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Dreaming and Creativity

Posted by Dr Susannah Benson on Apr 05, 2016

I recently finished editing a book chapter on Landscape and Ancestral Dreaming in a book that IASD is publishing on Dreams that Change Our Lives. This publication is an anthology that covers a range of areas to include: spirituality; childhood; ancestry; grieving; health; lucidity; creativity and transcendence. Dreamers in this book share personal stories and dreams that highlight the power of dreams to transform and change lives.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions covers a similar territory. The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists and Athletes Use Dreams for Creative Problem—and How You Can Too; Women Dreaming into Art provide extended discussion and narratives. What all these books share in common is a celebration of the creative and the power of dream and symbol to help guide and navigate.

Carl Jung wrote that ‘natural transformation processes announce themselves mainly in dreams’, and while the source of the creative act forever remains mysterious, myth and symbol can serve as entry points.

To live creatively is to live at the edge…to live creatively requires the willingness to engage with our depths and the capacity to learn to navigate with image and symbol. To live soulfully requires courage.

At our recent February Conference with Dr Michael Conforti on Dreams and The Eclipse of the Creative Psyche, Loralee Scott Conforti discussed how living soulfully could connect us with the numinous. Her conference presentation: Sign, Symbol and the Numinous is available to be viewed at : https://youtu.be/8gYbKytT-gg

Depending upon on our value orientation, experience and knowledge, we can approach dreamwork from multiple perspectives. Jill Mellick’s, Dreaming and the Natural Artistry of Dreams offers a rich and colourful palette of materials and resources to help dreamers deepen their engagement with their creativity and their dreaming.

A primary resource for working with our dreams is always available to us through our awareness of our bodily responses—our felt sense. At our next DNA quarterly event on 29 May, we will be engaging with dreamwork through the lens of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing Approach. I hope you will be able to join us for this event led by Christopher Ash (Mclean). Christopher has been working for 20 years with the Focusing Approach and brings the depth of his training and insight as a long-term Buddhist practitioner and teacher.

"...The basic touchstone of the method is your own bodily experience of something opening up in you." 
- Eugene T. Gendlin, Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams.

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