Wednesday, February 27, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting by Zoom
Neuroscience tells us that everybody dreams. History tells us that dreams have inspired scientific discoveries (Einstein, Bohr), music (McCarthy) and literature (Shelly, Stevenson) to name a few. Virtually all cultures prior to the modern age valued dreams as part of the human experience; it is only fairly recently that we have confined dreams to the analytic process and convinced ourselves that their meanings are clouded in mystery that can only be deciphered by experts.
Coaching traditionally deals with what we could call Day School. We work with the client's waking experience and help them transform through the radical change that comes from the deep awareness they experience in the coaching process. Night School, the time that we are asleep, offers us an additional pathway or dimension to the coaching relationship. In seeing dreams as messages from the soul or the self, we provide the client an opportunity to become aware of the fullness of their experience as a human being. The goal is to integrate what they learn in Night School to what they know from their experience in Day School and vice versa.
As coaching reclaims this experience for our clients we demonstrate how the fundamental tools of active listening and asking powerful questions provide the client with the confidence to access and understand the different elements of dream messages. That understanding, like any transformative insight is co-created between the coach and the client. We listen to dreams with the same profound curiosity as we do the needs and values of our clients. By going on the journey with them into a dream we expand the intimacy and trust that is the cornerstone of the coaching relationship.
In this presentation Dreamwork for Coaches, An Ancient Experience in a New Context you will learn:
- How to use the basic coaching tools of active listening and asking powerful questions to help the client access the message of their dream through the co-creative process.
- How to help their clients remember and document their dreams.
The context of understanding how dreams communicate with the rational mind.
- The roles of the Dreamer (the client) and the Listener (the coach) in working with dreams
- How to demystify the process of working with dreams through the use of imagination. Active Imagination allows the coach and client to re-enter a dream and further explore the animals and characters that may appear.
- How to understand the emotional arc of a dream, identify where the greatest energy is and work with the client to explore how that informs their waking life.
- Understand that some dreams are diagnostic in that they demonstrate a limiting belief or behavior (sometimes these appear as repetitive dreams and sometimes and nightmares) and some dreams are prescriptive, suggesting that we pay attention to an experience or intuition.
Working with dreams can be done in a variety of settings; everything from individual private practice to executive coaching. Using this additional dimension to the coaching process allows the client to fully experience the acceptance of their wholeness and to understand that the messages in their dreams are designed to get their attention to the actions necessary to step into the next larger version of who they are.