The Dream Journal
Your Resonant Self with Sarah Peyton

Do you want to make your own brain a safe haven? We explore the idea that healing happens when we resonate with other human beings and with ourselves. In this replay from a popular show recorded in January 2021, our guest neuroscience educator Sarah Peyton talks about how our inner voice is part of our default mode network, the automatic part of the brain that is formed by our experiences, and about how we typically model our own thoughts after our parents’ mental habits. We talk about inner voices and how we can tame them by offering them empathy guesses in the mode of NonViolent Communication (NVC). Sarah offers suggestions about using these techniques to help people working with their dreams.

We take a call from Jaya from Hawaii who shares a series of recurring dreams about being trapped underwater by huge waves. Sarah works with Jaya helping her to have a sense of accompaniment with these big images and with the big feelings that come with them.

We end with Sarah sharing that she has been incubating dreams of beauty.

Bio: Sarah Peyton, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, constellation facilitator and neuroscience educator, integrates brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma and nourish self-warmth with exquisite gentleness. She teaches and lectures internationally, and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing.” Her second book from W.W. Norton, “The Your Resonant Self Workbook”, is available for preorder on Amazon and will be published May 25, 2021. Her work with dreams explores how dream images unfold when we hold them with resonance.

Books mentioned in this episode: Your Resonant Self  by Sarah Peyton, A General Theory of Love by Lewis, Amini and Lannon, and Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.

Today’s ambient music is created by Rick Kleffel. Many thanks to Max Deaton for answering the phones.

Show originally broadcast January 13, 2021. Updated version aired on September 24, 2022.


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