AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, SPEAKER
To empower others, Joyce Lynn writes and speaks about spirituality, dreams, and the artistic and political processes. Her specialty: the power of dreams to transform women’s lives.
Dreams impart the essentials for life’s journey. Ancients called upon dreams for healing and well-being 3,000 years ago in the Greek cults of Demeter, Aphrodite, and Asclepius in temples to the gods.
We are only beginning in these contemporary times to understand and reclaim the power of dreams to empower our lives as women.
Joyce’s mission: demystify dreams and offer a contemporary approach to dreams and their essential role in our daily lives for positive health, self expression, relationships, and social change.
Joyce is a journalist with more than 30 years of experience, including nearly a decade as a political reporter in Washington D.C. Since she remembered her first dream in 1984 after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, dreams have guided her writing, health, relationships, and social activism.
She is the author of PLUM DREAMS DIARY: On Mothers, Men, Modern Medicine, and the Divine, a collection of nocturnal messages exploring the contemporary female psyche. Her book DREAMS AND THE WISDOM WITHIN, part scientific manual, part memoir, part spiritual guide, will be published in 2018.
Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and online publications including Louisville Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Washington Journalism Review, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Intuition Magazine, and the Pacific Sun.
Drawing on degrees in education and journalism, Joyce speaks to women’s organizations, religious groups, and professional societies on the power of dreams to bring about personal and social change. (Click on the Linked In icon below to view Joyce’s resume.) Through her books, online publications, and public presentations, you will learn how to remember, understand, listen to, and express your dreams.
She is the editor and publisher of PLUM DREAMS MEDIA, a communications company dedicated to transforming women’s lives and revolutionizing society by reporting and exposing deeper truths than traditional media or the five senses reveal. Through print, digital, and spoken word, PDM explores the power of dreams to reveal, guide, and heal and to expand awareness and consciousness.
To book a speaking appearance or interview or for more information, contact info@JoyceLynn.com or 415-267-7620.
Examples of topics Joyce addresses:
topic: POWER OF WOMEN
She profiles women whose dreams have inspired their activism, art, work, and life from an historical perspective and women she has interviewed including Nazi resistance fighter Sophie Scholl; peace activist Cindy Sheehan; 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani; artists Claudia Chapline, Marsha Connell, and Nancy Sykes-Cockerham, and Teeccino CEO and healthy beverage aficionado Caroline MacDougall.
topic: DREAMING; A POWERFUL JEWISH PRACTICE
Dream allusions fill our prayer books, the Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah. As the stories of Jacob, Daniel, Solomon, and others show, dreams are a path to the wisdom within. But dream power is not only for kings and prophets or for men alone, dreaming is a gift we all possess. Prayer and meditation are rediscovered paths in modern Jewish spirituality.
Joyce spotlights dreams, the primary, but often neglected, way humankind and God communicate.
What if we in the Jewish community shared our dreams with each other? What insights might flow from calling upon our nocturnal messages? How might we, individually and communally, use our dreams for healing?
Benefits of reviving the guiding, healing, and transformative power of dreams into Jewish life:Supports spiritual seekers in expressing dream wisdom in their creative, personal, and professional lives and in their social activism. Exploring biblical dream narratives teaches seekers how to integrate dream messages into life’s journey.
For synagogues, campus Hillels, Jewish Centers, and Jewish women’s gatherings to integrate dreams as a pillar of Jewish spirituality into services and programs.
Joyce’s parents and grandparents were active in the Jewish community in Columbus, Ohio, where she grew up. The Hillel at Ohio State University was dedicated to her grandfather because of his passion for the role of Judaism in student life. She learned from their examples the essence of being Jewish is tikkun olam, repairing the world. Calling upon dream guidance is a powerful way to manifest the spiritual imperative.
An army of dreamers and their dream accounts of 9/11 and other political events wake us to reality; their responses to the profound power of remembering, understanding, listening to, and expressing our dreams bring about social change. DREAM VERITAS! From Tragedy to Transformation profiles ten powerful women activists and artists evoking dreams to guide, reveal, and heal personal trauma and create personal activism.
The women include 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani, graphic designer Sandra Taylor, 9/11 justice advocate Lynn Pentz, anti-war painter and poet Claudia Chapline, peace activist Cindy Sheehan, Iraqi American artist Vian Sora, and collage artist Marsha Connell.Other dreamers reveal political truths, upending government and corporate media propaganda. Their stories show once our inner wisdom is tapped denial is impossible and directed action manifests.
topic: CREATIVITY AND SELF-EXPRESSION
The New Way of Writing: Let Dreams Be Your Guru
Bring forth your special talents and gifts, express your authentic voice, and create the books, songs, poems, and screenplays you are longing to write. Just as writing pages was the foundation of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, expressing dreams, our nighttime messages, is the heart of The New Way of Writing.
Dreams are an incredibly effective tool for achieving your writing goals. They allow you to look within yourself rather than to outside “authorities” for inspiration and creativity.
Your dreams solve problems in your writing and your career. Dreams guide the direction, content, and business of your writing and your work. Dreams literally lead to visionary creations:-Paul McCartney credits the creation of two Beatles’ megahits – Yesterday and Let It Be – to dreams;Frankenstein, the classic novel by English author Mary Shelley, was inspired by a dream (more like a nightmare); August Kekule, nineteenth century German chemist, made two major scientific discoveries–the origin of the Structural Theory and the unusual circular configuration of the Benzene molecule– because of his dreams.
How the New Way Works
Joyce addresses how our nighttime messages can mitigate challenges to self-expression, guide the content of your project, and manifest your vision.Perfect for individuals and for writers’ conferences and retreats, author symposiums, and green festivals.
Benefits of the New Way of Writing
You will become more confident in self expression and business acumen; re/discover journaling and dreaming as everyday practices available to everyone; invoke the guiding, healing, and truth-telling attributes of dreams for personal and planetary change.
In the practical New Way of Writing, you will learn tips to remember and understand your dreams. You will jumpstart an original work with the guidance of your dreams. And, you will create an action agenda, shaped by your passions, talents, and goals, to manifest your vision.
“Joyce, my goal for your class was the outline for one chapter; instead, I received guidance for the entire book.” —Carol D., California