Jun 21

Great musicians have a true love and passion for their art. They seek to express themselves through their music and provoke a corresponding response in their audience creating a musical conversation of sorts.  On the other hand, musicians have to eat and, therefore, usually expect to get some sort of compensation for the time, effort and the resulting art they create.  That’s where the business side of the music business comes into play.

Setting aside the art vs. commerce philosophical debate, the reality is that a music industry exists and many, many people want to make a fortune — or at least a living — in it. There are many ways to make money from music and, as the larger recording companies have discovered since the digital age began, many more ways to lose money.

Pre-Digital Business

In the pre-digital era, musicians made most of their money from the middle men, not the audience itself.  Music labels paid them to record albums and managed their tours, paying out advances, stipends, and profit shares according to complex contracts.  Smaller acts were paid by venue owners to perform gigs at bars or clubs or even by schools hosting a prom or families holding a wedding.  In some cases, musical acts had managers who were between them and the venues and labels, adding another layer between the musician and the ultimate consumer of their music.

There were always exceptions to this layering effect.  At the very bottom of the music business is the street performer who passes a hat or guitar case to get money directly from those who listen.  Technological advances that made pressing first records and then cassettes and CDs cheaper made it possible for musicians to self-produce their music and sell recordings directly to their fans without the interference of a label or manager.  This put more of the business directly into the hands of the musicians, but it was still limited by the physical reach of the performers.

Digital Age Music

Enter the computer and, more importantly, the internet.  Computers have advanced so rapidly that the tools for recording, once the purview of expensive recording studios who charged thousands of dollars for session time, are now available on home computers. Bands and musicians can compose, record, mix and copy music from their personal computer.  They can burn CDs or create music files that, while not at the high quality of professional studios are more than “good enough” for sales.  As technology continues to advance, mobile recording using smartphones and tablets are making on-the-spot production possible.

The internet has also played a key role in the revolution of the music business.  With the creation of websites and then blogs and now social media, it is possible for musicians to build a world-wide audience for their music without leaving their home.  They can share music files, post videos, and even offer live streams f their concerts with little financial outlay.  They can directly sell CDs and concert DVDs or, more likely, provide music and video files for use on a variety of media devices.  No more middle man needed to attract an audience and collect their money.

Apr 2

 

There are a number of herbs that have been used in various places for helping with sleep, and many for the aid in dreaming.  In contemporary cultures, the interest in enhancing sleep seems to be stemming from an obsession with productivity, that the choices to increase restfulness as night is related to becoming more efficient at work the next day.  But it’s not uniformly that way, where everyone is only interested in work output.  There are countless claims that more traditional cultures are more in tune with their dreams than the so-called civilized places, but this is probably based on romantic ideas about others, and jaded notions of ourselves.  In fact, the knowledge from cultures around the world tends to feed a larger pool, and it’s one that we all draw from.

So when one starts to look into the kinds of herbs that are known for their effects on enhancing dreams, it might be wise to ask a few very simple questions.  The most important one, perhaps, has to do with the nature of the enhancement.  Mugwort does seem to be commonly regarded as having the effect of making dreams more lucid, or improving the way one might remember their dreams the next morning.  There are also other herbs that can help to make one more relaxed, and to sleep more deeply, that might help one to forget the kinds of dreams that can make a day feel a little more haunted than usual.  For all of their other benefits, taking antioxidants can help with deeper sleep as well.  There are studies that show that the body produces more antioxidants on its own when it has the chance to sleep through the night, going through all the cycles the proper number of times.  Herbs and vitamins, then, seem to be the most useful, and easiest on the body and mind, when they compliment what the body is already producing on its own.

