Dream Treasure Cards
First Card Memories:
first memory of creative fun with cards goes back to childhood
recollections in Scotland, when my cousin Billy and I would
swipe our parent's decks of playing cards to make 'card towns.'
Many enchanted hours were enjoyed as we precariously propped
up hundreds of cards on the living room carpet, making 3-D
'houses' on card-lined streets. Next to river-rock-hopping
and walking on walls, making card towns was our favorite pastime.
Not surprisingly, to the extent that we ever 'grew up,' Bill
became a civil engineer and I entered the imaginative realm
of the arts.
Kinds of Cards:
always loved cards -- playing cards, greeting cards, tarot
cards and oracle cards of all kinds, full of strange and magical
wisdom if you can only find it. Or perhaps I also love cards
because my Dad often used to chuckle affectionately, pat my
head and say, "Noreen, you're such a card!"
Intrigue of Cards:
IS it about a set of cards that intrigues me so? There's something
about pulling a whole world of images out of a box that ignites
my instant interest. I also like the compactness of a set
of cards which, when opened and the cards allowed to escape
from their box, paradoxically, can invite an almost infinite
array of combinations to whet my searching mind.
like the slick feel as cards shuffle in my hands -- a miniature
art gallery at my finger tips. Like old friends, my favorite
card decks comfort and inspire and from time to time their
wisdom just knocks my purple socks right off. So, it's no
wonder that I eventually got the urge to create my own set
how it happened A little over a year ago, I had a dream which
I titled, Gearing Up. As you can guess, a friend in my dream
group immediately asked, "Noreen, what are you gearing up
for?" Without thinking, I laughingly blurted out, "To write
my own dream book, of course!" Little did I know at the time
how this spontaneous blurt would lead me into a dreamy artistic
venture unlike any I've ever embarked upon previously.
been a Dream Adventurer for many decades, yet my dream life
charged into full swing in the mid 1980's after attending
a week of dream workshops at The Association for Research
and Enlightenment (A.R.E), the Edgar Cayce group. During this
week of soaking up many intensely mind-expanding dream concepts,
I was fortunate enough to meet Henry Reed and Mark Thurston,
both of whom indelibly marked upon my mind the value of taking
action from your dreams.
with the specters of Henry and Mark to prod me on, I took
ACTION from my Gearing Up dream. Did I ever! I gave myself
a week of retreat, surrounded only by my 18 fat dream journals
and my trusty
computer, with the intent of cataloging anything and everything
that could be material for my yet-to-happen dream book. As
it turns out, I've yet to write the dream book, but something
more immediately exciting emerged instead.
after two days of constant data-basing, I was bored silly.
"Enough of this!" I groaned, and took time out to meditate
upon my predicament. The answer soon appeared, first in terms
of an internal question, "What excites you the most about
this project?" Instantly, I knew. My greatest enthusiasm was
to play around with my Dream Art and .... could this be? ....
excitement knew no bounds. With renewed energy, I spent the
rest of my retreat week ploughing through my 2,653 dreams,
chosing only the dreams that included dream art. You see,
I'd only sketch, paint or scribble in the margins, images
or feelings from dreams that I thought were extra important,
so this was a ready-made guide to find some 'treasures.' It
was rewarding to collect all these oft forgotten images of
my psyche and bring them together where I could see my 'inner
family' as if in celebration of some great reunion.
this week I completed ten of what it seemed only natural to
call my Dream Treasure Cards. On the back of each card is
a title, an offering and a Haiku poem which tells the essence
of the dream from whence the dream art came. Over the next
few months I completed my set of 50 cards and made a lovely
stained glass box for them to call home. These cards now sit
on a shelf next to my bed so I can easily access their energy
and insights on a daily basis.
to DO with Dream Cards:
you might ask, "What do you DO with your dream cards?" Good
question! First of all, I simply enjoy looking at them as
I shuffle through the deck, especially intrigued by the different
combinations each shuffle brings forth. Seeing two or three
cards together for the first time can in itself bring up new
is something downright magical about having your OWN images
from your OWN deepest dream psyche staring you in the face
with fresh eyes. A mirror to the soul indeed! The following
tells how I do things with my cards.