The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Sacred Dances and Ancestor Dreams with Alaya Dannu

Today marks our 200th podcast! We speak with Alaya Dannu who converses with her ancestors in her dreams and has learned how to pray using sacred dance steps. She describes these dreams as the transmission of ancestral memory across generations. They always arise from lucid dreams and yet cannot be incubated or controlled. We speak about the difference between ancestral dreams and past life dreams and about how the body is a sacred amplifier of energy.

We take a call from Chris from Felton who asks about the difference between ancestor dreams and visitation dreams, and she shares a lucid dream in which her grandfather tells her, “Life has an undeniable will.”

We also talk about Alaya’s podcast Cosmogenia and her role in the IASD June conference in Ashland. She will open and close the event with sacred dances and lead a workshop in which you can learn how to use AI generative art to express your dreams visually. Find out about the IASD conference at

BIO: Alaya A Dannu, MA (aka Diya Dannu) is completing her doctoral degree in Education at Fielding University. Her topic of inquiry explores the transmission of ancestral memory across generations experienced through dreams, focusing on a re-emergent Mother Goddess tradition of her foremothers. She has written several essays on the subject matter, contributing to ezines and specialized platforms such as the blog for Feminism and Religion, Magoism, and DreamTime Magazine. 

Find our guest at:, and on IG @house.of.elishmar and at FB @diyadanuelishmar

Intro music is Water over Stones and outro music is Everything both by Mood Science. Today’s ambient music is created 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.

Show aired on April 22, 2023.


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