 

Of course, that’s one of the basic principles of herbal healing in the first place. In a metaphorical way, it does seem to mirror the way dreaming works, or at least in terms of how many cultures conceive the mechanisms of the dream.  For herbal healing, the body is producing some of what it needs, but not quite enough, and with some careful moderation, the addition of herbs can restore it to balance (or put it on the other side of that balance, which is what intoxication does).  In the same way, dreaming is often considered to be the residue of conscious thought.  What the mind has not produced in conscious thought during the day will come out during the night in dreams.  It’s a matter of mental balance, or emotional, psychological, or spiritual balance.  Perhaps this is why herbs, or any kind of nutritional modulations, can have profound effects on dreams, because those basic structures are mirrors of each other.

 

 

Feb 28
Apartment Dreams
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There are plenty of resources available for dream interpretations, and many of them eventually point to the obvious.  Some of the most baffling dreams do have the most obvious meanings, but it can take a few side roads to find the one that makes the most sense.  This is definitely the case with recurring dreams.

 

In general, recurring dreams usually point to something that the unconscious is desperately trying to make conscious.  By continually pointing to the same elusive symbols and signs, there is an urgent message to the waking mind.  Most dreamers go through a lot of searching and doubt to uncover the meaning, and it’s almost always a mistake to assume that the meaning can be expressed in simple phrases.  The symbols recur because there is an emotional response as well as an intellectual one, and the answer is somewhere in between.

 

For example, if someone is considering a move to an appartement, Montreal being the city of choice, there may be a stream of recurring dreams about places.  The dreamer might have a series of dreams of being in unfamiliar spaces.  This is a very common recurring dream, and it can have lots of possible meanings.  Its obvious source, of course, comes from concerns and preoccupations with the impending move.  The mind is working overtime, trying to imagine the new place during the day, and these thoughts continue inside the dreaming mind.

 

Dreams about living spaces can also have other meanings.  The living space, whether a house or an apartment or any other kind of dwelling, is often a representation of the self.  Finding oneself in an unfamiliar part of their own home can mean that there are hidden parts of the psyche that are ready to come to light.  They can also hint that the dreamer is starting to live on a more profound level, in a place where the inner self is starting to open itself up and talk to the waking mind.  Hidden memories, unfocused desires, and unacknowledged influences are starting to come to light.

 

But it could also be much simpler.  It could very well be that the dreamer is thinking about a new apartment, because it is time to find apartments and make a move.  Sometimes the unconscious is simple, and sends simple messages to simply underscore that things are already going in the right direction.  A dream about an apartment can sometimes mean that it’s time to get a new apartment.

Feb 18

 

The unconscious is a rich reservoir of potential, offering clues to the deepest parts of who we are.  In the ways that a good therapist can help on change their ideas of dreams into realities, the raw material of daydreams, or even fleeting desires, can also become hot spots for potential in shifting realities.  This can refer just as much to dreams about being naked in public as to dreams about breaking down on the side of the road.

 

We shift from waking life to daydream all the time.  Most people, on an average workday, will slip into dreamlike states without even realizing it.  This means that the lines between conscious states are not only tenuous, but rather thin.  One can, for example, be reading a honda repair manual online, and fall into a kind of small trance.  It’s not the same as a dream in deep sleep, but it can perhaps amount to the same thing.  In a waking or a sleepy state one might be plagued with low-level anxiety related to breaking down on the side of the road.  A full-on dream, with hazy memories or with extremely lucid details, about a car breaking down can wake one up with the same emotional response.  Waking anxiety, daydreams about being stranded, or a dream about a breakdown can all amount to the same basic fears.

A breakdown dream is usually interpreted as a sign that one’s life is out of control.  Something about the way one has laid down their plans is essentially broken.  There is a need to stop and pay some attention to the way one has decided to do things.  It’s a sign of re-evaluation.  Daydream and anxiety can also reveal the same basic notion, and they are simply ways that the unconscious self has of sending important messages to the waking self.

 

There are, of course, lots of other possibilities.  In any kind of dream interpretation, culture and context are much more involved than most systems of dream analysis will admit.  There are very few universal symbols, and even fewer universal meanings.  What is death for one culture is rebirth for another culture.  Then, of course, there are also literal interpretations.  One might be thinking about these things because their car, literally, needs work, and the mind is just alerting itself to the fact that it’s time to pick up a manual on engine repair and nothing more than that.

