Considering the Possibility of Dreams as Natural and
Potentially Healing Mystical Encounters with the Divine
In this six-session course, Dr. Sheri D. Kling will draw from the ideas of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung and mathematician-philosopher Alfred North Whitehead as well as recent brain science to guide participants through an exploration into the dreaming body-mind and religious experience.
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Modern people seem to be in trouble. We’re split from each other societally, huge swaths of us are lonelier than ever before, and we are fragmented within – sometimes even at war within ourselves. The cultural story we are immersed in, the dominant Western worldview, sadly fosters our fragmentation.
How can we hope to come to a place of wholeness? How can we change our relationships with each other and with the very earth that we depend upon?
We must find a new story and new practices that foster embodied experiences of wholeness to experience for ourselves the value, relationality, and transformation that Whitehead and Jung show us is true at all levels of reality. When we understand this at a deep level, and experience that reality for ourselves through practices like dream work that foster sacred encounter, we learn that we matter, we belong, and we can experience positive change.
In this course, we’ll look at the fragmentation that ails us, the healing power of numinous experience, a wider view of perception, the power of spiritual dream work, and a possible role of the vagus nerve in dreaming to reflect on how dreams can be understood as both embodied and as the kind of religious experience that can transform lives.
Whitehead tells us that “Expression is the one fundamental sacrament.” If we understand his word “expression” as meaning the same as what Jung means by “symbolism,” then we might better understand the profound capacity of dreams for engendering healing in the psyche. We might argue, then, that dreams are a fundamental sacrament, or, as Jung himself said about our experience of dreaming, “Every night a Eucharist.”
“Dreams give information about the secrets of the inner life and reveal to the dreamer hidden factors of his personality. As long as these are undiscovered, they disturb his waking life and betray themselves only in the form of symptoms.”
–C. G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
- Session 1: Introduction to the Course
- Session 2: The Healing Power of Religious Experience
- Session 3: Whitehead and Jung: An Integrated, Relational Reality
- Session 4: Perspectives on Dreaming
- Session 5: The Dreaming Body-Mind and Mystical Experience
- Session 6: A Wider View of Perception and Dreaming
For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people
as they slumber in their beds…
About the Instructor
Sheri D. Kling, Ph.D., is an author, teacher, consultant, and coach who draws from wisdom and mystical traditions, relational worldviews, depth psychology, and the intersection of spirituality and science to help people transform their lives so they can experience meaning, belonging, and positive change. She is the founder of Deeper Rhythm and creator of the Transforming Women program for women’s personal and professional development as well as a faculty member of the Haden Institute. An accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist, and storyteller, Dr. Kling is known as a “voice for transformation.” She can be found online at www.sherikling.com and www.transformingwomen.net.
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Just $21.50 Per Session
- Lifetime access to session recordings
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- Watch live or follow your own schedule
- Interact with class members via discussion forums
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