Anne Hill has expertise in many areas, from dreams and spirituality to self-publishing and author platforms. She is a sought-after speaker and teacher, helping people improve their lives using both inner and outer resources. As a consultant, Anne creates content and messaging strategies for people with wisdom to share. Anne hosts Dream Talk Radio on YouTube, writes for the Huffington Post and SageWoman Magazine, and is co-leader of the Bay Area Bloggers Society.
In my adult life I have built several businesses. Each began with a cluster of questions about a topic I wanted to learn more about. As I answered my own questions, I created a business model based on helping other people answer those same questions. Five years ago I started Creative Content Coaching, the most recent iteration of this … Continue reading Some Final Thoughts →
I spoke with author Deirdre Barrett about three of her books: The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams, Trauma and Dreams, and The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use Their Dreams for Creative Problem Solving-And How You Can Too. …
This article was shared with my email subscribers earlier this month. If you’d like to subscribe, click here. In this season of All Hallows Eve, when what normally stays in the shadows comes out for all to see, I want to bring up a topic that we don’t often talk about. Namely, that not all online attention … Continue reading Social Media’s Ugly Shadow →
Are you looking for a book contract for your nonfiction, genre or literary fiction work? Here is what three very different, successful literary agents have to say about author platforms: Platform is really about fame, and there are two different kinds of fame. One is fame among strangers, and the other is fame in your community. And … Continue reading Scratch Magazine: Explaining the Business of Writing →
Author and journalist John Sulak spent over a decade researching and writing his new book, The Wizard and the Witch: Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magick & Paganism (an Oral History of Oberon Zell and Morning Glory). The book gives an inside look at Oberon and Morning Glory Zell and the Church of All Worlds, while placing their lives and work in the context of the United States’ rich history of literary, counterculture, and new religious movements. The book is a fas
Jason’s recent editorial at the Wild Hunt has spurred me to write here, after a three month hiatus. In his article, Jason makes some good points about the growth of Pagan affiliation in the U.S. compared to its relatively small level of infrastructure and influence. On the question of how to create more engagement among the estimated […]
There is very little I still hold from my days of Feri (or Faery) study and practice. That stage of my life was rich in drama and wonder, and I was blessed with a circle of close friends engaged in the same pursuits. We kept each other on our toes, exploring all sorts of things […]
At the San Francisco Writers Conference last month I had the opportunity to speak with many authors about their platforms. The variation was stunning, and inspiring. Even among writers in the same genre, there were no two identical approaches to building visibility and community around their work. As most authors know, a platform isn’t just “I have a … Continue reading Bare Bones: Platform Basics for Authors →
As inspiring as it is to read about indie authors who make it big selling ebooks on Amazon, such reports can obscure the fact that most authors work for years before they become an “overnight” success. There are two imperatives for writers who want to take this long road to publishing success: keep writing, and keep … Continue reading Being an Author for the Long Haul →
It is time once again to pull out your journals, those scraps of paper and backs of envelopes where you have jotted down verse throughout the year—you know you have—and offer it up to the Goddess Brigid, patron saint of Ireland. Brigid loves poetry, excels at smithcraft, is an accomplished healer, and midwife, and in […]
On the sixth anniversary of Dream Talk Radio, I spoke with my friend and colleague Ryan Hurd about his latest book, Dream Like a Boss, what’s new in sleep and dream research, and bringing a show like Dream Talk Radio to a bigger audience.
