Dreaming is fundamentally practical. Dreams provide real tools for powerful self-transformation and manifestation. They operate on multiple levels, including the following:
Dreams tell you who you are, what you’re capable of, where you’re blocked, and how to transform. Often, this transformation includes the discovery of latent talents and potentials signaled by the dream as ready to be brought into waking manifestation.
Dreaming as a practice enhances creativity. Dreaming is the place of receiving big ideas – modern innovations and social game-changes from Google, to insulin as a cure for diabetes, to the Twilight series, came from dreams. Learning to remember your dreams, know what they are telling you, and know how to work with them teaches you to catch the big ideas available to you and bring them to tangible, waking manifestation.
Dreaming as a practice enhances social cognition. This includes skills for conflict resolution – within your self and with others. Working with dreams as we teach at the Institute involves a specific structure that teaches you to recognize patterns, sift through the noise of story to identify the actual conflict in need of resolution, and to see multiple perspectives that open new possibilities beyond pattern and conflict.
Dreaming builds intuition, responsiveness, and responsive decision-making. Leaders need to be agile and quick in the face of change and uncertainty. Dreaming works on the same level as intuition, and developing dreaming skills develops intuition. Responsive decisions come from our inner, intuiting self. Some leaders discuss this as “going from the gut”. However, we have to learn to discern between these true intuitive, “gut” responses and the patterned thoughts of emotional reactivity. Our methods at the Institute teach you to make these discernments so that you remain present to your innate, intuitive and decision-making abilities regardless of the stakes in the situation.
Ultimately, learning to work with dreams you will find you have all the answers inside you to create positive change in your inner self and outer world.
In this class you will learn:
- The basic conceptual ground for dreams
- How to remember your dreams
- The 7 different kinds of dreams
- How to recognize if a dream is resolved or unresolved
- How to resolve an unresolved dream
- The four levels for looking at dreams
- A series of steps for individual or group work with dreams
This is the beginning class in the DYW Leadership series. Having completed this class you will be able to work with your own dreams, and be prepared to continue to the other classes in this series.
This class is a mix of pedagogy and experiential exercises. We will work with one dream per class, brought in by participants.