Dear Dream Tending Community,
From time to time, each of us experiences the Call. At first, a hint, a word from a friend or an image in a dream. Then, the force builds. A remembrance of a wish, a promise made years ago, revealing itself in the now. Originating in a realm of a different making, the Call is as real as any other familiar occurrence. Once again, destiny makes its visit. As Joseph Campbell reminds, “The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero.” The hero, heroine, or adventurer inside feels the generative spark of an unfathomable mystery. Your authentic life purpose releases and your soul ignites. You have heard the Call.
When the Call goes out, the Gathering happens. Inside, images of elders, mentors, and guardians become visible. In their remembrance you feel both supported and inspired. Outside, dear friends and kindred spirits gather. Here now, they companion you on the journey. A paradox occurs. Though you are leaving the comfort of the home place that you have known, you are arriving at the deep belonging of your soul’s desire. Community, inner and outer, sustains your quest. As with any journey, engaging with those following their unique call is both fulfilling and sustaining. The Dream Tending community is sending out such a call. In November we begin anew with orchestrating the preparation.
The Call goes out. The Gathering is happening.
Tending Tuesdays is about supporting one another in listening to dream and imagination in a different way. Together, let’s discover what is being asked of us now. Let’s listen to the stories embedded in the living images of dream and imagination and offer back to the world their generative sparks.
Until next Tuesday . . .
In the dreamtime,
Inside The Curious Mind
A quote that resonated with me this week…
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
— Joseph Campbell
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founder of Dream Tending, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. He is a world-renowned professor of depth psychology, an imagination specialist, and an innovator. He has served as an organizational consultant to major companies and institutions, and as a depth psychological content advisor to Hollywood film makers. He has lectured extensively in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations, where he has spoken. Professor Aizenstat is the Chancellor Emeritus and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has collaborated with many notable masters in the field including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, and Robert Johnson.