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M*A*S*H* Signpost

For the past month, I have been working on a very special book for Amy at Pathways – A health crisis resource center.  After many years of service, Amy and her husband will be leaving shortly to begin a new life in Kentucky.  Although I have only known Amy for a short time, her radiant spirit and warm friendship have enriched my life greatly.  She has been a constant source of encouragement, support and good humor.  I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with her at Pathways.

Thanks to Dan Averitt and Tim Thorpe at Pathways, I had the opportunity to create this very special going away present.  Together, we made the watercolors that were used in this book, while dreaming provided the inspiration for the shape the book and it’s box would take.  In one dream, the image of the signpost from M*A*S*H* appeared, suggesting signposts along the way for Amy’s journey.  Knowing how much she loves her basket of inspirational cards, I used words from the cards for the signs in this flag book.  It was great fun learning how to make this new structure, fueled by the creative energy and guidance of the dream.  Bon Voyage Amy and best wishes for a safe journey to your new home.  We will all miss you!


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As many of you already already know, Japan is very dear to me.  My dream books, which are currently on display at the Bookhouse, are a real mixture of Japanese and Western influences, just like I am.

This Sunday, I will give a presentation on crisis dreams followed by time for questions and a group dreamwork exercise.  Together, we will explore how our dreams, on the collective level, are responding to the devastating events in Japan.

There is no charge for this event, but I will have a box available for donations to the Red Cross.  If you are unable to come, but would like to donate to relief efforts in Japan, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about what is going on in Japan, feel free to connect with me on Facebook. I’ve been posting stories, articles, images and poetry from friends in Japan.

Finally, I’m proud to say that my son Hiroshi immediately volunteered to go over to Japan and help with the US Navy.  He arrived safely in Japan a few days ago.  Please keep him and the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers.
Date Sunday March 20, 2011
Time 3 PM
Place The Bookhouse in Dinkytown, 429 14th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN  55414
Phone (612) 331-1430
Cost Free of charge, donations accepted for the Red Cross

Contact me at 952-412-4786 or e-mail me at SheilaAsato@comcast.net

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It’s my pleasure to announce another exhibition of my dream books.  This time I will be giving two presentations on the work.  I hope to see you there.

Embodying Dreams Exhibition
More handmade dream books

Dates February 8 – April 30, 2011
Place The Bookhouse in Dinkytown
429 14th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
Phone  (612) 331-1430

Monday – Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Reception & Artist’s Talk
Thursday March 3, 7pm
In this presentation, I will demonstrate how the magic books work and have demo books available for people to play with.

Artist’s Talk – Embodying the Imagination in the Book Arts
Sunday March 20, 3pm
In this presentation, I will talk about how the creative process, as experienced in dreams, informs my work in the arts and healing.

Contact me at 952-412-4786 or e-mail me at SheilaAsato@comcast.net

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I am pleased to announce that I will begin teaching at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Embodying Dreams in the Book Arts

Six Thursdays: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

How does the structure of the book relate to the content within? Are some book structures better suited for working with dreams than others? How can the act of making a book become a form of dreamwork in and of itself? These are just a few of the questions we will explore in this class as we make a bag book, meander book and multi-section flexagon.

Throughout the course a variety of methods for working with dreams will be introduced as a way of developing content for the books. These exercises will include journaling, Healing Collage(SM), embodied imagination work and Ullman’s projective dreamwork.

Core or Advanced Certificate: 18 hours, Category D

Dates: Thursday evenings – Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10 & 17
Time:  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Level: All skill levels welcome
Place: Minnesota Center for the Book Arts
Cost:  $280 ($250 MCBA members) + $30 supply fee

Registration:  Click on this link:  Adult Workshops for Winter/Spring 2010-11, scroll down the page to my class and then follow the instructions for online registration.

Questions:  Contact me at 952-412-4786 or e-mail me

Pausing at Midlife Exhibition

If you haven’t seen my show yet, it’s not too late.

