Dear Dream Tending Community,
It’s been quite a magical week for Dream Tending.
On Monday, October 10th, we welcomed an incredible group of dreamers into the Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I program and journeyed together for our first three day intensive module. I marveled at the synchronicities that came forward. Then, over the weekend, I experienced synchronicity again when my husband and I escaped to a hotel for the weekend. When we got there, the hotel clerk – who had no idea it was our anniversary – said, “we upgraded you to the Honeymoon suite; I hope that’s okay.”
Carl Jung (1983), a Swiss Psychologist and one of the founders of Analytic Psychology, used the term ‘synchronicity’ to explain two or more meaningful connected events that have no causal relationship. The events are “simultaneous occurrences of identical thoughts, symbols, or psychic states” (as cited in Storr, p. 424). Synchronicities happen all the time– some very obvious and others less observable. When we live in companionship with our dreams and dream figures, synchronicities seem to increasingly occur. We discover that time, distance, even life experiences are no match for meaningful connected events to occur.
What synchronicities are happening in your life right now?
Here is an exercise to help explore the richness of the synchronistic experience. And, if you received Dr. Aizenstat’s email earlier this week about the offering of a second January enrollment opportunity for the Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate 1 module, and feel the synchronicity in your life, reach out to us at We would love to have you join us to experience the healing powers of dreams and imagination.
Myka Hanson, Ph.D.
Mentor of the Academy of Dream Tending

Journal Exercise

  1. Imagine the last time something coincidental/synchronistic happened in your life. Consider jobs, relationships, self-care, family. Spend a moment to recreate this experience through your senses: touch, smell, sound, taste, sight.
  2. Recall how you responded to this synchronistic moment. With surprise? With understanding? With awe?
  3. Take a moment to invite a dream image (someone from a recent dream or perhaps from your dream council) into your space. What does Dream Image have to share about synchronicity? Be in conversation with Dream Image as it experiences the synchronicity with you.
  4. Journal, sketch, or gesture the experience of your interaction with your dream image. What revelations came forward?

Inside The Curious Mind

A quote that resonated with me this week…
“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny. “
-David Richo

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Stephen Aizenstat

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.