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DNANZ BULLETIN AUGUST 2017
DON’T MISS OUT ON A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
    COME TO NZ’S SECOND DREAM CONFERENCE, 5TH to 8TH OCTOBER, 2017

DREAMS – IMAGINATION – HEALING

 
at the Franciscan Retreat Centre,Hillsborough,Auckland.
 
6 good reasons to come:
1. Expand your understanding of how dreams and visions
relate to some of the biggest concerns in our lives: fear of death, survival of the Planet, finding your purpose in life:
Hear Dr Mary Murray of Massey University discussing her cutting-edge research into Near-Death experiences of NZers

 Hear Mark Skelding, environmental activist and counsellor, calling us to listen to “Earth’s Dreams and Voices;”
 
Meet Clare Caldwell, visionary artist and tutor of therapeutic         art, as she tells her story and shows her paintings based on the visions that have changed her direction in life.
 
2. Discover how dreams can help with growth and healing as we go through processes of giving birth, relationship conflict, dealing with nightmares,
losing a loved one, recovery from addiction, paranormal experiences….
3. Learn different methods of exploring your dreams as you attend a choice
of creative workshops led by a variety of practitioners skilled in Active Imagination, Art-work, Collage, Dance, Grief work, Music, Psychodrama, Story.
4. Enjoy the richness of joining with others in small groups to share dream-stories, discovering the common ground of our spiritual journey.
5. Enjoy the company of an open, heartful, respectful community, as together we explore into the inner world beneath the surface of ordinary life.
6. Give yourself the gift of a memorable weekend in the beautiful grounds of this peaceful Retreat, with new friends, new learning, excellent food, single rooms, and a hilarious evening with the Auckland Playback Theatre actors!

Go to our website, www.dreamnetwork.org.nz, for further information, or contact margtoland@xtra.co.nz directly to enrol.       See you there!
EDITORIAL:
Dear Dreamers,
Welcome to our DNANZ Bulletin August, 2017.  We are currently busily preparing for our conference and excited about a very interesting line up of guest presenters. So, in this issue we advertise the October conference as well as an exciting line up of articles to enjoy in this very cold, wet winter weather.  Bev Rosevear – Kaho reports on Craig Whisker and Marion Hammond’s psychodrama retreat attended in Taupo recently.  Margaret Bowater presents an empowering dream called Powerful Singer contributed for publication by a participant in one of her workshops.  Clare Caldwell writes on a transformative experience that led to an adventure with dolphins following a vision she experienced some years ago.  In the Book Corner I discuss Part Two of Jung’s Red Book.
So, sit back with a hot toddy and enjoy a stimulating read.
Lynette Papp, editor.
REPORT ON RECENT EVENTS
PSYCHODRAMA RETREAT - TAUHARA CENTER JUNE 2017
CONNECTING TO THE THEATRE OF TRUTH. . . Bev Rosevear - Kaho
Laughter, horseplay, and an eerie wail rise from the fire-warmed lounge at the Tauhara Centre in Acacia Bay, Taupo during the first session of the fifth annual psychodrama retreat facilitated by Craig Whisker and Marian Hammond. Seven participants, including two who are new to psychodrama, gather from various points around the North Island for the intensely personal yet collectively themed group work generated over the weekend.

