Dreams as Portals to the Sacred

Dreams as Portals to the Sacred

Date: December 12, 2020, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm ET
Available by: Join by Videoconference or Watch Online Recordings (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00
One Spirit Elective Credit: 1.0

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Dreams arise directly from our deep psyche – our soul. They appear to us as sacred mystery, offering an opportunity to listen to the divine within. During the day, when our consciousness is in charge, only a few of our inner energies have free expression. Most often, these are the socially sanctioned and conditioned parts, such as the ego and the persona. But every night, when the grip of consciousness loosens, our inner gods and goddesses (in both their positive and negative forms) walk onto the stage of our inner theater, and share with us their desires, their thoughts and their hopes for our future. Through an elaborate sequence of dream images, they share with us where the components of our psyche stand at the moment, and how we can best align our conscious plans with the desires and aspirations of these aspects of our inner divinity. Dream images are often complex, and multi-layered. However, they are nothing less than the visual manifestation of our very souls. So, it behooves us to learn the vocabulary and the idiom of our dreammaker. The more we hone our ears to hear and understand this vocabulary - the more we become active participants in the unfolding of our destiny.

Class participants will experience and come away with the following:

  • an appreciation for the power of dreams and “dreamwork’
  • a basic tool set to work with dreams (with handouts)
  • observe how to circumambulate dreams in a dyad
  • take part in a dream group session
  • take part in a sacred service wherein the dream images serve as liturgy

FACULTY:

Sushmita Mukherjee

Rev. Dr. Sushmita Mukherjee

Rev. Dr. Sushmita Mukherjee is an ordained interspiritual minister, spiritual counselor and a Dean at the Seminary Program at One Spirit. Trained as a biophysicist and cell biologist in India and in the United States, she works as an Associate Professor of Research at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City. Her scientific work focuses on high-resolution microscopy and image analysis, and their applications in cutting edge biomedical research. She is thus very finely attuned to the nuances of images, and the stories images can tell. Sushmita’s soul-work is that of psychospiritual alchemy, carried out within a Jungian/Archetypal vessel. This Work is deeply influenced by the teachings of Carl Jung, James Hillman and Joseph Campbell. Sushmita sees images that arise from the depths of our souls (in the form of dreams, fantasies, impulses and ideas), as carriers of potent symbols that can transcend apparent dualities. Images, for her, are living psychic entities which have the power to reweave the torn fabric of our souls, thus bringing about a profound wholeness. Sushmita loves to write, to visualize, to teach and to create art that lives at the interface of Science and Soul.

Darby Christopher

Rev. Darby Christopher

Rev. Darby Christopher is an interfaith minister and holds a Master of Social Work degree. She is a graduate of the Haden Institute’s Dream Group Leadership Training program. Author of the recently published book From Anxiety to Connection: A Path to Authentic Relating, Darby enjoys speaking, writing, presenting workshops, leading dream groups, and companioning people on their life’s journey.

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