 

Feb 13

 

The things that haunt people in their dreams can be very revealing about the deeper layers of the unconscious.  There are some symbols that can stand for deeply buried notions, forgotten ideas, and untriggered memories.  At times these can be the keys that unlock the door to a major breakthrough in dynamic psychological transformations.  And sometimes, as Freud supposedly has said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

This can absolutely apply to some dreams where there seems to be a very literal interpretation at hand.  If someone is sick, and dreaming about doing the chores they usually do but are unable, then there may be no hidden meaning here at all.  At least, none that needs immediate psychic attention.  It could very well be that the dream is just the mind wanting to do the tasks it usually does, and since it’s unable to do them during the day, it happens at night.  Habit is a very big part of the unconscious, because that particular image machine seems to like repetition, just as much as the waking consciousness does.

 

This is always a good place to start when wondering about repetitive and obsessive dreams about money.  Recurring dreams do speak of a preoccupation of some kind, and sometimes they are trying to get one’s attention.  Sometimes the hidden message is right on the surface, however.  If one is dreaming over and over about money concerns, and about going to websites like www.MoneyMutualTV.com, then the message here can be quite literal.  There is worry about money, and the mind is offering its own solution.

 

Dreams about money or banks can definitely have more obscure meanings.  But they are usually related to the same kinds of issues that can be resolved in a very literal way.  If they play out every night as if it were a list of the same complaints one is telling oneself during the waking hours, then it’s simply a matter of taking an action of some kind.  Doing something proactive during the waking hours to take financial pressure off will eventually make the dreams go away.  Even in the most difficult of circumstances, small actions are the key to making a situation better.  Helplessness is always a way of making the obsessive part of the persona come to life.

 

What is particularly interesting about money dreams, however, is that there is a symbolism that plays very well into the language of the unconscious.  Money is already a symbol for something else.  The dollar bill is a note that used to represent gold, and now the gold it represents is symbolic.  So there is a rich and complex language being spoken in dreams about money.  They are quite ethereal, and while they certainly can be references to issues of security and social status, chances are also very high that these meanings are also there in the waking mind.

Jan 18
Math Dreams
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The power of the subconscious mind has rarely been questioned, and its mysteries seem to just get deeper.  Over a century after the raw beginnings of psychoanalysis, the purpose of dreams is still very much a contested issue.  People can dream about giving a speech in their underwear, running in slow motion, or doing math problems, and they all can have radically different interpretations. The interpretations are sometimes more telling of the inner life of the interpreter than with the dreamer.  Sometimes dreams can have symbols that speak to an inner life, and occasionally they will be prescriptive, and even prophetic.

 

Schools of thought on this issue tend to categorize people into two types, analytical and intuitive, and dreams can be seen as extensions of the creative mind or residue of a busy thinker.  One might think that math dreams would fall easily into the rational.  Numbers would rarely mean anything more than what they are, and a dream would be illustrative of the dreamer’s preoccupations with math, and the numbers often go into dead zones that mean very little.  But they can also occasionally be urgent messages from the subconscious, speaking to the dreamer in their native language. Interestingly, when it comes to the idea of dreaming in relation to logical and creative arguments, mathematics can live very comfortably in both regions of the brain.

 

It doesn’t matter whether someone goes to sleep after spending hours on sat prep, or if they are falling in love with someone new.  Mathematical minds are somehow programmed to see things in a peculiar way.  However, it is interesting to note that even the analytical part of the subconscious has some rather clever tricks up its sleeve.

 

One of the most accomplished mathematicians of the 19th century, Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan, had a very peculiar relationship to his dreams.  It is not uncommon to dream about math, and it’s also not uncommon to have peculiar insights in dreams, but rarely do they collide with such marvelous force.  Ramanujan had regular visitations from a goddess named Sri Namagiri Lakshmi of Namakkal, who not only sparked his imagination, but provided him with formulas.  He would write these down immediately upon awakening, and later investigate to discover if they had validity.  They did.

