“Nature is always dreaming, unfolding herself in each moment. We, also, dream—each day imagining ourselves into our own inner nature. In the meeting place between natures, a window opens, and we are deeply touched. We remember, for a time, our psychic inheritance, an endowment rooted most essentially in the rhythms of nature.”
~ Nature Dreaming: Depth Psychology and Ecology by Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.
Dreaming Back to the Earth was founded by Mary Kay Kasper and Laura Smith as a means for offering support, guidance, healing, and teachings that center on the concept that our dreams are a path to re-awakening and re-remembering our soul/true essence, as well as the soul of who we are in relationship to the earth. We believe that through our personal healing and our unique manifestation of that healing in the world, we also heal the grief, alienation and despair associated with the ecological devastation of our planet.
We offer the opportunity to dip deeply into soul awakening experiences that not only nurture our internal healing but also reconnect us to a greater relationship with the more than human world. There is no better way to dive into the soul wisdom of our dreams then to do so in relationship with nature. Through this work you will enter the womb of Gaia-consciousness utilizing the ancient and primal practice of dream divination.
Dreaming Back to the Earth has its roots in ecopsychology. We draw on the idea of nature as “self” and thus extend that self outward into our connection to the natural world. Indeed, for our survival and the survival of our planet, we must break down the illusion of our separation from the natural world. We must heal the split between human and earth to end our own suffering and despair and to avert the impending ecological disaster that looms before us. Our dreams offer a threshold to accessing profound wisdom offered through stories and guided with metaphors and archetypes. These stories tap into the universal unconsciousness mirroring back to us who we are and desire to become.
The more intimately we observe the dream we discover that it speaks to both the personal and the collective experience that is the earth’s dream, dreaming us awake to Her.
~ Mary Kay Kasper, Dreaming Back to the Earth article published in Depth Insights, 2016
Dreams, in their efforts to guide us to integration of all our parts, will introduce us to the earth medicine we need and our unique connection to our primal self as we explore the stories, traumas, ancestral wounds and gifts that have defined our lives and as we open to the possibilities of our own healing, inner wisdom and the gift of our calling.
To support the work of dreams, we engage ritual and earth based practices. These practices help to facilitate a deeper understanding of how all the earth's creatures: plants, animals, landscapes, and elements...the whole of the cosmos moves and feels in us. Experiencing our felt connection to Gaia through the feelings of grief, joy, love, pain, longing, desire, passion and even anger brings healing to both ourselves and the earth as we begin to live a deeper life that includes intentional and direct encounters with nature, a more sustainable way of living on the earth, and earth centered spiritual and artistic ritual and practices.
Dream Journal 2011, Laura Smith
I see the waters of the ocean. It is warm and the ocean is a soft green, the sand is a pale gold. I see the butterflies first as a small dark cloud and then as they get closer, I see their wings beating and their chaotic and erratic, yet strangely synchronized movements. They have captured my attention, and as soon as I am captivated then they come to me. I feel the jolt of fear in their immediate acknowledgment of me as they swirl in my direction. Then I feel them pass into my body. Two of them dissolve on my tongue. Their movement in my body is like feathers on my skin. They send me back. They lift me up. I have no time to say no or yes. I have no time for anything. Death by butterflies.
I have brought the butterflies into the world. I have been sketching images and the feeling of this dream for a couple of days, getting ready to paint it. I research the yellow monarch, looking at images of this beautiful creature, trying to translate the feeling of this dream to the canvas. I feel passions bloom. It does not matter if it is joy or sadness or grief or longing. It all moves me in a way I haven’t allowed in a long time. Does the chrysalis accept her transformation? I have no control over nature’s process. My anger, my reactions, my projections are useless here on this golden timeless beach with topaz waves lifting salty mist. Change must occur. The dream brings the true unbearable lightness of being that is Butterfly. Acceptance of my sweet butterfly is my symbol of faith.