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Listening To Our Dreams

"Once we get used to listening to our dreams, our whole body responds like a musical instrument."

—Marion Woodman

Not all dreams occur while we sleep.

Some dreams happen during team meetings when we gaze out the window, listlessly observing the flight of a flock of birds, their chaotic patterns playing on our minds like soothing, hypnotic music. They happen during dinner, when someone's comment flashes in your memory, evoking a forgotten image or event and you pursue the ideas away from your physical being until the clink of utensils on plates pulls you back. They happen during meditations, during driving, and, yes, during sleep. Dreams show us the substrate of our imagination, and our unconscious mind, bidden and unbidden.

What is the imagination? Why is the imagination? And what do we do with the myriad and strange images and ideas that arise, seemingly of their own accord? Many in the depth psychology field maintain these images arise to guide us and reveal deeper associations of life to our conscious mind. In a culture that dismisses imagination and dreaming as insubstantial, it is the uncommon individual who holds on to their ability to explore inner spaces.

"Every good idea and all creative work are the offspring of the imagination, and have their source in what one is pleased to call infantile fantasy. Not the artist alone, but every creative individual whatsoever owes all that is greatest in [their] life to fantasy."