Presented by Sheila M. Asato, M.A. Abbott Institute for Health and Healing Spring, 2008 Healing Dreams
<ul><li>“ In an era where everything is being mapped … dreams remain, by their very nature, terra incognita.  They push at...
The Hero’s Journey
The Reluctant Hero <ul><li>“ Like it or not, I was hurt; and my dreams taught me how to move from injury to wellness.” </l...
The Call <ul><li>“ Fifteen years ago, I was abducted – there is no other word for it – into the realm of the dream…  Each ...
The Initiation <ul><li>“ For many people, being admitted to a hospital is like being transported to an unknown land where ...
The Descent
The Journey <ul><li>“ The nightmares continued, flooding in as if a hellish levee had burst.  I badgered the doctor for a ...
Helpers Along the Way <ul><li>“ If we are lucky, we encounter people – or even animals in dreams – who help us to recover ...
The Return <ul><li>“ To return to the everyday world whole – but transformed – is like a rebirth.  We have changed in some...
Becoming Whole <ul><li>“ We know what the descent was like and how to ascend.  We learned to endure in both worlds.  We sh...
The Body in Dreams
Body as House  What are Your Associations? <ul><li>Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Basement </li>...
Your Dreams <ul><li>Recall a recent house dream </li></ul><ul><li>Note waking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Life situation </li></...
House Questions <ul><li>Is your house too small or spacious? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it shabby or well cared for? </li></ul><...
Body Function as a Vehicle <ul><li>What function do these serve? </li></ul><ul><li>Steering wheel </li></ul><ul><li>Brakes...
Your Vehicle Dreams <ul><li>Recall a recent vehicle dream </li></ul><ul><li>Note waking sense of control </li></ul><ul><ul...
Vehicle Questions <ul><li>What type of vehicle is it? </li></ul><ul><li>How well does it function? </li></ul><ul><li>Who i...
<ul><li>Hunger pangs </li></ul><ul><li>Need to use toilet </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual arousal </li></ul><ul><li>Menstrual cyc...
Abnormal Bodily Processes <ul><li>Inflammation </li></ul><ul><li>Fever </li></ul><ul><li>Slow or fast metabolism </li></ul...
D R E A M  Process <ul><li>D escribe dream in the present tense </li></ul><ul><li>R eflect on feelings </li></ul><ul><li>E...
The 7 Stages of Recovery
The Hero’s Journey in Dreams <ul><li>“ To ascribe a mythic dimension to a dream may seem overblown.  But in myths, we may ...
Forewarning Dreams
Typical Forewarning Imagery <ul><li>Going too fast and no brakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Car can’t stop, about to crash </li...
Diagnostic Dreams <ul><li>Can reveal: </li></ul><ul><li>The nature of  the dis-ease </li></ul><ul><li>The exact location o...
<ul><li>Reoccurring dream of burning pain between legs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acute cystitis (inflammation of bladder) </li...
<ul><li>Injured or dying people, animals & plants </li></ul><ul><li>Damaged or destroyed buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Block...
Crisis Dreams <ul><li>“ The dreaming mind likens any bodily injury to a physical attack… Disaster dreams are normal when y...
Typical Crisis Dreams <ul><li>Broken bones, muscle tears & amputations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broken buildings, objects or ...
REM Rebound <ul><li>  Intense, vivid & terrifying dreams </li></ul><ul><li>  Natural outcome of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  -...
Post-Crisis Dreams <ul><li>Destruction or damage inflicted on the body by operation </li></ul><ul><li>Lost or stolen objec...
Examples of Post-Crisis Dreams <ul><li>Dreamer is raped by strangers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hysterectomy </li></ul></ul><ul...
Healing Dreams <ul><li>“ As we return to health, several signposts appear in our dreams.  We may even experience significa...
Signs of Returning Health <ul><li>New body image – growth & repair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House under construction / repair...
Dream Helpers
Examples of Healing Dreams <ul><ul><li>“ I am talking on the phone to a woman friend when I hear noises.  I go to the pict...
Examples of Healing Dreams <ul><ul><li>“ My husband and I are with a group of people in the ocean.  We’re holding onto pie...
Convalescence Dreams <ul><li>“ When we have been ill or injured, delightful sexual dreams indicate a resurgence of normal ...
Wellness Dreams <ul><li>“ When dreamers are well, their dream images show the dreamer functioning normally and with assura...
