Dear Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Community,
Dreams are messengers. They are couriers delivering important “letters” from the dreaming psyche. The communications offer insight, speak of warnings, and tell of your fate. As storytellers, their language is metaphoric, symbolic, often poetic. In your tending to dreams, remember to respond to both the message and the messenger. How will you listen and then enact what you have gleaned from the dream, the story? And too, what gift can you send back with the storyteller to the psyche? Think about these two actions as you engage in your Dream Tending praxis. One thing to remember: The actions you take on behalf of the dream and the gift you send back with the storyteller originate in your creativity, not only in your rational mind. To do so brings high regard to both the story and the storyteller. Reflect for a moment. In gifting back, you befriend the messenger and you enhance your capacities of living a soul-centered life.
Stephen Aizenstat Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/Marriage Family Therapist/Credentialed Teacher/Professor and Dream Tender
Inside The Curious Mind
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.