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Dreamwork as Window to the Soul

Led by Haviva Ner-David

Wednesdays, 1:00–2:15pm ET: June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26

$216 for six sessions

All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.

“A dream unexplored is like a letter not read,” says Rabbi Hisda in the Talmud (Brachot 55b). The biblical Jacob before him called his dream a porthole to the Divine. Kabbalists after them both called dreaming a form of prophecy.
 
For many of us, dreams have become especially vivid during the outbreak of COVID-19. Dreams can be a window to your soul and a channel for your divine inner voice. In six sessions, I will introduce you to the wonderful world of dreamwork in the method I was taught, which is primarily a Gestalt approach, influenced by my experience in spiritual accompaniment. The main principle in my dreamwork is that the dream belongs to the dreamer, and only the dreamer can understand it. The role of the dream worker is to help the dreamer understand their own dream, not interpret it for them.  

Participants will be asked to start keeping a dream journal before the immersion begins, and together, we will share and work our dreams. Topics will include: keeping a dream journal, learning to “interview” our dream elements, nature as God’s dream, the ego in the dream, and prophetic dreams. Later in the process, you will be invited to work one another’s dreams, as well.

Haviva Ner David
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David is a writer, rabbi, mikveh specialist and spiritual counselor. She is the founder of Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Spirit, at Kibbutz Hannaton, where she acts as a mikveh guide and consultant. She has two published memoirs with Ben Yehuda Press (Life on the Fringes: A Feminist Journey Towards Traditional Rabbinic Ordination, and Chanah’s Voice: A Rabbi Wrestles with Gender, Commandments, and the Women’s Rituals of Baking, Bathing and Brightening) and the forthcoming Getting (and Staying) Married Jewishly: A Guidebook for Couples. She is currently working on a novel about the friendship between a Palestinian-Israeli and a Jewish-Israeli woman. Haviva is a spiritual counselor (for both individuals and couples) with a specialty in dreamwork, and she often combines her counseling work with mikveh immersion rituals. She lives on Kibbutz Hannaton with her life partner, Jacob, and their seven children. 

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