Dream tending is a way of working with dreams by perceiving the Dream and its dream- figures as having a life of their own. Instead of classic dream interpretation, the dreamer is guided to exploring the dream themselves. It is a magical process, where the dream has an opportunity to express it’s own message and wisdom.
The dream is written down in the present tense, so we can meet the dream in the way of the dream. We enter with a sense of wonderment, curiosity, and presence. We explore without a preconceived notion of what the dream is about. Some techniques are Association, Amplification, Animation, and Illumination. We can then interact with the dream figures we are most curious about and engage in some Jungian depth psychology activities like discovering archetypal egos or doing a Voice Dialogue i.e. having a conversation with a dream figure, all through active imagination. This many layered approach can lead to both personal and collective healing, wise decision making even major life changes.
Just to be heard and listened to is a gift to the dream and the dreamer, it allows us to go very deep. If you are curious and willing, a dream tending session may well awaken something beautiful inside your psyche and nudge you in the direction of a higher consciousness.