Saturday, May 4, 2013

Remembering Penny

Posted: 25 March 2013
Updated: 5 May 2013

On Friday, 22 March 2013, Penny Houghteling, 87, passed away peacefully in a local hospice. She had become a dear friend and star of our dream Creative Deep Listening workshop/seminar project. We will miss her greatly. In the last few months she left several wonderful teaching dreams and moments.

Penny's last contribution to our dream seminar was an IDL interview with Laura, her deceased daughter, in a deeply moving and surprising experience, given the trauma of her daughter's death. It was as if Laura herself was in the room with us!

This was preceded by a "Transformative" dream that she had had last summer, about which she asked to do an IDL interview of a dream character she called "Mystical Painting". In this link, which IDL creator Joseph Dillard posted on his website (with her permission), her name was changed for the sake of privacy.

With such dream experiences now behind her, Penny passed on from us. Bless you, dear friend, wherever you are.

Saturday, May 5, 2013. Memorial services took place at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church, where Penny's son Warren and family attend. Pastor Bruce of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where Penny attended, also participated in the services. My wife Birgitta, Penny's friend and seamstress, sang at the beginning and end of the service.

During the Quaker-like "speaking into the silence" period of the service, I felt moved to speak of Penny's Mystical Painting dream and mention her IDL interview of that dream character. Immediately after the service, because several family members and friends mentioned Penny's late daughter Laura during that Quaker-like period, I was privileged to share with her family Penny's subsequent IDL interview of her dream character Laura.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dad, IMHO your role was a significant facilitation and one of the most kosmically meaningful and profound things you have ever participated in.