Examples of Metaphors <ul><li>Pink stairwell covered with scratches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sore throat </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Waves of Dream Change  During Recovery <ul><li>Replay of trauma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equal or worse imagery </li></ul></u...
Healing Dream Activities  <ul><li>Review your dream journal </li></ul><ul><li>Count afflicted body images in dreams after ...
Danger in Dreams - Questions <ul><li>When did I realize danger was present in my dream? </li></ul><ul><li>How could I have...
Dream Replay <ul><li>Replay the dream now in your imagination  </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize a more healthy outcome </li></ul>
Dream Incubation <ul><li>Plan your incubation phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Assume the next dream is the  response  </li></ul><...
Work With Nightmares <ul><li>Write or draw the dream in detail </li></ul><ul><li>Share the dream with someone  </li></ul><...
Sheila McNellis Asato, M.A. <ul><li>Monkey Bridge Arts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>monkeybridgearts.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Closing Quote <ul><li>“ I’ve puzzled over my dreams, cherished them and run from them, and when I couldn’t figure them out...
Resources <ul><li>Healing Dreams by Marc Ian Barasch </li></ul><ul><li>The Healing Power of Dreams by Patricia Garfield </...
Artwork by Jaimie Cahlil <ul><li>www.cahlil.com </li></ul>soulful intuitive art counseling + psychotherapy  jaimie        ...
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    1. 1. Presented by Sheila M. Asato, M.A. Abbott Institute for Health and Healing Spring, 2008 Healing Dreams
    2. 2. <ul><li>“ In an era where everything is being mapped … dreams remain, by their very nature, terra incognita. They push at the edge of our limitations, urging us toward the wild boundary lands of the possible.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marc Ian Barasch </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The Hero’s Journey
    4. 4. The Reluctant Hero <ul><li>“ Like it or not, I was hurt; and my dreams taught me how to move from injury to wellness.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. The Call <ul><li>“ Fifteen years ago, I was abducted – there is no other word for it – into the realm of the dream… Each successive dream had spelled it out more explicitly until, although the word was never uttered, it glared down at me from a neon marquee: cancer.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marc Ian Barasch </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. The Initiation <ul><li>“ For many people, being admitted to a hospital is like being transported to an unknown land where one must undergo test and trials. There in the unfamiliar territory is where the “initiation” takes place.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The Descent
    8. 8. The Journey <ul><li>“ The nightmares continued, flooding in as if a hellish levee had burst. I badgered the doctor for a more complete workup… But some weeks later, I felt a grim twinge of vindication when a needle biopsy confirmed what my dreams had hinted – it was a cancerous malignancy.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marc Ian Barasch </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Helpers Along the Way <ul><li>“ If we are lucky, we encounter people – or even animals in dreams – who help us to recover and find out way, as well as tempters who confuse and misdirect us.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. The Return <ul><li>“ To return to the everyday world whole – but transformed – is like a rebirth. We have changed in some important way, not only physically, but also psychologically.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Becoming Whole <ul><li>“ We know what the descent was like and how to ascend. We learned to endure in both worlds. We share what we have discovered with one another.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. The Body in Dreams
    13. 13. Body as House What are Your Associations? <ul><li>Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Basement </li></ul><ul><li>Ground & Upper Floors </li></ul><ul><li>Pipes </li></ul><ul><li>Ducts </li></ul><ul><li>Wires </li></ul><ul><li>Windows & Doors </li></ul>
    14. 14. Your Dreams <ul><li>Recall a recent house dream </li></ul><ul><li>Note waking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Life situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health issues </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. House Questions <ul><li>Is your house too small or spacious? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it shabby or well cared for? </li></ul><ul><li>Are parts in disrepair? </li></ul><ul><li>Is something broken or disconnected? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the house harmonious or unattractively decorated? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the foundation strong or shaky? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you discovering new rooms? </li></ul>
    16. 16. Body Function as a Vehicle <ul><li>What function do these serve? </li></ul><ul><li>Steering wheel </li></ul><ul><li>Brakes </li></ul><ul><li>Headlights </li></ul><ul><li>Engine </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel tank </li></ul><ul><li>Tires </li></ul>Greek Autos = self Latin mobilis = movable
    17. 17. Your Vehicle Dreams <ul><li>Recall a recent vehicle dream </li></ul><ul><li>Note waking sense of control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In your body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In your life – relationships, work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ease of movement </li></ul><ul><li>Direction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where are you headed? </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Vehicle Questions <ul><li>What type of vehicle is it? </li></ul><ul><li>How well does it function? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is at the steering wheel? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the vehicle moving too fast or slow? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the brakes work? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it moving properly on the road or has it gone off? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there enough gas? </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Hunger pangs </li></ul><ul><li>Need to use toilet </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual arousal </li></ul><ul><li>Menstrual cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Muscle cramps </li></ul>Normal Bodily Processes Body sensations & dream imagery
