rather, the determining factor in who shows up is how one positions their consciousness during the request.

  35. 35
    FlowErz says:

    Just trying to understand. I don’t want to be afraid to call on the Divine because something else might show up.

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    FlowErz says:

    I think you’re suggesting its not the request or intention that matters, so much as how you position your energy while making it. That would be where Skills come in.

  37. 37

    Well, it’s not every day that Rose Rosetree gets to exchange comments with FlowErz. Fun!

    You’ve raised a lot of technical ideas about what it means to collaborate with Divine-level help.

    I’m not going to go into a lot of those particulars, because we’re talking generalities here. This is a blog. Very different from if we were in a workshop or mentoring session and I was personally teaching you a particular technique.

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    Regarding your Comment #36, please, never be afraid to call on God.

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    But it’s one thing to call on God, or pray, and something else to do techniques like asking God for information.

    Such as techniques for psychic readings or channeling or mediumship.

    Then the skill set can, by definition, not involve God at all.

    It may have been different in the days of Pentecost. These days, far as I know, Jesus does NOT take people over or cause them to speak in tongues. Today, trance channeling that is supposedly done by Jesus is not being done by Jesus. Go to your nearest mental hospital and you can probably find many inmates who will cheerfully tell you that THEY are Jesus.

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    So what did I mean about “Even if the psychic believes he or she works with Divine Beings, that’s unlikely to be true.”?

    According to what I know, Divine Beings do not answer questions like, “If I start taking HCG next Tuesday, will that be bad for my health?”

    Divine Beings do not supply predictions like, “When will I marry Joe? And if that is not to be, when will his replacement introduce himself to me?”

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    So the practical part is, study with somebody good. Somebody with integrity. Somebody who has good skills.

    And bring along your common sense.

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    Examples of studying with me include using my how-to books like “Aura Reading Through All Your Senses” or “Use Your Power of Command for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection.”

    In which case you will receive context that helps to satisfy your common sense. You will be taught tested techniques that do what they promise to do. You will learn simple skills for co-creating with the Divine.


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    Tehya says:

    David, I laughed hard at your description of dream interpretation as “kind of like watching digestion.”

  44. 44
    Tehya says:

    I enjoyed this article very much. I am always excited about stage 3 energetic literacy. The skills Rose teaches radically changed the way I understand myself and the people around me.

  45. 45
    Tehya says:

    I used to be easily confused by people when I did not know about energetic literacy and had to rely on what people presented (and rely on unskilled empath merges).

    I don’t have to read everyone’s aura, simply understanding energetic literacy gave me awareness about the endless complexities and contradictions that can be under the surface.

    Often I notice what a different perspective this gives me when I am talking to someone who does not know about aura reading and interprets people through solely what’s going on at face value.

  46. 46
    Tehya says:

    Psychic development (something I was involved in for at least a year) did not shift my worldview like aura reading has, it was more like trying to attain pieces of information, sometimes insightful and giving snatches of clarity, but not a direct, whole representation of a person or of myself.

  47. 47

    TEHYA, these comments are so insightful. Thank you.

  48. 48
    Meg says:


    I agree. Dreams have always been a rich
    source of writing material for me.
    Jim Morrison used them in his songs.
    The muse visits in many ways, to be sure.

  49. 49
    Meg says:

    DAVID B., dreams are much more than
    watching digestión. Some can predict
    the future while others can be used as
    a supplement to therapy, as writer
    Thomas Moore has done for decades.

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    That said, MEG, this blog isn’t about dream interpretation. Just as it isn’t about predicting the future or psychotherapy.

  51. 51
    Meg says:


    I never said the blog was about that.

    I was merely replying to the comments of
    David and Kira.

    I thought that was allowed here.

  52. 52

    No offence meant or taken, MEG. Clearly you meant well, and what you wrote was perfectly appropriate. I was just aiming to discourage future discussion along these lines.

    If I don’t think that a comment is appropriate for my blog, it won’t be made live. Trust me on this. 🙂

  53. 53
    Meg says:

    Thanks, ROSE.

    I am enjoying the recent posts here,
    and I look forward to your new book!

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