Sleep on it! Sheila McNellis Asato, M.A., E.I.C. Minneapolis Photo Center
“ It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has ...
Dream Incubation <ul><li>Ancient Greek and Contemporary Practices </li></ul>
Asclepius <ul><li>Ancient Greece </li></ul><ul><li>God of dreams and healing </li></ul>
Vatican <ul><li>Dedication to Asclepius </li></ul><ul><li>Beehive & Honey Offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Eggs, Serpents & New...
<ul><li>Son of Apollo & Chronis </li></ul><ul><li>Mother murdered </li></ul><ul><li>Caesarian birth on funeral pyre </li><...
Birth of Asclepius                                
<ul><li>Raised by centaur </li></ul><ul><li>Healing & hunting </li></ul><ul><li>Compassionate healing </li></ul><ul><li>Ea...
<ul><li>Raised people from the dead </li></ul><ul><li>Angered the gods </li></ul><ul><li>Zeus recognizes his goodness </li...
Asclepius and His Daughters <ul><li>Hygeia – Hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>Panacea – Healing </li></ul><ul><li>Meditrine - Med...
Hygeia
Ancient Practices
Retreat - Asclepieion
Healing Practices <ul><li>Retreat & Purification </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation </li></ul><ul><li>Intention & Request </li><...
Gratitude
Healing Comes <ul><li>Early times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healed by god in dream </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Later period </li></...
Asclepius as Serpent
Asclepius Today
Interesting Tidbits What’s the Difference? The staff of Asclepius and The Caduceus of Mercury (Roman)  Or the Karykeion of...
Asclepius and Hermes
Clinics and Dreaming <ul><li>“ The word  &quot;clinic&quot;  stems from the benches dreamers would lie on in the temple to...
  Sleep on it! Dream  Incubation  Basics Bbearded Asclepius -- Vatican Museum, Braccio Chiaromonti Carole Lombard, 1937, P...
Learn from Ancient Dreamers
“ Place yourself where you will not be distracted from the subject of your desired dream.”
“ Clearly formulate your intended dream”
“ Your body should be in a deeply relaxed state when you present yourself with suggestions for the intended dream.”
“ Visualize the desired dream  as though it is happening.”
“ Believe that your subconscious  can provide the desired dream.”
“ Work with your current dreams.”
“ Inducing dreams is a learned skill; it takes time  and practice.  Don’t give up if you don’t have  immediate success.  K...
Belief and Medicine Today <ul><li>“ As doctors, everything we do has a component of belief.  We believe in the effectivene...
Creative Dreaming <ul><li>Enhancing the Creative Process </li></ul><ul><li>With Dream Incubation </li></ul>
Some Creative Dreamers <ul><li>Paul McCartney –  Yesterday </li></ul><ul><li>Guiseppe Tartini  (Italian violinist & compos...
Now it’s Your Turn!
Get out some paper and a pen
Have a General Direction
Focus your Intention
Work on it in Waking Life
Practice Necessary Skills
Imagine Your Dream
Face Conflict Directly
Pay Attention to Idiosyncratic Images
Expect Creative Breakthroughs
Share Dreams with a Friend
Give the Dream Form
Reap the Riches
Your Dreams Want You!
Further Reading <ul><li>Healing Dream and Ritual  by C.A. Meier </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Dreaming  by Patricia Garfield,...
Resources <ul><li>IASD Website: www.asdreams.org </li></ul><ul><li>Monkey Bridge Arts: www.monkeybridgearts.com </li></ul>...
<ul><li>Sheila McNellis Asato </li></ul><ul><li>Email:  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Blog :  http://monkeybridgearts....
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Sleep on it - Dreaming for Creativity and Health

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Dreaming is a fundamental part of being human. Since ancient times, dreaming has been regarded as a source of healing and creative inspiration. In the first half of this presentation, Asato will introduce the ancient art of dream incubation and explore it's connection to western medicine, as well as show how people continue to use dream incubation today for creative problem solving and personal enrichment. In the second half of this session, Asato will lead participants through a group dreamwork process.

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Sleep on it - Dreaming for Creativity and Health