 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that helping one’s children do math games before they go to sleep will bring about the appearance of a muse of numbers.  But it’s impossible to rule it out.  Stranger things have certainly happened.

Dec 27

Have you been feeling sleep deprived? Well, you are not alone. Many people receive an inadequate amount of sleep every night, and while this might be due to a variety of reasons, the standard consequences are the same. Increased stress levels, reduced concentration, anxiety and memory loss are some of the noticeable effects of a lack of sleep, never minding the more obscure or difficult to trace. While we can all agree on the importance of sleep and the consequences of not getting any, many people will disagree on what happens to our conscious minds while we’re out. Of course we know we dream and have different phases of sleep. But what about topics like astral-projection ? That’s right, out of body experiences. We typically associate these with near death encounters, but how may this be similar and also, what does it mean? People spend millions of dollars on sleep aid products, it would be great if one day you could check the Money Mutual video channel to buy a ticket to the astral-plane.

The very idea of leaving one’s own body, particularly while during sleep, causes fear and distress to many people. Others will write it off as a sacrilege or witchcraft. Those people would have to be attached to a particular mythology themselves and relatively unwilling to see beyond. Astral-projection has spiritual beliefs at its core, and is not a demonic or evil practice. Nor is it intended to hurt or curse other people. Of course there are also atheists who believe that it might be an altered state of consciousness related to the sleep process itself , drug use, illness and other secular activities. One of the frequently asked questions, as well as greatest concerns about it, is if it’s possible to become completely detached from your body and then never make it back. That’s a logical curiosity when exploring the topic and it’s natural to have some concerns.

The majority of the studies, at least the ones that are popularly supported and funded, that relate to sleep deal with the physiological aspects of it. What happens to our soul simply cannot be scientifically tested and is not appropriate to medical research. However, there are alternative funding sources found on the company video page , if you’d like to conduct your own research. You may want to explore the practice yourself first, learn about it and decide if it is something you’d like to explore. And if you’re worried about potential sinful or negative associations to it due to your religion, keep in mind that major books of world religions, including Islam and Christianity refer to the practice in a positive light. And while traveling while you sleep might be less expensive than an air plane ticket, it does take a different type of preparation. And you will definitely want to leave your bags, or should I say baggage, behind.

Dec 13
Car tire dreams
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Everything in a dream has a meaning.  Every detail that you remember is an important detail.  Dreams are the subconscious trying to tell you something, digging up those buried thoughts and desires and making them rise to your level of attention so they can become conscious.  There’s always so much buried in there that it’s possible to find a hundred different meanings in every dream.  Chances are pretty high that there are plenty of other meanings, too, that will never really come to light, and they all have applications and speak to something important and essential.

 

When someone is dreaming about something very everyday, then, these quotidian objects take on a heavy burden.  They are inevitably symbols for something, because in dreams (like in the real world), things are rarely what they seem.  Dreaming about your car is a very common dream, because it is a common activity, and to remember it in detail means that there’s something else going on.  We’ll soon see that a dream about driving a car with toyo tires can pack quite a punch.

 

It’s a good idea to start big, then, and work down to smaller details.  A car is an extension of one’s own home, being the thing that carries us when we’re not sleeping.  A house in a dream is usually some kind of representation of the self.  It can be an extension of one’s own body, or even an extension of the entire family line.  The car, then, is another version of the self.  It’s very likely that everything in a dream is an extension or representation of the self in some way.  For cars, however, the dreams are usually suggestive of two things: movement, or the lack of it.  Most car dreams can be interpreted to be important messages about how one’s life is moving, forward, backward, or stopped.

 

Car tire dreams, then, taking the metaphors further, can be representative of the kinds of tracks and traces one leaves behind.  In this way they can be seen to be suggesting that the dreamer is somewhere in the past.  However, there are other interpretations.  The tires can be symbols of status, images of prestige, or some other representation of the ego and power.  That’s a logical reflection of the outer world, after all. Cooper tires are iconic of status and engineering.  In the inner world of dreams, it’s not surprising that they have similar functions, and offer more to think about than can meet the eye.

