This presentation is dedicated to the spirit of sharing the golden threads that weave or tangle our waking and sleeping lives together. Photographs shown in this presentation focus on the dream of simplicity, pattern, and mindfulness. In reality, it occurs on the road, people and places and synchronicities along the way, journaling daytime and nighttime visions. In this presentation Laura Atkinson will be:. In this presentation I will explore how drawing an image from a dream helped set my intention to action, and this action sent me on a journey to discover the Australian and international dreaming community, to find an inspiring mentor, to develop new creative partnerships and make dream friendships, and to uncover a raft of creative skills.
The structure is as follows:.
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Firstly, I will present a context to this story by explaining that I was an academic coordinator at a dance college, who was a closet dreamer and a frustrated creative. I will share an imaginal journey, a powerful narrative which demanded to be embodied in the world. Soon I was writing the story and drawing images from the story. One day an email popped into my inbox, offering me a place in a short film-making course, complete with access to cameras and editing equipment. I had made a short documentary before, but never a work of fiction.
I pitched my idea for the art film and my teacher liked the idea, but said we were there to make a documentary, so I asked Dr. Susannah Benson if I could interview her about the liminal space, and used this as an introduction for my experimental multimedia art film documentary.
I struggled with a steep creative and technological learning curve, but the story demanded to be born and the image on my screen saver moved me forward. I completed my film and submitted it three days before a New York film festival opened. They loved it so much that the organisers made space in the program, and the next morning I jumped on a plane and watched my film premier in New York two days later.
I would like to explore my experience of the creative process in the following ways. Secondly, I will explore the creative process of using a dream as a work of prose, then as poetry, and then take it into the filmic narrative as a story board, story script and voice script. I will also explore how I used the dream as the inspiration for dance movement, illustration, and, finally, as a film.
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Thirdly, I would like to suggest ways that fellow dreamers can use their dreaming to help support their own creative process. How do we respond creatively and compassionately to the problems and pain we see in the world around us?
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Dreams can help us sustain our integrity and effectiveness as we work toward positive change. In this workshop, our dreams will guide us in finding common ground, reconsidering fear, frustration and despair, and opening our minds and hearts to new possibilities. In the workshop, brief didactic talks will alternate with dream-sharing and exercises, covering the following areas in sequential order:. What exactly is Dream Watsu? Watsu is a form of aquatic bodywork that incorporates unconditional holding with slow gentle movements in warm water to induce whole body healing and relaxation.
Water has often been considered by many dreamers to symbolically represent the unconscious itself. In Dream Watsu we apply the container of Watsu, developed by Harold Dull and associates in the s, to dreamwork. In this dream group we will shift our attention to dreams in which liquids and watery settings play a central theme in the dream.
We will enhance this collective sharing by being immersed in the element of water itself, and thus allow the element to speak through us regarding the significance of such dreams. Furthermore, we will explore ways of working with dreams in pods of three using simple floatation techniques that mimic the sensation of being in a womb-like, half awake, half asleep state.
Be prepared to soak, participate and play in this highly experiential dream group. Watsu has been used to treat all kinds of physical and mental ailments but is rarely applied to dreamwork. I would like to borrow elements from this aquatic therapy and see how they can be applied to dreamwork.
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A boy has a recurring dream of digging deep into the earth to unearth jewels. Then friends invite him for a weekend at a state park where they dig for quartz crystals—a transformative experience for him. He leaves photography to go work in mines around the world, eventually starting a major business importing gems. A theater set designer dreams of whales and dolphins that men are about to slaughter; in the dream, she feels compelled to join them in the water.
A boy dreams he is climbing a huge mountain of books. In college, he begins mountaineering, he achieves major climbs, he writes his first book about a climb. These are not typical dreams.
For one thing, they are recurring dreams. Recurring dreams—identical or repeating major themes—are not reacting simply to the events of that day,. Jung, , p. Australian aborigines believe that dramatic dreams are brought by deities, as opposed to ordinary personal dreams.
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The North American Lakota mandate vision quests for young men to fast, perform rituals, and to have a dream revealing what their trade or role in the tribe would be—a very conscious effort to produce dreams like the three above. It will address principles that also apply to little dreams, however examples will come more often from big dreams.
They are dramatic, detailed, better remembered—and therefore they can often illuminate some processes common to all dreaming. The moon is a channel, silent observer, and anchor. Dreams have long been looked on as sources of wisdom and personal guidance. So why is it so hard for us to find direction from our own dreams? I will give a brief overview of what we know about the neurophysiological mechanism of dreams and how that affects our ability to interpret and even remember our own dreams. This very same mechanism, however, casts light on why dreams truly do have profound insight into our waking lives.
The core of my talk will be examples from my own dream journey. I will touch on the difficulties of dream incubation and recommend instead following the golden road of the path of the dreams themselves, which will be unique for each dreamer and may not always be what the waking mind expects!
xn----7sbaab1dlj3atdfddh2o.xn--p1ai/includes/2020-08-28/3336.php As a result of over 20 years of working with the dreams of others and a lifetime of working with my own dreams , I theorize that guidance comes primarily in two forms: 1 showing us how we are blocked in our waking life, and 2 highlighting what new possibilities are unfolding. This guidance can refer to our emotional or spiritual state or can offer practical solutions to waking life problems.
By lovingly honoring the pain that led to us erect these blocks, and by celebrating and reveling in the new possibilities we are opening to, we can enhance the alchemical transformation that dreams offer us every night. This presentation will highlight some of my personal experiences of dream guidance and will be illuminated with selections of my own dream art. Since dreams arise from the deepest part of our limbic brain which is associated with feelings and visceral sensations, mining dreams for feelings can cast light on how we are processing or not processing emotions in waking life.
This work is based on Experiential Dreamwork, which is derived from Embodied Dreamwork. After a brief introduction to the technique, I will invite people to share dreams during the course of the hour. Does the feeling make sense to the waking mind given the dream situation? Is the feeling familiar or is it new? These feelings can be a guide to explore what resonates with the dreamer about waking life situations. For example, a horrifying scene which elicits only casual acknowledgement during the dream may suggest that there are difficult feelings that the dreamer has learned to repress.
Similarly, we often turn away from invitations to moments of joy and connection by either reverting to some busy habit or interpreting such invitations as being of great danger to our safety. This simple yet profound technique can also apply to any dream moment where there is a sudden shift of perspective or other discrepancy, and thus can be used with almost any dream. Because insights are rooted firmly in images presented by the dream, the dreamer need not share out loud or even be consciously aware of any waking life associations and indeed may treat the whole group experience as an interesting symbolic exercise while still gaining the benefit of touching into the full range of feelings that are being offered by the dream.
Thus confidentiality is maintained, and the dreamer remains the ultimate authority on the personal meaning of their own dream.