Dear Dream Tending Community,

What is the dream’s desire? Who asks such a question? Virtually nobody. More often, the questions people ask are: What does this dream mean? What does this dream have to do with me? That is because most dreamwork systems are person centered. The assumption being that every aspect of a dream is a personification of an aspect of the dreamer. How truly limited. What gets missed is the innate genius of the dreaming psyche.

Dream Tending journeys a different path. This approach orients around ways of listening and learning from the imaginal intelligence that creates the dream from the beginning. It is here, in the images offered by the dream, that you discover the intent of the dream, its desire.

Dream Tending’s approach is image centered. Dream images are like looking-glass parables. The more you look, the deeper you see. And, what gets reflected from the well of deep imagination are intimations, hints of the dream’s desire. These cues inform your soul’s calling. When informed by the knowledge of soul, the circumstances of your life take on new meaning. You experience the vitality of your authentic calling. When in alignment with your life purpose, your life-force strengthens. Yes. You feel stronger emotionally and physically.

Our annual Winter Workshop takes place Saturday, December 18th from 9am to noon PST. I will be offering skills and tools from the Dream Tending approach that will help you listen to the dream’s desire and reconnect to your soul’s journey. If you can, join us. As a community, we can support one another and learn the ways of living a soul-centered life.

Until next Tuesday…

In the dreamtime,

A simple exercise to begin the journey . . .

1. Choose a dream that you remember. Or, better, let the dream choose you.
2. Read the dream out loud twice. First read it as it is written. Second, change all the past tense words into the present tense.
3. Notice, on the second reading, how the feeling tone changes. Also notice what image stands out and captures your curiosity.
4. The image may be a dream figure, a landscape, or an action occurring in the dream.
5. Make a sketch or doodle of this image.
6. Without feeling the need to make meaning, bring your witnessing presence to the dream image.
7. Imagine it speaking on its own behalf. Write down what you hear.
8. Suspend for a moment explanations and expectations. Get curious and ask, “What is this dream image’s desire?”
9. What hint, what clue is being offered in relation to your soul’s journey?
10. Write down one small action, one step on the path, that you will take this day on behalf of the calling you are experiencing.

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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.