Welcome to this week’s Tending Tuesdays offering! Tending Tuesdays was inspired by a pull to sustain the value of what happens when we come together as a community. Each Tuesday, an email will come to you with a link to a new video on a Dream Tending or depth psychological topic in the form of current writing and research, interviews, discussions with colleagues, and clips of tending dreams.

Dear Yearning,

The wounding in the world of today has opened both a fear and a yearning. We know a lot about fear. What about the yearning? At first, our response seems straightforward. We yearn for safety, prosperity, and for contact. Yet, over time as the external threats of uncertainty persist our experience of yearning pushes with increased force.
Beneath the veil of expectations, self-generated or imposed by others, we experience hints of an emerging desire. At first, we feel sparks, originating from a deeper source. Then a glimpse of the blue fire of soul’s purpose. We reflect, “in this one and precious life, what is the nature of our true desire, our unique life purpose?” The longing for authentic purpose askes, no demands, to be known.
Left unattended, yearning turns into feelings of loss and disappointment. When tended, yearning opens desire and passion. To live a creative purposeful life, we are asked to give voice then expression to our true calling. Let’s support one another in listening to what is emerging in us from the inside out. . . a remembrance of that which has been pushing us from birth, the yearning to fulfill our gods’ given destiny.

In the dreamtime,


Dream Tending Exercise:

1)    Take two days and notice what you experience in your life as “out of the ordinary.”

2)    Big or small, write down these occurrences.

3)    Notice how these “hints” open your sense of yearning.

4)    What lives in your yearning? What authentic desire is emerging?

5)    Take the time to listen deeply, outside of the anticipated, separate from your or others’ expectation?

6)    Now, in a phrase, give Name to your unique calling, pushing forward from the wholeness of your life.

7)    What expression can you give to this authentic sense of calling, to your soul’s yearning?

8)    Remember to tend to your day and night dreams as this process reveals itself through the circumstances of your life.

Inside The Curious Mind

A quote that resonated with me this week…

“You are born with a character; it is given; a gift, as the old stories say, from the guardians before your birth.”
— James Hillman,
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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.