My ongoing examination of leadership and community dynamics in this blog dovetails nicely with teaching ethics classes at Cherry Hill Seminary. I never imagined teaching an ethics course, but was asked to step in mid-semester four years ago when a faculty change left the Boundaries and Ethics class without a professor. That year I played […]
I can still remember the first time I walked into my college’s main library. Before me were six huge floors, each one filled floor-to-ceiling with bookshelves. Looking at all that accumulated knowledge, my heart sank. “Everything important has already been written,” I thought. I was surprised by my own reaction. Why despair? I didn’t consider … Continue reading N is for Niche →
LinkedIn is a fantastic platform for all kinds of professional networking. With over 259 million users in more than 200 countries, it is often the very best way to network with leaders in your field. Over half of LinkedIn’s revenue comes from the talent market, so if you are currently employed or would like to … Continue reading Why I Will Never Break My LinkedIn Rule Again →
That is the line I woke up with a few weeks ago. Three times a wood passes for rain. It gripped me and I rushed to write it down before it vanished. As I wrote, there spilled out from behind it a whole dream that was just as poetic and mysterious. In the final scene, I […]
One night over twenty years ago I stood outside Urban Stonehenge, a large pink house on Potrero Hill, talking to my friend Rose as people streamed in through the front gate. It was a big monthly San Francisco party known as the anarchist community coffeehouse, and I’d driven down from Sonoma County to see friends […]
Author, activist and spiritual teacher Thorn Coyle talks about her latest book: Make Magic of Your Life: Passion, Purpose and the Power of Desire. We talk about spiritual practice, life force energy, and the art of manifestation.
With so much great information available on how to publish and build a platform, the challenge for authors is finding the right advice at the right time. Most authors I speak to struggle not with finding reliable information but knowing which advice is right for their particular situation. Adding to the confusion, even sound advice … Continue reading The Challenge of Author Education →
It has been eight years this month since I left the family home I’d made in Sebastopol and moved out to the coast. With little money, a fledgling career, and two daughters still to support, it was a leap of faith greater in magnitude than any I had yet tried to pull off in my […]
Sometimes you don’t know how you’re going to use a social media site until you’ve been on it for a while. In my case, a lightbulb went off about Google+ and Pinterest one day as I was silently fuming about a full-page book ad in the New Yorker. The ad didn’t make any sense from … Continue reading Social Media Tip: Turn Your Rants Into Pin Boards →
Roger Gottlieb is a professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and author most recently of the excellent Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters. In this interview we talk about karma, compassion, anger and other strong emotions, and why so many people identify as “spiritual, not religious.”
Kelly Bulkeley, past president of IASD and highly respected dream researcher, recently published a wonderful book titled Children’s Dreams: Understanding the Most Memorable Dreams and Nightmares of Childhood. We discussed Carl Jung, nightmares as initiatory experiences, parental worries, and how childhood dreams shape our adulthood.
Dr. Christopher Sowton teaches homeopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. I spoke with him about his book The Dreamworking Manual: A Guide to Using Dreams in Health Care, and how health care professionals can make the best use of the dreams of their patients.
Blogging is a great way to find out what you love to write about. This may seem like good news, but it is not always welcome if you’ve started blogging for reasons other than love (i.e. to make money). Here’s how the process works: you start a blog thinking that it will be all about … Continue reading How to Blog and When Not to Blog →
After eight years of blogging I am finally correcting a major oversight. I can’t very well be a late-Boomer Bay Area native and not write at least once about the Grateful Dead; it just isn’t done. So here goes. The Grateful Dead were once as ubiquitous as tie-dye on Telegraph Ave. They played constantly, both locally […]
It was a running joke in the old Reclaiming Collective that “The Future of the Collective” would always be an item on our meeting agenda, and we would always run out of time before addressing it. The joke lasted for years, and provided a refreshing bit of honesty about our ambivalence toward maturing as an organization […]
Spring comes early to the North Coast, and with it comes the wind. There are very few days in the Spring when the air is still, and many more when the house is buffeted all day by wave after wave of cold, thundering marine air. Some nights the wind picks up around 4 am, loud […]
I caught up with author and influential thinker Howard Rheingold, to talk about his latest book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. If you have ever wondered what the internet has to do with expanded consciousness, or are wondering why developing better online habits is similar to lucid dreaming, watch our 15 minute interview to find out.
Howard is an influential thinker and pioneer in online learning. His long and storied career includes much research and experimentation with lucid drea
I had the privilege of speaking with both Fariba Bogzaran and Daniel Deslauriers earlier this week, about their important new book Integral Dreaming: A Holistic Approach to Dreams. Watch our entire 45 minute interview here, or see below for topics covered.
