"The Dreaming World: Creating Local and Global Dream Communities"
  Presented by  Dr. Stephen Aizenstat
The World's Dream Anima Mundi: The Global Dream Initiative Saturday ,
May 7th, 2016, La Jolla 8:30 am -5 pm
Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave Street, La Jolla, CA  92037.
 
 "Dream Incubation Ceremony" at La Jolla Shores Beach; bonfire, sing along 
Friday May 6th, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.  
NEW Co-sponsorship for dream incubation event with the 
Center for Integrative Psychology at Alliant University, San Diego.

Dream Incubation Ceremony Friday, May 6th, 5:30-8:30pm Our May event invites your participation in a Dream Incubation Ceremony, a tradition honored from the time of Greeks, currently researched at Harvard.  Co-sponsored with the International Association for the Study of Dreams as part of a local workshop on The Dreaming World with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, this Friday evening opportunity is free to CIP affiliates. Please RSVP to victoria.pak@gmail.com to assure your participation. Click here for directions to the location of bonfire at La Jolla Shores beach. 

What is dream incubation?
Dream incubation refers collectively to the practices, rituals, techniques and efforts that an
individual applies to intentionally evoke helpful dreams. Derived from the Latin verb incubare (in-
'upon' + cubare 'to lie'), the term connotes the support and nurturance provided by a laying mother bird for her developing egg. The parallels with dream influence are all too appropriate; in antiquity, the aspirant for a dream prepared to sleep in a sacred precinct with the intention of nurturing a dream of healing or prophecy. In more modern times, the aspirant's intention to nurture the 'developing dream' remains the same. Read more
 
What is the science behind dream incubation?
In a study at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Deirdre Barrett had her students focus on a problem, such as an unsolved homework assignment or other objective problem, before going to sleep each night for a week. She found that it was certainly possible to come up with novel solutions in dreams that were both satisfactory to the dreamer and rated as objectively solving the problem by an outside observer. In her study, two-thirds of participants had dreams that addressed their chosen problem, and one-third reached some form of solution within their dreams.[1] Other studies have found this type of bedtime dream incubation effective in solving problems of a more subjective, personal nature.[2] In Barrett's book, The Committee of Sleep, she describes her study of prominent artists and scientists who draw inspiration from their dreams. While most of these dreams occurred spontaneously, a small proportion of the respondents had discovered informal versions of dream incubation on their own. They reported giving themselves successful pre-sleep suggestions for everything from seeing finished artwork in their dreams to developing plots or characters for a novel to asking dreams to solve computing and mechanical design problems.[3]
 
A 2010 article in Scientific American quotes Barrett summarizing a few of the incubations techniques from The Committee of Sleep as follows:
 
If you want to problem-solve in a dream, you should first of all think of the problem before bed, and if it lends itself to an image, hold it in your mind and let it be the last thing in your mind before falling asleep. For extra credit, assemble something on your bedside table that makes an image of the problem. If it's a personal problem, it might be the person you have the conflict with. If you're an artist, it might be a blank canvas. If you're a scientist, the device you're working on that's half assembled or a mathematical proof you've been writing through versions of.
 
Equally important, don't jump out of bed when you wake up-almost half of dream content is lost if you get distracted. Lie there, don't do anything else. If you don't recall a dream immediately, see if you feel a particular emotion-the whole dream would come flooding back.
 
If you're just trying to dream about an issue or you want to dream of a person who's deceased or you haven't seen in a long time, you'd use very similar bedtime incubation suggestions as you would for problem solving: a concise verbal statement of what you want to dream about or a visual image of it to look at. Very often it's a person someone wants to dream of, and just a simple photo is an ideal trigger. If you used to have flying dreams and you haven't had one in a long time and you miss them, find a photo of a human flying.[4]
 
1. Barret's study on dream incubation (Dreaming, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1993) Accessed April 9, 2008
2. Incubating Dreams Solves Problems: A Description of Two Studies by Henry Reed, PhD
3. Barrett, Deirdre. The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use their Dreams for Creative Problem Solving-and How You Can Too. NY: Crown Books/Random House, 2001
4. How Can You Control Your Dreams?. Scientific American. 2010-07-29
 
Interested in learning more about ritual and healing?
Eulert Ritual  HealingCheck out the companion website to  Ritual and Healing: Stories of Ordinary and Extraordinary Transformation, the  San Diego Book Awards 2013 winner for best published Spiritual & Inspirational book. For this collection, editor Don Eulert invited people from all walks of life to reflect on their personal experience with ritual. Their poignant and wise stories describe creation and participation in ritual's healing powers. Topics range all over the map, from Burning Man to surgery to everyday attentions; chapters excite opportunities for the role of ritual in personal and social development. Authors include professionals and poets, Bill Plotkin, Gary Snyder, Fred Alan Wolf, Malidome Somé, Starhawk, with a majority of chapters by passionate pilgrims.  
May 7th in San Diego,  www.asdreams.org
and get your Clinical Education Units 
Join with San Diego Regional Representatives of IASD San Diego
Dr. Deborah Waitley and Rev. Bonnie Tarwater 
  Event co-sponsored with IASD and the 
Church for our Common Home,  www.churchforourcommonhome.com
Radio interview with Dr. Steve Aizenstat about event available on church web site and for release.
Register on line at IASD San Diego Regional section
EARLY BIRD RATES $75 -95 Member/ Non-member/ Low income available CEU's offered.
Contact Rev. Bonnie (858) 248-5123,  revtarwater@yahoo.co m
Dr. Deborah Waitley (858) 699-3033 for further information
Listen to Radio Interview on For Our Common Home Radio with Dr. Steve Aizenstat
 
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