Personal Background

You will learn about my inner world from the lucid dreams on this website. As far as my outer world goes, I grew up in Southern California and was fortunate to spend a lot of time in the ocean, foothills, deserts, and mountains as well as time in books.

My interest in dreams originally came as a child from the Biblical visions of Joseph and Daniel.  There were two important sources of the symbolic world in my early life: the Bible and Nature.

Very early on, I felt the desire to work in the ministry of the Spirit. However, as an adult, rather than going to seminary, I decided to study literature.

In 1990, following on from a broken relationship and dream guidance, I volunteered as a Teacher Trainer with the US Peace Corps in Eastern Europe, viewing it as  “secular” rather than specifically Christian ministry and as a way to experience life behind the fallen Iron Curtain.

With the Peace Corps I went to Poland where I coordinated the English Department of a three-year Teacher Training College. After that, I trained Peace Corps Volunteers in Lithuania. Since then, Europe has been my home. Over the past twenty years, my travels, work, and studies in comparative religion and psychology as well as my relationships have built up a more expansive understanding of myself, the world, and the Divine.

During this time, while I have worked as a teacher, materials developer, and psychotherapist,  I have kept up my interest in symbols through research into the study of metaphors and how metaphors create meaning.


 

After living and working in Poland and Switzerland for some years, I moved to England in 2000 and, at long last, followed up on my interests in Psychology and Religion at an Inter-faith Jesuit College, Heythrop College receiving an MA in the subject.

This led me to the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education, CCPE, in London where I have had the good fortune to train in psychotherapy, alchemy, and dreams.

CCPE was the right place for me and the dreams as the Director, Dr. Nigel Hamilton, specializes in how spiritual transformation manifests in dreams.

Since 2008, I have had the privilege of working as the Director of the charity HELP Counselling Centre and since 2011, as Deputy-Director of the Dream Research Institute, London.

Lucid dreams have transformed my inner and outer worlds. I would like to share this transformative experience with others and am grateful for the chance to share it with you through alchemy and my own dreams.

I’m not much of a blogger so I hope to hear from you via this website's email: info@LucidDreamAlchemy.com. Perhaps one day we will meet at a conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams or at a workshop at CCPE.  Meanwhile, all the best, Mary Melinda Ziemer

Professional Qualifications

  • Dream Research Institute, CCPE, London, UK, Manager & Research Officer
  • HELP Counselling Centre, London, UK, Director
  • London-based Psychotherapy Practice
  • "Jung Wakes Up: Lucid Surrender & the Alchemical Coniunctio", a chapter in the upcoming Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep edited by Dr Kelly Bulkeley & Ryan Hurd. Set to be published by Praeger in Summer 2014
  • IASD, Berkeley 2014, a panel on "Dimensions of Consciousness in Dreams" with  Linda Mastrangelo, Nigel Hamilton, and Don Middendorf. Presented on "Dream Portals and Our Inner Potential" 
  • IASD, Berkeley 2014, a workshop on "Lucid Dream Alchemy: The Making of the Philosopher's Stone" with Ed Kellogg
  • DRI Workshop, London, April 25th 2014, with Dr Clare Johnson, "Lucid Dreaming for Physical & Psycho-Spiritual Healing"
  • Hosted the UK's first-ever Dream Ball Charity Event--A Dream Eve & Dream Art Sale--in London & Raised £11,000 on behalf of the DRI and HELP Counselling Centre with 160 guests & 30 volunteers, March 7, 2014
  • Lucid Dreaming Experience, Vol. 3, No. 1, June 2014, "Lucid Surrender: The Eye of the Heart", pgs. 14-20.
  • Lucid Dreaming Experience, Vol.2, No. 4, March 2014, "Love's Lucid Labors Nearly Lost: A Light Comedy", 13 - 15
  • Lucid Dreaming Experience, December 2013, "Lucid Surrender and the Holy Tree", pgs. 8 - 9.
  • Psiber Dreaming Conference,  2013, "Through a Glass, Lucidly--A Workshop"
  • Lucid Dreaming Experience, Vol. 2, No. 2, Sept. 2013, "Through a Glass, Lucidly", pgs. 9-15
  • IASD, Virginia Beach, June 2013, a panel on Applications of a Will-Development Model to Dream Experiences with Mark Thurston and  Scott Sparrow. Paper Entitled: "Lucid Surrender: The Alignment of the Individual Will with the Transpersonal/Divine Will."
  • IASD, Virginia Beach, June 2013, a panel on The Lucidity of Light: Light as an Expression of Creative and Transformative Consciousness in Dreams, with Dr Nigel Hamilton, Dr Scott Sparrow, and Dr Diane Greig. Paper entitled: "The Alchemy of Light, Lucidity, and Consciousness"
  • Lucid Dreaming Experience, June 2013, "Beyond the Matrix: From Consensus Reality to Heart Consciousness"
  • Gateways of the Mind, Archeytpe Events, London, UK, May 2013, The Light of Lucidity: How Lucid Dreaming Can Illuminate Your Spiritual Growth. A 1 day workshop with Robert Waggoner
  • Network Magazine, Ireland, May 2013, "The Healing Potential of Lucid Dreams"
  • Gateways of the Mind, Archetype Events, Dublin, Ireland, May 2013, "The Light of Lucidity"
  • Lucid Dreaming Experience, Vol. 1, No. 4, March 2013, a DreamSpeak Interview with Robert Waggoner, 2-12.
  • Caduceus Magazine, United Kingdom, Issue 84 2012, "Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of Dreams"
  • Gateways of the Mind, Archetype Events, London, UK, Nov 2012 with Michael Katz, Charlie Morley and Robert Waggoner
  • Psiber Dreaming Conference 2012 presented paper on Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of Psycho-Spiritual Transformation
  • IASD Conference 2012, Berkeley, California. Symposium on "A Transpersonal Perspective on Lucid Dreaming" with Fariba Bogzaran, Ted Esser, and Ryan Hurd
  • IASD Conference 2011, Rolduc, Netherlands. Symposium on "The Evolution of Light and Color in Psycho-Spiritual Transformation" with Marlene Botha, and Nigel Hamilton
  • Lucid Dreams & Healing Workshop, London, England. Centre for Counseling & Psychotherapy Education, with Robert Waggoner and Dr. Nigel Hamilton
  • IASD Conference 2010, Ashville, North Carolina, USA. Workshop on Symmetry in Lucid Dreams
  • Lucid Dream Exchange, No. 58, March 2011, "The Healing Sands of Lucid Dreamtime", 12 -16.
  • Advanced Diploma, Psychotherapy, CCPE, with an emphasis in alchemy, the works of Ibn Arabi and Avicenna
  • Diploma Transpersonal Psychotherapy, CCPE, United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists
  • MA Psychology & Religion, with a focus on the study of root metaphors used in psychological and religious traditions.
  • MA English Literature, research on the epic form in the modern novel and on the influence of German Romanticism in the writings of George MacDonald
  • University of Michigan Press, Literary Odysseys: An Interactive Introduction to the Short Story and Grammar Contexts (2000)
  • British Wheel of Yoga, Diploma, studies in Hatha Yoga philosophy, Upanishads & Bhagavad Gita as well as teaching yoga

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