The Ecological Unconscious and the World’s Dream

The Ecological Unconscious and the World’s Dream

What Does the Earth Want Us to Know?
In this morning workshop, when our dreams are still somewhat close, we will bring them to the earth in a contemplative practice, asking what the dream – as a part of the ecological unconscious and the world’s dream – might mean in the context of our personal and collective relationship to the earth.

Date(s) - 10/12/2019
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Prairie Wolf Park

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What Does the Earth Want Us to Know?

In “Voice of the Earth,” the book that in many ways started the project of ecopsychology, Theodore Roszak refers to a layer of psyche that he called the ecological unconscious, saying that an engagement of this layer of psyche is essential in developing a mature ecological psyche. Other than describing the ecological unconscious as similar to Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious, Roszak did not go into much detail, neither describing precisely what the ecological unconscious is nor how we should go about engaging with it as we attempt to heal and tend our relationship to the earth.

From a depth psychological perspective, one of the primary ways to work with the unconscious is through the images of our dreams. So how might we work with dream images to heal and tend to our relationship to the earth and go about developing an ecologically mature psyche? After an introduction to Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious, archetypes, and dreamwork, we will explore together what that might all mean from the perspective of an ecological unconscious. Is there such a layer of psyche? If so, what kind of content could we expect to emerge into our dreams? In this exploration, we will also consider Aizenstat’s notion of the World’s Dream, which he describes as a worldview that “playfully and soulfully sees the world as alive and always dreaming” (Dream Tending, p. 144).

After a contemplative nature practice with the dream, we will close with a talking stick session for those who wish to share their experience.

To prepare for the practice for this workshop, at some point prior to the meetup, simply ask the earth before going to bed what she wants you to know and to let you know in a dream. Be sure to write down any dreams you have (especially if they don’t seem related to the question!) and also pay attention to where else the dream might “land,” such as in synchronicity or spontaneous daydream images.

What to bring: Weather appropriate clothing and shoes. Water. Camping chair, blanket, and journal, if desired.

Where: Prairie Wolf Park. We will meet behind the red barn.

Cost: $15.00 suggested donation (at event)


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