  1. 1. Sleep on it! Sheila McNellis Asato, M.A., E.I.C. Minneapolis Photo Center
  2. 2. “ It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” John Steinbeck
  3. 3. Dream Incubation <ul><li>Ancient Greek and Contemporary Practices </li></ul>
  4. 4. Asclepius <ul><li>Ancient Greece </li></ul><ul><li>God of dreams and healing </li></ul>
  5. 5. Vatican <ul><li>Dedication to Asclepius </li></ul><ul><li>Beehive & Honey Offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Eggs, Serpents & New Life </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Son of Apollo & Chronis </li></ul><ul><li>Mother murdered </li></ul><ul><li>Caesarian birth on funeral pyre </li></ul>National Archaeological Museum, Athenshttp://www.theoi.com/Gallery/S23.4.html Background
  7. 7. Birth of Asclepius                                
  8. 8. <ul><li>Raised by centaur </li></ul><ul><li>Healing & hunting </li></ul><ul><li>Compassionate healing </li></ul><ul><li>Ease human suffering </li></ul>Chiron
  9. 9. <ul><li>Raised people from the dead </li></ul><ul><li>Angered the gods </li></ul><ul><li>Zeus recognizes his goodness </li></ul><ul><li>Becomes constellation Ophiuchus (the Serpent Bearer) </li></ul>Asclepius Becomes a Star
  10. 10. Asclepius and His Daughters <ul><li>Hygeia – Hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>Panacea – Healing </li></ul><ul><li>Meditrine - Medicine </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hygeia
  12. 12. Ancient Practices
  13. 13. Retreat - Asclepieion
  14. 14. Healing Practices <ul><li>Retreat & Purification </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation </li></ul><ul><li>Intention & Request </li></ul><ul><li>Wait & Dream </li></ul><ul><li>Healing Dream </li></ul><ul><li>Express Gratitude </li></ul>
  15. 15. Gratitude
  16. 16. Healing Comes <ul><li>Early times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healed by god in dream </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Later period </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verification with priests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gratitude & offerings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Honoring the dream </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Asclepius as Serpent
  18. 18. Asclepius Today
  19. 19. Interesting Tidbits What’s the Difference? The staff of Asclepius and The Caduceus of Mercury (Roman) Or the Karykeion of Hermes (Greek)   
  20. 20. Asclepius and Hermes
  21. 21. Clinics and Dreaming <ul><li>“ The word &quot;clinic&quot; stems from the benches dreamers would lie on in the temple to receive a dream, the klinai . </li></ul><ul><li>It was implicitly assumed that dreaming was part of an ecosystem, including health, a powerful geographic location, and the responsive presence of creative spirits (gods) surrounding us.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Robert Bosnak </li></ul>
  22. 22. Sleep on it! Dream Incubation Basics Bbearded Asclepius -- Vatican Museum, Braccio Chiaromonti Carole Lombard, 1937, Paramount, MPTV.net
  23. 23. Learn from Ancient Dreamers
  24. 24. “ Place yourself where you will not be distracted from the subject of your desired dream.”
  25. 25. “ Clearly formulate your intended dream”
  26. 26. “ Your body should be in a deeply relaxed state when you present yourself with suggestions for the intended dream.”
  27. 27. “ Visualize the desired dream as though it is happening.”
  28. 28. “ Believe that your subconscious can provide the desired dream.”
  29. 29. “ Work with your current dreams.”
  30. 30. “ Inducing dreams is a learned skill; it takes time and practice. Don’t give up if you don’t have immediate success. Keep trying.”
  31. 31. Belief and Medicine Today <ul><li>“ As doctors, everything we do has a component of belief. We believe in the effectiveness of what we prescribe, whether it’s drugs or surgery or life-style changes, or we wouldn’t prescribe it. </li></ul><ul><li>And we’ve known since medicine began that the doctor’s belief in the effectiveness of the treatment plays a powerful role in motivating the patient’s behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Likewise, the patient’s own belief also plays an important role in the healing process. </li></ul><ul><li>So, in a sense, you could say that everything we’re doing here involves trying to change a person’s belief system, to make people more aware of new possibilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Dean Ornish, M.D., Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers </li></ul>
  32. 32. Creative Dreaming <ul><li>Enhancing the Creative Process </li></ul><ul><li>With Dream Incubation </li></ul>
  33. 33. Some Creative Dreamers <ul><li>Paul McCartney – Yesterday </li></ul><ul><li>Guiseppe Tartini (Italian violinist & composer) composed one of his greatest works, &quot;The Devil's Trill” </li></ul><ul><li>Fredrich August von Kekule (German chemist) said that he discovered the ring-shaped chemical structure of benzene molecule because of a strange, reptilian dream he had in 1865 </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Louis Stephenson – the theme for Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde was derived from a dream </li></ul><ul><li>Jack Nicklaus – discovered a new way to hold his golf club in a dream </li></ul><ul><li>Elias Howe, created the sewing machine after a nightmare </li></ul>
  34. 34. Now it’s Your Turn!
  35. 35. Get out some paper and a pen
  36. 36. Have a General Direction
  37. 37. Focus your Intention
  38. 38. Work on it in Waking Life
  39. 39. Practice Necessary Skills
  40. 40. Imagine Your Dream
  41. 41. Face Conflict Directly
  42. 42. Pay Attention to Idiosyncratic Images
  43. 43. Expect Creative Breakthroughs
  44. 44. Share Dreams with a Friend
  45. 45. Give the Dream Form
  46. 46. Reap the Riches
  47. 47. Your Dreams Want You!
  48. 48. Further Reading <ul><li>Healing Dream and Ritual by C.A. Meier </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Dreaming by Patricia Garfield, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving-- and How You Can Too by Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>The Practice of Dream Healing by Edward Tick </li></ul>
  49. 49. Resources <ul><li>IASD Website: www.asdreams.org </li></ul><ul><li>Monkey Bridge Arts: www.monkeybridgearts.com </li></ul><ul><li>Craig Webb’s Website - Part I: Dream Incubation for Healing, Creativity, Fun, and Guidance http://dreams.blogharbor.com/blog/DreamIncubation </li></ul>
  50. 50. <ul><li>Sheila McNellis Asato </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Blog : http://monkeybridgearts.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Website : www.monkeybridgearts.com </li></ul><ul><li>Phone : 952-412-4786 </li></ul>Contact Information

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