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Blog Dream Courses Dreamsharing Heart-Centered Dreamwork August 27, 2016

The power of groups is well known. Let me explain for those who have never attended a group of any sort. Group work is not unlike a candle flame. Have you ever felt the heat of one candle with your hand? Of course you have! And as you add candles, the heat expands and you can feel it from further out. So, for example, the heat from the candles of a Baby Boomer’s birthday cake, will be much hotter than a 5 year old’s cake! (Better make a wish and blow out those candles fast, before the cake melts!)

It’s the same with people’s energy. One person, talking to another, will have an exchange of energy. But add many people to the circle, and the energy builds exponentially. That’s why I love group work! Groups have the power and the energy to facilitate deep awareness and lasting change. The “heat” of many souls is powerful and works as an alchemical catalyst in your metaphysical kitchen.

Whether a BBQ and sing-along around a fire pit, where the food tastes better and the harmonies are exquisite,  or in psychotherapy, where the power of groups is well-documented, people can always feel the difference. In regard to the therapeutic use of groups, Mary Ann Huckabay, Ph.D. writes,

“Groups provide their members with a community of peers, whose experience and understanding echo the vicissitudes and wisdom of one’s own life. Groups provide a safe harbor for exploring essential life issues…” [Gestalt Therapy, p. 303].

In my own world, one of my dream groups just ended after 12 years (that’s not a dream group record, but it’s MY dream group record!) , yet the members have become close and want to continue to meet socially.

I bring this up because every August, I plan my groups for the coming Fall. And as I consider what I want to offer, I can feel the energy rising. This year, even more so, as I add more group opportunities to the mix. In addition to my on-going (some are online)  dream groups, I’m adding grief support to the mix:

DREAMSHARING: 8 weeks online…..FULL

GATEWAY DREAMING: A 4-week online dream group for those who want to get a taste of working with dreams, bringing body, mind and spirit into the process….$75.00. Perfect for beginners in dream-catching as well as experienced dreamers. Begins Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 @1-3 pm EASTERN- 3 SPACES STILL AVAILABLE  http://www.pattiallen.com/contact-us/

TORONTO DREAM GROUP: In person, in North York, this 6 session group will meet over September and November as we explore dreams in an experiential way; including body/mind dream work, Psi dreaming and Spiritual dreams. $150, starting Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 @ 7:30 pm- 4 SPACES AVAILABLE  http://www.pattiallen.com/contact-us/

A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEREAVEMENT GROUP: 6 Sessions, North York location, for those who have lost their significant other. Discussion and support, meditation and Tapping (EFT), dreamwork and more. $180, beginning Thursday, September 15th, 2016  http://www.pattiallen.com/going-forward-solutions/

I hope you will contact me, even if you are just curious and want to ask some questions. The power that builds in a group, may be the very push you need to help get you over the hurdles in life. Let’s turn up the group energy this Fall!

Dreams & Soul Coaching®
Blog Dream Courses Heart-Centered Dreamwork Soul Coaching® July 9, 2016

Dreams & Soul Coaching® have been walking hand in hand for years. Let me explain. I’ve been curious about dreams since 1980 when, pregnant with my third child and having had an interesting dream, I happened to catch an interview with Dr. Gayle Delaney on the the morning radio show I was listening to while juggling children and coffee.

But the first time I became aware that dreams were hinting at something larger than my own personal psychology was in an unlikely place for a revelation. The year was 1997 and I was sitting by the hotel pool on a very hot Philadelphia weekend. A friend’s son had just celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and my kids, numbering four, were cooling off in the pool along with all of Philadelphia it seemed. I sat in a lounge chair, watching the kids, watching people and reading Joan Borysenko’s “Fire in the Soul”.

Fire in the Soul

In it, she wrote, “A Parable: Safe Passage Home”. I read it and gasped. Then I cried under my sun hat. Somehow, in a few words, I found out why I was so interested in dreams, why I was a dreamer. Borysenko wrote,

“The fledgling souls took many roads Home. Each Way had its own Story and each soul responded to that Story with the gift of free will, embroidering new stories on the dream-tapestry of the One Great Dreamer.”