 

 

 

 

Nov 29

It’s not always a question of easy equation between symbol and metaphor when it comes to dream interpretation.  There are plenty of sources that will begin with the assumption that people all over the world dream in a kind of a common language, but if there are any linguistic bases to dreams, then the universal interpretations need to be held at arm’s length.  If the subconscious does speak its own language, it would be entirely reasonable to believe that it does so utilizing all the resources languages use, and this is a combination of image and sound (and occasionally, both).  For any belief to enter into that realm where reason and creed to co-exist, there needs to be a healthy combination of scientific method and spiritual tradition.  Dreams do tend to speak to both the intellectual and the spiritual part of the dreamer, after all, and any meaningful interpretation would need to be able to cross over into both realms.

 

Linda Schele has been held responsible for cracking the Mayan Code, at least in some academic circles, and her theory was one that has some exciting resonances in dream theory.  Researchers, anthropologists, and linguists have been wondering and arguing about the Mayan symbols.  Part of a stream of living culture, the contemporary Mayan people, separated from their past through a complex process of colonization, speak dozens of languages that seem to have some root connections to the hieroglyphs on the walls of pyramids.  There also seem to be some connections between visual iconographies across time in the changing culture.  It was baffling to try to determine whether or not the images, then, were representations of symbols that had direct meanings, or whether or not the symbols pointed to words that could be put together to create the intended meanings.  As it turns out, at least for Schele, it was both.  Word and image blend together, and the symbols contain extremely complicated puns, double meanings, and even jokes that could only be understood by the masters of the language.

Dreams, then, if they have a complexity that is equal to language, or possibly entirely related to it, would also contain multiple hidden meanings.  The subconscious  playing games with itself, and occasionally saying too much in the game-playing.  There is a level of commerce in dream interpretation that has kept some fortune-tellers in business for some time now, and if this theory holds, and develops, then it’s possible, and certainly very useful, to begin interpreting dreams according to both symbolism and language simultaneously, and start to connect the meanings to bigger pictures.

 

Nov 3

Quality sleep is an essential part of our overall well being and health. Meanwhile, and what most people don’t realize is that our dream life can also affect our overall well being and daily functioning. Some people continue to swear that they don’t dream, though everyone does, and the REM phase of sleep is a fundamental nightly activity. We don’t always remember our dreams, and some people never do, though they are a constant part of our closed eyes hours. An if only we could remember, right down and analyze our dreams on a regular basis, we might be surprised at how much our lives improve and how our individual evolution as humans is enhanced.

This is because, and according to most theories, dreams are manifestations of our life experiences. They are processed through the subconscious and usually articulated through abstract expressions. This means that we can decode them in our waking lives and frequently gain insights into the way our brains are processing live experiences. And if we pay close enough attention to what they are telling us, we can even use them to change behaviors, beliefs and the quality of our lives. The actual literal meaning behind dreams and their relevance to our daily lives continues to be a topic of professional, and amateur, debate, though individuals who have analyzed, or had them analyzed, their dreams testify to the enormous benefit they derive.

There are numerous qualified professionals that can help to understand your own dreaming patterns and learn to interpret them and apply them to situations in your own life and aspects of your personality. Because they are abstract manifestations from our subconscious, the dreams themselves are highly symbolic and most often the symbol itself is specific to the dreamer. However, there are some consistent threads among cultures that will lead to similar associations of standard dream elements for many people. However, it’s important to remember that they are your dreams, and their meaning is entirely significant to you alone. And sometimes the situations and features of your dreams are literal. If you find yourself continually dreaming about loan fees, there’s a good chance you’re under a lot of financial stress. And while the exact details might be specific to you, the overall concern can be applied to many dreams. If you’re one of the individuals who doesn’t believe they dream, the next time you see a tv commercial, you might have a sudden flash back to the dream from last night.

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