Karen Lawrence is a Starseed Dream Oracle specializing in astral dream plane connection and interpretation. She joined the course in 2021 and has just published and launched her Dreamgirl Dream Oracle deck, a 44-card deck and accompanying guide book to provide others with a tool to strengthen their dream time and interpret their own dreams with symbols, techniques and helpful suggestions.
Can you share a little about the inspiration behind the deck and why you wanted to create it?
I have always been interested in dreams, as a child I wanted to work with dreams but I didn’t really know what that could look like. I hit a road bump in high school where I mentioned to a family friend that I wanted to be a dream worker, and he told me that it came from a dark/evil place. That really put a block up for me, as a young person, and I shut down the “dream”. Fast forward almost 20 years, and I had a feeling that I was supposed to do something, a life purpose/path but I couldn’t remember what it was. Through personal work, I started to “remember” and uncover my desire to work with dreams.
I wanted to create this deck to inspire others to look deeper into their dreams, deeper than symbols (although symbols are important) and start to open up to the idea that dreams can communicate with the higher self, loved ones on the other side, other beings, dimensions and realms. When one is able to see this possibility, the work that can be done during sleep is limitless! I believe that dreaming is an accessible place that is an easy bridge into the world of spirituality, for those that are interested but may be too timid to jump in with both feet. A soft entry point into awakening.
In what stage of the process were you before joining the course?
Before I joined the course, I had started ideas. Making lists of cards, drawing out very rough sketches of what I wanted things to look like. With no idea of how to actually make things come to life.
What decisions did the course help you with?
The Digital Collage in Canva class threw open the doors of creativity. I was finally able to make my vision come true. I had no idea how to create digital art before this and was struggling with the concept of getting the images from my mind, into reality.
What was the most valuable takeaway for you?
Aside from the digital art section, the information on printers was invaluable. I would have been too overwhelmed to find a route to printing without this course. From options of overseas printers to the specs that were optimal for production, I felt safe and confident investing in the print company.
Is there anything that surprised you about the process so far?
I am surprised at how smoothly everything has gone. It’s hard to believe that what started as lists in a notebook, have turned into something so real. I live in a very small rural town in Eastern Canada where outside-the-box ideas are often hard to come by or witness. The course has really been like having a mentor guide me each step of the way. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn so much.
Would you like to share any details about the launch of your deck?
I ordered 500 decks of cards to start, and my local area and adjoining towns have been so supportive and receptive! My cards are now available in 8 local stores and through my online Etsy shop. I was nervous to approach shops to ask if they would like to sell my deck (metaphysical shops, gift shops, health food stores, bookstores), but 8/10 shops I approached were very excited and thrilled to support me. I have restocked four of the stores already in the first month of selling, and I plan to re-order once my stock is 50% depleted.
Currently, I am brainstorming for the next deck and working on an accompanying dream journal. For the journal, I will add a digital download version to my Etsy shop to start and work on the print copy for the future. A local company specializing in crystal and gemstone jewellery has reached out to me and asked to collaborate and create a “Dream Girl Dream” crystal bracelet, which will also be available in my shop as an add-on to deck purchases. I am very excited for the direction everything is heading.