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.
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