    20. 20. Abnormal Bodily Processes <ul><li>Inflammation </li></ul><ul><li>Fever </li></ul><ul><li>Slow or fast metabolism </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive fluids </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure in the chest </li></ul>
    21. 21. D R E A M Process <ul><li>D escribe dream in the present tense </li></ul><ul><li>R eflect on feelings </li></ul><ul><li>E xpress related waking emotions & events </li></ul><ul><li>A ssociate key images </li></ul><ul><li>M editate on meaning </li></ul><ul><li>S ummarize plan for waking life </li></ul>
    22. 22. The 7 Stages of Recovery
    23. 23. The Hero’s Journey in Dreams <ul><li>“ To ascribe a mythic dimension to a dream may seem overblown. But in myths, we may discern our own life story writ large; uncover patterns and belief systems that, once uncovered, may be changed; find perspective on our individual concerns as reflections of eternal human themes.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marc Ian Barasch, Healing Dreams </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Forewarning Dreams
    25. 25. Typical Forewarning Imagery <ul><li>Going too fast and no brakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Car can’t stop, about to crash </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nearing the point of exhaustion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collapsing people or buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Danger ahead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storm on the horizon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Damage underway </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House being broken into </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Diagnostic Dreams <ul><li>Can reveal: </li></ul><ul><li>The nature of the dis-ease </li></ul><ul><li>The exact location of the problem </li></ul><ul><li>The shape and/or function of the troubled area </li></ul>
    27. 27. <ul><li>Reoccurring dream of burning pain between legs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acute cystitis (inflammation of bladder) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clues: location & excessive heat </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Man falls into water between wharf and yacht and is squeezed into the pier </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Myocardial infraction – heart trouble </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clues: excessive water & being squeezed </li></ul></ul>Examples of Diagnostic Imagery
    28. 28. <ul><li>Injured or dying people, animals & plants </li></ul><ul><li>Damaged or destroyed buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Blocked or dirty liquid </li></ul><ul><li>Malfunctioning machines or equipment </li></ul>What To Look For <ul><li>Extreme heat </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme cold </li></ul><ul><li>Excess water </li></ul><ul><li>Dryness </li></ul><ul><li>Itchiness </li></ul><ul><li>Pain </li></ul>
    29. 29. Crisis Dreams <ul><li>“ The dreaming mind likens any bodily injury to a physical attack… Disaster dreams are normal when you are seriously ill.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Typical Crisis Dreams <ul><li>Broken bones, muscle tears & amputations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broken buildings, objects or clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Loss of identity in hospital </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lost wallets, passports, purses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Replays of past accidents or illnesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional or physical similarity to current situation </li></ul></ul>
    31. 31. REM Rebound <ul><li> Intense, vivid & terrifying dreams </li></ul><ul><li> Natural outcome of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> - Sleep deprivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - Medication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - Surgery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ REM rebound is a sign that your brain is trying to restore it’s normal functioning.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    32. 32. Post-Crisis Dreams <ul><li>Destruction or damage inflicted on the body by operation </li></ul><ul><li>Lost or stolen objects </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of death </li></ul>
    33. 33. Examples of Post-Crisis Dreams <ul><li>Dreamer is raped by strangers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hysterectomy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bulldozers break garage door & steal car </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abortion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dreamer sees dead person or animals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surgery with general anesthetic – fear of death </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grief over something lost </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Surgical removal of body part </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Replay of trauma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>War wound, car crash, calamity, or disaster </li></ul></ul>
    34. 34. Healing Dreams <ul><li>“ As we return to health, several signposts appear in our dreams. We may even experience significant healing within the dream.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. Signs of Returning Health <ul><li>New body image – growth & repair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House under construction / repair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newborn babies & animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beautiful view, lush fields, grass, flowers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Returning sense of control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent car crash or finding lost object </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Restoration of energy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Animals or children playing happily </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increased Cooperation - helpers </li></ul>
