The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Dreaming with, about, and for the Ancestors with Stephanie Burns, PhD

Connecting with our ancestors. Our guest Stephanie R. Burns starts by describing her all-inclusive view of ancestors which is far vaster than our biological lineage, including the most ancient ancestor of them all, the Earth.

She says that we can choose to communicate only with benevolent ancestors and are also able to heal the less healthy ancestors and not let ourselves be controlled by them. She suggests using the four elements as part of our rituals around working with these dreams and focusing on intentionality and gratitude. She describes what she calls Earth Dreaming which is dreaming for the healing of Mama Earth.

Max shares a recent dream of his about a tree and how we act as if everything is not connected. Steve calls from Prunedale to ask how to start making an alliance w a particular grandfather who died when he was ten. Kay calls from Vermont asking if you can you doubt the answers from your ancestors, and Stephanie replies, “Yes! Trust what you know.”

BIO: Stephanie R Burns, based in New Orleans, is an author, speaker, and master dreamer who uses her multiple degrees to explore ways to create frameworks from ancient wisdom. She has authored two books and is the facilitator of the Connecting with the Ancestors Apprenticeship. Stephanie enjoys traveling when she is not writing or dreaming.

IG: @stephrburns, FB: @stephanie.r.burns, Linktree:

Show aired on September 2, 2023.

Intro music is Water over Stones and outro music is Everything both by Mood Science. Ambient music is created new every week by Rick Kleffel. The audio can be found at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.


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