Collaborative Dream Sharing
Dreams offer so many gifts and open themselves to us in myriad ways, especially when shared with a trusted friend or guide.
But first, before sharing dreams, it is important to set some ground rules. The dream and the dreamer shall be respected by listening intently. We also never want to pretend to be the expert on someone else's dream and so any feedback should always be prefaced with, if this were my dream...
Give your dream a title when you tell it, dreams are stories from our inner worlds trying to get through.
I like to be sure and date my entries in my dream journal, for ease of finding them again. A title helps with this tremendously.
Tell the dream story in present tense so as to bring all the energy of the dream into the present.
Share your dreams with those who have an interest and respect for sharing dreams, not someone who will say, It was only a dream:(
Pay attention to your felt sense upon waking. Eugen Gendlin talks about the felt sense as a powerful way to navigate our feelings in connection with our body. This is a good place to start in relation to our connection to dreams as well.
Details, Details, Details, look through the lens of a possible future paying attention to all the details of where, when, what, who.
Now when you hone in on what you really want to know from the dream, and share it with your dream partner, you are ready to get feedback. Always remember when giving helpful feedback, preface it from the perspective of, If this were my dream...
You may want to consider how to honor your dreams, by taking action inspired by your dream!
Now you're ready for dream sharing, all you have to do is remember your dreams! Keeping a pen and notebook by your bed to write them down upon waking as a handy way to remember and record your dreams.
Explore conscious shamanic dream journeying in one of our workshops, or individually, if you have a drum, along with a sense of adventure. Shamanic group dream journeys are lead by the sound of the drum on adventures through the multiverse with the help of the animal powers and spiritual guides. These conscious dream explorations are where you may find yourself meeting up with departed ancestors, or come face to face with a fierce animal ally who has brought you the opportunity to adapt these powers into your life for the purpose of healing and transformation.
Inherent in the concept of transformation means that death is also there on the road to rebirth. Shamanic initiation can sometimes mean being eaten or torn limb from limb by a power animal, only to be remade through gifts of healing. This classic shamanic initiation offers an opportunity of transforming our former self to become our larger self.
Are you ready?
The elements make up the material world and it is here, that magic takes place. The building blocks of reality creation, include dreaming with the elements, and growing a dream to birth into physical reality, rooted in the deeper wisdom of the soul, and spiritual design of creation.
Shamanism is at the root of the World, and a bridge between the material world and the other world. A cross cultural tapestry designed with the creative capacity to bring harmony and healing within and without.
The Real World is the Dream World, and we dream into being the Sacred Dream of the Earth, and discover what is ours to do. We call protection from in the gatekeepers of the 4 directions, and open the ways into the 3 realms. We connect with animal allies, ancestors, spiritual guides, guardian angels. We come in contact with multidimensional beings and realities, and the greater powers of Heaven and Earth, the divine masculine and the divine feminine.
Shamanic Dreaming and Journeying, reveals how to navigate the territory of the world behind the world, and learn how to decipher the language of dreams and synchronicity.
Dream Incubation originated at least as far back as ancient Greece in the dream temples of Aesculapius, where followers of the dream cult incubated dreams overnight in hopes of a visit in dreams from the god known as the great healer. Modern day dreamers have adopted dream incubation as a valuable way to explore dreams consciously. In dreaming as in life, our intention sets the path for where we will go and how our energy will flow.
If you want to dream about something in particular, perhaps you have a tough decision to make and you need the assistance of deeper powers to help you decide, your dreams are the best place to go for advice.
We have all heard the expression when making a tough decision, let me sleep on it. Well that is in fact how dream incubation works. We put our hearts and minds to the task and we bring that intention with us into our dreaming. When we have a dream in response to our most heartfelt questions, that is dream incubation.
You may want to create a ritual to make your intention even more tangible and write it on a slip of paper and slip it under your pillow and literally sleep on it:) Upon waking write down any dreams you recall along with any words or phrases that catch in your head. Sometimes even a song will come. Pay attention to how you feel as you wake and if you remember your dream, you may want to share it with a trusted friend and let them know your dream intention.
Once you learn to use dream incubation, you will see there is so much to explore in the dream realms with our conscious intentions.
When we wake up in the middle of a dream we weren't ready to end just yet. When we want to see what else the dream had in store for us. Dream Re-Entry can help us push the replay button.
If I have to get up in the middle of my dream to go to the bathroom, I find if I go back to the same body position I was lying in when I woke up, I can easily slip right back into the dream and continue it on.
If on the other hand, you have a dream you recall the next morning and you work through the lightning dream method and find you have questions but not alot of answers to your dreams, then you may want to put your questions directly to your dream to find out.
Here are the simple tools to practice this important aspect of Active Dreaming.
Determine the point at which your dream holds the most energy for you, it may emotional energy or it may be spiritual or primal.This is the point you will use to re-enter your dream. Once you have determined your entry point, determine what your intention is for re-entry, what is you want to know? Once you have your intention set, then you can hold it in your heart as you draw yourself back into your dream consciously, at the point you have set for re-entry. Allow the dream to begin to take shape and don't try to control what happens inside the dream, allow it to unfold and don't be surprised if it takes a different turn and changes dramatically. Dreams can give us a completely new perspective when we go back in with a conscious intention. Accept what the dream is offering you and write down anything you experience inside the dream.
Lastly, dream re-entry works on dreams no matter how long ago you had them. Dreams are timeless, perhaps you recall a childhood dream which still has you wondering. You no longer have to wait to discover it for yourself.