Dear Dream Tending and Deep Imagination community,
On this second Tuesday of 2023, let me wish you a fulfilling New Year. And, too, I want to encourage you to set an intention for this year. Bring your continued attention to tending dreams. This year, our Dream Tending community will attend to both nighttime dreams as well as daytime dreams—waking dreams. When an event or experience captivates your curiosity, notice what about it is dreamlike. Open your curiosity and pause. Bring your witnessing presence into relationship with the unfolding phenomena. In this way, you enter and engage the fields of imagination. Notice what is unfolding: the figures, the landscape, the emotions, and the actions. Don’t lead or problem solve. Your curiosity to detail will support your patience.
Next, write or sketch what you have experienced. This experience is sometimes called a reverie, or a vision, even a revelation. Work with the Dream Tending skills that you are familiar with. You can find the skill-set at dreamtending.com. You may very well discover that this experience has qualities of “guidance.” At the dawn of this new year, l want to support you in allowing the deep imagination of guiding dreams to assist in your authentic life journey.
Stephen Aizenstat Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/Marriage Family Therapist/Credentialed Teacher/Professor and Dream Tender
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.