"If it is only a dream, why is pain so real?" "A dream head struck against a dream wall causes dream pain. A dreamer is not cognizant of the hallucinatory fabric of a dream until he awakens. Similarly, man does not understand the delusory nature of the cosmic dream of creation until he awakens in God." Paramahansa Yogananda

Thursday, April 8, 2010


"Coyote" Original in collection of Joe Burull
Giclee prints available 24x18 $150, 30x22 $250
If you are interested in purchasing a print please
email me at katherine@katherinetreffinger.com

"So often we try to alter circumstances to suit
ourselves, instead of letting them alter us, which
is what they are meant to do" Mother Maribel

Change is one of the aspects in life I cherish the
most. I am talking about deep transformational
change. Freeing change. It's a good thing because
transformation seems to be my power totem.

In the shamanic traditions there is the belief that
the shaman's power/gift walks with him/her.
Wherever they go that power goes and whatever
comes in contact with it is effected by it. This might
be one of the reasons the shaman was often feared as
well as revered. I bring this up as a context, I am
certainly not about to claim to be a shaman. But,
I do have a power that walks with me, and it is

I can't tell you how many jobs or galleries I have
had where the place has been reconstructed or
closed down during or right after my employment
or representation. Once the effect has taken place
it is as if the Universe no longer needs me there
and I am moved on.

Let's just say I know a thing or two about change.

Many people fear change, they may want to
change their situation but they don't like real
change. But what they don't realize is that we
need our external mirrors. This is a dream
remember? So the external is the internal.
Change the internal, the external changes itself.
Don't change the internal, the external will work
its' darndest to wake you up.

I know that our internal workings can be one of
our biggest mysteries. How do we access that
mystery so we can change? One way is through
interpretation of the living dream. If something
transpires that disturbs you, instead of going into
a reactive mode, sit down and write the situation
down. Now treat it as you might a dream you had
last night. Everything in a dream is you and so you
start with the first component of the dream and say
"I am the...whatever"...and then describe the qualities
of the component, realizing those qualities are
describing some aspect of your inner world.
I have been consistently amazed by the revealing
and liberating results of this exercise.


Kathy said...

It is so amazing to me to read here the very thoughts that I've had on my own path and to know that someone else shares the feelings and beliefs that have been revealed to me through my life's experiences. Who knew, tow years ago, when I was first drawn to your art, what was in your heart and spirit! Talk about vibrations... This post is particularly intriguing, but I'm having some difficulty understanding the part about treating a troubling experience as a dream. Is there more that I can read to help me understand this better?


Katherine said...

Kathy I could tell we are kindred spirits. I will think about your question. Mostly this has come out of my experience and knowing and the practice of helping others. I have listened for so long to peoples struggles to be free. I just listen to them as if they were telling a dream and help them interpret the symbolism I see emerging. It is often so liberating. Maybe if you listen from this perspective with the intention of hearing the dream? That would probably give you a clearer understanding. Thank you Kathy for reading my new blog. Feel free always to ask for clarification. I wrote this one and had to ask a friend to read it to see if it was clear. It is a complex concept I think.