Conference 18 Abstracts
Association for the Study of Dreams
UCSC Santa Cruz, California, USA
Bridge Between Dreaming and Waking Realities.
Maria VOLCHENKO (Moscow, RUSSIA), Ph.D. in Philosophy and Logic,
dream practitioner and teacher, artist, poet, author of the book
"Prisoners of Dreams", a member of Tos-Deer (the Russian
Federation Central Religious Organization of Tuvan Shamans), a founder
of Russian Foundation for Transpersonal Psychology, ASD member.
Summary of Presentation.
The workshop offers tools and rituals to try dream re-entry as creating
and crossing the bridge to dream reality. These tools, techniques, and
rituals are mostly based on Russian Slavic and Siberian pagan
traditions. Original records of Tuvan shaman drumming are used.
A) Specify three learning objectives of the presentation and
B) three evaluation questions which participants should be able to
answer after attending the presentation (this is for the use of the
ASD's Continuing Education credit program).
A) 1. Cross-cultural research (Russian Slavic and Siberian traditions of
2. Modern use of pagan dream work tools.
3. Dream journey as shaman journey.
B) 1. What are the qualities of safe space for dream journeys?
2. What are rituals and objects used for tuning dreams?
3. How dreams can be used for creative work?
The workshop offers an experience of dream journey in a space and state
of consciousness prepared, protected, and supported by special tools and
rituals. The author's experience of dream work with both western type
people and people who still live in the pagan tradition enables her to
use those techniques of dream work that make pagan dreamers much more
successful than western ones.
The tools used for tuning and incubating dreams are taken mostly from
Russian Slavic tradition, as well as from traditions of Russian Gypsy
and Siberian tribes. The main idea here is to invoke a natural human
creativity that transforms plain familiar objects into ritual sacred
ones. The invocation of this state of mind is one of the first steps
into a twilight zone where the bridge to dream reality is situated.
A real dream journey is taken alone. Each participant of the workshop
takes his/her own dream path as if he/she were completely alone. The
choice of a dream to work, incubate, and tune are very important in
forming strong intention and being open to the journey. Some objects and
techniques can be used to support the intention and to strengthen
concentration. The facilitation of the journey includes energy support,
protection, guiding over the bridge, and support for waking up in the
twilight zone. Unique and original recordings of shaman drumming and
singing will be used.
Dreams as a source of energy, information, and creative ideas deserve
special rituals to honor them and to keep their energy. In the case of
nightmares the energy should be purified first. Some dreams call for
plain physical action, while others need shamanic ritual. The ritual
will be done for a volunteer. Creative approaches to modern pagan
rituals for dream work will be offered for final discussion.