On using Integral Theory to create an overview of Dream Studies (0:54) How the book came to be (1:30) Presenting the Theory of Inclusivity to a diverse audience in 2004 (4:10) Integ
In preparation for the upcoming Gateways of the Mind Conference in London Nov. 3–4, I hosted a special edition of Dream Talk Radio this morning. My guests were Sergio Magaña, Graham Nicholls, Charlie Morley, Dr. Michael Katz, Rory MacSweeney and Davyd Farrell.
Watch the video here, and see below for topics covered in our conversation.
The Gateways of the Mind Conference (1:10) Dr. Michael Katz on Tibetan Buddhist Dream Yoga, and the non-dual teachings of Dzogchen,
I spoke with Dzogchen teacher, author, translator, and Tibetan Buddhist scholar Keith Dowman about dreams in Dzogchen. Among the topics you will find in our talk:
The awakened state, the dream state, and deep sleep (2:30) Dreams as analogue for the awakened state (3:10) Lucid dreaming and the intensity of light (3:50) Dream content in Vajrayana and Dzogchen (10:21) Nightmares and equanimity (12:30) Precognitive dreams in Dzogchen (15:52) Vajra
I spoke with author and dreamer Robert Moss about his new book, Dreaming the Soul Back Home, and the healing potential of re-entering dreams for soul recovery.
Highlights of our talk include:
Dream re-entry (2:00) Do all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness? (5:20) Active dreaming and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (8:20) Honoring the dream and simple purification rituals (11:50) Dreaming with young children (13:50) Robert’s summer t
In 2009 I spoke with herbalist Gail Julian about herbs for sleep and dreams. She shared some of her extensive knowledge about what to do in cases of anxiety, insomnia, and other nervous system upsets. Gail is on the faculty of the California School of Herbal Studies and has a private practice in Sebastopol, CA.…
Dr. Sam Kimbles, psychologist, Jungian analyst, and immediate past president of the San Francisco Jung Institute, sat down with me to talk about Jung’s psychospiritual crisis and the origins of the Red Book. What follows is a personal story about how Jung’s process affected Dr. Kimbles, and why he is exploring the material in both lectures and workshops with the general public. We talk at great length about “Active Imagination,” which is a process Jung developed during this time of inner tran
Dr. Gayle Delaney, bestselling author and founding President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, shares her thoughts on dreams, problem solving, romance, and relationships. Highlights of our talk include:
How she became interested in dreams (0:30) Dr. Delaney’s time spent in Zurich after college (7:04) Carl Jung, and Jungian dream interpretation (9:32) Dr. Delaney’s dream interview method (13:00) Dream incubation, and dreaming for problem
Ryan Hurd is great fun to talk to because he is so knowledgeable about dreaming. I recommend his books to my clients all the time, and we have discussed sleep paralysis and otherworldly dream visitors on the air before. But when he came out with his new Lucid Immersion Blueprint, I decided to step it up and try a video interview this time.
We cover a lot of ground in this talk, and here are some highlights you won’t want to miss:
What is lucid immersion? (1:20) Ryan’s tr
Everyone dreams, and everyone has nightmares. Children and adolescents tend to have more nightmares than adults, but they can strike at any time, leaving us wide awake in the middle of the night, heart pounding in fear.
When I wrote my book on nightmares, What To Do When Dreams Go Bad, I included in it a “nightmare survival kit”: a list of several things you can do beginning at the moment you wake from a nightmare, to soothe your nervous system as well as your fears. Nightmares carry
Like a very slow-moving clock, I aspire to create quarterly email newsletters but somehow only manage to get out two per year. Still, that does not deter me from calling them Quarterly Newsletters! Aim high, as I always tell my kids.
Earlier today I sent out my Fall Newsletter, available to read here. Highlighted in the email is news of my upcoming workshop in Portland, OR from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Dreams and Eros takes on the forbidden subject of, well, dreams and eros—not in the sense