To Develop the ability to guide others and to facilitate creativity in yourself and others through listening.

It is important to note: Certification is not guaranteed by registering and attending the sessions and fulfilling the requirements. You must attain and demonstrate a level of listening mindfulness determined by the mentors and program developers; demonstrate your understanding of Deep Listening in the content of your reports and in your presence and ability to compose and lead Deep Listening exercises including movement and dreaming. 



Dream Awareness and Creating Dream Community


  • Attendance at all online dream awareness sessions.
  • Sharing Dreams regularly with Dream Partner and/or Dream Pod (as assigned)..
  • Participation in Ione’s online Dreamers’ Blog private to the DL Group(Access will be provided.) The blog will periodically post information on new developments in the Dream Field.
  • Ongoing commitment to personal dream journal upkeep including sleep and dream experiences and experiences of the night.   Commitment means periodic but non-rigid participation (ranging from daily to weekly) entries.
  • Particular attention to the phenomenon of sound in dreams along with other sensory experiences in dreams is recommended.
  • Journals should also include drawings, diagrams, maps etc. and other methodologies as described in Listening in Dreams and This is a Dream.
  • Development of personal dream systems is encouraged.
  • Independent research in the fields of dream and sleep phenomena is encouraged.
  • Listening in Dreams: A Compendium of Sound Dreams, Meditations and Rituals for Deep Dreamers PLUS This Is A Dream! : A Handbook for Deep Dreamers by Ione (note: extensive bibliography included) is available through Deep Listening Catalog.  Ione's essay, Deep Listening in Dreams; Opening to Another Dimension of Being can be found in Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening - also available throug 



Toward a Dream Community


Dream Community is a beautiful thing. We are all automatically members of this community, and we share the dream dimensions whether we are rich or poor, young or old. We dream in Angola and we dream in New York City. We dream in all weathers and through all the varying events and emotions of our lives. We are all dreamers. Because of this, dream sharing is a extraordinarily effective way of communing with other humans.

Arnold Mindell’s The Shaman’s Body, relays the comment of an Australian aborigine he met during his travels, “ We dream individually because we share the same dream.”
The idea of people simply telling each other their dreams on a regular basis is the most rudimentary form of “Dream Community”. All dreams, those that have already occurred, and those yet to come are eligible to be honored; and dreamers living, dead and yet to be born are welcome members of the community.

The ability to honor a dream, its contents, characters and inhabitants for what they are, without imposing a preconceived structure can yield great rewards. It is my hope that as we become more and more used to telling our dreams to each other we will eliminate the need for such common disclaimers as “ You’re going to think I’m crazy but I had this weird dream last night! “
When two or more people are telling each other their dreams, communication automatically takes place on a deep feeling level. When “full body listening” is taking place, it doesn’t matter whether the “meaning” of the dream is understood from a logical perspective. Something else important is being transmitted; something palpable that comes through on a body level and on the subtle, non-linear levels of the psyche. Understanding is taking place, but it is of a different kind, an especially soul-satisfying kind.

When a rigid structure is imposed on a dream, the dream can become “flattened”, its life juices completely squeezed out. Often, to my way of thinking, the dreamer is in danger of losing the gift of her own dream as it becomes the property of another. As brilliant as the dream experts can be, relying solely on the theories of others has limitations. If you give yourself permission to shop around, you may discover that you prefer one method or theory to another, or that a given method seems to fit a certain dream better than another. It can be fascinating to apply more than one method to the same dream OR one method can apply at one time in your life, but not another.

Opening up your understanding of dreams to include the concepts of multiple or simultaneous meanings is a way of allowing these precious messages from the psyche to breathe more freely. Once you begin to honor these gifts by paying attention; writing them down in journals, talking about them, telling them to friends and family- the “meanings” of your dreams begin to become clear in an organic way-from the inside out, as it were. A person who has been working with her dreams in this manner, for even a very short while, begins to open to a fuller way of being in the world, and ultimately, this latter, is the most important thing of all.
- Excerpt This is a Dream! by Ione 




Session # 1
Why Dreams?

  • Overview of Course. Individual relationship to Dreams . Identification of individual Dream Phenomena LOJ
  • ( Lifting off Judgment- a practice. )Feelings, Symbols and themes. Freud, Jung and Mindell (Selected readings posted online) .Assignment of partners .Guidelines on listening to dreams and in dreams.

Session #2
Time and No Time

  • Dream partner Go Round.
  • Dream Weaving and emerging group dream phenomena. Dreaming on the Edge. Time/ Space and Dakinis.
  • The Shared Dream . Practice of the Dream of Reality and the Reality of the Dream Assignment of new dream partners. Norbu and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoches (Selected Readings Posted Online)

Session # 3
Secret Language

  • Dream partner Go Round : Dream Community and Pathways of the living dream. Language of the body in dreams. Review of personal dream intelligence. Dream incubation practice. Garfield, Mindell (Selected Readings Posted Online)

Session # 4
Living the Dream

  • Go Round. The “Life” Dream. Dreams and the creative process. Reports on creative dream interactions as developed during the course. Teachings from the dreams. Final Presentation Assignment


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