The Global Dream Initiative (GDI) calls for recognition of the trauma in the world, and the need to participate in its healing. We assert that the world’s suffering appears in the living images of dreams and that we can creatively respond. Dream Tending is a practice developed by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat that sees the world as alive and always dreaming. Through the practice of Dream Tending, we are able to engage the voices of the world’s dreams, speaking on their own behalf and asking for response. The Global Dream Initiative is developing a forum to see and hear the world’s dreams and to utilize them to create new and more generative ways of responding to the trauma of the world—ways that are not trapped in the cultural, political, economic, and environmental approaches that now are failing us.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, is the Chancellor and Founding President of the Pacifica Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara, California, USA), of which the Institute of Analytical Psychology and Psychodrama (IPAP) is delighted to serve as an Allied Organization. He lectures and consults internationally, particularly with global corporations, and is affiliated with the Earth Charter international project through the United Nations. Dr. Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending (2009), describes applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process. His methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world, where living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. His recent publications include Imagination & Medicine. The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience (co-edited with R. Bosnak, 2009), ‘Dream Tending and Tending the World,’ in Ecotherapy. Healing with Nature in Mind (2009), ‘Soul-Centered Education,’ in Reimagining Education. Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning (with N. Treadway Galindo, 2009), ‘Fragility of the World’s Dream,’ in Eranos Yearbook 70 (2009–2010–2011), ‘The Dangers and Opportunity of Cyberspace: A New Vision of Global Dreaming,’ in Eranos Yearbook 71 (2012), and ‘Mixed Realities: The Fate of the Dream in the Future of a Cyber World’ (forthcoming). Dr. Aizenstat major work, Dream Tending, is also available in Italian as Vegliare il sogno. Teoria e pratica del Dream Tending, eds. R. Bernardini and G.P. Quaglino, Moretti & Vitali, Bergamo 2013 (Cover; Table of Contents and Preface to the Italian Edition).