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Join me for my presentation on dreaming before the opening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new movie Inception at the Great Clips IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley this Thursday (July 15) evening at 11 PM! If you can stay awake that late, I look forward to seeing you there!

For a good discussion of some of the issues the movie raises, click here to visit Robert Waggoner’s blog.  In his recent essay, he considers questions such as:

  • If you become consciously aware of dreaming, can you lucidly enter another’s dream and/or bring them into your dream?
  • If dream characters share unknown information with you, would this provide evidence for a shared or mutual dream?
  • And if that information proves to be valid, what does that say about the nature of dream
  • reality?
  • Do dreaming minds have access to an individual or collective unconscious where they share information?

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This is spur of the moment, but I hope that some of you will be able to join me for an afternoon dream salon this Tuesday.

My friend Robert Waggoner just called to let me know that he will be passing through the Twin Cities this week.  He has offered to stop by Monkey Bridge to talk about lucid dreams, the upcoming movie Inception with Leonardo Dicaprio and his recent book on lucid dreaming.

Date:  Tuesday July 13
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Place:  Monkey Bridge Arts, 6801 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Cost:   Donation ($5 – $10 suggested)
RSVP:  952-412-4786 or e-mail sheilaasato@comcast.net

About Robert Waggoner
Author, Robert Waggoner is past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). For the past ten years, he has been the co-editor of the online magazine, The Lucid Dream Exchange, the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming. Robert has a regular show on Iowa Public Radio, discussing dreams and lucid dreams.

Robert frequently speaks on lucid dreaming at national and international dream conferences, workshops and college classrooms, like Sonoma State University, Iowa State University, University of Washington and Evergreen State College.

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I’m in Mexico for an Embodied Imagination intensive with Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer.

In the coming days, I’ll share what it’s like to dream and practice Embodied Imagination work together with people from all over the world.

When I return in June, I will continue to offer a Friday afternoon Embodied Imagination group at Monkey Bridge Arts.  So if you are curious about this approach to dreaming, come join us!

I will also be starting an Embodied Imagination group at Pathways for people who are facing life threatening and chronic health challenges.

Until then, sweet dreams!


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By Janine Irisarri

In my Wednesday drawing class, we have just begun working with scratchboard.  This illustration is a typical example of my students work.

Scratchboard is an excellent medium for learning how to see shapes.  The high contrast between black and white, together with the compelling positive and negative shapes one can easily create with scratchboard is incredibly stimulating to both the eyes and brain.

Because one is removing black ink to reveal the white clay surface underneath in scratchboard,  it very easy to become confused, mixing up the figure in the foreground with the background.  Within this confusion lies one of the major keys to seeing like an artist.

The confusion one experiences while looking at these two illustrations on the left is referred to as a “figure-ground” reversal in visual perception.  Notice what happens when you stare at these two illustrations.  What do you see first?  After a few moments, does your attention shift to see something else?  Can you see both a face and a vase at the same time?  For most people, seeing both at the same time is impossible, hence the sensation of bouncing that occurs.

That sensation of movement back and forth is actually happening within your brain.  Notice how what happens internally affects your perception of the outer world.  This is a true in drawing as it is when we visit other cultures and “see” from from a perspective which we are convinced is objective and correct.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  How we “see” the world around us us is always affected by the images that dwell within us.  This is true not only for artists, but also for anyone whether we are aware of it or not.

Visual processing is almost completely unconscious, except for those rare moments when we stop and try to really see.  Drawing is a wonderful way to become more aware of the wonder and beauty of the world around and within ourselves.

One the the secrets of drawing well is learning how to see both the positive and negative shapes, in other words the relationship between the figure and the ground.  If they are both interesting shapes, the entire drawing will be interesting.

Imagine what the world would be like if we were all able to become a little bit more aware of what we are seeing in the world, in each other and within ourselves.

Check back soon for more examples of scratchboard from class.

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Please join me for a full day Healing Collage (sm) workshop

Date: Saturday March 27, 2010  

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: Monkey Bridge Arts, 6801 West Lake Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Cost: $80, includes supplies

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

In this workshop, you will:

  • Make your own Healing Collage (sm)
  • Learn about the unconscious compositional structure of a Healing Collage (sm)
  • Practice using a special nine point grid to discover meaning in your collage
  • Watch a demonstration of how the Healing Collage (sm) can be a way of working with dreams even in the absence of dream recall.
  • Hear how the Healing Collage (sm) came about as a unique distillation of Japanese collage therapy and two-dimensional design practices.

To learn more about the Healing Collage (sm) process and to read my award winning paper on the relationship between Healing Collage (sm) and dreams, please visit my website.

I look forward to sharing this fun and interesting process with you.

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Now that I have completed my training in Embodied Imagination work, I am thinking about what to offer at Monkey Bridge Arts.

If you have a moment, please take my survey to give me an idea of what you would like to see me offer in the future. Your input is very important to me.

Remember, you don’t have to live in Minnesota to work with me.  I am also able to work with clients via the internet.  So even if you are in Japan, please let me know what you would be interested in doing with me.

Take my survey

There are only 7 questions, so it shouldn’t take very much time at all. Thank you for helping me out.

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I just finished redesigning my website. Click here to check it out and let me know what you think. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.

Just over a year ago I switched from a PC to a MAC.  I finally figured out how to redesign my website on the MAC.  It has been a bit of a challenge, but now that I have learned how to do it, I can see where this will actually be a lot easier in the long run.  MACs really are a lot more fun.

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