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Friday, May 6th, 5:30-8:30pm

Our May event invites your participation in a Dream Incubation Ceremony, a tradition honored from the time of Greeks, currently researched at Harvard.  Co-sponsored with the International Association for the Study of Dreams as part of a local workshop onThe Dreaming World with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, this Friday evening opportunity is free to the attend. 

 

 

RSVP to victoria.pak @ gmail

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This Friday evening event will be followed by a Saturday workshop with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat and regional representatives of IADS. Click here to learn more about the CEU workshop or register. 

 

Strong Dream by Paul Klee

 

Presenters:

Stephen AizenstatStephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and his own research for more than 35 years. Dr. Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending, describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World's Dream, relationships, and the creative process.

 

Read more about Dr. Aizenstat

 Read articles by Dr. Aizenstat about Dream Tending

 

 

Bonnie TarwaterRev. Bonnie Tarwater, co-chairs the International Association for the Study of Dreams, San Diego Region, and currently leads therapy groups with her husband Dr. Walter Rutherford. She holds a MDiv from Claremont School of Theology, a MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, a BA in Visual Art from UCSD, and certificate as a dream worker from the Marin Institute for Projective Dreams. She is also Minister of the Church for our Common Home, a home/internet/radio church.  Ordained in 1999, she has served both Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ Churchesa.

 

 

 

Deborah-Waitley-240x300Deborah Waitley, Ph.D., IASD San Diego regional representative, is a highly regarded expert in leadership effectiveness and performance improvement, with specific emphasis in the areas of emotional intelligence, employee engagement, internal communications and career enhancement. As a consultant, coach, trainer and executive leader, she has successfully designed, facilitated and implemented improvement initiatives and programs for Fortune 500 corporations, mid-size organizations and high-growth companies across a range of industries; including financial services healthcare, hospitality, communications and entertainment.

 

 

What is dream incubation?

Dream incubation refers collectively to the practices, rituals, techniques and efforts that an
individual applies to intentionally evoke helpful dreams. Derived from the Latin verb incubare (in-
'upon' + cubare 'to lie'), the term connotes the support and nurturance provided by a laying mother bird for her developing egg. The parallels with dream influence are all too appropriate; in antiquity, the aspirant for a dream prepared to sleep in a sacred precinct with the intention of nurturing a dream of healing or prophecy. In more modern times, the aspirant's intention to nurture the ‘developing dream’ remains the same. Read more

 

What is the science behind dream incubation?

In a study at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Deirdre Barrett had her students focus on a problem, such as an unsolved homework assignment or other objective problem, before going to sleep each night for a week. She found that it was certainly possible to come up with novel solutions in dreams that were both satisfactory to the dreamer and rated as objectively solving the problem by an outside observer. In her study, two-thirds of participants had dreams that addressed their chosen problem, and one-third reached some form of solution within their dreams.[1] Other studies have found this type of bedtime dream incubation effective in solving problems of a more subjective, personal nature.[2] In Barrett's book, The Committee of Sleep, she describes her study of prominent artists and scientists who draw inspiration from their dreams. While most of these dreams occurred spontaneously, a small proportion of the respondents had discovered informal versions of dream incubation on their own. They reported giving themselves successful pre-sleep suggestions for everything from seeing finished artwork in their dreams to developing plots or characters for a novel to asking dreams to solve computing and mechanical design problems.[3]

 

A 2010 article in Scientific American quotes Barrett summarizing a few of the incubations techniques from The Committee of Sleep as follows:

 

If you want to problem-solve in a dream, you should first of all think of the problem before bed, and if it lends itself to an image, hold it in your mind and let it be the last thing in your mind before falling asleep. For extra credit, assemble something on your bedside table that makes an image of the problem. If it's a personal problem, it might be the person you have the conflict with. If you're an artist, it might be a blank canvas. If you're a scientist, the device you're working on that's half assembled or a mathematical proof you've been writing through versions of.

 

Equally important, don't jump out of bed when you wake up—almost half of dream content is lost if you get distracted. Lie there, don't do anything else. If you don't recall a dream immediately, see if you feel a particular emotion—the whole dream would come flooding back.

 

If you're just trying to dream about an issue or you want to dream of a person who's deceased or you haven't seen in a long time, you'd use very similar bedtime incubation suggestions as you would for problem solving: a concise verbal statement of what you want to dream about or a visual image of it to look at. Very often it's a person someone wants to dream of, and just a simple photo is an ideal trigger. If you used to have flying dreams and you haven't had one in a long time and you miss them, find a photo of a human flying.[4]

 

1. Barret's study on dream incubation (Dreaming, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1993) Accessed April 9, 2008
2. Incubating Dreams Solves Problems: A Description of Two Studies by Henry Reed, PhD
3. Barrett, Deirdre. The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use their Dreams for Creative Problem Solving—and How You Can Too. NY: Crown Books/Random House, 2001
4. How Can You Control Your Dreams?. Scientific American. 2010-07-29

 

Interested in learning more about ritual and healing?

Eulert Ritual  HealingCheck out the companion website to Ritual and Healing: Stories of Ordinary and Extraordinary Transformation, the San Diego Book Awards 2013 winner for best published Spiritual & Inspirational book.For this collection, editor Don Eulert invited people from all walks of life to reflect on their personal experience with ritual. Their poignant and wise stories describe creation and participation in ritual’s healing powers. Topics range all over the map, from Burning Man to surgery to everyday attentions; chapters excite opportunities for the role of ritual in personal and social development. Authors include professionals and poets, Bill Plotkin, Gary Snyder, Fred Alan Wolf, Malidome Somé, Starhawk, with a majority of chapters by passionate pilgrims. 

 

 

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