About Maria Carla Cernuto
Marias interest in dreaming and psi subjects began in childhood where she experienced: out of body travels, precognitive dreams, and after death communication in both her waking and dreaming states. Her maternal grandmother greatly influenced her psychic development, for she recognized Marias abilities early on and encouraged her to seek formal training; consequently she was ordained as a Spiritualist Minister in the early 1990s, and became a teacher of Occult subjects via Spiritual Freedom Mission located in Hollywood, FL. She is a trained psychic medium, and was interviewed for her talents by a research writer who worked on behalf of author Elmore Dutch Leonard for his book, Riding The Rap, where they used her interviews to create two different characters based on her experiences.
Additionally, she has a background in the entertainment industry. Maria has been a makeup artist for movie / television sets and photography shoots, as well as an instructor at The Berger Institute for Production Technology in Miami, FL where she taught the art of fashion, character and special makeup effects. She has toured worldwide with recording artists working in various positions; and served as an Executive Assistant at Long Distance Entertainment, a music management company based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Maria is also a writer in various genres: Occult courses, rituals, sermons, short stories, poetry, screenplays and research papers. Currently, she resides in Los Angeles, CA. with her partner, a filmmaker, with whom she is shooting a documentary titled, Mind Power: A Study of Dreaming.
My favorite dream ever is a really difficult question to answer, for I have maintained dream journals since I was 18 years old. If I had to pick one, my favorite non-lucid dream, is titled The Goddess Dreams The Demon?:
I am talking to a young female who is dressed in a spiritual type robe. I discover she is both a vegetarian and an artist. I am discussing vegetarianism with her and I basically assert that if we were lost in the woods or were in the middle of the ocean that we would be food for some other life form; and that if she was not eating animal products because they are alive then she shouldnt eat plants either, for they too are alive. I walk over to a huge canvas lying on the floor that she had painted. It was a beautiful Goddess figure connected head to head with a hideous demon image. She tells me its a Tibetan Goddess named Ma-la and a Tibetan demon. I question the Goddess name saying, you mean like the Hindu prayer beads, mala? She answers, no, a Tibetan Goddess named Ma-la. She went on explaining that they were dreaming one another. I asked what she meant by that, and she replied, well just as you are a good person who sometimes has nightmares the demon is the Goddess nightmare; and just as she is capable of having horrible nightmares, the demon is able to dream of great beauty. She elucidated how we are all part of a Higher Beings dream and all the suffering in the world was its nightmare, and the beauty its sweet dream. She said, one day the Great Being would wake up. I wondered, what then would become of us. Then I woke up.
I can't pick "a" favorite book, but here are several:
Creative Dreaming, Our Dreaming Mind, Sleep Paralysis, Lucid Dreaming, Tracks in the Psychic Wilderness, Journeys Out of the Body, Dream Telepathy, Man and His Symbols, Inner Work, Memories Dreams Reflections, The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious,
Apparitions: An Archetypal Approach to Death, Dreams and Ghosts, Dreamers Book of the Dead, Dream Gates, & MORE...
My notes on the IASD
I stumbled across IASDs website while internet searching the topic of lucid dreaming. It is important for dream research to gain wider attention, as there is a wealth of valuable content via dreaming. I have had OBE, lucidity, precognitive, and highly spiritual dreams since childhood; consequently, I realize the importance of the dream world and hope that IASD will be able to bring greater awareness with respect to dreaming and the possibilities, which they possess to future generations. The various topics that IASD discusses, presents, experiments with etc. are truly progressive and I would like to see this organization reach the younger generation, as I had very few people to consult or learn from while I was growing up. I believe I could have excelled even further with access to an organization such as IASD and its network with whom I could have conferred on dream-related subjects. I am grateful to have found this organization, and not only have I become a member, but I am honored to serve as IASD's Regional Representative for Florida, USA.