    36. 36. Dream Helpers
    37. 37. Examples of Healing Dreams <ul><ul><li>“ I am talking on the phone to a woman friend when I hear noises. I go to the picture window and look out onto our land. There is a beautiful spring scene – a lush field, green grass, trees in bloom. There are animals running around, kicking up their heels. I tell the person on the phone and call my husband to come look. A goose is chasing my favorite cat. They’re all playing. I say to my husband, “Like you chase me, honey.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Mimi, three weeks after hysterectomy and dreams of being brutally raped </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    38. 38. Examples of Healing Dreams <ul><ul><li>“ My husband and I are with a group of people in the ocean. We’re holding onto pieces of a ship from a shipwreck. I say, “I can’t swim!” Some man takes the lead. He asks, “Who else can’t swim?” Others raise their hands. He says, “Hold on. We’ll make a chain.” We form a chain, like a snake, going up and down over the swells. The water is dark but bright. I feel more comfortable and not so afraid. We go with the swells, riding over the crests of the waves.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Irene, several months after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in one of her breasts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    39. 39. Convalescence Dreams <ul><li>“ When we have been ill or injured, delightful sexual dreams indicate a resurgence of normal energy levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Dreams of restored appetite for food also suggest returning strength.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    40. 40. Wellness Dreams <ul><li>“ When dreamers are well, their dream images show the dreamer functioning normally and with assurance; the elements of nature likewise appear to flourish, without suffering from excess or deficit.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patricia Garfield </li></ul></ul>
    41. 41. Examples of Metaphors <ul><li>Pink stairwell covered with scratches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sore throat </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dreamer impaled on sharp pole in anus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hemorrhoids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dreamer’s house is on fire </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart burn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dreamer drowning in dirty, yellow water </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bronchitis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dreamer is shot in left side of the head </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Migraine </li></ul></ul>
    42. 42. Waves of Dream Change During Recovery <ul><li>Replay of trauma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equal or worse imagery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accidental improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Deliberate change </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery images predominate </li></ul><ul><li>New body image </li></ul>
    43. 43. Healing Dream Activities <ul><li>Review your dream journal </li></ul><ul><li>Count afflicted body images in dreams after injury or illness </li></ul><ul><li>Compare with later dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Note changes </li></ul>
    44. 44. Danger in Dreams - Questions <ul><li>When did I realize danger was present in my dream? </li></ul><ul><li>How could I have averted danger? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. move something to prevent danger? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What or who could I have added to the dream to help me? </li></ul><ul><li>How could I have changed my own behavior? </li></ul><ul><li>How could I have saved others? </li></ul>
    45. 45. Dream Replay <ul><li>Replay the dream now in your imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize a more healthy outcome </li></ul>
    46. 46. Dream Incubation <ul><li>Plan your incubation phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Assume the next dream is the response </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the dream </li></ul><ul><li>Decide if advice is valid and useful </li></ul><ul><li>Honor the dream </li></ul>
    47. 47. Work With Nightmares <ul><li>Write or draw the dream in detail </li></ul><ul><li>Share the dream with someone </li></ul><ul><li>Get help if necessary </li></ul>
    48. 48. Sheila McNellis Asato, M.A. <ul><li>Monkey Bridge Arts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>monkeybridgearts.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>952-412-4786 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IASD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>asdreams.org </li></ul></ul>Sweet Dreams!
    49. 49. Closing Quote <ul><li>“ I’ve puzzled over my dreams, cherished them and run from them, and when I couldn’t figure them out, saved them as one would a loose bolt in a junk drawer, wondering if it might someday prove valuable. But to take dreams seriously – enough to act on them, to live by them is potentially subversive… </li></ul><ul><li>The closer I look, the more my dreams seem to insist upon the same spiritual onus: You must live truthfully. Right now. And always.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marc Ian Barasch </li></ul></ul>
    50. 50. Resources <ul><li>Healing Dreams by Marc Ian Barasch </li></ul><ul><li>The Healing Power of Dreams by Patricia Garfield </li></ul><ul><li>She Who Dreams by Wanda Burch </li></ul><ul><li>Dreams and Healing by John Sanford </li></ul><ul><li>Dream Healing and Ritual by C.A. Meier </li></ul>
    51. 51. Artwork by Jaimie Cahlil <ul><li>www.cahlil.com </li></ul>soulful intuitive art counseling + psychotherapy jaimie                                                                

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