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DreamWork {1.3}

Part 3 of DreamWork: A Soulcentric Approach

DreamWork is a section of the Real Imaginal online magazine, dedicated to the re-enchantment of Neptune.

The planetary archetype of Neptune engenders dreams and dreaming, both in the sense of the states of consciousness experienced during sleep and those more diffuse, permeable and unfocused of the dayworld, in which imagery and fantasy seep into our ordinary or everyday consciousness. In DreamWork, we will explore various ideas about and experiences of dreaming, with an open mind which honors Neptune’s infinite ocean of potentiality, and the seemingly inexhaustible variegation of meaning contained within imagery itself.

DreamWork honors dreams as a potent way of engaging with the imaginal realms, the archetypal and creative, and dreams may even provide a portal to conversation with the vast Earth Community, the greater-than-human world. The field of ecopsychology honors dreams as a doorway to place, a way of connecting our inner geography with the outer topography of Home, our planet Earth, through our shared depths of psyche.

This is the final installment of the DreamWork: A Soulcentric Approach series, in which we explore the soulcentric orientation to dreams set forth by the depth ecopsychologist Bill Plotkin. Its main principle—which can be challenging—requires setting aside the primacy of the ego, that conscious sense of self which seeks to narrate our individual lives, in order to listen for a more profound patterning, an often strange or foreign nibbling of longing and desire emerging from a deeper dimension. In the soulcentric approach, we are invited to a conversation with soul, which promises to disrupt the middleworld ambitions and opinions of our ordinary sense of self and personal trajectory.[1]

Continuing with the dreamwork experience recounted in Part 2, in which a series ofNavarro River Trees April 2015 synchronicities (meaningful coincidences) led me to live beside a river of which I first dreamed, I notice here the temptation to assign myself—my ego—all the agency. As if these are “my dreams,” as if I knew all along what was going to happen if I ever met this river. In fact, it took me several months to recognize the dream river as the Navarro River, alongside which I came to live for about 18 months. The trees were what alerted me to the connection, by eliciting the same feeling tone as in the dreams.

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DreamWork {1.2}

Part 2 of DreamWork: A Soulcentric Approach

DreamWork is a section of the Real Imaginal online magazine, dedicated to the re-enchantment of Neptune.

The planetary archetype of Neptune engenders dreams and dreaming, both in the sense of the states of consciousness experienced during sleep and those more diffuse, permeable and unfocused of the dayworld, in which imagery and fantasy seep into our ordinary or everyday consciousness. In DreamWork, we will explore various ideas about and experiences of dreaming, with an open mind which honors Neptune’s infinite ocean of potentiality, and the seemingly inexhaustible variegation of meaning contained within imagery itself.

DreamWork honors dreams as a potent way of engaging with the imaginal realms, the archetypal and creative, and dreams may even provide a portal to conversation with the vast Earth Community, the greater-than-human world. The field of ecopsychology honors dreams as a doorway to place, a way of connecting our inner geography with the outer topography of Home, our planet Earth, through our shared depths of psyche.

Continuing from Part 1 of DreamWork: A Soulcentric Approach, where we began to learn about the soulcentric orientation to dreams set forth by the depth ecopsychologist Bill Plotkin. The main principle of the soulcentric approach—which can be challenging—requires setting aside the primacy of the ego, that conscious sense of self which seeks to narrate our individual lives, in order to listen for a more profound patterning, an often strange or foreign nibbling of longing and desire emerging from a deeper dimension. In the soulcentric approach, we are invited to a conversation with soul, which promises to disrupt the middleworld ambitions and opinions of our ordinary sense of self and personal trajectory.[1]

Lagunitas-Creek-canopyAs James Hillman critiques a typical psychotherapeutic approach to dreams in which Freud’s via regia (royal road) to the unconscious “has become a straight one-way street of all morning traffic, moving out of the unconscious towards the ego’s city,” we choose, with Hillman, “to face the other way” and enter the twilit wilderness of soul.[2]

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DreamWork {1.1}

Part 1 of DreamWork: A Soulcentric Approach

Introducing DreamWork, a section of the Real Imaginal online magazine, dedicated to the re-enchantment of Neptune.

The planetary archetype of Neptune engenders dreams and dreaming, both in the sense of the states of consciousness experienced during sleep and those more diffuse, permeable and unfocused of the dayworld, in which imagery and fantasy seep into our ordinary or everyday consciousness.

The human relationship to dreams, dreaming and psyche’s imagery is ancient and varied and dreams frequently play an important role in past as well as contemporary cultures around the globe, shaping events in the waking world. There are probably as many ways to “work with” or think about or engage with dreams and dream consciousness, as there are dreamers. In DreamWork, we will explore various ideas about and experiences of dreaming, with an open mind which honors Neptune’s infinite ocean of potentiality, and the seemingly inexhaustible variegation of meaning contained within imagery itself. And while one is free to explore the language of dreams via “dream interpretation dictionaries,” for such an approach may glean something of value in the way that even a blind hog on occasion roots an acorn, we rather seek to allow imagery and ideas to work upon our conscious minds, and ourRedwoodOrchid-Apr2015 beating hearts. To enter the interiority of dreams seems to require being within its living reality, just as one would seek to understand dayworld experiences within their greater contexts and not isolate events in an attempt to understand them.

DreamWork honors dreams as a potent way of engaging with the imaginal realms, the archetypal and creative, and dreams may even provide a portal to conversation with the vast Earth Community, the greater-than-human world. The field of ecopsychology, for example, honors dreams as a doorway to place, a way of connecting our inner geography with the outer topography of Home, our planet Earth, through our shared depths of psyche.

One approach to listening to dreams is the soulcentric orientation set forth by the depth ecopsychologist Bill Plotkin. Its main principle—which many find difficult to adhere to—requires setting aside the primacy of the ego, that conscious sense of self which seeks to narrate our individual lives, in order to listen for a more profound patterning, an often strange or foreign nibbling of longing and desire emerging from a deeper dimension. In the soulcentric approach, we are invited to a conversation with soul, which promises to disrupt the middleworld ambitions and opinions of our ordinary sense of self and personal trajectory.[1]

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