With that sudden understanding, I could now see what wasn’t there a moment before. In that moment, I reconnected with my Creator, with myself and to all dreamers in a way that I wasn’t connected before. Before, I felt like an orphan; now, suddenly, I belonged. Before, there had been an intellectual understanding of the psychology of dreams, now it was personal and it was spiritual.

In that moment by the pool I realized that I dream—you dream—because God dreams. Being “created in God’s image”, a familiar passage from the Bible, now took on deeper shading, as the idea took root in my heart and in my soul. Life was a noisy, hot day by a pool one moment and reality was where I had left it. Yet, a moment later, my eyes were opened to a broader perspective and I understood. I dream because God dreams! I was born of the One Great Dreamer and to dream is my birthright and my gift. At the same time, it is both natural and ordinary,  yet supernatural. My fascination with dreams had come into alignment with creation. Yet this sudden spiritual awakening —my poolside satori—threatened to dissipate as I struggled to understand. Am I dreaming all of this? Am I dreaming my life? My children? (My deliberation paused as I counted heads in the pool.) And if, like my Creator, I dream or create my world, are my own children, or anyone else for that matter, dreaming a different dream? Are common dreams what creates community and binds societies together? If my mind can play with the possibility that I’ve created my own reality, and I’ve dreamed this life of mine, then I have to also consider the possibility that God is a dream as well. Who’s dreaming whom? (And is it time to get out of the sun?)

In some small way, I might say that my life is the story of one woman’s journey and search to remember the dream she had of herself, of God and of all creation, all while cooking dinner, raising four children, running a psychotherapy practice and Soul Coaching® groups. And these essays are my field notes from the road because as I write this, I am still searching and still dreaming. I’ve been a “Dweller on the Threshold” with one foot in the dream world and one foot on the ground of daily life with its pleasures and its pains. Ironically, the more I dwell in the dream world, contemplating its insights and adventures, the easier it is to access its wisdom and guidance as I find my way in the waking world. I’ve seen the reports of other dreamers and I know I’m on the right path, tracking my Self and Spirit, however many potholes and detours I encounter. We are all “Dwellers on the Threshold” with a foot in both realms, but who has the courage to step over the threshold? Dreamers do.

So it was with both excitement and a sense of homecoming when I saw that Denise Linn the founder of the Soul Coaching Institute, was also a (capital D) Dreamer. I was drawn to her work and have since become an Advance Soul Coach. In that capacity, I have been mentoring for her online Gateway Dreaming course available through Hay House since 2010. Online work is so exciting and I now have a dream community that I never imagined could be possible. But what could take this black and white dream and allow it to become a 3-D full Technicolour dream? Taking a course with Denise Linn in person!!!

Check this beautiful video that Denise made:

I will be in Santa Fe for this professional training course and I’d love to see you there! To work with your dreams and the dreams of others is a sacred calling. If you are an Earth Angel and are ready to serve the growth of others, the skills that this certification training will give you will enhance your practice, whether professionally or personally. If you would like to explore the possibilities: https://gatewaydreamretreat.com/

Are you ready to embroider new stories on the dream-tapestry of the One Great Dreamer? If you made it to the end of this post, I suspect the answer is yes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dream Courses Heart-Centered Dreamwork November 5, 2015

What do dreams, healing & intuition have to do with each other? Only everything! In the ancient world of the Mediterranean basin, people would travel to the healing temples to dream and find a cure for their illnesses. They took steps to bring themselves into sacred space, not only the sacred space of the temple but to find sacred space within themselves, to purify body, mind and spirit, then ask for help from the god of healing, Asklepios (in Greece). Cure would come in their dreams and they would awaken in the Abaton (the sleeping chamber) cured or with a prescription for cure. This practice lasted for over one thousand years so I’m guessing it was rather successful and considered worthwhile!

But we don’t have to remember a past life to benefit from the ancient ways. We can do this in our own lives, two thousand years later. Our dreams carry our intuitive sense of what we need to reach the whole and sacred space within us. Dreams, healing & intuition were used in a synergistic way to bring about healing. With easy guidance, I will help you crack the code!

