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Meet Mary Jo Heyen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Jo Heyen.

Mary Jo, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Have you ever said, “I had the weirdest dream last night.” Those words are music to my ears and an invitation to not dismiss the dream but to turn towards it.

What if every night we were gifted with some message that checked in with us to let us know how we are doing, from some trusted source that lets us know if we are living our life from our truest selves? My experience as a Natural Dreamwork Practitioner is that this is exactly what our dreams want for us.

Something we all share is that we are all dreamers. Human have an average of four dreams each night, whether we remember them or not. That means that we have about 1500 dreams per year and by age 65 we’ve had about 95,000. There is a saying, “A dream unexplored is like a letter unopened.” There are a lot of unopened letters out there.

Since my first remembered dream at age four I’ve had a lifelong interest and respect for my dreams. I’ve always recorded them and studied different dream approaches, wanting to understand their meaning and intention. Yet for many years their meanings seemed to elude me.

In 2005 when I retired from a wonderful career in public education I immediately turned my full focus, heart and energy to my dreams, still yearning to understand them more deeply and with a desire to eventually help others understand and be in relationship with their own dreams.

Fast forward fifteen years, after intensive dreamwork training that includes 90 semester hours of training and hundreds of hours of internship I am a certified practitioner of Natural Dreamwork. I opened my own dreamwork practice and now meet with dreamers locally, throughout the country and internationally, either in person on phone or Skype, to help them discover for themselves the meanings in their dreams.

A precious privilege of my dreamwork practice is that as a hospice volunteer, their dream specialist, working with the dreams and visions of the dying, their families and grief groups. Dreams come to us at all ages and stages of life and dreams at end of life can have a special poignancy wanting to bring some comfort and help over this final threshold.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think that for anyone who chooses to pursue something they love and start their own business or practice it will require a willingness to be patient and I found this to be so. It takes time to build a practice, gain a respected reputation, draw in clients and step into trusted relationships with others.

After my training was completed I created a dream website and self-published a small dream primer. I began offering introductory dream presentations and a variety of dream-related workshops to community groups throughout northern Colorado and slowly, dreamer by dreamer, my practice built.

A willingness to do my part and then to wait for things to unfold was not easy but I trusted the process. Today I have a thriving dreamwork practice where I have the honor of being with fellow dreamers and exploring their dreams.

The call for me as a dream worker is to always be true to my own inner work and trust that being who I am will attract others who recognize that…soul recognizes soul.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Natural Dreamwork is an approach to exploring dreams that shares some similarities with other dream approaches and also has its own elements.

I have come to recognize and be in awe of how uniquely personal all of our dreams are. While there may be some commonalities in our dreams they are definitely not one size fits all! A tiger in my dream may be a whole different experience from a tiger in your dream!

This is a meaningful difference in the way I explore dreams; not by talking about them but rather feeling into them. Our dreams are made up of images and each of those images carry a feeling, whether it’s immediately present in the dream or not. Our dreams invite us back into our natural capacity to feel – everything.

Our true self doesn’t live life a la carte. It knows that to feel the depth of one’s love we also have the capacity to feel the depth of our pain, our joy/sorrow, our vulnerability/fear. There is room at our table for all of our feelings and become fully human and fully en-souled.

This is experiential, even visceral, work and I don’t interpret dreams. I help bring them to life and our dreams help bring us back to life. The dreamer knows for themselves through a felt sense, an aha! when the message in the dream is realized.

So often, even after a very first dream session, the dreamer will say, “This is amazing. I would never have looked at my dream that way” and feel their desire to continue and deepen the conversation with their dreams…

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I live in Estes Park, the gateway city to Rocky Mountain National Park. Not a day goes by that I don’t recognize the privilege of living in such majestic scenery and serenity, where even during a dream session the wildlife in someone’s dreams is reflected in the elk, bobcat, deer and bear that mosey by my window. This is sacred land on which I live and practice dreamwork.

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Joe Heyen

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