Today I had the pleasure of facilitating dreamwork for the Twin Cities Integrative Healers Consortium. (For information on upcoming meetings contact Tina Feigal at TFeigal@aol.com).
Together we created a dream stew from our Hatsuyume – the first dreams of the year. To make our New Year’s dream stew, we took a variety of different dreamwork methods and combined them together to create a delicious and nourishing dish that was satisfying to all. They included:
- Montague Ullman’s “If it were my dream…” approach to dreaming
- Robert Bosnak’s Embodied Imagination work
- A bit of alchemy and poetry
We started by sitting in a circle to create a vessel for our stew. Into the dream pot each person put one image that was essential to their New Year’s dream. Next, we went around the circle counter clockwise, stirring the dream pot slowly as each person spoke about the advice and wisdom the dream offered them about the New Year by using the phrase “If it were my dream…”
As each person mulled over what the dream had to offer them, the images in the collective dream stew began to heat up, releasing a delicious, savory fragrance for all to take in. Then, as we stirred the pot again, going around once more, each person was able to respond once more about how the dream was affecting them. This time deep feelings began to emerge, stirring things up emotions in each of us. By the time we finished our second round, tears had begun to flow together with laughter and wistful sighs of longing, relief, grieving and joy in response to what the dream had to offer each of us. Whenever feelings started to emerged, we paused to savor them deeply, noting how they felt in our bodies, as we do in embodied imagination work.
Honoring Our Collective Dream
To finish up our dream stew, each person voiced one thing that they would do to honor our delicious feast. Many of the dreamers from the group promised to check in here and share how they honored their dreams on this blog. Be sure to check back to see what they did. I promised to take some time out to dance when I got home. Look out Fred Astaire, here I come!
How did you celebrate and honor your New Year’s dreams this year?