Exercise: Opening Your Heart to Inner Community
- Take a moment to consider several images, figures, or elders who are a part of your inner community. This may be parents who have passed away, dream figures, pets, or trees. Choose only three members of inner community for now.
- With closed eyes imagine sitting in a grass field surrounded by a circle of trees. In this field you are with your trinity of supportive, loving inner community members.
- Face each figure and experience the exchange of love, connection, and respect. Notice the feeling of your heart opening as you imagine these energetic exchanges. Spend time with each one, truly taking in the moment.
- When you are ready, come back to eyes open. Take a moment after this active imagination and notice how your body feels. Journaling or sketching about this experience can help deepen and sustain the connection.
Inside The Curious Mind
This is a quote that resonated with me this week…
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.