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Flames Around the Witch’s Cauldron: A Treatment of Nightmares

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC, NGHC

Under Cover of Darkness
On a frosty and moonless autumn night near the Brookwood Hills swimming pool, I am mysteriously alone and wandering the woods at the tree line on the steep hill, now so much higher than usual, above the park. I find my way along the winding, narrow path, careful not to slip over the edge into dark nothingness. As I start the dangerous descent to the park, I become aware of a fire’s glow out on the playground. I know that I shouldn’t go out there, but I simply have to. I creep onward in spite of myself, drawn with dreadful foreboding, closer and closer to the crackling, spitting, yellow light and intense heat. It is at this point that I see her, etched black against flame, standing in front of the huge smoking cauldron beneath which the fire blazes. She sees me, too, and begins to howl and cackle. She points at me with a sooty, grizzled finger. I am frozen in my tracks. Nothing can save me. It’s too late. I am doomed.

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The Titanic and the Important Family: Working with a Client’s Dreams

Written by: Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

Ginny (*not her real name) is a highly sensitive and intuitive Client whose dream on the night preceding 9/11 frightened her and startled her husband. In her dream of 9/10, bad men attacked twin houses in a neighborhood. She and her husband got out alive, even as planes dove toward the houses. A few hours later, her husband called her to the television to bear witness in reality to what her dream had seemed to predict.

Although she saw clearly the relationship of the Twin Houses Dream to the reality of the Twin Towers, she has been known to dismiss other dreams on the grounds that they are “silly” or “don’t make much sense”. I ask frequently about Ginny’s dreams to show my Client that they may indicate things we need to work on. Two of her recent dreams seem to point to the roots of the depression that has been part of her life since childhood.

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