Dancing With Yourself with Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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"Why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?" This was the question put to Oriah Mountain Dreamer, visionary teacher and writer, by one of her mentoring teachers. After writing the best-selling book, The Invitation, Dreamer discovered that her intention to grow in her capacity to love well was not manifesting, evident in circumstances such as illness and dissolving relationships. She wanted to know, really know, that she was enough just as she was. With rare passion and honesty, Dreamer eloquently taps into her own fully lived experiences, bestowing gentle wisdom about how to become who we want to become. She says, "The task was not to change who I was, but to find a way of unfolding to become who I was. Basically, to get out of my own way." Dreamer stresses the importance of personal relationships from the parent/child bond, friendships or lovers. She challenges us to stand up and take responsibility for our own lives and choices and to live as truthfully and honestly as we can and to slow down and let go, returning to the sacred emptiness where we can encounter our true self. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a visionary, an author and a teacher, who speaks at conferences and retreats throughout the United States and Canada.

Her books include:

  • The Invitation (HarperSanFrancisco 1999)
  • The Dance: Moving to the Rhythms of Your True Self (HarperSanFrancisco 2001)
  • The Call: Discovering Why You Are Here (HarperSanFrancisco 2003)
  • What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul (HarperSanFrancisco 2005)

To learn more about the work of Oriah Mountain Dreamer go to www.oriahmountaindreamer.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How can you live more deeply?
  • Why do you so infrequently want to be the person you really are?
  • Hear Oriah's moving story of looking death in the face and making a choice to live differently
  • Mother/Son relationships - knowing deep down what is best for the relationship
  • What is the benefit of letting go of attachment to results - trying easier, not trying harder
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 10/30/2001       Program Number: 2899