Dear Dream Tending and Imagination Community,
We have gathered in our Certificate I program here at the Pacifica Lambert Road campus. In this module we consider the world’s dream. In community we remember that in an animated world everything is dreaming. Over these days we listen as the landscapes, creatures, and material things offer their voices through the images that appear in our dreams. The nature made and the human made tell of their plight and, too, of their beauty. We host dreams in ways that bring the anima mundi, the soul in and of the world, into our awareness.
In the world of today, creating time and space to listen to the animals and landscapes as well as the buildings and machines tell their stories is of utmost importance. Over these days together we listen with ears attuned to the psyche in the world and we see with eyes that perceive expressions of the soul in all creation. We discover that in addition to the ever-present wounding in the world, there also exists the wellspring of healing.
The time is now to open our personal and collective vision. Together, let’s extend the welcome mat and befriend the psyche in and of the world. Only then will the restorative forces of the world’s dream return into our lives and communities.
Until next Tuesday . . .
“Call the world, if you please, ‘the Vale of Soul Making’. Then you will find out the use of the world….”
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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.