The ancients believed that the dream was a gift of the gods in order to direct humans in their lives. Dreams were considered to be the medicine of the soul. When we dream, we stand at the dawn of creation. We experience images as living entities and experience a state of consciousness radically different from our habitual consciousness. What you will learn is that healing interactions are available to us as we relate to these images. These interactions will impact us mind, body and spirit. Dream images have a hidden intentionality, which is achieved through borrowing a body from the cast of characters held in the collective unconscious. This collective is the wellspring of all archetypal images, like those found in all of the myths, religions and fairytales of the world.
By using a variety of body-centered techniques we can flash back into a dreamlike state and invite our dreams to work with and on us. Once given the opportunity our dreams will guide us to integrating creative inspiration, necessary knowledge and emotional states in order to integrate them into our waking lives for both growth and healing. Dreams respond to our attention and honoring. The study of dreams can enlarge one’s understanding of oneself and of mankind. In this course, you will learn to incubate life’s problems and desires into the dream realms, in order to receive healing, inspiration and even meaningful spiritual fulfillment.
Week One: What is a Dream?
Week Two: How to Invite and Encourage Dreams
Week Three: Practices for Hosting Your Dream Images/Making Associations
Week Four: Guided Introduction to Embodied Imagination
Week Five: Interpreting your Dreams/Getting answers
Week Six: Mending the Split
Week Seven: Using Ritual to Keep the Dream Alive
Week Eight: How to Incubate a Question into the Dream Realm