Date: October 7, 2010 – February 3, 2011
Place: St. Mary’s University Library, LaSalle Hall – Room 108, 2500 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Questions:  952-412-4786 or E-mail me

About This Exhibition
What kind of books are capable of holding dreams, memories and waking life reflections together in a way that is true to their original nature? How does the structure of a book affect the content within? Is it possible to embody images from dreams and memories in the book arts?

These are just some of the questions that I have focused on since graduating from the human development program at St. Mary’s University of MN in 2006. For this Art on Park exhibition, I have taken this opportunity at midlife to pause and reflect upon the journey thus far while creating a new body of work which integrates my dreams, memories and reflections into a series of handmade books.  In my books you will also find a unique mixture of Western and Japanese influences.

Embodied Imagination Work

In 2010, I completed a three year training course with Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer to become a certified Embodied Imagination Coach.  This exhibition is also my final project for that program.

Thank you for all your support.  I look forward to dreaming, creating and healing together with you in 2011!

Sweet dreams,
Sheila Asato

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Thanks to the movie Inception, Dreaming is big news these days. Here are just a few of the latest articles and news clips.  Many feature IASD members.

Can Dreams Be Manipulated? NBC News Video

July 24: The hit summer movie “Inception” is renewing interest in dreaming – the short movies that play in our head while we sleep. But can dreams be manipulated, as the flick suggests? They can indeed, says Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist who both researches and writes about the subject.

“CNN’s American Morning talks with Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist about the science of sleep and whether “Inception” is realistic.”
“With training and awareness, sleepers can turn nightmares into happy endings or learn to mentally try out fantasies that occur in dreams, like flying.”  Wonderful article on dreams–using Inception vaguely as the starting point. It has Jayne G, Deirdre Barrett, Stickgold, Cartwright, and LaBerge quoted.
Features IASD Members William Domhoff and Gayne Gackenback
San Francisco Examiner Article by IASD Member Linda Mastrangelo
Article by IASD Member Ryan Hurd


Dream Art by Brenda Ferrimani

“If you are interested in Lucid Dreaming experts recommend keeping a dream journal as the first step. It’s important to vivid dreaming and recall to have the intention of catching a dream every night. When the psyche realizes that someone’s paying attention to this “dream stuff” she sends more and more!”


Inception Stars Talk Sequel and What That Ending Means

On the red carpet of the film’s L.A. premiere, MTV News caught up with the stars of Christopher Nolan’s latest mindbender to see if they thought the film could support a sequel and to quiz them on their interpretations of the final scene, with one actor offering a very tantalizing clue.


An Active Dreamer’s Review of Inception

Article by IASD Member Robert Moss, another take on the movie.


Inception’s Dileep Rao Answers All Your Questions About Inception

New York Magazine, Vulture

Vulture had the pleasure of speaking with Dileep Rao, who plays Yusuf the chemist in the film (he was also in Avatar, which makes him, in terms of box-office bankability, the Indian Will Smith). Rao helpfully revealed everything he knows — and thinkshe knows — about Inception’s mechanics.


How Inceptions Astonishing Visuals Came to Life

Wired Magazine Article

“Paul Franklin specializes in turning the imaginary into reality. As the visual effects supervisor for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and now Inception, Franklin is well-versed in helping directors like Christopher Nolan populate their cinematic worlds with larger-than-life computer-generated images.

However, in spite of Inception’s lush, physics-bending effects, Franklin’s work on Nolan’s cerebral sci-fi film was surprisingly measured.”


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I just returned from the IASD conference in Asheville and was so pleased to find out that an article I wrote was published in the Edge News this month. Articles by several other IASD members were also included in this month’s issue on dreaming.  To see a list of all of the articles on dreaming, click here.

Articles by IASD members are:

Breaking out of the Psychic Cast by Judith L. White

Dream Guidance – The Way of Embodied Imagination Work by Sheila McNellis Asato

Dreams and Creative Problem Solving by Deirdre Barrett

How to Increase Dream Recall by Craig Sim Webb

Physical Healing in a Lucid Dream? by Robert Waggoner

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I saw a wonderful film today at the IASD conference by Uma Markus. She is a dream artist who has been drawing out her dreams with colored pencil and then created this lovely short film from the drawings. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

For more information on Uma Markus, click here for her website.

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