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Dreams: A Door to Imagination & Creativity: a Workshop by Victoria Rabinowe

Posted in DREAM WORKSHOPS PAST, VICTORIA'S ARTWORK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2012 by dreamingarts

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LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR: A DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISE

Posted in DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISES, VICTORIA'S ARTWORK on February 28, 2012 by dreamingarts

Since we get a “free” extra day this year, perhaps we can honor it by relinquishing control and allow ourselves to jump from one place to another, vault over obstacles, leap into the dark spaces and spring into action!

EXPLORATION

Write for 10 minutes. In a few condensed sentences, write about what happened in the dream. Leave out the details. Focus on the Action. Who did What? Where? How? When? How does the dream end?

Riff about what is going to happen next in the dream? Open up your expectations and assumptions. Riff about what would happen if…. ??? Take a Take a Leap of Faith as you let your mind wander in a stream of consciousness.

LANDSCAPE OF THE MIND / THE SOUL OF PLACE: A DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISE

Posted in DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISES, VICTORIA'S ARTWORK with tags , , on February 24, 2012 by dreamingarts

Each dream has a particular environment, atmosphere or ambiance with its own unique qualities. Within the inner life, there is no separation between our minds, our bodies and the spaces we inhabit. The ground we walk upon or the architecture we inhabit, has a voice as vibrant as any of the characters in the dream. When we animate the landscape, we invite the indwelling spirit of our surroundings to come forth. The setting of a dream has the spirit of place and the presence of our souls.

EXPLORATION

Take ten minutes to write in a stream of consciousness…

How do the dream characters view the world and their place in it?


EVERY END IS A BEGINNING: A DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISE

Posted in DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISES, VICTORIA'S ARTWORK on December 27, 2011 by dreamingarts

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a dragon, snake or serpent swallowing its own tail to sustain its life in an eternal cycle of renewal. It appears in a circular form which symbolizes the cyclic nature of the universe: Creation out of Destruction, Life out of Death. The Ouroboros is a symbol for the integration and assimilation of opposites in which we incorporate our shadow. This ‘feedback’ process is parallel to the experience of working with dreams throughout our lives.

In our dreams, we often seem to be chasing our own tail in the repetitive themes of our lives. We feel condemned to recurring cycles of our life patterns. Yet, the perpetual movement of our dream narratives create a self-fertilization for self healing. As we track our dreams, we sense the cyclic pattern which continually returns, like the Ouroboros, to our beginnings in an eternal homecoming. The enigma of the dream is like the paradox of the Ouroboros who symbolizes “The One” that emerges from opposites – the beginning that originates from its own end.

EXPLORATION

Drop all of your preconceived notions about the “meaning” of your dream. Allow found images  from magazines to guide you. Just as our dreams point to what is possible, allow found images and text to invite what is probable. Use the pictures to make a collage page in your journal.   Through free association of feelings, relationships and memories, allow your inner Ouroboros to point toward the unity of transformation and integration. “Shift Happens” by simply swallowing your own tale.

PANDORA’S BOX: A DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISE

Posted in DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISES, VICTORIA'S ARTWORK on December 2, 2011 by dreamingarts

Pandora was originally an earth goddess whose name means giver of all gifts. Her symbol was originally a honey vase filled with blessings; the source of all things. Her story DEVOLVED in a mythic inversion during the shift from matriarchy to patriarchy during the Hellenic Period. Pandora was demoted from her revered status as a goddess who gave all good things to men. She was transformed into a mortal woman who introduced every conceivable evil to mankind. Her gifted feminine nature was turned into a shameful and deceitful complexion.

EXPLORATION

Curiosity is the most fundamental key to creative DreamWork. Those of us who explore our interior worlds are guided by a sense of wonder for the strange and fascinating worlds within. Release some aspect of the dream that seems stored or trapped. When you dare to open your dream, what energy are you are releasing? Is it something fragile, fearsome, precious, or secret? Does your thirst for self-knowledge become a Pandora’s Box? Is your innate inquisitiveness an invitation to unforeseen complications? Does the opening of your dream reveal a gift or a curse?

Write for ten minutes and see what spills out.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: A DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISE

Posted in DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISES, VICTORIA'S ARTWORK on October 30, 2011 by dreamingarts

Although most experienced Dreamers know that dreams mirror our deepest truths, we often awake confused by symbols and situations that reverse our notions of integrity and morality. As long as the ego interferes, we experience a world of opposites. We are often confronted by a reversal in a mirror world that shows up as a split, a distortion, a double image or a duality. The maiden appears as a crone, the prince appears as a beast. Yet, the dream reflects a self portrait – if we care to look deeply into it.

EXPLORATION

The Mirror… is without ego and without mind…
It receives and reflects back what is there—
nothing more or nothing less… 
It does not evaluate, judge or act…
If we are to see as [the Dream] sees, 
we must first become mirrors. 
We must become no-thing 
so that we can receive some-thing….
               Richard Rohr

 In a stream of consciousness style, write for ten minutes without stopping the movement of your pen. Mirror the dream by reflecting upon the images with as many observations and details as possible. Riff with whatever thoughts present themselves. Is there at least one image in the dream which has no split and offers a reflection of unity?

PULLING WEEDS: A DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISE

Posted in DREAM JOURNAL EXERCISES, VICTORIA'S ARTWORK on September 14, 2011 by dreamingarts

When we care for our dreams in a similar manner to cultivating a garden, we invite understanding to grow. Dreams are a fertile plot of ground where tremendous growth and expansion takes place from small beginnings. Like gardening, DreamWork takes time and patience. Often we have to dig in the dirt. Persistence in confronting the weeds in the garden is similar to keeping the demons from growing in our psyches. The dream gardener must be vigilant.

EXPLORATION

Find a quiet space inside yourself for a few moments for writing in your journal.

• What kind of care is needed for your positive dream images to grow and thrive?

• Which dream images appear as destructive predators, pests or weeds? What kind of boundaries must be created to control them?

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