My interest in psychodrama was stirred by the raw energy and emotion that gripped my body and mind from two Psychodrama of Dreams explorations led by Craig during 2016 for members of the dreamwork collective (DNANZ) in Auckland in 2016. Coming to the Tauhara retreat seems like an important next step on my journey of connection and personal development.
The retreat centre offers a quiet and private setting to reflect on the 'enactments' of the personal material offered by group members to invite exploration in a variety of roles and scenarios: the 'work' of the group. It is about connection:
* with others, as we witness and engage with others' pain and joy.
* with ourselves as we allow ourselves to be caught up in the process of sharing our inner life and feelings often obscured from both ourselves and others. The work can involve the dramatic shifts in inner reality that accompany healing.
There was good opportunity to expand our understanding of the terms, definitions, and conventions of psychodrama.  Developed by Dr J Moreno in the 1930's psychodrama is 'theatre of spontaneity' which is now a psychotherapeutic model.
I added to my glossary of PD terms the following: purpose and intention: interviewing the protagonist; warming up the protagonist; auxiliary roles; role testing; role reversal; progressive versus fragmented roles; and our collective goal: 'enactment.' Enactment involves an inner drama to play out allowing for movement towards more functional roles in our own lives. I noticed that hearing one's own words in role reversal, repeated by another with their own intonation and slight shifts in emphasis, gave a different meaning to the exchange and allowed new insight to develop.
In my drama, I was able to experience the pain and frustration of some primal wounding, experience support and caring, and realize I wasn't alone. This allowed me to find an inner aspect that could strengthen and guide me and that I could call on at will. Profound themes such as grief and loss, death, emotional trauma, and the celebration of the inner child emerged due to high levels of trust and safety in the group. I was amazed at the confidence with which the more experienced group members engaged in the process.
Highlights of the weekend were:
  • laughing at my futile attempts at invisibility when I first arrived in the group (as role played by another group member)
  • acting talent in folk with no formal training.
  • poignancy and intensity of the enactments.
  • the unfailingly supportive skilled and gentle facilitation by Craig and Marian as they worked with a variety of levels of exploration.
  • the significant shifts in presentation and energy evident in group members over the weekend.
Laughter and tears, time for reflection and sharing and a chance to meet an unconscious need for deeper connection with others made this an outstanding weekend, despite the fact there was 'no place to hide here!' I haven't laughed or cried so much in such a short time frame before.
For anyone interested in personal growth, exploring dreams through utilizing the sometimes surreal tableaux generated by psychodrama, or to develop professionally through further training, psychodrama can offer a vigorous and exciting method to explore the inner world.
Roll on June 2018 – I'll be the first to register for the next retreat!
DREAM REPORT Powerful Singer           Margaret. Bowater
Kathryn at 34, a communications consultant, had a vivid dream while she was preparing her debut album as a singer and songwriter. At the time, she was rather terrified at the thought of performing in public.
I am standing on a stage in a concert hall, singing a song. There are bright lights in my eyes, so I cannot see the audience, but I know that there is a large number of people there. I am standing at a microphone, rather than singing from a keyboard as I usually would. I cannot see, but I’m aware that there is a band behind me. The energy of the dream is focused on my experience of singing. I am filled with a sense of awe, power, joy and amazement at the sound that is coming out of my mouth. I am conscious that the full power of what I feel inside me is being expressed through my voice, creating a powerful atmosphere and touching people’s hearts. I can hear my voice clearly in the foldback monitors, and it is strong, loud and powerful – and I am surprised at how good it sounds. I am aware that my spirit is directly connected to my voice, and nothing is obstructing my expression.

This feels like a visionary dream to me – full of promise and potential. I continue to say yes to the small opportunities that come my way to perform live in public, and I am learning to hold this dream with me while I do so. Throughout my life, song writing has been a profound way of connecting with my inner self and with the mystery we call God. The songs that form inside me want to be expressed, but singing is raw, vulnerable and exposing. I am critically aware of my flaws and limitations as a singer, but sometimes when I sing I feel like I can hear God in my voice, or my true self, something powerful and true.
This is certainly a dream of encouragement for an emerging performer. Kathryn’s spirit reaches forward past her hesitation, to give her the sensation of putting her full energy into the song, so that she is not afraid to give it full power.
INSPIRATIONAL VISION
LIGHT BEINGS AND DOLPHIN EXPERIENCE Clare Caldwell
I have always loved dolphins. Like countless other people, I feel a strange resonance and affinity with them on a deep level. Back in 1996 I did some research around swimming with them in the wild and made the decision to book myself and my then 10 year old daughter Sarah onto a tour they had running from Kaikoura. The tour would take us out to sea in search of a pod of dolphins in a specially designed boat with a flat end at the back that enabled you to gently slide out into the water. Wetsuit, snorkel and flippers were also provided and they were reputed to have a high success rate finding dolphins. We were very elated and excited.
As the time to leave Auckland approached, I suddenly began to have some misgivings. Much as I love dolphins I have an obsessive fear of sharks. I rang the company running the tour and asked whether there had ever been any incidents with sharks. They said as a rule sharks don’t come around dolphins but there had been an incident where a woman was bitten by a blue shark……well, I didn’t need to hear that!
I started thinking about the incredibly deep water we would be venturing into and if it was fair, or indeed safe, to take my young daughter off on such a potentially risky adventure. My paranoia grew exponentially and I finally decided I would ring and cancel our places. Just as I made that decision, into the corner of the room came a huge vortex of green light. Within it were three shimmering white beings. They were semi - transparent and didn’t appear to be of any particular gender. A voice then entered my head telepathically that said very clearly, “Don’t cancel this trip. It’ll be one of the most important and amazing things you’ll ever do.”
Then they were gone.
I have seen what I call Light Beings from time to time over the years but have never had such a defined and powerful image as this one and never had a verbal component that was so succinct and clear.
I was stunned to say the least and a little mystified and overwhelmed but I followed their advice and didn’t cancel the trip.
And what a trip it was! We seemed to have to go almost halfway to Christchurch to finally find a pod of dear little dusky dolphins. The boat went ahead of the pod and we all very gently lowered ourselves into the water.  As they approached they surrounded us.  There were mum, dad and the kids, all with their beautiful benign faces and little smiling mouths and eyes that looked at you so lovingly and gently as if seeing right into your soul. The extraordinary thing about dolphins is they emanate a completely unconditional love – they see into you darkest shadows and love you anyway. That is their gift to the world I believe.
It was a bit scary at times resurfacing and seeing the group way over there and the boat over somewhere else. We were a long way from either but a hasty swim dealt with any fears. We went in several times and I can truthfully say it was one of the most euphoric experiences I have ever had. Encountering a whole group of dolphins surrounding you with that loving energy is just mind blowing. The tour guide said they were particularly responsive that day. We had a guy with us who was dying of cancer who stayed on the boat and I’m sure the dolphins knew and were trying to heal him. As an extra bonus we got to see a pod of orcas (two females and an enormous male) on the way back to Kaikoura. They said there’d been no sightings of them for almost ten years!
I have seen what I call Light Beings from time to time over the years but have never had such a defined and powerful image as this one and never had a verbal component that was so succinct and clear.
I was stunned to say the least and a little mystified and overwhelmed but I followed their advice and didn’t cancel the trip.
And what a trip it was! We seemed to have to go almost halfway to Christchurch to finally find a pod of dear little dusky dolphins. The boat went ahead of the pod and we all very gently lowered ourselves into the water.  As they approached they surrounded us.  There were mum, dad and the kids, all with their beautiful benign faces and little smiling mouths and eyes that looked at you so lovingly and gently as if seeing right into your soul. The extraordinary thing about dolphins is they emanate a completely unconditional love – they see into you darkest shadows and love you anyway. That is their gift to the world I believe.
It was a bit scary at times resurfacing and seeing the group way over there and the boat over somewhere else. We were a long way from either but a hasty swim dealt with any fears. We went in several times and I can truthfully say it was one of the most euphoric experiences I have ever had. Encountering a whole group of dolphins surrounding you with that loving energy is just mind blowing. The tour guide said they were particularly responsive that day. We had a guy with us who was dying of cancer who stayed on the boat and I’m sure the dolphins knew and were trying to heal him. As an extra bonus we got to see a pod of orcas (two females and an enormous male) on the way back to Kaikoura. They said there’d been no sightings of them for almost ten years!

