The Dream Journal
From Shame to Self-Love with Bill St. Cyr

We speak with Bill St. Cyr starting with how common shame is and how the mean voices that we carry around make it hard for us to let in the love that’s all around us. Test taking in a dream is often about shame. Bill shares a dream in which he felt a deep sense acceptance when a dear friend tenderly put their forehead up against his. We talk about something called the entropic theory of the brain which draws parallels between the dreaming brain state and the brain on psychedelics and how they both can throw our brains into enough disarray that we come out of them in a new state.

We take a call from Christine Barrington who shares a dream where she felt supported, and she speaks about how we all learn best through connection. She also defines a heretic as one who choses. Bill closes by encouraging us to bring tenderness to our life’s journey every step of the way.

To learn more and to contact Bill and to learn about his coaching and classes, see his website at

Books we talked about include Pema Chodron’s Start Where You Are and Lisa Barrett’s How Emotions are Made.

BIO: Bill St. Cyr is a devoted student of the dream and of the process of coming into deep consciousness in the face of the trauma and alienation that is so endemic in our culture. Bill has over 10 years experience working with dreamers and teaching practitioners the practice of Embodied Dreamwork. He has presented and facilitated over 75 workshops, retreats and conferences throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

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This show is an edited replay from October 2021 so you will hear licensed music as intro and outro pieces plus interlude songs. Also the background music is louder than I usually play it now. This show is episode number 255. It was played on April 20, 2024 and was originally recorded during a live broadcast on March 13, 2021 at, community radio of Santa Cruz.

Ambient music new every week by Rick Kleffel.  Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show and to Max Deaton for the phones.


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