I will be teaching this ancient method together with dream work and intuition (and using my dream healing oracle deck, The Abaton Keys®, on Sunday, November 15th, 2015, 12-5 pm) at The Rising Sun in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Your own personal mini-reading will be part of the mix! I will guide participants in this ancient, healing path so whether it is dreams, healing or intuition that calls to you first, you will learn to use all three to lead you on your true path to healing. Contact me to register, patti@pattiallen.com

 

Soul Coaching® & Dream Group Season
Blog Dream Courses Soul Coaching® August 12, 2015

Soon the seasons will turn and it will be Soul Coaching® and Dream Group Season!  Ah Summer, how fast you are slipping through my fingers! I’m long past the stage where August meant chasing the last bit of sun and shopping for school supplies. (Remember the commercial, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? That was how September felt to me.) But even so, August is a little slower, I book less clients and I get a little lazy. I had planned to redo the 28 days of the Soul Coaching program, just as a personal tune up, but I didn’t do it. (Hey, I’m human too!) I don’t know if it’s in the stars or just habit, but all of a sudden, I’ve gone from sloth to demon and I find myself shifting gears and looking to the future and planning ahead! In any case, like the bears who get ready to hibernate, in the fall we turn our attention within, inside activities in our home and inner activities for our soul. (If you live down under, this metaphor may not be working for you. Write and let me know and I’ll create a spring metaphor for you! Promise!)

Here’s What I’m Dreaming About

  • I’m dreaming about my dream groups: So far I’ve got three groups and I’m thrilled about that (2 in Toronto; 1 via conference call and private Facebook group). But I’m not done dreaming! I would love to have a dream group for parents, where they will work on their own dreams while learning how to handle their kids’ dreams. To make it easier for the parents, it should be during school hours. I’d also like to have a morning dream group. Maybe I’ll call it “Dream Clouds in My Coffee.” Too corny? That can be in person but it can easily be via Google Hangout or Skype or a conference call. The only requirement is dreamers will meet in the morning while drinking a hot cuppa something. Just putting it out there so you can help me manifest my dreams!

 

  • Now, for Soul Coaching® Season: New to Soul Coaching? Here’s a bit from my website…”Soul Coaching® is a 28-day process of discovery that helps you listen to the voice of your soul to gain self-understanding and align yourself with your soul’s plan for you. You will learn who you are and why you are here….Soul Coaching is a spiritual experience that offers guidance and support to help you clear out the inner debris of your life and connect with the wisdom of your soul.” I am looking to start two more Soul Coaching groups-one online; one in Toronto. Like my online dream groups, you can attend in your jammies. They will start this fall and they are wonderful ways to connect with others who will support and share your journey. They include making spirit sticks and other soul-centred projects, past life regressions and Soul Journeys, and more including one-on-one time with me for in-depth coaching.

Here’s Why You Should Join Me

Join me because you know me well enough to know that I will guide you with wisdom, kindness, insight and laughter, along with twenty one years of experience to support you.  Join me because of that small, niggling little voice within that tells you there is something to discover within yourself, something inside you that wants to be discovered and heard. Join me because for all the time you spend giving to others, you are finally ready for some “me-time”.  Join me because that dream is really not going away and you are still wondering what it meant. Join me because you are the parent of active dreamers and you want to know how to guide the little dreamers in your life. Curious? Write to me at patti@pattiallen.com or visit my website www.pattiallen.com and sign up for my newsletter (there’s a free ebook too!) and I’ll keep you posted.

For You

Here’s something to think about as you move into the next season: Ask yourself “If I could do anything for myself this fall, what would it be?” Don’t argue with yourself over realities like time and money. What would you do if time and money weren’t an issue? Start focusing on the “what’s” and let the universe (which is actually a multiverse) figure out the “how’s”. You may want to make a “Miracle Box”- something we often make in our Soul Coaching groups- and put your dreams into it. Where attention goes, energy flows. Together, let’s help each other manifest our miracles!

And finally, I Picked a Card For You

Dreaming

This is from my dream healing oracle deck, The Abaton Keys® (Artist, Julia Still) and the Dreaming card invites you to use the creative powers of your dreams to create the life you want. Let’s dream together.