Now some twenty years later I’m still left wondering who or what those beings who came to me in that vision were and for what purpose? Were they angelic beings? Guides? Light Beings? Why was it so important for me to have that dolphin encounter?
As I was writing this an idea suddenly occurred to me. Since July last year I have been running a voluntary art/art as therapy class at Auckland City Mission, working with the homeless and marginalized. This follows 17 years of working voluntarily at Mercy Hospice Auckland where I did art / art therapy with dying patients and their families.
I absolutely love this work at the Mission and feel it’s one of the most important things I’ve ever done. It has required a very different and intuitive way of working as I’m dealing with enormous trust issues. It has required me to be very gentle, very non-judgemental and very present. In other words it has required me to give unconditional love and validation to many who feel dark, -  hand the healing and transformative energy emanating from those dolphins in order to understand its power and work with it myself?
Is this to be my journey now in my 66th year, alongside my art and writing – to see into the darkest shadows of the souls of the damaged and dispossessed and hold that ground gently, respectfully and with great love? I guess only time will tell.
 BOOK CORNER:     JUNG’S RED BOOK   Review 2 by Lynette Papp

In a previous edition of the bulletin I reviewed Carl Jung’s Red Book.  In this article, I would like to add further reflections as the book is an ongoing challenge to me in its physical and intellectual weight.  It is hefty like an Old Testament Bible that, with its calligraphy, paintings and mandalas, brings back the sensual quality of books lost in this digital age.  Its complexity is clear in the following dialogue: S. I find the treasures of all past cultures, magnificent images of gods, spacious temples, paintings, papyrus rolls, sheets of parchment with the characters of bygone language, books full of wisdom, hymns and chants of ancient priests, stories told down the ages through thousands of generations.

I. That is an entire world whose extent I cannot grasp. How can I accept it?

Through this odyssey, Jung uses active imagination to journey to a lost pre-meaning world in a quest for enlightenment after he senses that he has lost his soul in the modern age. It followed his drama of loss of connection with Freud and the beginning of World War I. Some would say this personal work took him into a state of schizophrenia. However, through it, Jung experienced a phenomenon he called “the collective unconscious” which is a psychic knowing connecting all human beings. His inner struggle utilizes his dreams and visions “… I had to write down all the dreams that I could recollect, true to their wording.” (p.234).
In the introduction to the Red Book, editor Shamdasani wrote that it is generally about "the rebirth of a new image of God in Jung’s soul.” You can sense the anguish and suffering of Jung akin to Christ’s temptation in the desert.  Jung explores shadows and opposites as a necessary pain: “If you marry the ordered to the chaos you produce the divine child, the supreme meaning beyond meaning and meaninglessness… You dread the depths; it horrifies you, since the way of what is to come leads through it.  You must endure the temptation of fear and doubt.” (p.235)
In this quest to recover his soul from the Spirit of the Time, his struggle is personified by mythical beings such as “the red one” who represents the devil and Philemon who represents his inner teacher. The tension is between the time-limited spirit of the times (logic, pride and science) and the timeless spirit of the depths (the soul). Eventually it seems there is a stripping back of all that Jung knows to unknowing, humility and a renewed epiphany of Christ albeit an unconventional non-church one. Every page is a feast and worth taking time to sit to absorb small sections at a time.
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