Dear Dream Tending and Imagination Community,

Recently I had yet another occasion to share dream as story and offer story as dream. I discovered yet again that when I am not in such a hurry to interpret or analyze, both story and dream stir the wellsprings of soul. The innate genius that informs both arises from the soul’s desire to be known and told.

Dreams and story ask to be written, or better, spoken. In the telling, we feel connected to psyche’s presence in our life. When open to what comes forward in the telling, rather than in the reciting, we become animated with what lives between and around the lines. We discover what, as Marion Woodman offers, “is at the heart of life.” Storytelling and dream sharing in community awakens both our soul’s yearning and, too, our community’s longing for deep belonging. Together, let’s support one another in telling the stories that are moving through our lives, as beautiful, challenging, and revealing as they are.


  • Identify an experience moving through your life, either a remembrance from the past or circumstances of the present time.
  • Using a kind of “automatic writing” (no need for this to be “perfect” prose), write out a few paragraphs describing your experience.
  • Read aloud what you have written and underline what captivates your curiosity, not what seems to fit a scripted narrative.
  • Place the underlined passages/sentences on the page, but not necessarily in the order in which they were first recorded. Let each find their own place in the arrangement.
  • Now read aloud what has been orchestrated. Like a jazz musician, allow for riffs of what comes alive between lines to be told.
  • Imagine what it would be like to share your emerging story with another, even in a community receptive to listening. . .

Notice how storytelling becomes soul-making.

Until next Tuesday . . .



Inside The Curious Mind

This is a quote that resonated with me this week…

“Storytelling is at the heart of life… In finding our own story, we assemble all the parts of ourselves. Whatever kind of mess we have made of it, we can somehow see the totality of who we are and recognize how our blunderings are related. We can own what we did and value who we are, not because of the outcome but because of the soul story that propelled us.”

― Marion Woodman

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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.